1. Skip to Menu
  2. Skip to Content
  3. Skip to Footer
Please excuse our appearance while we renovate in 2017



Call into the studio: 347-215-7771

jtemplate.ru - free extensions Joomla
Log in  \/ 
x
or
Register  \/ 
x

or
Rich Conte

Rich Conte

Rich Conte has been passionately following the Boston Celtics and the NBA for almost 40 years.  That interest began with the classic Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Final, blossomed during the original Big Three era, and persisted through the lean years of the 90s and the "Thanksdad" Gaston era.  Rich has been blogging and podcasting through CLNS Radio for the past two years  and also hosts a technology podcast; The Tech Life on the Beats and Eats network.  You can follow him on Twitter @richconte and find him as a frequent contributor to the Celtics Beat Podcast discussion group on Facebook.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 23:45

NBA Offseason Musical Chairs

Will Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics have a seat when the music stops?

Saturday, 31 May 2014 15:41

Kevin Love visiting Boston this weekend

Maybe the Celtics aren't such a longshot in the Love sweepstakes.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:36

The Curious Case of Rajon Rondo

Is the Celtics All Star Point Guard the leader they need?

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been surrounded by questions, and outright criticism, about his attitude seemingly since he burst onto the scene as the starter on the 2008 Championship team.  His on-court actions and body language are as scrutinized as any player in the league; on par with superstar media magnets like Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.

He IS the central question in any speculation about GM Danny Ainge’s plan to rebuild the franchise.  Can a team built around Rondo compete?  ...Or even function on a day-to-day basis?

The national and local media have shaped public perception of Rondo and his attitude by interleaving it with nearly every major Celtics story over the past several years.

Will the Celtics make a move at the trade deadline?

They are “shopping” Rondo because they don’t believe they can build around him.

The Celtics hire Brad Stevens as their new head coach.

Will Rondo and Stevens be able to coexist or does the hiring mean the end of Rondo’s tenure in Boston?

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Rondo’s attitude will deteriorate in a losing environment and without his mentors around.

Doc Rivers leaves the Celtics to become head coach of the LA Clippers.

The veteran head coach’s strained relationship with Rondo influenced his departure.

Free Agent Ray Allen spurns the Celtics and signs with the arch-rival Miami Heat

The veteran shooting guard’s strained relationship with Rondo influenced his departure.

The Celtics trade center Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rondo’s attitude will deteriorate without his long time friend no longer on the team.

Starting to sound repetitive?

Of course it does because it is basically the same story; the media extrapolating and sensationalizing the actions of an impact player finding his way in the NBA and imbuing the storyline with much more long-term significance than they have in reality.

The reality is that while;

Rondo is headstrong and extremely competitive. Rondo absolutely had an occasionally tempestuous relationship with Doc Rivers. Rondo’s relationship with Ray Allen did deteriorate, especially as the latter’s skills deteriorated. Rondo has occasionally made bad decisions, both on and off the court.

None of those facts really have much bearing on Rondo’s ability to lead.

The questionable on and off court decisions certainly warrant the closest examination.

His most recent transgression was his decision to skip a trip to Sacramento in lieu of attending a birthday party with his family in Los Angeles.  Beyond that, he’s been guilty of poorly-timed technicals, bumping officials, dust-ups with current teammate Kris Humphries (when he was a member of the Nets) and Kirk Hinrich, and above all else, a healthy share of general surliness.

These issues can be traced back to his fierce competitiveness.  In that, he’s not alone among past and present NBA superstars, many of whom were lauded for their leadership.

In the interest of perspective, it’s probably helpful to note that Rondo hasn’t:

Punched out a teammate Punched out a bar patron Injured his hand punching out a bar patron during the playoffs Left the team to try another sport Left the team to sleep on a park bench Been put on trial for rape

I’ll leave it to you match these shining examples of leadership with the appropriate names.  The point isn’t to besmirch past NBA players.  All of these incidents are already well-known by even casual NBA fans.

Nor is the point to excuse Rondo’s behavior.  In all likelihood, he’s not the most agreeable guy.  He may even be a complete ass.  Most of us will never know and I doubt few, if any media members really know.

The point is that anti-social, even sociopathic behavior is often part of the hyper-competitive package that drives a player to compete at the highest NBA level and allows them to drive others to compete for NBA titles.  This is one of the uncomfortable realities of our social contract with competitive sports.  Sure, we want our sports heroes to be role models like...well...real life heroes.  What we really NEED though, is for them to win.

