The Celtics and Shaquille O'Neal?

I guess it's possible, as long as everyone is realistic. That, of course, starts with Shaq himself. And that's where the problem begins.



KIRK MINIHANE

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According to a report on ESPN.com, which cited league sources, the Celtics have expressed interest in center Shaquille O'Neal. With the C's already over the salary cap, they could offer no more than the $5.8 million per year mid-level exception. According to the report, O'Neal would be intrigued by the idea of playing for Celtics coach Doc Rivers and with forward Kevin Garnett.

 

The Celtics dropped their opener of its 2010 summer league, 87-82, to the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday in Orlando. The Celtics led by 15 points at the end of the first quarter and nine at the end of the third, but were unable to hold on as the Thunder outscored Boston by a 27-12 spread in the final 12 minutes.

 

According to a report on NBA.com, a source has indicated a "possibility" of Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace changing his mind regarding retirement after both coach Doc Rivers and captain Paul Pierce returned to the team.

 

Should Wallace follow through with his retirement, his contract would be a valuable commodity on the trade market. His deal still has two seasons and $12 million dollars on it. Wallace just finished his 15th NBA season, his first in Boston.

 

David Aldridge reported on NBA.com that the Cleveland Cavaliers have targeted Ray Allen as a player to add in the offseason. 

 

Aldridge wrote Monday that the Cavaliers are "not only privately, quietly confident that they've managed, somehow, to stem the tide and have a good shot of keeping [LeBron] James, but have ideas of fixing their roster next season with the likes of Ray Allen and Brendan Haywood."

The Celtics signed center Semih Erden of Turkey, the team announced on Monday. Erden was drafted by the Celtics with the 60th pick in 2008. The seven-foot, 240-pound big man averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for Fenerbahce Ulker this past season. Erden is on the Celtics Summer League roster and will play for Turkey in the 2010 FIBA World Championships. The Celtics are in need of a big man following the injury of Kendrick Perkins.

“Shrek & Donkey” wasn’t the only duo formed on the Celtics this past season.

During the Celtics’ quest for a championship, Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette were on journey of their own. The two rookies were trying to make it in the NBA.



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According to a report in the Boston Herald, the Celtics are looking at trades that could bring them either Phoenix' Leandro Barbosa or Rudy Fernandez of Portland. The report states that the Celts would most likely use Rasheed Wallace's contract to secure Barbosa, a 27-year-old swingman who will make $7.1 million in 2010-11 after averaging 9.5 points in 17.9 minutes per game for the Suns last season.

According to the Boston Herald, Celtics first-round pick Avery Bradley underwent surgery on his left ankle Friday morning. Bradley sprained his ankle during a pre-draft workout for Oklahoma City. The report states the surgery went well and it is expected that Bradley will be ready well before the start of training camp. For more on the Celtics see the team page at weei.com/celtics.

The Celtics announced their roster for the Orlando Summer League and there is a very intriguing name on it: Turkish center Semih Erden. Danny Ainge suggested before the draft that the time may be right for Erden to play in the NBA. The Celtics have held his rights since selecting him late in the second round of the 2008 draft. Erden could have a role on the 2010-11 Celtics, who are starved for height. Erden will be joined by Tony Gaffney,  Oliver Lafayette and Luke Harangody.