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Summer Trade Review: Eastern Conference
Friday , Oct , 25 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Summer Trade Review: Eastern Conference

Who were the winners and losers this off-season. Who thought the Cavs and Pistons wanted to win?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is the cheat sheet you need to know before the season starts.

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Top 5 Most Exciting NBA Teams to Watch in 2014
Monday , Sep , 23 , 2013 Elijah Abramson

Top 5 Most Exciting NBA Teams to Watch in 2014

The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder will be contenders in 2014, but which team has the best player and coach personnel to be a new and exciting NBA team?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Everybody likes an underdog and here are five teams best poised to fill that very role in the 2013-14 NBA season.

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Rumor alert:  Paul Pierce on the trading block?
Tuesday , Jan , 15 , 2013 Matt Formica

Rumor alert: Paul Pierce on the trading block?

Rajon Rondo's triple double against the Bobcats isn't the only thing being talked about in Boston Monday night.
 
Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Rumor has it that Paul Pierce is on the trading block.

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Paul Pierce “Little Bitter” Over Ray Allen Going to Miami
Saturday , Aug , 04 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Paul Pierce “Little Bitter” Over Ray Allen Going to Miami

The Celtics' Paul Pierce admits he is "a little bitter" over Ray Allen going to the Miami Heat.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I can't wait for the first Celtics vs. Heat game in Boston.

Paul Pierce finally admits he was "a little bitter" over watching Ray Allen, his teammate and founding member of the Celtics' "Big Three," take his talents to South Beach. How could Pierce not be bitter? The Celtics had managed to hold on to Kevin Garnett and actually offered Allen more money than the Heat. 

Pierce softened his words later in the interview by saying he understood Allen had to do what was best for his family. Yet, the two still haven't spoken since Allen announced he was leaving the Celtics for the Heat. Allen also accepted less money to play for the Heat, so how is that best for his family. The bottom line appears to be that Allen simply didn't believe the Celtics could beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference and win another championship. 

Pierce went on to say, "That's what it's all about: You get in these situations, you become a free agent, and you make a decision based on what's best for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't be wearing a championship ring. So the things he was able to do for this organization, will never be forgotten."

No phone calls since Allen decided to leave to Miami doesn't sound like brotherly love to me. 

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Miami Choke Again
Wednesday , Jun , 06 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Miami Choke Again

Boston take a 3-2 lead in the series as Miami can't hold on.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Miami looked tight in the loss. Boston most unlikely of Eastern Conference Champs.

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Sunday , Mar , 04 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Ray Allen to Clippers?

Yet for all the talk of Boston point guard Rajon Rondo possibly being traded, some league executives have shooting guard and free-agent-to-be Ray Allen pegged as the most likely to be moved. Sources say the Clippers are interested, having lost Chauncey Billups to season-ending injury and lost out to New York in the J.R. Smith sweepstakes.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This seems more logical.

Rumors have been swirling that the Boston Celtics are looking to trade Rajon Rondo, even though the young table-setter is an All-Star.

It would make sense to rebuild around Rondo and move The Big Three to contenders for a package of draft picks, expiring contracts, and young talent.

Ray Allen, even at 36 years of age, would be the first to go. After all, he’s still in demand because he can spread the floor with his outstanding range.

While GM Danny Ainge can’t trade Celtic-fixture Paul Pierce and probably wants to let Kevin Garnett’s $20 million per season contract come off the books.

So Allen would appear the most likely candidate to change teams come trade deadline, with the veteran being linked to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Of course, appearances can deceive.

Rondo, for all his gifts, is reportedly a handful. He’s been called stubborn, emotional, and difficult by teammates, coaches, and media.

Perhaps logic won’t matter and the Celtics will move Rondo.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Josh Smith: NBA Politics to blame for All-Star Snub

“You’ve got to factor in there is a lot of politics involved in the All-Star selection,” Smith said Friday. “Once you get that it’s really about politics, then nothing really surprises you. I call it ‘Nothing But Associates,’ NBA. It’s all who you know.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Josh Smith should look in the mirror rather than blame others for not making the Eastern Conference All-Star squad.

