Jeff Goodman of and has learned from a source familiar with the situation that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was first to contact free agent forward David Lee once the NBA free agency began after midnight Wednesday night. The 6-foot-9 Lee, 27, played in all 81 regular season games for the New York Knicks last season, averaging 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. It was Lee's best season, having averaged 13 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest throughout his five-year pro career. He has played in 81 games in each of the last three seasons.

ESPN NBA analyst Jon Barry joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday on the first day of the free-agency period in the NBA and discussed the Celtics’ two biggest free agents, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. He said that both players have some “mileage” on them and that although Boston wants to bring the pair back, it should be cautious before jumping in and signing both.


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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on his twitter account that sources have told him that Boston has interest in Anthony Morrow. The Golden State swingman, who averaged 13.0 points and shot 45.6 percent on 3-pointers in 2009-10, is a restricted free agent.


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LeBron James has approached Ray Allen about the possibility of playing with him, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, according to the Miami Herald.

WEEI's Michael Holley has confirmed through a team source that Doc Rivers will return for the final year of his contract to coach the Boston Celtics.

The news was first reported by The Herald’s Steve Bulpett.

On Thursday, the floodgates will finally open on the NBA’s bold new future when the free agent period finally opens for business. 



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."