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Celtics Remain Quiet At Deadline

Celtics forward Brandon Bass will stay with the team for the remainder of the season.

Celtics forward Brandon Bass will stay with the team for the remainder of the season.

The Boston Celtics did not make any moves before the NBA Trade Deadline expired at 3 PM on Thursday.

Overall, the whole day proved to be a dud with only minor moves being made. The biggest deal was the Indiana Pacers receiving Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers for Danny Granger.

The Celtics were unable to unload contracts like Brandon Bass and Jeff Green. Teams were unwilling to surrender their first-round picks, which weakened the market for Bass, Green, and Kris Humphries.

During the week, several reports swirled that Rajon Rondo could be sent to the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, and Toronto Raptors. Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears reported the Kings offered Ben McLemore, Isaiah Thomas, and two first-round picks for Rondo. This trade did not go through because the salaries didn’t match. Danny Ainge wants the moon and the stars for Rondo because Rondo is in the prime of his career.

While many fans may be upset with the lack of movement by the Celtics, the front office did not have to make a transaction if the move did not improve their team. The Celtics are in rebuilding mode and they can let these contracts expire or hold onto them for the summer. Lastly, the Celtics could have as many as 17 picks, including 10 in the first-round over the next five years.

When teams have more flexibility to complete trades this off-season, the Celtics can fall further under the luxury tax. This deadline proved that the market was low and teams are attempting to avoid being repeat offenders in the tax under the new CBA.

There remains a logjam at power forward and the Celtics are unable to provide more minutes for rookie Kelly Olynyk. The Celtics are still under $1 million below the $75.71 luxury tax limit.

All of this sets the stage for a very interesting summer with the NBA Draft and free agency.

Celtics Circuit: No Deal For Omer Asik

Omer Asik could have provided a defensive presence in the paint for the Boston Celtics.

Omer Asik could have provided a defensive presence in the paint for the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics’ attempt to acquire center Omer Asik from the Houston Rockets were unsuccessful after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced on Thursday that the talks ended. Yahoo Sports! Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the Rockets will keep the disgruntled center for now.

 

On Wednesday, the discussion gained steam with multiple reports claiming the Celtics were willing to part with forward Brandon Bass and guard Courtney Lee. According to Wojnarowski, the two teams could not agree on which first-round pick would be included. The Rockets wanted a 2014 selection, but the Celtics would not budge.

Danny Ainge said on his weekly 98.5 The Sports Hub appearance that the Celtics were never close to trading for Asik. The Rockets were not thrilled with any offers.

The talks also broke down because Asik is due to earn $15 million next year. Asik’s deal was back-loaded because the Rockets did not want the Chicago Bulls to mach their offer. Asik was a restricted free agent at the time.

The Rockets had self-imposed a deadline for Thursday to deal Asik because NBA allows teams to re-trade players 60 days after they were traded the first time. The NBA Trade Deadline is 60 days from Thursday. Asik has asked for a trade ever since the Rockets signed Dwight Howard in July because Asik did not want to come off the bench.

Asik is a seven-footer who will become a free agent after the 2014-’15 season. He would have brought interior defense and rebounding. The fourth-year veteran out of Turkey is only 27 years old. He could have helped the Celtics on the pick-and-roll on offense. Asik averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds last year when he started in all 82 games. This season, Asik is only averaging 4.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. Asik’s weaknesses are his limited offensive ability and free throw shooting. The Celtics could use a defender like Asik against talented seven-footers like Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert.

The Rockets had talked with the Philadelphia 76ers. Morey was hoping to pry Paul Millsap from the Atlanta Hawks, but the Hawks refused to give up Millsap.

While the Rockets will not send Asik to another team at this moment, there could be movement in the future. The NBA Trade Deadline is on February 20th.

The Celtics keep their undersized roster intact. There will continue to be rumors swirling around the Celtics and there is a feeling here that the Celtics will not stay quiet around the Trade Deadline.

The Five Greatest Head Coaches In Boston Celtics History

Red Auerbach is a legendary figure in Boston sports lore.

