OFFSEASON

Report: Celtics on verge of nabbing West

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Report: Celtics on verge of nabbing West

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics are reportedly on the verge of adding yet another power forward to the mix in David West.

According to NBA.com, the C's would acquire West via sign-and-trade from New Orleans.

Yahoo! Sports reported that Jermaine O'Neal and another player would be included in the deal, and that West would receive a three year contract worth more than 27 million.

CSNNE.com has learned that the deal has lost some steam, but both sides are expected to re-engage in talks on Saturday.

O'Neal has said repeatedly that the only reason he returned this season, was to compete for an NBA title.

The Hornets are not expected to make the playoffs, let alone compete for an NBA championship.

A source close to O'Neal told CSNNE.com that if he were to be traded to the Hornets, O'Neal would immediately ask them to be waived.

Once he clears waivers, the same source said that O'Neal would try to latch on with a title contender.

At the top of that list would be the Miami Heat, the team O'Neal played for prior to signing with the Celtics in the summer of 2010.

The acquisition of West would certainly bolster the Celtics frontline with a player who is a proven scorer in this league.

The two-time all-star is a 16.4 points per game scorer throughout his career, and averages 7.3 rebounds per game.

But if there's a knock on the 6-foot-9, 240 pound forward, it's his health.

West suffered a season-ending ACL injury in his left knee which - for now at least - isn't a concern.

Still, the idea of adding West gives the Celtics increased depth at the power forward position.

But in trading O'Neal, the Celtics would be shipping out their only center with experience.

On Friday, the C's announced a number of signings.

Among them was Greg Stiemsma, a 6-11 center who has never played in the NBA after two solid years with the Sioux Falls Sky Force of the NBA's D-League.

OFFSEASON

Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

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Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

In February, the Boston Celtics were involved in trade deadline talks with the Houston Rockets involving center Dwight Howard.

It appears the team still has interest in the free-agent big man. 

According to ESPN, the Celtics have secured a meeting with Howard after July 1.

Howard, 30, became a free agent after declining a player option that would have paid him more the $23 million in 2016-17 

OFFSEASON

Future uncertain for Johnson and Jerebko as Celtics pursue Durant

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Future uncertain for Johnson and Jerebko as Celtics pursue Durant

BOSTON -- When you’re the Boston Celtics and you have your sights set on a star like Kevin Durant, the potential impact on your roster is undeniable.

That’s a good thing, right?

Well . . . not exactly.

One of the options that the Celtics are considering during the free agency period is whether to waive Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko before July 3 which would create additional salary cap space to potentially sign Durant and another near max-salaried player.

But here’s the problem.

Boston could potentially waive Johnson and Jerebko, fail to get Durant or another elite free agent and see the duo gone for nothing in return while they play their way into a big contract toiling in the NBA’s basement with one of the league’s worst teams.

How you ask?

Multiple league sources contacted by CSNNE.com Tuesday night indicated that if the Celtics waive both players, it’s “very likely” that both will be claimed off waivers.

According to a league office official, waiver priority goes to the team with the worst record attempting to claim a player.

And what team had the worst record in the NBA last season?

Yup. The 10-win Philadelphia 76ers.

And what team was right behind them, or ahead depending on how you look at things?

The lowly, 17-win Los Angeles Lakers.

Johnson is due $12 million next season while Jerebko is due to earn $5 million, chump change in this new age of the NBA with the 2016-2017 salary cap expected to be around $94 million.

In addition, both players would join clubs in contract years. Couple that with each being relatively productive and there’s the potential for each player to have a really big season.

Johnson was the Celtics’ top rim-protector last season, in addition to being a solid pick-and-roll defender. He also averaged 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds with 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game. 

And Jerebko shot 39.8 percent from 3-point range last season, and finished up the playoffs in the starting lineup.

The Celtics are well aware of how valuable both players were to Boston’s success last season, and how their production relative to their contracts makes them extremely important to whatever team they play for.

To lose them for what would essentially be a lottery ticket in the Durant sweepstakes, is certainly a gamble that it remains to be seen if the Celtics are willing to take.

Best-case scenario for Boston is to know where they stand with Durant within the first 24 hours of free agency which would then allow them time to make a more informed decision about Johnson and Jerebko’s futures.

As you can imagine, the Celtics are as eager as any team to know what Durant plans to do this summer.

Because the way things are starting to take shape with Boston’s pursuit of the former league MVP, he’s going to have an impact on the Celtics’ roster one way or another.