HoopsHype Gerald Wallace rumors

January 30, 2014 Updates
January 26, 2014 Updates

To recap, the Celtics traded Garnett, Pierce, Jason Terry, and D.J. White to the Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans, and three first-round draft picks (2014, 2016, and 2018), as well as the right to swap first-round picks in 2017. How did the deal come together? Danny Ainge: It did come together fairly quickly. What I was excited about was that it appeared at the time to be a great situation for everybody — I think that for Paul and KG and Jason Terry and for us. It looked like it was going to be a good situation for them to be a major contender again and be vying for a championship. Their year hasn’t gone that way, but before the season started, it sure looked like it. I think it was a happy way to make a very difficult decision. Boston Globe

Kevin McHale recently said the state of the NBA under its new collective bargaining agreement kind of forces you to make a deal like this even if you would have liked Paul to retire a Celtic. Is that fair? Danny Ainge: Well, I don’t know if it forces it, but it forces it if you want to remain competitive. And it certainly gives you a jumpstart in the rebuilding process, as opposed to not doing it for sentimental reasons. I think what Kevin is saying is, nobody wants to trade away a Paul Pierce or a Kevin Garnett — and Jason Terry, for that matter. Jason Terry, he only played with us for a year, but I love that guy. He gave a lot to us and he’s just a class act — throughout his career. But that’s nothing that anybody wants to do, and is looking forward to doing. But I think that when the opportunity presented itself, it was a deal that I had to do for the franchise. Boston Globe

People say you pulled off a huge steal. What do you think when you hear that? Danny Ainge: Well, what I felt at the time was, I thought it was a really gutsy move by Brooklyn. I admired it. I thought the way KG finished last year, and Paul — both of them looked like they had a lot of basketball left in them, as the season finished last year. And so, I felt that it was a good deal for both teams. Like, I wasn’t able to put Joe Johnson and Deron Williams and Brook Lopez around Paul and KG. I wish I could have. They still would’ve been Celtics. But we weren’t in that position, to become a contender, I don’t think. I didn’t think that Paul and KG could carry us like they had for the five or six years previous. We were a team, I felt, that was destined to mediocrity as opposed to excellence with those guys. And especially with [Rajon] Rondo being out and so forth, it was going to be a long year for us with those two guys at the stage of their careers. It wouldn’t have done them justice. So, I was happy for Brooklyn. They were taking a chance. I thought it was a really good trade. I thought it was good for us and where we were as a franchise. And I thought it was really good for Jet, Paul, and KG and for [new Nets coach] Jason Kidd. I didn’t know if they’d win a championship or not, because I knew Indiana and Miami were going to be very good, and I thought Chicago was going to be very good. But I really thought it was going to be a four-horse race in the East, with those four teams. That’s what it looked like to me when the season started. Boston Globe

January 23, 2014 Updates

Never mind. The Celtics won. Jeff Green put the team on his shoulders and scored a season-high 39 points, while the Wizards wilted with a display of selfish basketball. Boston blew a 19-point first-half lead, but Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday night for the 113-111 victory that snapped a 10-game road losing streak. ‘‘Lot of reasons to give up,’’ Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ‘‘And they didn’t do that.’’ Green shot early and often, finishing with career-highs in 3-pointers attempted (16) and made (8). Rookie Phil Pressey added a career-high 20 points. The Celtics played without Rajon Rando, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless and at one point had Chris Johnson and Vander Blue, both on 10-day contracts, on the floor together in the second quarter. ‘‘I just put myself in the position where I had to be the man to carry the team and shoot the ball,’’ Green said. ‘‘So that’s what I did.’’ Boston Globe

January 20, 2014 Updates

More executives think the Celtics want to trade Jeff Green. They’re probably trying to persuade someone to take Gerald Wallace along with Green, though many figure they’ll eventually move Green. A nice exchange could be for Omer Asik, giving the Celtics a point guard/defensive center core to move forward with along with Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. And Houston could use Green as a stretch four scorer. NBA.com

January 16, 2014 Updates

“It’s more hurt feelings, disrespected,” he said. “What just happened? Nobody told you they didn’t want you or gave you a heads-up that they were about to trade you. It was just, bam, you’re gone to a team that’s been torn apart, and is looking to rebuild. That’s a tough place for you to be 13 or 14 years into the league. I was upset, but it had nothing to do with Boston or the franchise. I was upset about the way Brooklyn went about things and handled the situation, how it was done. It’s part of the league, you get on with it. But at the same time, it’s kind of tough. You work your way into becoming the player you are, and all of a sudden you’re starting all over again. You’re back to where you were in Charlotte. You’re not respected by the referees, the other teams, the league. It’s like you’re one of the bottom teams. For me, it’s having to start all over to build my reputation again.” Boston Herald