The Atlanta Hawk has a reputation as a talented but troubled forward because he previously clashed with coaches, teammates, and management.

All-Star reserves are voted on by coaches, and, right or wrong, the NBA's thirty sideline bosses have held Smith accountable for past behaviour.

This isn’t to suggest a conspiracy against Smith, but coaches will vote for other players -all things being relatively equal, of course

So Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, and Paul Pierce got the nod to play in the mid-season classic over Smith.

The best thing Smith could have done was shut up, accept the decision, and vacation somewhere over All-Star weekend.

Instead Smith went public with his complaints and proved why coaches didn’t vote for him.

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Thursday , Feb , 09 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Rondo for Gasol?

“Well, if there were a way for us to get a 25-year-old, All-Star, ball-handling guard we’d love to do it," said Kupchak to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com. "But that’s not likely in February. So you look at other alternatives, and see if it’s better than what you have. That’s all.” Rajon Rondo is the player that fits that description, possibly the only one in the NBA.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The NBA's two glamour franchises, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, are open for business

The Celtics are looking at trades that can give their 'Big Three' a boost, and also help their rebuilding program when Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce finally retire.

The Lakers are 14-11, which doesn't cut it with Kobe Bryant and the celebs' at Staples Center expecting a championship every year.

But Rajon Rondo for Pau Gasol seems unlikely.

Adding Rondo helps the Lakers, but there's no reason the Celtics would swap him for the older Gasol. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak would have to sweeten the pot because a straight Rondo for Gasol deal isn't happening.

Here's what's interesting about this scenario: Rondo's name is again in the rumor mill.

Two months ago, Rondo was supposedly heading south to the New Orleans Hornets for point guard Chris Paul. That rumor upset Rondo, which forced the Celtics into denial mode.

Now Rondo may head west to the purple-and-gold. And he'll be upset with the latest reports.

So, will the Celtics deny, deny, deny or admit to taking offers for their lightning quick guard?

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Sunday , Jan , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Ainge ready to trade Allen, Garnett, and Pierce?

But with Paul Pierce dealing with heel issues, Kevin Garnett fading, Ray Allen still effective shooting threes but headed for his 37th birthday and the Celtics 5-8 entering the weekend, the team’s owners gave GM Danny Ainge the official go-ahead to move any member of the troika. "We’ve got to move on,” said one Celtics official. “Let’s face reality.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s not if but when.

Eventually Boston Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge will have to trade his ‘Big Three’ of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce, so the green-and-white can rebuild.

But when?

Should Ainge hold off on a major trade, acquire reinforcements, and let Allen, Garnett, and Pierce take a final run at an NBA Title? Or, should the executive start again by dealing some/all of his veterans for draft picks, expiring contracts, and young talent?  

There’s no easy answer, however, Ainge can only stick with Allen, Garnett, and Pierce if he believes they can still contend.

Right now, they’re not capable of playing in June. Or May. Or, maybe past game 66 in this short regular season. The Celtics defend yet lack the talent, especially down-low, to score easy points.

In a short season, there isn't time to fix things. So, Ainge has a tough decision.

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Wednesday , Jan , 18 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Celtics open to trading Paul Pierce?

With the Celtics struggling to begin the 11-12 season, several teams have inquired about the availability of Paul Pierce. One Eastern Conference official said, there are “lots of calls asking if [Boston] will blow it up.”

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: They'll listen.
 
The Boston Celtics might be open to moving Paul Pierce -if they get an appropriate offer and, most importantly, decide to tear down their Big Three and rebuild.
 
The once-mighty green-and-white are struggling and dealing Pierce's big-ticket for a combination of young players, expiring contracts, and draft picks might be wise.
 
There's another route, though.
 