Red Auerbach is a legendary figure in Boston sports lore.


There are 17 head coaches in the Boston Celtics franchise after Brad Stevens was hired in July. Yet, only six of those coaches have won at least one of the franchise’s 17 championships.

Since Doc Rivers was sent to the Los Angeles Clippers  for an unprotected 2014 first-round pick in June, we will take a look at the five greatest Celtics’ coaches. Every coach needs Hall-of-Fame players on their team in order to win a title, but these coaches also dealt with adversity and challenging competitors.

Here is the list of the Five Greatest Head Coaches In Boston Celtics History:

1. Red Auerbach - Whenever the Celtics’ history is discussed, everything begins and ends with Auerbach and Bill Russell. Auerbach won nine titles in a 10-year span when he roamed the sidelines for the Celtics. This was the most championships for an NBA head coach until Phil Jackson passed Auerbach when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals in 2009. Jackson eventually finished his coaching career with 11 championships.  He also took a chance on a 6-foot-9-inch African-American player from the University of San Francisco named Russell. Russell came to Boston in 1956 during increasing racial tensions in the United States. He took the league by storm with the ability to block shots, yet keep the ball in play for one of his teammates to grasp before transitioning to the other end of the court. Auerbach had already been with the Celtics for six seasons and the Celtics could get no further than the Eastern Division Finals, which the Celtics had reached for three consecutive seasons (1952-’55). The Celtics already had stars in point guard Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, and Jim Lostcuff. Russell and another Celtics legend Tom Heinsohn helped the Celtics win their first title. Auerbach’s teams were known for their up-tempo, fast-break offense. In those days, teams scored over 100 points every game. Auerbach was also known for his fiery demeanor with officials, opposing players, and for puffing a victory cigar in the closing moments of his teams’ victories. He spent 16 years as the head coach of the Celtics before he became the General Manager and President of the organization. Auerbach was the architect of the Celtics’ dynasty.

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Celtics Circuit: 2013-’14 Schedule Released

There will not be many chances for Rajon Rondo to record triple doubles on national television.

There will not be many chances for Rajon Rondo to record triple doubles on national television.

Since the Boston Celtics are in a rebuilding phase, fans may not be as excited for the release of their schedule. There are some big games on the calendar.

On December 10th, the Celtics will meet  Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry for the first time in Brooklyn. This summer, the Celtics shipped Garnett, Pierce, and Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers make their only appearance in Boston on the following night (December 11th). Garnett, Pierce, and Terry return to the Garden on January 26th for a 6:30 PM tipoff. The Celtics and Nets will also play in Boston on March 7th.

The Celtics have two road trips to the Pacific time zone. Their initial journey is from January 5th to January 11th. Four of the five games (Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Clippers, and Golden State Warriors) are against teams who made the postseason last year. The last trip to the West comes after the All-Star break from February 19th to February 24th. This trip includes a visit to the Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers will be in Boston on January 17th, but the Lakers lost Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets through free agency and Kobe Bryant may not be back from the torn Achilles that he suffered in the final week of the 2012-’13 season.

On March 19th, the defending champion Miami Heat make their first and only appearance in front of the Celtics’ fans.

Former fan favorite and current Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine will be back on March 5th when the Warriros square off against the Celtics.

There are only three games on ESPN and three games on NBATV. The Celtics will not play on Christmas Day after performing for the past five seasons on December 25th.

The Celtics open the regular season in Toronto to take on the Raptors on October 30th. The home opener is on November 1st as the Milwaukee Bucks come to TD Garden.

Celtics Circuit: Kelly Olynyk Impresses In Orlando Summer League

Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk drives by Indiana Pacers' Christian Watford in the Orlando Summer League.

Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk drives by Indiana Pacers’ Christian Watford in the Orlando Summer League.


Kelly Olynyk created a splash for the Boston Celtics’ entry in the NBA Summer League in Orlando this past week. The first-round selection out of Gonzaga displayed the offensive skills that allowed him to become an All-American last year with the Bulldogs.

