David Falk, agent for Jeff Green, has had exploratory contract talks with “12 to 14 teams.”
“I know that (the Celtics) want Jeff to come back, from (general manager) Danny (Ainge) to the owners to Doc and to his teammates,” Falk said. “He loves Boston. We’re waiting to see what happens with KG, what happens with Ray…There are other teams that could be very, very interesting to him around the league that will also have cap room.
“We’ve picked out three or four teams, of which Boston is one, that he has a high level of interest in talking to. I would say that Boston is the incumbent, but I’ve learned in this business not to assume things. Nothing is guaranteed.”
Danny Ainge does not want to see another decline in the franchise like the one that happened after the Boston Celtics’ original Big Three dried up, and he is reportedly willing to break up his current star trio to ensure that.
The only problem is that he is not seeing any worthwhile deals to make.
The Celtics have limped to a 5-8 start behind 34-year-old Paul Pierce, 35-year-old Kevin Garnett and 36-year-old Ray Allen. Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, told The Boston Globe that he would consider a trade if it would help the team get younger and be poised to be competitive in the next era.
Celtics president Danny Ainge said today the club will make a qualifying contract offer to Jeff Green, meaning it will have the right to match any offer made to the restricted free agent.
The Celtics have until Thursday to make the move and Ainge said, “it will happen this week.”
Green came to the Celtics in the controversial February trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder that involved Kendrick Perkins. The Celtics acquired Green and Nenad Krstic but Krstic has agreed to a contract with CSKA Moscow that will become official next week.
The Celtics plan for Green to play a bigger role next season after he struggled to get untracked coming off the bench.
Shaquille O’Neal failed a conditioning test this morning, and has been ruled out indefinitely by the Boston Celtics.
Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, made the announcement this afternoon with team physician, Dr. Brian McKeon.
“He has been making progress,” Ainge said. “We tried to get him out there to practice today, simulate the game as much as we could. He’s not ready. We don’t know when he’ll be ready.”
McKeon said the trial O’Neal was involved in consisted of him running, a test McKeon acknowledged O’Neal had failed.
“It didn’t work,” McKeon said. “It’s just too sore. We’re going to spend another … get back to tomorrow and hopefully we’ll get him back soon.”
According to Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge, Shaquille O’Neal is expected to practice Thursday and be ready for Game 1 of the Celtics’ first-round series against the New York Knicks.
O’Neal missed 27 games with an Achilles tendon and foot injuries. He then played 5 minutes, 36 seconds in his return, before straining a right calf muscle. He has not played since April 3rd.
The Big Shaqtus has played just 37 games this season with various injuries, and it has been apparent recently that the Celtics could use his presence in the middle.
“I have every confidence that he will be ready and play in the playoffs,” said Ainge.
The Boston Celtics are hurting at shooting guard with Marquis Daniels recently bruising his spinal cord and Delonte West not consistently healthy. So team president Danny Ainge has been trying to swing a trade of some sort before Thursday’s deadline.
The team is interested in Anthony Parker of the Cleveland Cavaliers as well as Shane Battier of the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets and Celts have “discussed the prospect of Battier moving East,” according to sources.
The Celtics are keeping their eyes open for available players, and the pool will increase with the trade deadline upcoming.
Still, it has been reported that team president Danny Ainge is pleased with his current roster and would like to see what happens when Delonte West and Jermaine O’Neal return from injury.
Detroit’s Richard Hamilton would intrigue Ainge, but the Pistons would have to work out a buyout of his remaining $30 million, which includes an early termination option for 2012-13. It seems hopeless that Hamilton and the Pistons can continue beyond this season.
The Celtics are bringing troubled guard Delonte West back to Boston.
Celtics president Danny Ainge confirmed on Wednesday that the team will re-sign West, who started his career in Boston.
West spent three seasons with the Celtics before being dealt to Seattle in the draft-day trade that paired Ray Allen with Paul Pierce.
He will be ineligible for the first 10 games of the season after being suspended by the league following a guilty plea on weapons charges in the state of Maryland.
The Celtics have a roster spot open and are currently looking for a shooter, meaning Rudy Fernandez could be an option.
“We’re just continuing to explore available players and trade possibilities and see what sort of options are there,” said Danny Ainge. “There are some trade discussions that we’re having. I don’t know the likelihood of those happening.”
Another option for the Celtics could be free agent veteran Larry Hughes.