The only question about Rondo’s attitude that is relevant to his ability to lead is the question of his competitiveness.  That question can take many forms beyond how competitive he is on the court:

Will he put in the off-the-court work necessary to compete at the highest level on the court? Does he value team achievements more than individual achievements? Can he foster similar competitiveness in his teammates? Is he willing to lose a battle to win a war?

There are still unanswered questions that will determine how well his competitiveness will translate into effective leadership.  However, there is already ample and unmistakable evidence that the potential is there.

As the Celtics rebuild, they not only need talent, they need talent that knows how to compete and win. Players like Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Kelly Olynyk need to learn how to be their best in the biggest moments.  They need to learn how to be the best of the best in the biggest moments.

In only his second season, Rajon Rondo was THE best player on the floor in Game 6 when the Celtics won the 2008 NBA title.

It was Rondo that catalyzed the Celtics surprising 2010 playoff run.  He would have been the NBA Finals MVP if they had held on to that ill-fated 13 point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 7 against the Lakers.

In Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals against Lebron James and the Heat, Rondo scored 44 points, handed out 10 assists and was again the best player on the court.

Performances like these are the platform for leadership.  Danny Ainge knows this.  Trade rumors have swirled around Rondo as far back as 2008 and Ainge has no doubt had actual conversations about trading him.

Still, Rondo wears the Green.  While no move is out of the question, Celtics fans shouldn’t be surprised if that doesn’t change anytime soon.

There have been no shortage of anonymous sources eager to cast doubt on Rondo and his attitude, but none other than Kevin Garnett has gone on record as saying about him:

“I love Rondo.  He knows that, and I would do anything for him”

No one, at least in recent years, has been more singularly, even maniacally focused on winning and on team than KG.  His endorsement of Rondo should be all the convincing that Celtics fans need.

Rajon Rondo might not be the leader Celtics fans deserve, but he may just be the leader they need.

 

Next Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline has the potential to be the most significant moment in the rebuilding process since the blockbuster trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn last July.  GM Danny Ainge has some problematic contracts he would like to delete from the Celtics cap sheet and some veteran players without a clear role in the future of the team that may have some value to teams jockeying for playoff position.  On the flip side, he has a bevy of draft picks and young players at his disposal if an opportunity arises to add a transformative talent to the roster.

What happens is anyone’s guess as trade deadline activity is typically an exercise in chaos theory even in a quiet year.  While there is a significant disparity between conferences, there is a great deal of parity within each conference with as many as 12 teams in each conference having a legitimate chance at the postseason.  Toss in a dozen or so franchises (Washington, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Detroit, New York and Cleveland in the East, and Dallas, Phoenix, Golden State, Memphis, Minnesota, and New Orleans in the West) that are desperate to make a playoff appearance and this year’s trade market could be a seller’s paradise.

Ainge and the Celtics are positioned well for the future but there is still plenty of work to do to return the franchise to championship contention.  How much of that work gets accomplished next week will have a direct impact on how quickly the return to prominence is realized.  Here are the best case, worst case, and most likely trade deadline scenarios for the players most frequently mentioned in the rumor mill.

Brandon Bass

Best Case – A franchise like the Washington Wizards are so desperate to make a playoff push that they are willing to take on Gerald Wallace’s contract just to acquire Bass.  An added bonus would be netting a draft pick in the deal.

Worst Case – Ainge is desperate enough to clear the last year and $7M of Bass’ contract off the cap sheet that he includes a 1st round pick in a deal to make it happen.

Most Likely – Bass is packaged along with the expiring contract of Keith Bogans in exchange for a player on a more substantial expiring deal like Emeka Okafor of Phoenix.

Kris Humphries

Best Case – Mr. Kardashian’s ability to crash the glass, steady mid-range shot, and $12M expiring deal makes him irresistible to Michael Jordan and the Bobcats.  Ainge is able to package Humphries and Bogans in exchange for Ben Gordon’s expiring contract and a young talent like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Worst Case – There really isn’t one.  His contract expires at the end of the season and at worst, he may steal some valuable minutes from Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani.

Most Likely – In a slight twist on the Best Case scenario, a Humphries for Gordon and a 1st round pick makes a lot of sense on both sides.  The Bobcats help their playoff push by adding a rebounder/energy guy to play alongside Al Jefferson and the Celtics add another pick for their trouble.

Gerald Wallace

Best Case – Some playoff-hungry team is so desperate for a veteran role player that they are willing to swallow the 2 years/$20M he’s owed after this year straight up for an expiring contract.

