Celtics react to news of Dooling's retirement

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Celtics react to news of Dooling's retirement

Players around the NBA were surprised to learn the news of Keyon Doolings retirement following a 12-year career in the league. (The Boston Celtics waived the 32-year-old guard on Thursday). Even though he played only one season with the Celtics, Dooling made a strong impact on his teammates, including those who played less than a full season with the Cs.

Jeff Green underwent season-ending heart surgery in January and never suited up for the Celtics last season. Nonetheless, he got to know Dooling during the time he spent around the team at games and practices.

Keyon was a great leader and veteran, Green told CSNNE.com. I will truly miss him and Im glad I had the opportunity to meet him and get to know him before his retirement.

Ryan Hollins signed with the Celtics as a free agent in late March. Although the center and guard played different positions and sat on opposite sides of the locker room, the two developed a bond in a few short months.

Keyon is one of the most intense and genuine teammate Ive ever had, said Hollins, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers this summer. He will be missed.

Dooling also played for the Clippers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, and Milwaukee Bucks during his career.

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

With all attention focused on overtaking the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the East, the offseason -- trades, the draft, free agency -- is on the backburner in Celtics Nation these days.

But that pot's still simmering,

And it began to boil a little today when Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, in the middle of a story on the Clippers being at a crossroad, threw a little accelerant on that old Blake Griffin-to-Boston flame . . .

But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start — perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.

Not much of a thread to grab there. But that didn't prevent cbssports.com's James Herbert from looking into it . . .  

Jumping to another contender on a max contract might not be simple. As CelticsBlog’s Keith P. Smith pointed out, Boston would have to dump Terry Rozier, waive Tyler Zeller and renounce all its free agents, including Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, in order to even get near the amount of cap room that would be required to offer Griffin or someone like Gordon Hayward a max deal. 

Then again, Herbert says the Lakers and Thunder, Griffin's supposed other two destination spots, are even less financially flexible than the C's.

For now, it's all just a temporary diversion from the battle for No. 1.

It's also a reminder, though, that a whole new season -- the offseason -- is just around the corner.

5 reasons the Celtics will get the No. 1 seed

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5 reasons the Celtics will get the No. 1 seed

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