Celtics waive Dooling, who appears set to retire

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Celtics waive Dooling, who appears set to retire

The Boston Celtics offseason carousel was in effect on Thursday with the pending arrival and departure of players.
As reported by CSNNE.com earlier, the C's have agreed to a one-year deal with Darko Milicic for the veteran's minimum.
On Thursday evening, the Celtics announced that Keyon Dooling was being waived.
All indications are that the 12-year veteran plans to retire.
Keyon has decided that he has given the NBA 12 good years and that its time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family, Dooling's agent, Kenge Stevenson, said in a statement. He will never forget his time in Boston with the Celtics.
Dooling came to Boston via trade from Milwaukee prior to the start of last season.
He appeared in 46 regular-season games, averaging 4.0 points, 1.1 assists and 0.3 steals per game. While his role was still somewhat limited in the postseason, he connected on 39.3 percent of his 3-pointers which was tops among Celtics players.
Although injuries limited his play on the floor, there was no mistaking his impact inside the locker room.
Young and old, guards and big men, they all seemed to gravitate towards the gregarious 6-foot-3 guard who had no problem doling out his wisdom acquired over more than a decade in the NBA, on anyone willing to listen.
Well miss Keyons spirit and energy, both on and off the court, said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. The whole Celtics family wishes him well as he enters the next phase of his life.

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.