NBA Twine Update: Boston Celtics Week in Review

By Mark Loiselle

The Boston Celtics have learned little about the early stages of 2012 NBA off-season including Ray Allen and Mickeal Pietrus encompassing successful surgeries, Paul Pierce trade scenarios, and Kevin Garnett’s fine and speculation on potential retirement.

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According to ESPN Boston’s writer Chris Forsberg, shooting guards Allen and Pietrus underwent arthroscopic surgeries on Wednesday. Specifically, the  15-year veteran had bone spurs removed in his right ankle.  The France native fixes impaired right knee.

The former member of the UConn Huskies’ value might go up especially due to the reason when he is healthy he is one, if not the best shooter in NBA. In the 2011-12 season, he averaged 14.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Some teams that may express interest are the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks.

At age 36, he still has a lot left in the tank.

“I have a lot of basketball left in my legs,” Allen confidently stated after loss against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Pietrus, the entertaining bench player, looked solid throughout the playoffs with an agonizing sensation in his knee. His market could strongly increase from what he brought to the table this season posting 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in each contest. He has said he wanted to re-sign with the Celtics, is their something in the forthcoming?

“Hopefully, I’ll be back,” Pietrus commented on his future with Boston. “Hopefully, everybody will be back.”

A few days ago, ESPN’s Rich Bucher came up with a trade notion consisting of Paul Pierce for Lakers’ power forward Pau Gasol.

He believes both teams would upgrade and improve.

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My question is how, and why would the Celtics trade for a decent 31-year old power forward. Danny Ainge and company should look past this scenario and show loyalty to the captain, as they have been for years?

In the other words, let Pierce retire as a Celtic. Over the course of this week, there has been rumors that Garnett wouldn’t be back due to possible retirement. But before all that happens, he must pay a hefty $25,000 fine for ignoring the media after the Game 7 devastating defeat.

A Kevin Garnett’s signing is a main priority for the green team this summer. If Garnett moves onto another team or retires the Celtics must find another option to solidify the “Big Ticket” void.

The “Big Ticket” could become a stub in weeks to come. Stay tuned for speculation in the upcoming weeks as July 1st is when the off-season officially starts.


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