–We will begin with an announcements from the Celtics, that there will be a grand total of two preseason games at the end of December. The home-and-home series with Toronto will start at Air Canada Centre on December 18th at 1 p.m. and the C’s will return the favor at the Garden on Wednesday December 21st at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for these contests, as well as the regular season games should be going on sale next week (reportedly December 12th) so keep your eyes peeled for that, as preseason basketball may actually be exciting for once with a mere two games per team.
– Yesterday also marked the first day of players be able to return to use team facilities. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com reported Ray Allen was in attendance yesterday in Waltham, and Rajon Rondo made an appearance as well in the after hours of the day, according to C’s media relations. Perhaps to avoid the media conglomerate that spent much of the day in Waltham?
–According to a report from Yahoo! Sports Glen Davis has drawn interest from five teams (as well as the C’s) so far in free agency:
Boston Celtics free-agent forward Glen Davis appears to be in good shape after working out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the past two months. In addition to the Celtics, Davis has drawn interest from New Jersey, Portland, Atlanta, Orlando and Philadelphia, sources said.
Davis is good friends with Magic center Dwight Howard, dating back to their AAU days.
We will keep a close eye on Baby’s market in the days ahead, as whatever his price range may be should have a huge influence on the C’s options moving forward, either by re-signing him, or in a potential sign-and-trade deal.
–Finally, according to Sportando Basketball on Twitter, Brian Scalabrine has parted ways with his Italian team Benetton Treviso and plans to return to the NBA. Sources have him looking to return to the Bulls, but given the roster space, you can’t help but think Danny Ainge would at least give Scal a call to help fill the void at the end of the bench, and dare I say it…..cause a little popularity buzz around here.
More on the way later today…..