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.

Blake Griffin opts out of Clippers contract, becoming free agent

Blake Griffin opts out of Clippers contract, becoming free agent

According to multiple reports, Blake Griffin has opted out of his contract with the Clippers, making him a free agent. 

Griffin is considered one of the top free agents in a class that will also include Utah’s Gordon Hayward. The Celtics have been reported as possible suitors for both players. 

The first overall pick in the 2009 draft, the 28-year-old Griffin is a five-time All-Star, though injuries have limited him over the last three seasons. 

Over 61 games, the 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game last season. Between numerous injuries and a suspension for hitting a member of the Clippers’ equipment staff, Griffin was limited to just 31 games in the 2015-16 season. 

Adrian Wojnarowski said recently that Boston’s reception for Clippers teammate Paul Pierce made a very strong impression on Griffin. Though there might not necessarily be a connection between the two, Griffin said on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” that Boston is on his Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities. 

Tatum's sick final workout seals the deal for Celtics

Tatum's sick final workout seals the deal for Celtics

BOSTON -- Jayson Tatum was excited about working out for the Boston Celtics. 

But he knew that, health-wise, he wouldn’t be at his best. 

TATUM SPEAKS

 
He could have easily pulled out like others had, or just told the Celts in advance so they could take it into account when they were deciding on who to take with the No. 3 pick. 
 
Instead, he kept it to himself until after his workout, focused on doing what the best in the NBA do on a nightly basis -- finding a way to play their best when at their worst physically. 
 
“I wasn’t feeling well, but you can’t make excuses,” Tatum said during an interview with CSN’s Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely. “There can be times in the future where there’s a game or playoff game where you’re not feeling well. Nobody is going to care. You have to produce.”
 
Did. He. Ever. 
 
The workout didn’t just go well.  It ranked among the best Danny Ainge had seen, which made the decision for Boston to select the 6-foot-9 forward from Duke with the No. 3 pick an easy call. 
 
Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, had an eye on Tatum all season and acknowledged he had high expectations for him to perform at during his workout in Boston. 
 
“He was better than I actually thought,” Ainge said during the CelticsTalk Podcast with Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely. “Which was hard to do, because we thought highly of him before.”
 
During the workout, Ainge saw a young man who had worked on improving his perimeter shooting to the point where it was actually one of his stronger qualities. 
 
 “As I watched him play earlier in his life  . . . what he lacked was his range shooting,” Ainge said. “He was a very good mid-range player and good passer off the dribble. But the range shooting, what he showed us in the workout here was very impressive. We had two workouts with him. And in both of them, he was one of the best shooters in this whole draft at any position, and one of the best shooters we’ve had in here for any draft.”
 
Making Tatum’s workout all that more impressive was it came with him far from at his best health-wise, something the Celtics didn’t learn of until afterwards. 
 
“He wanted to be here from the very beginning, even before we got the number one pick,” Ainge said. “He wanted to be here. He came in here and showed it. He came on his workout and was sick. He was on antibiotics, nose was dripping and he didn’t complain. And he still played and played well. That was impressive, how much he showed, how much he wanted to be here.”
 
Tatum said his mindset coming into his workout was simple.
 
“I knew the draft pick was on the line,” Tatum said. “I had to really perform and I think I did really well.”