Worst Case – Wallace is still on the roster February 21st clogging up the Celtics Salary Cap arteries like a Super Sized Big Mac Meal.

Most Likely – Ainge finds a home for Crash but it costs the Celtics a draft pick as a relocation fee.

Keith Bogans

Best Case – The veteran swingman’s $6M expiring contract enables Ainge to make the Salary Cap numbers work on a blockbuster deal that brings an impact player back to the Cs.

Worst Case – Ainge can’t find a trade to his liking and the value of Bogans’ deal as a building block for a blockbuster deal is squandered.

Most Likely – Bogans’ contract facilitates a trade that helps the Celtics shed a bad contract.

Avery Bradley

Best Case – There aren’t many trade scenarios involving Bradley that make a lot of sense, but one that might be attractive to the Celtics would be a Bradley/Wallace/future 1st round pick to the Pelicans for Eric Gordon.

Worst Case – Ainge is concerned that Bradley will get a Restricted Free Agent offer that he won’t be willing to match and deals the defensive menace for 50 cents on the dollar.

Most Likely – Bradley stays in Boston, continues to gain experience playing next to Rajon Rondo and increases his value, both on the trade market and the free agent market.

Jared Sullinger

Best Case –The physical, skilled, but undersized forward is the centerpiece of a deal that brings back the player he’s most often compared to; Kevin Love.

Worst Case – Not much downside associated with the rapidly developing power forward.  It is extremely unlikely that Ainge deals him without something significant coming back to Boston.

Most Likely – Sully is still on the C’s roster, getting more consistent on the glass, and figuring out how to get his points against long, active defenders.

Jeff Green

Best Case – Green stays put and establishes himself as a bona fide 20ppg scorer and 3rd option over the last two months of the season.

Worst Case – Ainge decides that the remaining 2 years/$18+M left on Green’s contract is a significant enough impediment to rebuilding that he is willing to cut bait on the enigmatic forward in exchange for an expiring contract.

Most Likely – Despite many phone calls and emails, Ainge can’t find the right deal for Green and he continues to drive Celtics fans crazy with his inconsistency.

Rajon Rondo

Best Case – The all-star point guard continues to round into form in a Celtics uniform, decides he doesn’t want to test the Free Agent market after all and signs a 5 year extension at a hometown discount.

Worst Case – Ainge decides that more ping-pong balls are the key to future glory and trades Rondo away to ensure a steady stream of losses.

Most Likely – Adrian Wojnarowski types Rondo’s name so many times in the next week that he develops a insatiable urge to play Connect Four, but when the deadline passes, Rondo is still Captain of the Celtics and the clock starts counting down until he hits free agency.

 

The significance of Rajon Rondo's return on and off the court

He’s back!

The Celtics and the Lakers came into last night’s game with a combined record of 28-51.  Matchups between these two preeminent NBA franchises typically loom large over the NBA schedule.  With both teams careening towards irrelevance, this one would have been a complete afterthought if not for the return of Rajon Rondo.

A late barrage of Laker threes, a controversial out of bounds call, and a couple of clutch Ryan Kelly free throws sent the Celtics to a 107-104 loss; their 13th in the last 15 games.  The loss dropped them to 14-27 and a tie with the tanktastic Utah Jazz for the fourth worst record in the league.  The real significance of last night’s otherwise forgettable game was first game action in nearly a year for the Celtics’ lightning quick lightning rod guard.

Rondo’s impact on the court was a mixed bag.  He finished with 8 points (on 4-9 shooting), 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.  He was -8 for the game and -6 down the stretch as the Celtics failed to put away the Lakers despite an eight point lead with 3:27 to play.

On the positive side, he was out there making plays; something the Celtics have desperately needed on both ends of the court this season.  The passes weren’t always converted and the defensive pressure didn’t always result in stops, but it was plainly evident that once the cobwebs clear, the Celtics have the catalyst and leader that they’ve been missing this season.

Use the word ‘leader’ in any sentence that features Rondo as the subject and you are guaranteed to incite the ire of a not-insignificant sample of Celtics fans (and media).  However, it is not debatable that the Celtics organization is committed to finding out whether he is ready to be the face of the franchise as it transitions to its next era of success.  This was made crystal clear when starting lineups were announced with Rondo introduced as the Celtics captain succeeding Paul Pierce.

