Source: C's interested in Mayo for Bass; no deal imminent


Source: C's interested in Mayo for Bass; no deal imminent

BOSTON The Boston Celtics came close to trading for Memphis' O.J. Mayo just before March's trading deadline, and it appears their interest remains just as strong now.

A league source said the C's continue to be enamored with the 6-foot-5 shooting guard, and are considering making another run at him.

The source said no deal is imminent, but it appears the Celtics are willing to offer up Brandon Bass via a sign and trade.

Bass, who opted out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, would have to agree to such a deal.

While he indicated that his first preference is to return to Boston with a multi-year deal, he will be looking for a significant bump in salary from the 4.25 million he made this past season.

It was initially believed that Bass would be seeking a similar deal to former Celtic Glen Davis' four-year, 26 million contract.

However, if he were seeking a deal worth significantly more than that, the C's might want to take a pass on him and instead focus that money more on Jeff Green who is one of the team's top free agent targets.

While the trading away of Bass might seem a bit lopsided at first, consider this.

By moving him for Mayo, the C's address the need for a scoring guard who can compliment Rajon Rondo's playmaking and Avery Bradley's prowess as a defender.

In addition, it frees up the Celtics to focus on adding a big man with one of their first round picks.

Although C's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that he has not made any promises to draft any particular player, Royce White - rumored to have received a promise from Ainge - may be on the board and too attractive a player for the C's to pass on.

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made one more roster move on Friday, but not the one many were anticipating.

Instead of trimming the training camp roster down to 15 players, the Celtics expanded it by signing Ryan Kelly.

The 6-foot-11 forward appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the preseason, averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, Kelly has appeared in 147 games with career averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Boston already has a stacked roster at the power forward/center position, which is why they decided to waive second round pick and former Providence College star Ben Bentil earlier on Friday.

The addition of Kelly, on the surface at least, doesn't make a lot of sense.

But the Celtics are trying to build a team for the present while keeping an eye on the future.

When the Celtics waived Bentil, they did so with the knowledge that he was unlikely to sign with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

But with Kelly, the veteran big man will likely wind up with the Red Claws which will allow the Celtics to get a closer look at him without impacting their roster status which is currently at 16, one above the league-maximum.

The final roster spot will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics have until 5 p.m. Monday to make a decision, a decision that team officials have repeatedly said in recent days will come down to the wire.