Celtics not interested in Wallace

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Celtics not interested in Wallace

BOSTON Kind of like his time with the Boston Celtics, the talk of a possible Rasheed Wallace return seems to be coming to an end quicker than expected.

A league source told CSNNE.com Friday morning that the Boston Celtics have no interest in bringing the 37-year-old veteran back to the team.

Wallace retired following the 2010 season which ended with the C's losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Boston reached a buyout with him on the remaining years of his contract, which made him an unrestricted free agent.

The C's would have a number of concerns about adding him now, with none bigger than his conditioning.

"It was bad when he played. How is it going to be now?" the source said.

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, declined to comment on Wallace's potential return to the NBA.

Ainge did tell CSNNE.com that he will continue to keep an eye out for potential additions to the roster, but isn't in a hurry to make any significant changes.

"If there's one player that's going to come in and make a difference, that we can get for a minimum contract, we'll look into that, for sure," Ainge said.

The C's can't make trades with players signed or drafted until March 1. Instead, Ainge is more concerned with the team's growth from within.

Specifically, he wants to see more consistent play out of the team's core group which consists of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.

"Our team's success is going to be determined by the play of our four all-stars," Ainge said. "I always believe that. KG and Paul need to play at a certain level. Rajon and Ray have been playing at a high level. That's going to be the determining factor."

Ainge added, "I'm seriously not panicked. I want to see our team play as well as we're capable of playing, and we haven't. I'm not going to focus as much on the record, as what I see on the court. I have a lot of faith in Paul, Ray and KG. And obviously Rondo, who has consistently been our best player.

"I've just seen the pride; I've seen the way they go about their business. Paul had zero training camp, and is basically working his way back into shape in games, trying to do what he can to help our team. As he gets healthier and we get closer to being at full strength, I like our team and our chances at success."

Monday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Sox hope to extend Tampa Bay's misery

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Monday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Sox hope to extend Tampa Bay's misery

The Red Sox may be stumbling through the month of June, but they're flying high compared to their opponent tonight.

The Sox are in St. Petersburg, Fla., to take on the free-falling Rays, losers of 11 straight. They'll be sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound in hopes of continuing Tampa Bay's misery, at least for the next three games.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B
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Eduardo Rodriguez P

RAYS
Logan Forsythe 2B
Tim Beckham SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Morrison 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Taylor Motter LF
Nick Franklin DH
Curt Casali C
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Blake Snell P