According to a report by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, a league source has indicated that the Celtics have shown "serious interest" in free agent forward Josh Howard. has confirmed with a source that Tony Allen has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies. The Memphis Commercial Appeal first reported the agreement. Allen, an unrestricted free agent, has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 2004.

ORLANDO -- The Celtics lost to the Nets, 86-68, on Friday to finish their 2010 NBA Summer League with a 1-4 record.


The Celtics dressed just seven players in the loss. Jaycee Carroll, Ryan Thompson, DeShawn Sims and Matt Janning flew Thursday to Las Vegas for another NBA Summer League, and Semih Erdin is back in Turkey for the FIBA championships.


Luke Harangody completed an impressive week with a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Rodney Green chipped in with 12 points and Oliver Lafayette had 10 assists.


ORLANDO -- Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told Friday that although the 2010-11 Miami Heat will feature a trio of All-Stars they will be 'different' than the 2008 Celtics. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh have all used the 2008 Celtics as an example when asked how the three would be able to work together on the court. 


One man's account of the end of a franchise, but the start of a new-found respect for ESPN. OK, maybe just the end of a franchise.

9:00 p.m. (EST): I always knew that hell would start with a Stuart Scott voiceover. 



ORLANDO -- The Celtics fell to 1-3 in the 2010 NBA Summer League on Thursday, coming up on the short end of an 86-85 final to the Pacers.


The Celtics lost despite having a 58-31 lead at halftime. They managed just 27 second-half points, however, and allowed 36 points in the final quarter. 


Jaycee Carroll led the Celtics with 19 points, and Luke Harangody added 16 points.


The Celtics play their final game of the summer league on Friday against the Nets.

ORLANDO -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke to the media on Thursday at the 2010 NBA Summer League and addressed reports that the club had signed free agent Jermaine O'Neal to a two-year contract.


"We intend to sign him," Ainge said. "And I'll talk about it when we do."


ORLANDO -- Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird told that forward/center Jermaine O'Neal, who has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Celtics, can be a valuable contributor in Boston. Bird was the head of Pacers basketball operations for five of the eight seasons when O'Neal was in Indiana.

"He's younger than you think," said Bird. "He can rebound, block shots and get down the floor. He can help a team win."'s Paul Flannery confirmed a report that Jermaine O'Neal has agreed to sign with the Celtics. The deal is for two years at the mid-level exception (approximately $5.8 million per year).


The 6-foot-11 O'Neal is a 13-year veteran who played the last two years in Miami. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 70 games last season after three injury-plagued seasons prior. The 31-year-old also reportedly had been considering offers from the Nuggets and Mavericks.


Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and expressed caution about reports of LeBron James deciding to sign with the Heat.


"I can't define somebody as being in the driver's seat because it's just too close," Mannix said, noting that there has been a "campaign of misinformation" coming out of the LeBron camp in an effort to build up the hype leading to Thursday night's ESPN special, something Mannix termed a "self-indulgent, ridiculous announcement."