Report: Celtics 'a threat' to sign Blake Griffin

Report: Celtics 'a threat' to sign Blake Griffin

Adrian Wojnarowski, on Yahoo's The Vertical Podcast, says the Clippers and others think "Boston is really the danger" to sign away forward Blake Griffin from LA. 

"Blake Griffin, and I think the Clippers may think this too, and certainly some other teams, Boston is really the danger for Blake Griffin," Wojnarowski said on the podcast. "I think Boston's two primary free-agent targets right now are [the Utah Jazz's] Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. Now they're not going to get both of them, but they're both players who would potentially have interest there, and who Boston I think looks at in different ways with their future.


Wojnarowski said Griffin was impressed with the way Celtics fans treated ex-C's captain Paul Pierce when the Clippers visited TD Garden for Pierce's final game in Boston on Super Bowl Sunday.

"So the one thing to know about Blake Griffin, he was [in Boston] when Paul Pierce came in with the Clippers for his last game in Boston, Blake was obviously there with the team. He saw how Boston reacted to Paul Pierce and what it means to have been a great player in Boston," Wojnarowski said. "Now, Blake doesn't have enough left in his career to be beloved and be the all-time Celtic that Paul Pierce was, but it does give you a sense - and I know it gave Blake a sense, it did not go unnoticed with him - about how that building and that city and the way they loved Paul. And I'm sure Paul being around the last couple years with him, I'm sure they discussed it."

Wojnarowski said the Clippers may have some tough decisions to make about keeping their star-laden roster together.
"But they're certainly a threat too in this. But I just think the Clippers are a unique situation because you talked about what it's going to cost to keep together Golden State and Cleveland; it's another thing to pay this money to keep a Clipper team around that hasn't achieved yet. It is a lot of money to go where they need to go to pay all these guys and say to yourself, 'This team hasn't even been out of the second round yet.'"

Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

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Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

BOSTON – The first member of the Brad Stevens’ coaching tree is about to take off. Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty is expected to be named head coach at Evansville University.

McCarty, an Evansville, Ind. native, was selected over a field of candidates that included former Indiana University standout Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland who, like McCarty, is an Evansville native.

The 6-foot-10 McCarty, a 10-year NBA veteran with seven-plus spent with the Celtics, has been part of Stevens’ coaching staff since 2013. The former Celtic has been a college assistant coach at Louisville (2007-2010) in addition to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers (2010-2011).


NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

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NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

1:25 - With half of the Celtics roster on the shelf, we’ve been able to see just how great a scorer Jayson Tatum can be. A. Sherrod Blakely, Mike Girardi and Trenni Kusnierek discuss how Tatum compares to Celtics legend, Paul Pierce.

5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.

11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.