GM Danny Ainge may instead stick with Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Pierce, and rebuild the supporting cast. After all, the Celtics are Rajon Rondo's team.

However, Ainge, in order to stand pat with his 'Big Three', has to believe his old heads have a final playoff run left in the tank.

And that is very much in doubt.

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Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Rasheed Wallace ‘real interested’ in Bulls?

Former #Celtics F Rasheed Wallace is "real interested" in the #Bulls, source close to Wallace tells #CSNNE.com. Chi has some reservations.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Rasheed Wallace has interest in the Chicago Bulls, however, the feeling may not be mutual.

Wallace, once a premier power forward in the NBA, is looking to come out of retirement and join a contender for a title run.

On paper, the Bulls could use Wallace. He defends, has championship experience, and would provide another option on the block and perimeter.

The reality would be more complicated. The Bulls are a young, impressionable bunch, and Wallace's temperament and affinity for collecting technical fouls (see video) might not be the best influence.

For instance, Wallace excelled on experienced teams like Boston and Detroit, where Celtic and Piston veterans like Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton and Ben Wallace kept him in line.

The younger Bulls, even though they recently signed Hamilton, lack veterans. So expect them to pass on ‘Sheed.

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Saturday , Dec , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Celtics get David West in sign-and-trade?

David West is close to a three-year sign-and-trade deal just under $30 million with the Celtics.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Boston Celtics have quickly rebuilt their front-court.

Earlier today Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis was sent to the Orlando Magic for Brandon Bass as part of a sign-and-trade, and now they’ve shipped Jermaine O’Neal to the New Orleans Hornets for David West in another sign-and-trade.

Bass, West, and three-man Jeff Green give coach Doc Rivers plenty of options to complement and eventually fill in for the aging Big Three of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.

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Friday , Dec , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Celtics shopping Rondo?

Donny Marshall — the former NBA player who covers the Celtics and does some color commentary for the team’s broadcasts — was on NBC’s SportsTalk today talking Rajon Rondo and saying the Celtics were open to moving Rajon Rondo more because of his personality than his game. “My sources tell me he’s started to wear his welcome out a little bit,” Marshall said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Where there’s smoke, there’s often fire.

That thing called the ‘World Wide Web’ has been reporting that the Boston Celtics were very willing to send Rajon Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul.

This wasn’t just about the Celtics acquiring Paul. This was also about cutting ties with Rondo.

After all, Rondo’s temper has, at times, alienated coaches, teammates, and fans. There’s also a theory his lack of offensive polish will be exposed once The Big Three of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce retire.

Unfortunately, Paul wasn’t interested in joining Boston. His heart is set on joining New York.

So the Celtics will have to deal with a jilted Rondo when training camp opens. Of course, GM Danny Ainge will blame the 24 hour news cycle, bloggers, and talk radio.

There may be some truth to Rondo getting moved. Maybe not. Either way, this is a storyline worth watching.

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Monday , Nov , 21 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Paul Pierce: owners must extend olive branch

Paul Pierce believes the owners need to be the party to initiate a return to the bargaining table. “I think the owners have to take the step. We have taken a lot of steps. I think we have taken as many steps as we can take, which is why we are at where we are at. We feel like we’ve taken the most steps. That’s why we are going to court now.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Paul, who cares?

Five months into the NBA lockout it doesn’t matter who initiates talks so that owners and players finally bridge the gap on the remaining system issues.

It only matters that they do talk and bridge the gap. After all, the season is at risk. And re-starting after blowing an entire year would be difficult.

But Pierce’s attitude is hardly surprising. It reflects the view of players and owners in that the other side is at fault. So why talk? And why compromise on the last crumbs of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement?

Sadly, stubbornness is ruling the day.

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Saturday , Nov , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Howard, Pierce, Wade leading charge to decertify?

