In a report that will surprise no one, the Celtics are interested in trading David Lee before the February 18th trade deadline. After reports on Monday that Danny Ainge spoke to Lee about his future, today Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck tweeted :

Lee will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and has not played in a game since January 10th. Despite the lack of playing time, Lee has not been a distraction in the locker room,  drawning praise from both Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge for his handling of the situation.

The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reports that the Celtics and Lee’s agents are working together to find an amicable solution.

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Sam Packard

Marcus Smart (right) wraps a pass around Kristaps Porzingis in a win over the Knicks on Tuesday. (USA TODAY Sports)Early in the fourth quarter against the Knicks on Tuesday night, Marcus Smart made the kind of play that raises eyebrows.



After Paul Pierce led the Celtics to the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, and before he led them to the 2008 title, he wanted out of Boston, and he nearly got his wish.

After Paul Pierce led the Celtics to the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, and before he led them to the 2008 title, he wanted out of Boston, and he nearly got his wish.

Speaking to Chris Mannix on The Vertical Podcast, Pierce explained how he helped nix a deal to the Blazers and pushed for a trade to the Mavericks that would’ve altered Celtics history.

“It was just discouraging,” Pierce told Mannix, courtesy NESN.com. “It was just like I want people to know who Paul Pierce is, what type of player he is, but the only way to do that is to be on the big stage, be in the playoffs with a shot at the championship. It was discouraging playing so well and not reaching the team success that I wanted to reach. Because at the end of the day, that’s how you’re going to be measured on how your team does more than what you do as an individual. When I didn’t see that, the results of that, it created doubts where maybe I could go somewhere else and find that.”

Trader Danny Ainge, who long lusted after point guard Chris Paul, worked on the framework of a deal that would swap the two young stars. But Pierce wanted none of it.

“It was just like, (the Blazers) weren’t going to the playoffs, they had a young team, too, players always getting in trouble, and I was just like, I’m not going to Portland,” Pierce said on the podcast. “I think I made the announcement. I think I did an article in the paper saying I wasn’t going to Portland if I got traded there. I might as well stay in Boston if I go to Portland. I know that was the one trade I knew about that was on the table that they were really close to pulling.”

Pierce had another destination in mind: Dallas, where he would join his fellow member of the draft class of 1998, Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs boasted a committed owner in Mark Cuban, and a young roster that would eventually win a title in 2011. Maybe it would’ve happened sooner with Pierce.

“If you can get me to Dallas, that’s where I wanted to go at the time,’€ Pierce said. “I thought Dallas was a player like me away from winning. They were 50-game winners. Dirk was pretty much by himself. I even ran into Dirk and Mark Cuban that summer. It was like, ‘Mark, you’ve got to find a way to get me over there. I want to get over there. I think I could help you all get over the hump.'”

It never happened, and for that, the Celtics should be grateful.

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WEEI

The rumor mill continues to churn out interesting stories regarding the Celtics and their pursuit of a marquee player.

The rumor mill continues to churn out interesting stories regarding the Celtics and their pursuit of a marquee player. The latest has the C’s talking to the Rockets about veteran center Dwight Howard.

Writes Frank Isola of the New York Daily News: Meanwhile, the Celtics have engaged the Houston Rockets in talks about a possible deal for Dwight Howard, the Daily News has learned. Howard can opt out of his contract this summer, and considering his back and knee issues, it doesn’t make much sense for Boston GM Danny Ainge to use the assets on a player with declining skills and a battered body.

The oft-injured Howard, who was suspended by the league for Tuesday’s game after making contact with an official in Saturday’s loss to the Wizards, is averaging 14.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season.

The 30-year-old, who previously played for the Magic and Lakers, is making $22 million. He has a player option for next season.

Howard is an eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Shooting is overrated.

On a night when the Celtics couldn’t make a 3-pointer to save their lives — missing their first 13 — it didn’t matter in a 97-89 victory over the Knicks Tuesday in Madison Square Garden.

With the win, the Celtics (28-22) pulled one half game ahead of the Heat and Hawks for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is called for a flagrant foul against Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is called for a flagrant foul against Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks 97-89 on Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden

In a sloppy and physical first half, the Celtics kept the game close, despite only shooting 38 percent from the field and missing all 13 of their three point attempts.

With their outside shots not falling, the Celtics pulled ahead in the third quarter by moving the ball and attacking the basket. After only managing six assists in the first half, the Celtics assisted on nine of their 11 third quarter field goals.

In the fourth, the Celtics bench, led by Evan Turner and Tyler Zeller, dominated the Knicks, abusing their terrible pick-and-roll defense.

Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 20 points, while Zeller (16pts, 10 rebs) and Turner (14 pts, 10 rebs) both added double-doubles off the bench. Aaron Afflalo led the Knicks with 18.

With the win the (28-22) Celtics pull one half game ahead the Heat and Hawks for the third best record in the Eastern Conference The C’s will return home to play the Pistons the second night of a back Wednesday night at the TD Garden

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STUD OF THE NIGHT Tyler Zeller and Evan Turner

The dynamic duo dominated the Knicks in the fourth quarter, repeatedly beating the defense off the pick-and-roll. Zeller showed off his soft touch around the rim and finished with a season-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Turner also

DUD OF THE NIGHT Kristaps Porzingis

The Lativian wonder was a total non-factor. Porzingis finished with only 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting, five of which came during garbage time.

VINE OF THE NIGHT
WHINE OF THE NIGHT Where Is Amir? About every five games Amir Johnson will only play 15-20 minutes. Johnson has suffered from ankle injuries his entire career, but the Celtics maintain that there is nothing wrong with his health.  STAT OF THE NIGHT RoLo Offensive Rebounds.  Sideshow Bob lookalike Robin Lopez recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, 11 of which came off the offensive glass. Despite his impressive performance, Lopez was non-factor late, as the majority of his boards came in the first three quarters.   @ OF THE NIGHT Beautiful Words from Slam Poet Jay King

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Sam Packard

If the Celtics can’t swing a deal for an A-list star, might they turn their sights to a lesser acquisition that would still improve their team, a la Isaiah Thomas last year?

Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari

If the Celtics can’t swing a deal for an A-list star, might they turn their sights to a lesser acquisition that would still improve their team, a la Isaiah Thomas last year?

If so, that player could be Dalino Gallinari.

According to a report from over the weekend on Sportando, a website that tracks worldwide basketball, the Celtics have interest in the Nuggets’ sharpshooter, who’s in the midst of his best season.

The 6-foot-10 Italian, the No. 6 overall pick by the Knicks in the 2008 draft, has rebounded from 2014 knee surgery to post the best numbers of his career. He’s averaging 19.3 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, both career highs, and he ranks among the NBA’s top 10 in free throws made (291, 5th) and attempted (333, 9th).

That the Celtics would have interest shouldn’t be a surprise, since the Herald’s Steve Bulpett reported over the summer that Gallinari was a potential target of Celtics president Danny Ainge and that the sides had discussed a deal.

Gallinari, 27, is signed through the 2017-18 season on a two-year, $34 million extension.

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WEEI