Celtics may reignite pursuit of Paul


Celtics may reignite pursuit of Paul

With the Los Angeles Lakers' three-way deal to obtain Chris Paul now dead, two league sources anticipate the Boston Celtics will at least "entertain" the idea of re-entering the Chris Paul sweepstakes.

However, with the heavy-handed manner in which the New Orleans ownership group - the NBA - has been thus far, the C's are not expected to push for Paul nearly as hard as they did earlier.

"Why should they?" one rival GM said. "Nobody really knows what to make of all this. Teams usually know going in what it takes to get a deal done. With New Orleans now, no one is really sure."

The Hornets had a three-team deal agreed upon this week with the Lakers and Houston Rockets, that would have netted them Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, backup guard Goran Dragic from Houston, along with a future first-round pick, and Lamar Odom from the Lakers. Houston would have received Pau Gasol in the deal.

However, the league killed the deal for what NBA commissioner David Stern cited as "basketball reasons."

All three teams were then sent back to try and work out another swap that would have apparently netted the Hornets more assets.

The Lakers reportedly pulled out of the deal, and now have their sights set on acquiring Dwight Howard who has made a request to be traded. They are also reportedly on the verge of sending Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks.

For the Celtics, it all means that the door to acquiring Paul is once again open. But there's no sense as to whether Boston's last offer for Paul - Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and a pair of future first-round picks - will be enough to satisfy Hornets General Manager Dell Demps or more important, Stern.

And if you're Boston, you would think New Orleans is even more motivated to move Paul now after this fiasco, and the next offer from the C's may not have to necessarily be as good.

These are the times when Boston's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, earns his pay.

With extremely limited resources, he has already put together a lineup that includes Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox and Keyon Dooling in addition to re-signing Green for one year.

Having an opportunity to add Paul is very tempting, obviously.

But any deal for Paul at this point will likely need a third team.

"Good luck with that one," said one front-office executive. "This is a mess; a big old mess. I don't see how anyone is going to come out of this thing feeling good, or looking good."

Kind of like the 149-day lockout?

"Exactly," the same source said.

Report: Celtics offering Young or Hunter for second-round pick


Report: Celtics offering Young or Hunter for second-round pick

The Celtics continue to offer James Young or R.J. Hunter for a second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo’s The Vertical reports.

The Celtics need to be down to 15 players by 5 p.m. Monday. Young and Hunter are on the bubble to make the roster. For CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely’s look at the candidates for the final roster spot, click here. 


Celtics release ex-Providence forward Ben Bentil


Celtics release ex-Providence forward Ben Bentil

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics moved one step closer to getting their roster down to the league maximum by waiving former Providence College forward Ben Bentil.

The move gets Boston’s roster down to 16 players, one more than the league allows teams to have. The need to be at 15 by 5 p.m. Monday.

Bentil will have the option of signing with Boston’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

But Danny Ainge, the C's president of basketball operations, anticipates Bentil, a second-round draft pick (51st overall) this past June, will continue his professional basketball career elsewhere.

“I think that Ben will look for other opportunities,” Ainge said. “We’re so loaded at that position with Jaylen [Brown] and Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk and Al Horford … we have a lot of guys that play the four [power forward] position. I think he might want to look somewhere that has more of an opportunity.”

Ainge added, “Ben was great. He had great energy, great enthusiasm from the day he showed up here. Had a great attitude. We love Ben. We’re rooting hard for him to have success and I think he will.”

Bentil appeared in three preseason games for the Celtics, averaging 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.