Pietrus says the Celtics are interested in him

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Pietrus says the Celtics are interested in him

Phoenix Suns swingman Mickael Pietrus told French newspaper, L'Equipe, that he is being pursued by the Celtics."It's over," Pietrus said of his time in Phoenix. "I'm only looking ahead. Phoenix didn't use me, but that's their problem. Me, I continue to work. The only thing that interests me now is winning a title."A lot of teams are interested in me, like the Lakers, the Celtics. That's from the best player in the world: Kobe Bryant. He told me two months ago he would like to see me with the Lakers."
Pietrus is scheduled to make 5.3 million next season with the Suns and could only be acquired by the Celtics, or any other NBA team, via trade.
In 57 games last season for the Magic and Suns,Pietrusaveraged 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.4 minutes. Pietrus helped the Magic advance to the 2009 NBA Finals after eliminating the Celtics in the 2009 Eastern Conference semifinals. He averaged 10.5 points per game off the bench for Orlando during the team's playoff run that year.

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
 
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
 
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”

Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
 
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
 
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
 
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
 
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
 
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
 
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
 
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . .  he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
 
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
 
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
 
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”