Garnett, Rondo rank high in international jersey sales

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Garnett, Rondo rank high in international jersey sales

When it comes to international jersey sales, Kobe Bryant is tops all around the world.

From China, to Europe, to Latin America, that Purple and Gold can be seen more than any other jersey (which makes us question why anybody would want to travel...) but there are a couple Celtics players doing their part to represent overseas as well.

Kevin Garnett ranks fourth in top-selling jersey's internationally, also finishing fourth in the key regions of China and Latin America. His sponsorship with the Chinese-based sports company ANTA obviously helps -- not to mention a career that will go down as one of the best ever.

But here's a little surprise: Rajon Rondo ranks seventh internationally, and fifth in China. Rondo has always been regarded as one of the better point guards in the NBA, but people have been hesitant to include him in that top of the class -- at least prior to the postseason.

The only point guard selling more jerseys overseas than Rondo is Chicago's Derrick Rose, who ranks second overall. LeBron James (third) and Dwight Howard (fifth) round out the top five.

The other point guards on the list are international players Tony Parker (14th) from France, and Ricky Rubio (15th) from Spain.

So yes, slowly but surely the rest of the world is getting Rondo'd.

Report: Celtics could land George if they sign Hayward

Report: Celtics could land George if they sign Hayward

As rumors swirl in this post-draft, pre-free agency week for the NBA, Adam Kaufman of 98.5 The Sports Hub reported Friday that the Celtics could land long-rumored target Gordon Hayward AND trade for Paul George. And Kaufman says George would be more than just a one-year rental.

Kaufman elaborated on a possible George deal on his "Celtics @ 7" show Saturday. He said the trade with the Indiana Pacers wouldn't cost Boston next year's Brooklyn pick, rather it would be the first-round pick (Lakers 2018 or Kings 2010) acquired this week from the Philadelphia 76ers when Boston traded down the No. 1 for No. 3, along with Jae Crowder and another salary filler. 

MORE CELTICS: 

Before you run out and buy that No. 13 Celtics Paul George jersey, Dan Feldman of NBCSports.com explains how financially disadvantageous it would be for George - long thought to want to head to the Lakers - to do this. 


 

Did Suns ask Josh Jackson to cancel his Celtics workout to keep him from Boston?

Did Suns ask Josh Jackson to cancel his Celtics workout to keep him from Boston?

Danny Ainge made no secret of being miffed when Kansas small forward Josh Jackson canceled his workout with the Celtics in Sacramento at the last minute. 

The Celtics, of course, passed on Jackson and selected Jayson Tatum of Duke with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Suns GM Ryan McDonough's comments at Jackson's introductory press conference lend some credence to the theory that the canceled workout was part of Phoenix's plan to keep the Celtics from selecting Jackson and leave him for the Suns at No. 4.

Check out this portion of Jackson's presser via a tweet from Mike McClune of KPHO-TV: 

"I think you guys who know me well know how competitive I am. Look, it is a competition," said McDonough, a former assistant GM to Ainge with the C's "The Celtics were ahead of us at No. 3 and they could have selected whoever they wanted to. I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn’t mean B.J. [Armstrong, Jackson's agent] and I and...other members of my staff couldn’t talk and try to formulate the best plan to get a player we were really high on to a place we felt he really wanted to go and would be a great fit for him.

"We played by the rules – I guess,” McDonough said to some laughter in the room.

Jackson will certainly get more playing time with the rebuilding Suns that the contending Celtics. Ainge called Jackson "a terrific kid and a good player” after the draft, and said the Celtics were set on Tatum all along, even if they hadn't traded the No. 1 pick.

Jackson said his decision to blow off Ainge coach Brad Stevens and assistant GM Mike Zarren after their cross-country flight was "last-minute" and his plans to work out "just didn't work out."