Another Rivers on the way?


Another Rivers on the way?

We're less than two hours from the NBA Draft, meaning I'm pretty limited in what I can say. After all, the longer I take to post this, the more likely it will be out of date. The more likely that the Celtics that you knew when you started reading this sentence will no longer exist.

If you follow our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter, and by God I hope you do, then you know that Danny Ainge and company are currently burning up the phone lines and have multiple trade scenarios floating in the air.They're still looking to move up into the lottery. They're also looking to possibly trade for OJ Mayo or Josh Smith.

But juiciest rumor of them all comes courtesy of Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick:

"Sources say Boston's push to move into the lottery is partly driven by a desire to land Duke's Austin Rivers, son of Cs coach Doc Rivers. Celtics have the No. 21 and No. 22 picks."

Now, I know a lot of people have automatically written off trading for Austin Rivers as an outright disaster. But I don't think it's an awful idea. I don't think it's impossible for Doc to coach his son and be successful at the same time. Will it be easy? No. But what situation ever is.

I'm not going to get to into right now, because we're still only talking about a rumor, and if it actually happens there will be PLENTY of time to analyze. But it's way too easy to say that it could never work. Doing so would be to give such little credit to how much Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers care about the Celtics, and how much thought and discussion would have to happen before making a move like this. But whatever, maybe we'll talk about this tomorrow. Or maybe Austin will go to New Orleans and we'll never talk about this again (at least not until he's a free agent).

But for now, just sit back and enjoy the rumors, enjoy the speculation and most of all, enjoy the draft.

See everyone tomorrow.

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Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
Rob Whalen RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
Brian Johnson LHP