For Allen, naming child is about consistency

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For Allen, naming child is about consistency

BOSTON -- Ray Allen is one of the most routine players in the NBA, so its no surprise he stays consistent in other facets of his life, including naming his children.

On Wednesday, Allen and his wife Shannon welcomed their fourth son, Wystan Ryan Allen. Sidelined with a jammed left ankle, the Celtics guard did not travel with the team to Orlando for a game against the Magic and was at the hospital to videotape the birth.

When it came time to choose a name, Allen wanted to continue the tradition of his sons having the same initials. Wystan is youngest brother of Walter (Ray) III, Walker, and Wynn.

We had a lot of advice and a lot of names being said because all of our boys are W.R.A, Allen said prior to Fridays game against the Indiana Pacers. We scoured every W name we could.

Among those suggestions included one from teammate Mickael Pietrus to name his son Windmill, as in the dunk. That name did not make the cut.

We got down to that day in the hospital and we had our top three or four and we talked about how the nicknames kids would give him and kind of what life would be like if we gave him something crazy and what we would call him, he said. Probably what gave that name top seed was the fact that our last son born was Wynn. Our first two sons are Wal, so this was, Wy. Thats kind of how we rationalized it.

Allen thinks Wystan will be nicknamed either Wys or Wiz. As for the middle name Ryan, there was a thought behind that, too.

We came up with a couple different Rs that made sense and flowed together, he said before adding in jest, When you get mad at your son youve got to throw that middle name in, so we had to make sure it rolled off our tongue correctly so hed kind of understand that he was in deep water.

Report: Ainge in Israel this weekend scouting Dragan Bender

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Report: Ainge in Israel this weekend scouting Dragan Bender

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and his son, Austin Ainge, the team’s director of player personnel, will be in Israel this weekend scouting Dragan Bender, the potential No. 3 pick in the draft, the Boston Herald reported. 

Bender, a 7-foot-1, 18-year-old from Croatia, won’t be playing in games this weekend but will be practicing for Maccabi Tel Aviv.  Bender is a bench player for Maccabi, averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. Still, his size and potential to develop  have him projected to go as high as No. 3.

Here’s CSN’s scouting report of Bender.

Danny Ainge was in Croatia earlier this week scouting 6-11 Ante Zizic. 

 

Report: 76ers look to deal Okafor or Noel in draft trade

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Report: 76ers look to deal Okafor or Noel in draft trade

There’s a high likelihood the Philadelphia 76ers will trade Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel in connection with the June 23 draft, in which the Sixers hold the No. 1 pick, ESPN’s Chad Ford reported.

The Celtics, who have the No. 3 pick, have been rumored to be willing to part with it in a deal that includes Okafor.

Ford said in an interview with Philadelphia-area radio station ESPN 97.3:

You will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season. I think that they'll gauge the interest of both players. I think that there might be a slight preference for Noel, to keep him around with the Sixers, and I think you might be right, there might be a slight, better value for Okafor out on the market, but I think everyone agrees that that combination of those two players doesn't necessarily work.

The Sixers are expected to choose LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram with the top pick.  Ford and Marc Stein also reported Philly’s willingness to deal Okafor or Noel in this ESPN article. 

As a deal with the Celtics for the No. 3 pick, Ford told 97.3:

Absolutely…If I was Philadelphia, it would be done tomorrow. I don't know if Boston would do it, but for Philadelphia, 100 percent. That would allow them to actually I think bring in another guard, an elite guard, whether that's Kris Dunn or Jamal Murray, and suddenly now you've got a very, very bright future. I think that's an easy call for the Sixers if Boston would do it.