Rondo’s return to the lineup will no doubt mean an uptick in the national media attention paid to the Celtics (for example, yesterday’s excellent Kirk Goldsberry piece in Grantland).  On the court, he will hopefully kick-start the Celtics play, especially as he gets up to game speed and accustomed to this relatively new set of teammates.  However, the most significant impact of his presence will be the effect it has on the rebuilding process.

Since the blockbuster trade that sent Pierce and Kevin Garnett down I-95 towards Brooklyn, the Celtics have been in a holding pattern, largely due to Rondo’s absence.  Competing without the two veteran Hall-of-Famers was unlikely enough to begin with, but without the all-star point guard, it became utterly unthinkable.

At the same time, it has also been very difficult to evaluate the talent on hand and how they fit into the future vision without the presumed centerpiece that vision is built around.  Finally, there are still substantial questions surrounding Rondo’s ability to the foundation that vision is built on.  Answering those questions is paramount to the process, especially considering the looming decision of whether to sign him to a max-level deal.

Accordingly, GM Danny Ainge has bided his time; making a couple of minor deals to acquire a additional draft picks and create some future cap flexibility.

Getting Rondo back on the court allows Ainge and Head Coach Brad Stevens to better determine how Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Jeff Green and perhaps even Brandon Bass figure into that future vision.   It also enables them to make a long-term decision on Rondo himself and more precisely plot the post Big Three future for the franchise.

Barring the unlikely scenario of a true impact player coming onto the market or a contender making a godfather offer for Rondo or Green, it would appear that any moves between now and the trade deadline will continue to be focused on converting players that clearly aren’t part of the future into assets and/or cap flexibility.

In a perfect world, the Celtics will be heading into March without Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans (already a ghost), Brandon Bass, and despite his surprisingly effective play of late, even Kris Humphries.  The final 27 games of the season (after the February 20 trade deadline) then become an extended try-out for the next great Celtics team.  In a nice bit of symmetry, those 27 games kick off in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

After that, the rebuild begins in earnest with the onset of the 2014 offseason.  Celtics fans should strap in because a wild ride is just getting started!

 

Join hosts Rich Conte and Nick Gelso as they welcome guest Sekou Smith of NBA.com to Celtics Beat this week at 2pm on Saturday 1/4.  Rich and Nick will talk Celtics and the NBA in general and get Sekou's take on the Eastern Conference playoff race and many more topics.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/clnsradio/2014/01/04/celtics-beat-14-with-guest-sekou-smith

 

A look at how the Boston Celtics fit in the NBA trade market

Let the wheeling and dealing begin!  This week marked the unofficial beginning of the NBA in-season trade market.  Free agents signed this offseason became eligible to be traded last Sunday.  Toronto and Sacramento jumped the gun a bit last week with a seven-player deal featuring Rudy Gay.  That early deal might be a harbinger of an active two months leading up to the February 20th trade deadline.

Teams that feel they have a chance to compete are generally motivated to wait and see which players become available as the deadline nears; hoping for that piece that best addresses their need and puts them over the top.  Similarly, teams that are looking to move pieces that don’t fit their long-term plans are motivated to wait for demand to peak and drive up the value of what they have to offer.

This season, those dynamics are skewed by two factors; the significant competitive imbalance between the Eastern and Western conferences and the incredible parity within each of the conferences.  A reasonable argument can be made that more than half, 17 of the 30, teams in the NBA are trying to figure out if they will be buyers or sellers.  That number doesn’t include an 18th team, the Raptors, that would be in that position if they hadn’t already declared themselves a seller with the Rudy Gay deal.  That uncertainty creates an opportunity for some teams to gain an edge by dealing early rather than waiting and risk being left standing when the game of musical chairs heats up close to the deadline.

For the Celtics, this chaotic market could mark a big first step that shapes the direction of the post Big Three rebuilding effort.

The Celtics have surpassed everyone's expectations thus far.  Their 12-15 record has them in first place in the Atlantic division and right in the middle of the (frankly depressing) Eastern Conference playoff race.  Their surprising spot in the standings, the encouraging play of the team as a whole, and the imminent return of all star point guard Rajon Rondo, puts them in the position to take either direction.

GM Danny Ainge can use some of the attractive assets they’ve accrued to improve the roster and make a serious run at the playoffs.  Alternately, he can choose to move the remaining veterans and make a run at the top of the deep 2014 draft.  The choice that Ainge makes will set the course for the rebuilding effort that started on draft night last summer.

An even more interesting scenario to consider is how the composition of the roster could put the Celtics in the unique position of being both a buyer and a seller.