Ray Allen told the Globe last night that teammate Paul Pierce organized the call of dozens of players to discuss the possibility of breaking up the union if a deal is not reached soon. According to Allen, there were in fact two conference calls, the other on Thursday, in which Allen did not participate.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Are they prepared for the fallout?

Dwight Howard, Paul Pierce, and Dwyane Wade will be blamed if they lead 50 NBA players to decertify the union and take the owners to court in search of a new collective bargaining agreement.

Such a move would be messy. Such a move would be complicated. And such a move would have consequences like the league cancelling the entire 2011-12 season.

It wouldn’t matter that the owners negotiated in poor faith. It wouldn’t matter that the leader of  the players union have squabbled like children. It wouldn’t matter that the NBA’s well-to-do business model is out of touch with the current global economy.

The only thing that would matter is that there’s no basketball. After all, decertification means a cancelled season. And a cancelled season means angry fans.

Howard’s good guy days would end. For Pierce, a lifelong Celtic, everyday would be like playing the Lakers. And Wade better expect The ’Heattles’ treatment to continue. 

Hopefully, it doesn’t come to this. Hopefully, they find a solution.

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Sunday , Oct , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Kobe, Garnett, Pierce to blame for failed CBA negotiations?

When they convened, instead of the union’s head, Hunter, or their negotiating committee of Maurice Evans, Matt Bonner, Roger Mason, Theo Ratliff, Etan Thomas and Chris Paul, representing the players were Fisher, Kessler, and three superstars who had been to very few of the meetings at all: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant.

A bad sign: Pierce was still wearing his backpack. The players had two pieces of news that shocked the league: 50/50 was not good enough. And there was nothing further to discuss.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Are they up for it?

Are Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce up for being scapegoats if players and owners don’t solve the lockout and eventually cancel the season.

After all, there’s plenty to suggest a deal was within reach last week at or near the 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income.

Then Bryant, Garnett, and Pierce walked into Commissioner Stern’s office and said no way. The even split of BRI was off. The players wanted 53%. Or no deal.

The players and owners who thought a new collective bargaining agreement was within reach and were prepared to negotiate around the clock to preserve the 82 game season were dumbfounded.

Here’s why I think they were shocked:

1) How can three guys who have earned hundreds of millions of dollars and can live off endorsements tell (yes, tell) a fringe player to stand united with their cause?

At some point, their interests diverge. At some point, there will be a split in the union.

2) Bryant, Garnett, and Pierce are intelligent, confident guys. They will be informed and up-to-date on facts and information, however, Pierce was the only one actively involved in negotiations.

Bryant and Garnett did not attend the majority of negotiations, and had no business hijacking these high stakes meetings or claiming to represent the union.

Billy Hunter should have been there. Heck, somebody with an MBA or law background should have been there.

3) I would want Bryant, Garnett, and Pierce leading on-court. I would not want Bryant and/or Garnett leading off-court.

Their emotional, competitive temperament that is ideal for playoff runs and championships makes them ill matched for negotiations.

This group, especially Bryant and Garnett, are prone to outbursts that result in ill-fated decisions like the storming of Stern’s office. Moreover, their situation does not reflect the needs of most in their union.

The consequence could well be a backlash from fans whenever the season does start.

--O.Sandor.

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Tuesday , Oct , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: players, owners holding make-or-break meeting on Tuesday?

Monday's smaller scale labor meeting adjourned shortly before 4:00 PM EST after a session that lasted 4.5 hours. David Stern and Adam Silver said that Monday's meeting was to "set the table for (Tuesday's) meeting."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To quote the MJ bio flick: ‘This Is It’.

NBA players and owners are meeting on Tuesday to discuss a solution to the now three month lockout which has brought the business of basketball to a halt.

Apparently, the players are bringing in the big guns. Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and Amar’e Stoudemire are expected to attend.

While the owners are talking tough, with Commissioner Stern saying the players need to make further concessions with respect to Basketball Related Income and system issues like the hard cap.

Bottom line: it should be interesting.

--O. Sandor.

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