According to a report by Tim Povtak of fanhouse.com, free agent center Shaquille O'Neal has been "aggressively lobbying" the Celtics, trying to convince them that his addition could help them win a championship.

 

The Celtics have no room or exceptions under the salary cap to pay the three-time finals MVP more than the $1.35 million veteran minimum, though a sign-and-trade deal with the Cavaliers would allow the opportunity for a higher salary.

 

There is probably nothing to the Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo talk that's been in the air for the last 24 hours or so. An internet creation that has had some legs. Probably nothing more than that, right?



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After being traded to the Celtics in February, Nate Robinson is looking forward to returning this fall with a new contract, one that gives him a fresh start in his sixth NBA season. "For me, I think it will be a good start for me to just come in and start from scratch,” he said in a conference call. “I loved my time there in Boston. The fans welcomed me with open arms, the team, coach Doc (Rivers), Danny Ainge, everybody, the whole organization, they were real good to me.

According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics have re-signed Marquis Daniels to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. 

 

The swingman battled injuries throughout the 2009-10 season with the Celtics, playing in just 51 games. Daniels averaged 5.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game last season.

 

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Bill Ingram of Hoops World has tweeted that free agent shooting guard Larry Hughes has narrowed his list of teams down to the Lakers, Heat, Celtics and Bobcats. Hughes finished the 2009-10 season with Charlotte.

 

The eighth overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Hughes has played for the 76ers, Warriors, Wizards, Cavaliers, Bulls, Knicks and Bobcats over his 12-year career. He has averaged 14.2 points, 3.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds.

 

The Celtics announced the signing of Nate Robinson on Monday. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 10.1 points, 2.9 assists and 39 percent shooting from 3-point range last season between the Knicks and Celtics.

 

According to a Twitter feed from Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Marc Spears, a league source indicated that guard Nate Robinson will re-sign with the Celtics. Shortly before noon, Robinson tweeted: "Cuz I'm back n beantown baby yeah."

 

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Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com/FoxSports.com has confirmed multiple reports that the Celtics have hired former New Jersey Nets head coach Lawrence Frank as an assistant coach under Doc Rivers. The 39-year-old Frank had been the Nets head coach for seven seasons before being fired 16 games into the 2009-10 campaign. His career record with New Jersey was 225-241 in the regular season, and 18-20 in the postseason.

 

The Celtics announced Thursday that they re-signed captain Paul Pierce. No details were released, but previous reports have indicated the contract is worth $61 million over four years.

 

"Paul has been a cornerstone of our franchise for the last decade and we could not be more pleased that he is returning to the team," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement.

 

New Celtic Jermaine O'Neal joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning and said he was excited about his new opportunity in Boston. "Coming down the stretch of my career, I can't think of a better way to end it than with a championship ring," he said.