Normally, trading away a veteran starter sends a signal, around the league and inside the locker room, that winning is no longer a priority.  However, with logjams at the 4 (Sullinger, Bass, Olynyk, and Humphries), the 2 (Bradley, Lee, Brooks, and even Crawford when Rondo returns) and even the 3 (Green and Wallace) the Celtics have the freedom to move a player or two for draft picks and/or cap flexibility while at the same time, looking at other deals that could augment their playoff chances.

So who might get dealt?  Well, no one on this roster is untouchable, but you can categorize the players into three groups.

The first group consists of the players that Ainge will be actively looking to move for future assets and cap flexibility.  This list undoubtedly includes Gerald Wallace, Courtney Lee, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks and Keith Bogans.  The first three have shown that they can potentially help a contender as a role player or end-of-the-bench injury insurance.  Brooks and Bogans don’t have much value but their contracts could help facilitate a deal.

Ainge (and Celtic fans) would presumably consider it a victory if he can manage to shed Wallace and Lee’s contracts and may even be willing to include a future draft pick to make that happen.  Any future asset, even a second round pick, that he can extract in a deal involving these guys would be a bonus.

So where might Ainge find such a deal?  Best bets are teams that are (or consider themselves) part of the playoff picture; especially those with obvious holes or injury issues.

Obvious candidates include the Knicks, Cavaliers, and Bobcats in the Eastern Conference and the Lakers and Clippers in the Western Conference.  New York, with their significant injury issues (not to mention owner James Dolan’s history of short-sighted decisions) seem especially ripe for a lopsided deal.

Wallace, Humphries, and Lee for Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert works under the salary cap. Amare’s contract is one of the worst in the league, but has only one year remaining after this year while Wallace and Lee’s deals each have two years remaining.  The deal would make the Celtics viable players in the 2015 free agent market.  Shumpert fits as a first guard off the bench and another defensive menace in the backcourt to complement Avery Bradley.

The next group consists of the wildcards; Rajon Rondo, Brandon Bass, and Jordan Crawford.  Rondo and Bass are proven playoff performers, while Crawford has established himself this season as a reliable contributor.  Each could be a significant component of the Celtics’ future.  However, they each also have question marks that could cast their long-term place with the franchise in doubt.

For Crawford, the question is whether his play thus far this season is an anomaly or whether he has turned an important corner in his career.  If Ainge and coach Brad Stevens have any doubts, they could decide to sell high on the fourth-year guard.

Brandon Bass has been the team’s most consistent performer this season.  He has become a solid defender and rebounder and has always been a reliable mid-range shooter.  However, he is owed nearly 7 million next season and if Ainge intends to explore opportunities to improve the team through free agency next summer, getting Bass’ contract off the books is a priority.

As for Rondo, the team continues to insist that he is the key cog in the rebuilding effort and it’s easy to see why.  His basketball IQ, competitiveness and mental toughness can have a significant positive impact on a young roster developing its identity.  The questions center around his willingness and ability to serve as a positive influence on a team that will struggle to compete and what his salary expectations are once his current deal expires in 2015.

Crawford and Bass are attractive trade targets for contenders looking for a final piece of the puzzle while Rondo will surely have several suitors should Ainge make him available.  Bass was a central figure in the recent Omer Asik rumors and Rondo’s name has been floated in a rumored deal with Sacramento that no one (other than Donny Marshall) seems to be taking very seriously.

The third group is made up of the players that are potentially part of Ainge’s vision for the future but could be moved in a deal to bring in an established impact player.  Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, Vitor Faverani, and Phil Pressey make up this group.  To varying degrees, these guys have demonstrated enough potential, relative to their contracts, to suggest that they may have a role to play in the long-term.  However, if the opportunity to land an impact player presents itself, Ainge wouldn’t hesitate to include any of them in a deal.

It is still a little early to have a clear sense of which players might become available.  Here are a few names to consider:

LaMarcus Aldridge’s name was tossed around the rumor mill last summer under the assumption that if Portland struggled out of the gate, they might be inclined to start over.  However, their hot start to the season, fueled in large part by Aldridge’s MVP-level play, surely takes his name off the table.

The Knicks’ struggles and resulting drama has cast doubt on Carmelo Anthony’s desire to commit for the long term (his current deal runs through next season).  If New York decides that they can’t overcome their dismal start and a list of injuries that seems to grow daily, they could look to deal Anthony and reshuffle the deck.  Even if owner James Dolan were to set aside his ego and agree to move the mercurial forward, it is hard to see him dealing a franchise player to a division rival.  Furthermore, Anthony is rapidly approaching 30 and probably isn’t a fit for the type of team that Ainge and Stevens envision.

