Garnett still plans to play in World All-Star Classic


Garnett still plans to play in World All-Star Classic

The World All-Star Classic has lost some of its shine recently, with some of the NBA's top players opting to not participate.

But there's one perennial all-star - Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett - who, according to his agent, is very much still in the mix.

"He's planning on doing it," his agent, Andy Miller, told on Wednesday evening.

A commitment from Garnett is huge for tournament organizers who have seen some of the game's top players, pull out recently.

According to, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have all pulled out. Other notable stars withdrawing from the World All-Star Classic recently include league MVP Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

The tour is scheduled to begin Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From there, games are expected to be played in London (Nov. 1 and 3), Cotai, Macau (Nov. 6) and Melbourne, Australia (Nov. 8-9).

In addition to Garnett, other Celtics expected to play include Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.

According to organizers, other NBA stars who have signed contracts to play include Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Chris Bosh (Heat), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls), Amar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks), Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks) and Chris Kaman (Clippers).

It is unclear who the league will target as potential replacements for those who have withdrawn.

While the players won't pull down the kind of money they would for an NBA game, several reports indicate that players will receive "six figures to 1 million," with some proceeds going to charity.

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.