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Celtics: Olynyk Not For Sale

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge understands why other teams keep calling to see if he will trade Rajon Rondo or even his newest player, former Gonzaga University standout Kelly Olynyk. The Celtics traded away coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers for a first-round draft pick. And a deal to send the team’s biggest stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, to the Brooklyn Nets for a package including three more No. 1 picks is just waiting for the NBA signing period to begin. “Maybe the assumption is that we’ll give away any of our players,” Ainge said on Monday, listing not just Rondo but Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger and first-round draft pick Olynyk as players who have attracted interest. “There’s been calls for all those guys. And maybe the assumption is we are just changing everybody, but we’re not. “We’re starting to get younger”/AP. More here. (AP photo: Colton Iverson, left, and Kelly Olynyk had few choices when it came to numbers)

Question: Do you follow the careers of former Zags who play in the NBA?

Ex-Zag Olynyk Winds Up In Boston

All things considered, Kelly Olynyk landed in the right spot in the NBA draft. Home. The Gonzaga star spent Thursday night with family and friends in Kamloops, British Columbia, while teams dealt players and picks in far-off New York. Olynyk was among them, being chosen with the 13th pick of the first round by the Dallas Mavericks before being traded to the Boston Celtics for other draft picks. He will fly to Boston this weekend to meet team officials as well as the media. “It’s a great feeling to see all your hard work and patience and work ethic pay off,” said Olynyk, a 7-foot center whose draft stock rose during a standout season at Gonzaga and a strong performance at the draft combine. He is expected to be a perimeter scorer and versatile big man, perhaps replacing the aging Kevin Garnett/Jim Allen, SR. More here.

Question: Are you glad to see Olynyk become a Boston Celtic?

Shaq signs with Celtics

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent center Shaquille O’Neal. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations. “His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster.”

O’Neal, a 7‘1” center, posted averages of 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and shot 56.6% from the field last season in 53 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Posted at nba.com Read more.

Okay, I like basketball, I just don’t follow the NBA that closely. So I was surprised to learn Shaq is still playing. Isn’t he getting close to retirement age?

Who Will End Up On Top Tonight?

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, top, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom look up for the call during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball finals Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Lakers won the game 89-67. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Question: Who’s going to win Game 7 tonight?