Kevin Love is the presumed jewel of the 2015 offseason (his contract runs through 2016 but he has an opt-out clause that he can exercise after 2015) and is considered a lock to leave Minnesota when he gets the chance.  The Timberwolves were considered a favorite for one of the lower playoff seeds in the Western Conference coming into this season.  They are currently a mediocre 13-14 and 2 games out of the eighth spot.  Could Flip Saunders decide to cut his losses and deal Love to kickstart (yet another) rebuild of the Timberwolves?  If so, Ainge could put together a compelling package likely centered around Jared Sullinger and multiple picks.

Detroit, much like the Celtics, has benefited greatly from the Eastern Conference morass of mediocrity.  Their 13-15 record puts them in the 6th seed and they seem like a decent bet to return to the playoffs after a four year absence.  They signed Josh Smith in the offseason to complement Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in their frontcourt.  The three players haven’t exactly meshed as GM Joe Dumars envisioned and Monroe’s name has been floated as the most likely of the three to be moved.  The 6-11 big man is a skilled offensive player and could potentially complement Jared Sullinger’s game.  However, he is below average defensively and Dumars would be seeking a return package centered around Rondo.

After a tremendous 56 win season and conference finals appearance, the Memphis Grizzlies have struggled to a 10-15 record.  They are on the outside looking in to the Western Conference playoffs and will be without center Marc Gasol through at least the rest of this month, if not longer.  Their struggles, along with the improving play of Ed Davis, could make power forward Zach Randolph available. Z-Bo is a beast in the post and could give the offensively challenged Celtics some much-needed firepower inside.  However, he is subpar defensively and is on the wrong side of 30.

Similarly, 33-year-old Pau Gasol will undoubtedly be shopped by the Lakers but wouldn’t fit in Boston unless Ainge decided that there is enough talent on the roster to make a run in the playoffs this season.  Gasol’s name has been linked with the C’s several times in the past, but it’s hard to see the Lakers and Celtics matching up on a deal this time around.

That brings us to the one player that, all things considered, seems the most likely match for the Celtics; Utah’s Gordon Hayward.  The Jazz are, without a doubt, looking to land in the lottery this season and at 7-22 are headed exactly in that direction.  Hayward is a young (23) emerging offensive threat and underrated defender whose contract expires at the end of the season.  Unless Utah is committed to the 6-8 swingman as part of their future, the Celtics could part with an asset or two and reunite him with Stevens, his former coach at Butler.

The next 10 weeks should be very interesting for Celtics fans.  After the deadline passes, we will have a much clearer understanding of Danny Ainge’s approach to rebuilding the franchise.

 

 

Saturday, 14 December 2013 16:58

Celtics Beat 12/14 with Jeff Goodman

Join hosts Matt Rury and Rich Conte on CLNS Radio's Celtics Beat Saturday 12/14 as they welcome guest, ESPN Draft Expert, Jeff Goodman to the show.  In addition to talkng about the upcoming 2014 draft with Jeff, Matt and Rich will also cover this week's Reunion Week games against the Nets and Clippers, Jordan Crawford's all star chances, and what the NBA trade market might hold in store for the Celtics.

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/clnsradio/2013/12/14/celtics-beat-1214-with-guest-jeff-goodman

Saturday, 30 November 2013 14:48

Celtics Beat 11/30 with guest Larry Russell

Join hosts Rich Conte and Andre Snellings at 2pm today as they welcome guest, CLNS columnist and Celtic Historian Larry Russell to discuss the recent week of Celtic games, the emergence of Jared Sullinger and the Lakers extension of Kobe Bryant's contract.

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/clnsradio/2013/11/30/clns-celtics-beat-with-rich-conte--11302013

Saturday, 02 November 2013 15:21

Celtics Beat 11/2 with guest Evan Abrams

Join hosts Rich Conte and Andre Snellings at 2pm as they welcome their guest, sports betting analyst Evan Abrams of ESPN and Betropolitan Sports, as they discuss the latest NBA odds and over/unders as well as the opening week action in the NBA.

Follow the episode via live streaming audio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/clnsradio/2013/11/02/celtics-beat-112-with-rich-conte-and-guest-evan-abrams or dial in (347) 215-7771.