His pride, his identity as the one Charlotte fans nicknamed Crash, has been insulted. “This season is a slap in the face, having to change my game and fine-tune it,” he said. “First of all, it has to come mentally. You accept your situation, but there’s two sides to your brain. One side is fighting the other side because of the predicament you’re in. You feel you can still perform at the level you always have, but at the same time, you’re doubting yourself.” Boston Herald

“I’m taking it in stride,” he said, though that process clearly is a struggle. “It’s frustrating every night being on the bench, feeling you can contribute, and you’re not out there. I’m not used to sitting at the beginning of games and being on the bench when the game is in crunch time. You’re watching, and it’s mentally frustrating.” Boston Herald

January 15, 2014 Updates

Gerald Wallace, who played with Bogans in Brooklyn and was part of the summer blockbuster that delivered both of them to Boston, said he talked briefly with Bogans on Tuesday, but said Bogans didn't divulge why he's been excused. "I don’t really have an understanding," Wallace said. "I really don’t know what he has going on or what he has going on with that situation. Like I told him, I’m here -- whenever you want to talk, just call me. When he wants to talk about it or deal with it, he’ll give me a call." ESPN.com

January 13, 2014 Updates

Four games out in the Atlantic Division, the Celtics embark Saturday on a five-game road trip that features meetings with four of the top six teams in the Western Conference. And when the Celtics finally return to Boston, the dangerous Houston Rockets will be waiting. Time to worry? Maybe. “Every road trip is a make or break. Especially the situation we’re in,” Gerald Wallace said Friday. “We’ve lost a couple of games in a row, lost (six out of seven) games. We’re going on a West Coast trip and playing some pretty good teams. This could set us in the right direction as far as where we want to go, or destroy our whole season." Booth Newspapers

January 12, 2014 Updates

Rondo’s teammates said he has done his best to keep them upbeat lately. “He’s one of the most positive guys in the locker room,” said Avery Bradley, who scored a game-high 25 points against Portland. It’s hard, not only being a young team, but going through adversity sometimes, guys can go their separate ways, but having veterans like him and Keith [Bogans] and Gerald [Wallace], they’ve been keeping us all together and letting us know that if we just keep working, we can turn this thing around. We lost eight in a row, we can turn it around and win eight in a row,” Bradley added. “We just have to stay positive and keep working.” Boston Globe

January 8, 2014 Updates

Gerald Wallace has emerged as the Celtics' voice of reason and biggest critic in his first season in Boston and once again he challenged the team following its embarrassing 129-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Denver canned 14 3-pointers, attempted 38 free throws and led by 22 points at halftime. The Celtics allowed 103 points through the first three quarters and looked discouraged and lethargic throughout the night. "I'm very surprised. Right now, we're the team that's all talk," he said. "We talk about how we want to get better. We talk about things we need to do to get better. It's easy to go out and practice and do it. Practice doesn't really apply to anything with making yourself better. When they turn them lights on, when it really counts, when it's about the team and making the team better and trying to win as a team, we don't do it." Boston Globe

"Hey, Denver was doing everything the right way, so everything was going their way," Wallace said. "The way we played, the way we play as a team, the things that we do, we don't deserve to get the calls they got. They got them. Jared's first (flagrant) was 50-50 and the second one, I've seen that play done 50 times, that's my first time ever seen it called a flagrant foul. Everything was going their way, so why should get the benefit of the doubt? We're not playing worth a crap anyway." Boston Globe

“We done met, we done talked, we done did everything, we done argued, fussed, complained, moaned, everything you can do,’’ Wallace said. “It doesn’t matter in here. It matters out there on the court. “And until we can take all the talk and everything that we say in here and apply it to out on the court, it’s useless, it’s basically like talking to the wall.” Boston Globe

January 4, 2014 Updates

Scary moment in Boston on Friday, when the Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson was carted off the floor on a stretcher after a collision with Gerald Wallace of the Celtics. Anderson appeared to be talkative and moving all limbs throughout the process, and gave a thumbs up as he left the floor which we hope is a sign that the stretcher was used only as a precautionary measure. NBCSports.com

December 22, 2013 Updates

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