WALTHAM The Boston Celtics have made a trade for a new guard . . . and his name isn't Chris Paul.
It's Milwaukee's Keyon Dooling, who is expected to be introduced with the Celtics when training camp opens Friday afternoon. The C's traded a future second round pick for Dooling.
The addition of Dooling gives the Celtics a backup to Rajon Rondo, who is still with the Celtics after the C's pursuit of Chris Paul fell through.
Dooling can be a bit of a streaky shooter, but his defense is what makes him a player who should fit in well with the Celtics. One of Dooling's more feisty moments came in January of 2006 when he and current Celtic Ray Allen got into a fight that spilled over into the stands at the Key Arena in Seattle.
Both players were ejected and later suspended, for their respective roles in the fight.
An 11-year NBA veteran, Dooling, a member of the NBA Players Associations' executive board, will earn 2.1 million this season. Last season with the Bucks, he averaged 7.1 points and 3 assists while appearing in 80 games.
Jordan Mickey, inactive in five of the Boston Celtics’ last six games, has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the Development League.
“He’s been inactive in a few of these games here,” Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Philadelphia. “And rather than being inactive and being here in a suit and tie, we knew there was a hockey game this afternoon and it was going to be unlikely to get much action on the court at all today. So it made a lot more sense to play for a couple days and fly down to Houston and meet us.”
Mickey has appeared in just eight games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.
Tonight will be the former second-round pick’s 10th missed game this season, five in which he did not play (coaches decision) and another five in which he will be inactive.
The lack of playing time for the second-year player has more to do with Boston’s depth in the frontcourt than anything specific to his game.
“He’s done a good job,” Stevens said of Mickey. “It’s the same old thing that last year although we’re not quite as deep at that spot. But it’s still, at the end of the day we have to make a decision of, are we going to play more traditional or are we going to slide like a Jonas (Jerebko) or Jae (Crowder) over to the four (power forward) and play more spaced which limits the amount of bigs you can have in a game.
Stevens added, “he’s done a good job. He’s made progress. I don’t think there’s any question we think he’s a guy that can help us not only down the road but this year.”
Mickey is in the lineup for the Red Claws’ game tonight against Santa Cruz and he’s also scheduled to play in Sunday’s game against the Raptors 905 with both games being televised via Facebook Live.
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