Rajon Rondo held court with the media Friday night after the Celtics held their first training camp practice and answered every question thrown his way. He said he had been in communication with team president Danny Ainge while his name was bandied about in trade rumors involving Hornets guard Chris Paul and felt "comfortable" with the process.
"I've had a great summer," he said. "One of the best summers of my life. You know, Nothing happened. Trade talk, there was rumors a lot of things happened but I've been here every day. I've talked to Danny two or three times. You guys may have heard different rumors and they might have been true, he might have been shopping me, but I felt comfortable."
Rondo said that Ainge and coach Doc Rivers were honest with him about the possibility that he could be traded and even acknowledged that it could still happen. "I talked to both of those guys about a week ago and...
WALTHAM -- The Celtics have signed veteran big man Chris Wilcox to a one-year deal. The nine-year veteran, taken with the eighth pick of the 2002 draft by the Clippers, played 57 games (29 starts) for the Pistons last year, averaging 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.3 blocks and 0.5 steals in 17.5 minutes per game. He shot 58.1 percent from the floor in 2010-11, and has made 53.2 percent of his attempted shots in his career.
"They had a lot of great guys here," Wilcox said. "My agent called me and said are you interested? This is my first chance of playing for a team of this caliber so I was willing to take this opportunity and come to Boston."
The 6-foot-10 29-year-old can play both forward and center. "At this point in my career I just want to win," he said.
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FOXBORO -- According to multiple reports, citing a league spokesperson, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was fined $25,000 for a fourth-quarter hit on Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky in New England's 31-24 win last Sunday. Though Mayo was not flagged on the play, he was hit with the fine for a hit that was deemed to be in "the head and neck area."
Mayo has not incurred a single penalty during the season. Even so, with the NFL cracking down on helmet-to-helmet hits and emphasizing quarterback safety, the 25-year-old linebacker received his fine.
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FOXBORO -- Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer will miss his second straight game with a right foot injury as the team ruled him out in the injury report that was released Friday afternoon. Linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is doubtful after being limited with a hamstring injury while Marcus Cannon's absence Friday was not injury-related, according to the team. Rookie running back Stevan Ridley returned to full participation on Friday and is expected to be available Sunday. Friday's complete injury report is as follows:
Did Not Participate:
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) OUT
OT Marcus Cannon (not injury related) Probable
CB Kyle Arrington (foot) Questionable
LB Jermaine Cunningham (hamstring) Doubtful
S Patrick Chung (foot) Questionable
C Dan Connolly (groin) Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (back) Questionable
Guard E'Twaun Moore, taken out of Purdue in the second round of the 2011 draft, has agreed to a guaranteed deal with the Celtics that he will sign tonight, Moore and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told the Journal and Courier.
"The contract will be guaranteed," Bartelstein told the Journal and Courier. "E’Twaun is very excited. He is raring to go."
Second-round picks do not always received guaranteed contracts, but the Celtics appear ready to offer such a deal to Moore, the third-leading scorer in Boilermakers history. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a senior in 2010-11. Moore played in Italy during the NBA lockout.
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Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
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John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East
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ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.
The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.
ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.
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