HoopsHype Boston Celtics rumors
THE TOP 50 PLAYERS
IN CELTICS HISTORY
How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.
Gerald Wallace cut a reporter off before the question was even finished. “I don’t want to talk about Brooklyn, so if you’ve got any question about Brooklyn, I’m not going to answer them,” the veteran Celtics forward said after practice here Monday. Boston Globe
Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk returned to the practice floor today for the first time since spraining his right ankle on Nov. 23 in Atlanta. His status for Tuesday’s matchup with the Nets remains uncertain. “I haven’t gotten the clear thumbs up from our trainers, but I would say that he’s at least, at worst, questionable for tomorrow,” head coach Brad Stevens said after the team’s practice. NBA.com
Interestingly, it seems as if this ankle sprain has taught the rookie a lesson. Olynyk wears low-top sneakers, a rarity in the NBA, and he did not use ankle braces during the first 14 games of his professional career. He was wearing a black brace on each ankle at Monday’s practice. NBA.com
A. Sherrod Blakely: Paul Pierce says there's "a good chance" he will play tomorrow when the #nets face the #Celtics, his former team. #Celticstalk Twitter @SherrodbCSN
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the teams linked to Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, who reportedly is about to be moved. One league executive told FOX Sports Ohio not to rule out the Celtics or Milwaukee Bucks, either. FOXSports Ohio
Secondly, the Knicks are devoid of draft picks, meaning they have little to offer teams in trades, besides inconsistent Iman Shumpert. The rumor that the Knicks approached the Celtics about Rajon Rondo and offered Shumpert caused laughter among the Boston brass because the Celtics want first-round picks, especially if they are to deal with a division rival. Boston Globe
There might not be a big market for Anthony. Not many teams would give up young players and draft picks for someone who likely would leave after the season. Teams trying to cut salary or those looking for a major player to help win a title could be candidates. The Knicks' priority remains to re-sign Anthony. The best way to do that might be to make a trade for a significant player. They have tried and will keep trying. They would love to get Rondo, but the Celtics haven't shown interest in dealing him and the Knicks might not have the assets to get him right now. But they have to keep trying to do something to make them more appealing to Anthony. Newsday
Instead, Rivers said he is getting the most contentious reactions from the media. He has dealt with angry radio talk-show hosts. Those encounters seem to have left the deepest impression. “They get themselves all pumped up and ask, ‘Why did you leave?’ I left because it was time,” he said. “The people who talk about it are in the media. I don’t see it as an issue, and I don’t see why it has to be seen as a negative. “Did I think I wanted to make a change? No,” he said. “Boston will be a part of me for the rest of my life. I won a title there. That remains a big part of anyone who experiences that.” Boston Herald
Meanwhile, Rondo’s former coach at Oak Hill Academy, Steve Smith, told USA Today this week that Carmelo Anthony has been recruiting the Celtics point guard to play for the Knicks. Rondo was bemused. “Well, (Smith) must know something that I don’t know,” Rondo said with one of the season’s great non sequiturs. Boston Herald
Any rumor missing? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.