A lot happened during the last week in NBA, but things still remained the same in Boston
Ryan Fox --- @Spider_Fox87
It was a busy week in the NBA. First we saw the NBA's finest and brightest star shine during the NBA All-Star Weekend. Then we were all tracking the hustle and bustle of player movement going on during the NBA Trade Deadline this past Thursday. With those two events out of the way, the Celtics went back to work for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
Stand Your Ground
Prior to last Thursday, February 20th, we kept hearing so many rumors involving Celtics players being traded. The name being floated out there the most was PG Rajon Rondo. You had teams like the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, and New York Knicks all say they wanted Rondo. In fact, the Knicks were practically begging the Celtics for #9 to play in their Garden in the same manner as an ex begs somebody to take them back.
Other names floated out there included the likes of F/C Brandon Bass (him going to some Golden State Warriors or even the Phoenix Suns) and backups F Gerald Wallace and F Kris Humphries. Even starters like F Jeff Green and G Avery Bradley were up on the trading block, mostly due to their expiring contracts.
But by the end of the day, they were all still wearing the green and white. Maybe that was due to general manager Danny Ainge’s asking price of multiple first-round picks proved to be too much for most teams. Sorry Danny. Not all other GMs are not like your buddy Kevin McHale and be willing to give you what you want in return for peanuts.
8 = Number of games that the Boston Celtics are ahead of the 11-40 Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the NBA.
-3.7 = Points differential between how many points the Celtics average per game (95.0) versus how many points they give up on average per game (98.7).
.183 = The winning percentage of the 1996-97 Boston Celtics squad. They finished the season with the worst record in the NBA, as well as their franchise history, at 15-67 but ended up picking 3rd overall in the 1997 NBA Draft.
2 = Number of Celtic players who participated in All-Star Weekend. Second-year man F Jarred Sullinger and rookie F/C Kelly Olynyk represented the boys in B-town during the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. Interestingly enough both of them were on the same team (Team Webber) for the game. The last time two Celtics were on the same team during the Rising Stars/Rookie Challenge game was back in the 2005 NBA-All Star weekend (SG/SF Tony Allen and F/C Al Jefferson were both on the rookie squad that year).
12,909,090 = PG Rajon Rondo’s salary for the 2014-15 season, the final year in his current contract.
While most teams were trading players away, the Orlando Magic bought out the contract of former Celtics F/C Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Davis was slated to receive $6.4 million this year and $6.6 million in the 2014-15 season. Davis was originally part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Magic from the Celtics back in 2011, signing a 4-year, $25.7-million contract prior to the trade. In 3 seasons with the Magic, Davis averaged 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 27.5 minutes per game. This season alone, Davis is currently averaging 12.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 30.1 minutes per game. With Davis clearing waivers, don’t be surprised if the Celtics decide to reach out and offer him a 1-year veterans minimum deal just to audition him for the sake of enticing another NBA team to a sign-and-trade.
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