Olynyk averaged 18 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in the five games as the Celtics went 3-2. The 7-footer was named to the Orlando Summer League All-Tournament first team. Andre Drummond, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb, and Victor Oladipo were the other selections to make the first team. Besides rookies Oladipo and Olynyk, the other three players are entering their second year in the NBA.

Olynyk displayed the ability to shoot from the outside, put the ball on the floor and score inside, and he rebounded fairly well in the five contests. In the first game against the Orlando Magic last Sunday, Olynyk scored 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds in 27 minutes. He had 17 points in the first half. One area that Olynyk will have to improve is playing defense without fouling. There is no fouling out in the Summer League, but Olynyk did battle foul trouble. Despite a lack of athleticism, Olynyk handled his own while he had to defend players such as Andrew Nicholson of the Magic.

While the Summer League is hard to predict how rookies will fare because the players are generally in their early years of development or older veterans looking to hook on with a team, Olynyk showed the ability to be a “stretch 4.”

During the week, Olynyk received praise from a Hall-of-Fame player and Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale. McHale said, “I like him. I like him a lot.”

Celtics forward Jeff Green called Olynyk “Sunshine” in reference to Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass from the film, “Remember the Titans.” Both Olynyk and Bass have long, flowing hair. Shavlik Randolph compared Olynyk to Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks. While it is still early to compare Olynyk to an All-NBA forward, Olynyk has the size and a similar skill set to Nowitzki. The question is will Olynyk develop into one of the better players in the league?

There will be bumps along the road in his development as Olynyk will have to learn how to play in the NBA where he will play against much more talented players than in the West Coast Conference. He will have to adjust to the officiating and be able to defend without fouling in the paint against much quicker players. If Olynyk can continue to show his abilities over this past week into a full-NBA season, then the Celtics might have received more than they expected when they traded for him on draft night.

Terrence Williams Hopes He Can Remain With the Celtics

Boston Celtics guard Terrence Williams showed Carmelo Anthony flashes of his skills.

Boston Celtics guard Terrence Williams showed Carmelo Anthony flashes of his skills.

When Terrence Williams signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on February 18th, he was seen as just a warm body off the bench for the injury-ravaged Celtics. The Celtics were depleted by injuries without their All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, rookie forward Jared Sullinger, and reserve guard Leandro Barbosa. With no clear backup for Rondo, the Celtics believed Williams could fit the bill.

Williams displayed an array of skills while he was at the University of Louisville. The 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound swingman could set up shots for his teammates as well as himself. He showed strength inside with his size and speed. Head coach Rick Pitino called him “a freakish athlete.” This led to the then-New Jersey Nets using their 11th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft on Williams.

Since Williams has entered the league, he has been unable to showcase the skills that led him to the NBA because of his immaturity. He had bouts with former Nets head coach Avery Johnson that led to him being sent down to the NBA Development League in 2010. He was eventually released by the Nets. The four-year veteran bounced around the league with the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings before he was cut by the Detroit Pistons last summer.

In the 2012-’13 season, Williams played overseas in China. He averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals while playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. Williams was on the court for 29 games for the Tigers before he was replaced by Donald Sloan in the final two games of the regular season.

His performance in the CBA and the Celtics’ need for a reserve guard led him back to the NBA. Despite the limited time he spent on the court, the Celtics liked his potential to sign him to a multi-year contract in March. Williams played in 24 games in the regular season  with the Celtics and he shot 49.5% from the floor. In the Celtics’ first round loss to the New York Knicks, Doc Rivers gave Williams a few critical minutes in the fourth quarter of Game 5 when Williams replaced Kevin Garnett. He was able to allow the Celtics to regain a double-digit advantage at 80-67. Williams scored four points, collected four rebounds, and dished out two assists in less than 17 minutes of action.

After the Celtics season ended, the future of the team is up in the air whether the Celtics will keep Paul Pierce and Garnett or if they will rebuild. Williams has shown he is capable of producing on the biggest stage and the Celtics hope to see more of Williams’ instincts when training camp arrives in the fall.

 

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