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Mike Petraglia is a columnist and reporter and has covered the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Boston College since the inception of WEEI.com in 2008. He has been working for Sports Radio WEEI since 1999. Mike began his own sports reporting service, SportSound, in 1993, and has been covering the Boston beat on a full-time basis ever since. Mike can be heard on local and national outlets including WEEI, ESPN Radio and Sirius NFL and Fox Sports Radio.

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06/24/16 01:25 EST
Now the real work begins for Danny Ainge. If the 2016-17 Celtics are going to make a serious run at the Raptors and Cavaliers at the top of the East, the team's top basketball executive must go out and get the job done in free agency and trades. Shortly after midnight, Danny Ainge had the chance to explain himself for Thursday night. His staff certainly put in long hours over the last two months, traveling all over the world trying to get a feel for players and how best to use their eight picks Thursday. There was some hope, even as late as Thursday afternoon that maybe the Celtics were going to cash in their No. 3 pick. But in the end, the Celtics weren't buying what the Sixers were selling. If you're disappointed the Celtics didn't make a trade Thursday night or you're disappointed that Jaylen Brown (a soon-to-be 20-year-old forward with one year of college ball on his resume) was the choice at No. 3, don't be, at least not yet. "He's not a cornerstone today. I would never put any
06/21/16 04:03 EST
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At this point, just make the picks. Danny Ainge, Austin Ainge, Brad Stevens and a slew of scouts and front office executives - including the owners - have had their input. They'll be taking phone calls up to, and even possibly after, they pick third on Thursday night. If they pick Providence's Kris Dunn, you're getting a two-time Big East defensive player of the year who, offensively, can finish at the basket with flare and free up trade possibilities with other guards. If they choose Dragan Bender, you get an 18-year-old 7-footer who could turn into Dirk Nowitzki and dominate for a decade. Take the supremely-confident Jamal Murray, and you get a Kentucky product who provides instant offense and a score-from-anywhere mentality. If they go the route of Buddy Hield, they get a four-year player from a major program who was the college player of the year and considered by scouts and experts as "most ready" to contribute. And if they go with Jaylen Brown, they get a 6-foot-6 swingman
06/01/16 10:26 EST
WALTHAM -- If talent wins in the NBA, image is that pipeline that brings in critical free agent talent. That's why Wednesday's announcement by Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca that Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens are being extended together with the franchise really matters. Grousbeck and Pagliuca are marketing the Celtics as the destination spot for free agent stars with championship dreams. The image, in this case, is also a message to prospective free agents that this winning combination is not going anywhere. The same architect of the teams that competed every year for an NBA title in the late 2000s and early part of this decade will be in Boston for the foreseeable future. "It's obviously very exciting. Danny's done a fantastic job assembling chips," Pagliuca said. "Eight draft picks this year. A high draft pick. I think it's the highest we've had since we've been here. And a robust free-agency market. I think there's no one better. We were discussing before
05/25/16 08:35 EST
Enough of the talk. Danny Ainge needs to make just one deal. Trade up for one of the top two picks and get Brandon Ingram. Jahlil Okafor, with his terrific paint presence, still has questions that come with his enormous talent. Like, is he mature enough to handle Boston? Like, did losing 72 games with a franchise going nowhere and precious little talent stunt his growth during a critical period of his NBA development? Ingram went to Duke and played in a prestige program where winning is ingrained. He still needs to put bulk on his 6-foot-9 frame but can run all over the court and is a legit 3-point shooter. Okafor also went to Duke but was stained by one of the worst franchises in sports last year. He is an immense offensive talent, but Ingram is a more dynamic player. If Ainge had gotten one of the top two picks, that's exactly what he would've done. Here's the thing: He has the equity in draft picks (Nos. 3, 16, 23) and talent on roster to move up and get the deal done. Philly, by most



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Red Sox Review with Mut, 6-20-16

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SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

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