Mannix: Celtics should pursue Pau Gasol

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Mannix: Celtics should pursue Pau Gasol

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix joins SportsNet Central to discuss what moves he would try to make if he were Danny Ainge.

The Celtics are fresh off a beatdown by the L.A. Clippers, a game in which the C's scored a season-low 77 points. How much of that is attributable to a bad Celtics performance, and how much is attributable to the Clippers being a really good team?

Mannix believes the Clippers may be the best team in the NBA so he's inclined to give more credit to Clippers, but he does see room for improvement in Boston.

Mannix recalled his preseason prediction: "I don't think that Kevin Garnett can hold up at the center spot and I stand by that. I think that is the Celtics biggest weakness."

What alternatives might be out there?

"I would be aggressive whether it's free agency or trades, I would look everywhere to find front court help," said Mannix. "We hate dealing with the Lakers here in Boston, but I think that Pau Gasol is someone I would aggressively pursue if the Lakers start to continue their slide in the month of January."

Could the Celtics put together a package that would appeal to the Lakers? All of that remains to be seen.

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Cink takes leave from PGA tour as wife battles cancer

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Cink takes leave from PGA tour as wife battles cancer

Stewart Cink announces he is stepping away from competitive golf to be with his wife, Lisa, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Time for Red Sox to clear away Clay

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Time for Red Sox to clear away Clay

In our Early Edition production meeting, someone said Clay Buchholz was pitching for his job tonight.

Sorry, not anymore.

As soon as Steven Wright pitched well for the fifth straight time last night, Buchholz's train left the station. It’s time to do with Clay what the Sox did to Panda: Make up an injury, fake a surgery (okay, that’s all a bit of an overstatement with Sandoval) and get him out of the way.

As soon as the White Sox said goodbye to John Danks, we all said the same thing: If Chicago can do it, why can’t Boston? Danks was to start tonight against Buchholz, but the Chisox said "No more" and paid off the final year of his $65 million contract. The Bosox -- haven’t heard that term in a while, have you? -- could do the same with Clay and the $13 million he's owed for this season, plus a $500,000 buyout at the end of the year. 

David Price is the No. 1 starter and eventually he'll be fine. Eduardo Rodriquez gave up three runs in six innings last night for Pawtucket and will soon be ready to take his spot in the No. 2 slot. Then there's my pick to click, Rick Porcello (with a 2.76 ERA), and the previously mentioned Wright with his 1.76 ERA. Wright was supposed to be the odd man out when E-Rod returned, but that’s not happening. So there are your top four starters. And what about Joe Kelly when he comes back? I would rather see Kelly and anyone from Pawtucket pitch in the fifth spot instead of Buchholz and his 6.51 ERA.

Is there any reason to keep Buchholz?  Not that I can see. Clay can throw his second career no-hitter tonight and my feelings won't change.

It’s time to move on from Clay Buchholz.

Ainge: Isaiah Thomas is ‘our leprechaun’

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Ainge: Isaiah Thomas is ‘our leprechaun’

The Celtics will be represented at the NBA Draft Lottery by guard Isaiah Thomas. Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge discussed this and more on Wednesday.