Leandro Barbosa ultimately chose the Celtics despite talks with the Lakers about joining them. He also said the crowded backcourt situation didn't deter him from signing with Boston.
"The Lakers had interest in myself, but I think Boston would be better for me," Barbosa said. "My agent talked and he said it would be great for me to be here. It’s the kind of situation that I was looking for, especially to play with [Rajon] Rondo. He likes to run and I love to run, so I think it will work really well."
As for playing time, Barbosa said he wasn't concerned despite the presence of Rondo, Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and Avery Bradley when Bradley returns from injury.
"They’re all good players. I’m here just to help," Barbosa said. "That will be on Doc [Rivers]. Doc’s call. He’s the coach. Whatever he has to do. I’m here to help."
FOXBORO -- The Patriots will be without starting left guard Logan Mankins and strong safety Patrick Chung for their game against the Jets Sunday afternoon at Gillette.
Chung's absence leaves the Patriots without their top two starting safeties as Steve Gregory was ruled out on Friday with a hip injury.
Chung (shoulder) practiced all week but was limited while Mankins (calf/hip) practice on Wednesday and Friday but was limited. Also out for the game are Brandon Bolden (knee), linebacker Tracy White (foot), defensive end Jake Bequette and defensive lineman Ron Brace (back).
For the Jets, running back Bilal Powell, defensive linemen Sione Po'uha and Kenrick Ellis and defensive back Eric Smith were all ruled out Saturday night. Back-up quarterback Greg McElroy, receiver Clyde Gates and offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff are also inactive.
The Patriots do get rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower back for the first time...
John Farrell, in a press release announcing his acquisition from the Blue Jays by the Red Sox and a subsequent three-year contract to manage the team through 2015, expressed enthusiasm for his return to the city where he spent four years as a pitching coach from 2007-10.
"I’m extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston," Farrell said in the release. "I love this organization. It’s a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us."
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According to multiple industry sources familiar with the deal, the Red Sox will receive right-hander David Carpenter from the Blue Jays in return for infielder Mike Aviles in order to complete the compensation deal related to the Red Sox' acquisition of John Farrell as manager. Carpenter, 27, is 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 67 appearances over the last two years with the Astros and Blue Jays, along with 60 strikeouts and 29 walks in 60 innings.
The right-hander was selected as a catcher in the 12th round of the 2006 draft by the Cardinals, who converted him to relief. He was traded to the Astros in 2010 in exchange for Pedro Feliz. This summer, he went from Houston to Toronto as part of a 10-person trade between the two clubs. Carpenter made just three appearances in the big leagues with the Jays, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) in 2 2/3 innings.
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Mike Aviles, whom the Red Sox are sending to the Blue Jays as compensation for the acquisition of manager John Farrell, offered his reaction to the news via twitter on Sunday: Wanna thank #RedSoxNation for all the support, great city, team and fans! Loved my time there but now it's time for a new chapter! #gojays
Aviles was acquired by the Red Sox just prior to the July 31 trade deadline in 2011, as Boston got him from Kansas City in exchange for utility infielder Yamaico Navarro (subsequently traded to the Pirates) and minor league pitcher Kendal Volz (since retired). Aviles played 136 games for the Sox in 2012 as the team's primary starting shortstop, hitting .250 with a .282 OBP, .381 slugging mark and .663 OPS while playing solid defense.
Meanwhile, pitcher Jon Lester expressed his enthusiasm for the return to Boston of Farrell, who was Lester's pitching coach from 2007-10. Welcome back John!! Can't wait to get back...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the upcoming Red Sox season. Michael Irvin is being investigated for sexual assault, again. Renee Graham, from the Globe, thinks Michael Che is right about Boston being racist.
Hour 3. Trenni battles Gerry on immigration. Joe Mixon’s future is discussed. Curtis will get a second chance at music trivia on Friday.
Hour 2. Trenni, Gerry, and Kirk discuss Joe Mixon’s draft chances. A horrible hazing story from Texas is the topic in headlines. Keefe responded to Kirk (kind of).
HOUR 4 - In the final hour of the show, we put a bow on the LeBron James "injury" from Monday night, take a call from a listener who is sick of "show-on-show" drama, play Kirk ripping Keefe in it's entirety, and expose Chad Finn for being a 98.5 fanboy who wouldn't address Pete Abe in his Friday chat.
HOUR 3 - In hour 3, the guys discuss a column by Dan Graziano and another by Bomani Jones about WHY Colin Kaepernick is "blackballed" by the NFL. Graziano reports that Kaepernick is seeking "$9-10M per year" which is roughly what a bottom-end starting QB would get paid. They also get into the Raiders moving to Vegas, and some potential problems that could arise.
HOUR 2 - In hour 2, we play Robert Kraft's nauseating interview with "First Take" and point out that Max Kellerman pusses out after being highly critical of Tom Brady over the past few years. The guys also get into some of Robert Kraft's comments from Monday, where Kraft said that Brady told him he'd like to play for 6-7 more years.
We finish the show with the best sound of the day.
Holley and Keefe discuss Tom Brady's future and if it's possible to see Brady playing for 6-7 more years.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss the Hernandez trial and then address Malcolm Butler and the Patriot off season decisions.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Rich Keefe is joined by Dale Arnold and Ben Kichen to preview WrestleMania 33. Is it a good card? What will be the best match? Plus Ryan Davey is in for "This Week in #DORK" with a look a couple new trailers and the always great "Black Panther Reads #DORK iTunes Reviews."
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
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Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.More from this show
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