Multiple outlets are reporting Tuesday night that Celtics' captain Paul Pierce has notified the team he will opt out of his $21.5 million contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. More on this story as it develops.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that former Celtics guard Brian Shaw, now an assistant coach with the Lakers, is close to being named the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

According to Sam Amick of AOL Fanhouse the Houston Rockets will make a play for free agent center Brad Miller, who is reportedly the target of the Celtics. Amick writes on his Twitter account: "As expected, the Houston Rockets will pursue center Brad Miller after he becomes a free agent on Thursday, a source tells FanHouse."

 

Vinny Del Negro is on the Celtics "short list" for coaching options next season should Doc Rivers step down, according to CBSSports.com Del Negro coached the Bulls for two seasons before being fired in May. He accumulated an 82-82 regular season record and 4-8 in the postseason, including a seven-game first round series against the Celtics in 2009.

According to a report on ESPN.com, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh met over the weekend in Miami to examine the possibility of the three playing together for the Miami Heat. 

 

A source labeled Miami as the new frontrunner to land all three prized free agents but also warned that James was "non-committal" with the free agency period officially starting at Thursday at 12:01 a.m. 

 

Celtics second-round pick Luke Harangody will be a member of the C's summer league team, according to Scott Schroeder of RidiculousUpside.com. The Celtics selected the 6-foot-8, 251-pound former Notre Dame forward with the 52nd overall pick in last Thursday's NBA draft. 

 

The Celtics are preparing to go after center Brad Miller during the upcoming free agent period, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. The story says Miller and guard Ray Allen will be the top priorities for the Celtics, who have a midlevel exception available if they wanted to go after the 34-year-old Miller, who has played for Charlotte, Chicago, Indiana and Sacramento over the course of his career. For more Celtics news, check out Green Street.

Celtics draft picks Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody were introduced to the media at a press conference at the Celtics training facility in Waltham Friday. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge indicated that Bradley will have arthroscopic surgery on his ankle that will knock him out of summer league action, although the guard is expected to be ready to return in August and participate in training camp.

 

Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about the Celtics' situation following Thursday night's NBA draft. Thomsen said he sees first-round draft pick Avery Bradley as an Eddie House type of player, a shooter more than someone who drives to the basket, and a player with limited point guard skills, at least for now.

 

There were rumors of trading the pick. This year’s draft was not considered to be as deep as years past, sparking doubt that the Celtics could snag a legitimate contributor with their first-round pick, No. 19 overall. And when looking ahead to an uncertain season, every acquisition is significant.



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