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Born and raised in and around Boston, Ben Rohrbach finished third in WEEI’s Next Great Sports Blogger contest, but they hired him anyway. He’s covered Celtics basketball and the NBA for WEEI.com since 2010. A 10-year veteran of sports journalism, his work has appeared on/in ESPN.com, SI.com, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald and The MetroWest Daily News, where he was honored among the New England Press Association’s best daily sports column honorees.

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08/20/15 05:48 EST
There isn’t an untouchable member of the Celtics, so technically each of their 16 players under guaranteed contract could be the odd man out via trade or waiver when it comes time to meet the NBA’s 15-man roster requirements in late October. Still, some players are more likely than others to receive their walking papers. The rookie triumvirate of Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey is a lock to make the cut, because the C’s just signed them to longterm affordable contracts, and they’ll each get at least a year to prove their worth, either in Boston or the D-League. Likewise, the Celtics just inked Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko to free-agent deals and cannot be traded until Dec. 15. David Lee’s $15.5 million expiring contract requires another hefty salary in return to make a deal work. Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley will receive the bulk of their backcourt minutes and are all under control for three more seasons at varying
07/27/15 08:45 EST
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The best that can be said about Monday's introductory press conference for the Celtics’ offseason additions is that there was a modicum of excitement in Waltham. This C’s summer has been far from a disaster for everyone except co-owner Steve Pagliuca, who removed himself from the media panel in the immediate aftermath of his committee’s failed Boston Olympics bid. No viral photo of sad Celtics emerged, as was the case when the ex-Nets were unveiled after the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade two years ago. But this wasn’t quite the summer of 2007, either. “You had the Big Three,” joked Amir Johnson, whose two-year, $24 million deal makes him their biggest free-agent signing in years. “What are we, the Big Five?” When Johnson was finally introduced alongside the recently re-signed Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko and trade acquisitions David Lee and Perry Jones III, there was a handful of smiles, some excitement about a roster that
06/26/15 04:15 EST
Not so psyched about how the Celtics fared in the NBA draft? Well, there’s still time to salvage this summer in free agency. For various reasons, the Celtics won’t land LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade or Brandon Knight, but there are plenty other players to be had when the clock strikes midnight on July 1. Mock drafts were fun -- even if Terry Rozier wasn’t listed at No. 16 by any sane person -- so we put together a draft board for the C’s in free agency, putting the 30 players we’d most like to see in Boston next year in numerical order. 1. LaMarcus Aldridge | PF/C | Portland Trail Blazers | 29.3 years old | 6’11” | 240 pounds Status: Unrestricted Current salary: $16.0 million 2014-15 stats (71 games): 23.4 points (52.8 true shooting percentage), 10.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocks in 35.4 minutes per game (22.8 player efficiency rating) He’s reportedly told
06/26/15 02:25 EST
What the hell just happened? The 2015 NBA draft began for the Celtics when they picked a kid who’s scared of squirrels and ended with Danny Ainge conceding, “We don’t have room on the roster for all four guys, and we may even be buying another pick before the night’s over.” They used their first and fourth picks on point guards when their two best players -- Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart -- are ... point guards. Most prognosticators predicted the player they selected at No. 28 would go in the middle of the first round, and the two guys they drafted at Nos. 16 and 33 were projected closer to 28th. And the kid they picked at No. 45 shares a name with a guy they traded this past season. In the end, despite Ainge twice assuring everyone he wasn't disappointed by his failed attempts to trade into the top 10, he was decidedly disappointed. He had publicly expressed his desire to move up before the draft, tried desperately to land the No. 9 pick (presumably to



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