Barbosa reaches agreement with Celtics

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Barbosa reaches agreement with Celtics

NEW YORK The Boston Celtics have filled the only gaping hole in their roster -- a backup point guard -- by adding veteran guard Leandro Barbosa.

Barbosa's one-year, veteran minimum deal gives the Celtics 14 players with guaranteed contracts, one short of the NBA maximum.

Prior to Boston's 97-96 loss to Brooklyn on Tuesday, C's coach Doc Rivers said that the Celtics planned on carrying the league-maximum of 15 players.

That likely means that the Celtics will keep second-round pick Kris Joseph for the entire season.

Adding Barbosa is a major coup for the Celtics, who were noticeably short-handed at the backup point guard position when Keyon Dooling announced his retirement prior to training camp.

Barbosa, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, gives Boston a player with Rajon Rondo-like speed who can run a team in addition to keeping opponents honest defensively with his long-range shooting.

Adding him means Jason Terry can spend most of his time off the ball, which is where he is at his best. Ditto for Courtney Lee.

However, the C's may have a bit of a perimeter logjam when Avery Bradley returns in the middle of December.

With Rajon Rondo starting, the rest of the C's guard lineup includes Terry, Lee, Barbosa and Bradley.

The idea that the Celtics would play five guards is unlikely, which means the C's are going to have a talented player sitting most nights barring injuries.

But if you're Doc Rivers, that's the kind of problem you would love to have heading into the regular season which is less two weeks away.

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”