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Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

Keyon Dooling denies Heat rumors, says he’s done with the league


So Keyon Dooling retired last week, and it seemed weird and sudden. Then, almost immediately, reports surfaced that Dooling was going to join the Miami Heat.

Now, Dooling has issued a denial of those reports to Fox Sports Florida, (hopefully) ending one of the most irrelevant sagas of the late offseason:

So much for Keyon Dooling wanting to join the Miami Heat.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday that, word was, the point guard — waived by Boston on Friday with the belief he would retire —  had interest in the Heat. But the native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., denied that.

“No truth!” Dooling wrote in an email to FOX Sports Florida. “I will never play NBA ball again.”

via Dooling confirms retirement, no interest in Heat.

So Keyon Dooling will not be bringing his lack of playmaking and erratic three-point shot to the Heat. Maybe. Look, we’ve seen this before. Guy says “No way, I’m done!” and then later is like “Oh, wait, I love money so, so, so, so, so much.”

Happens every year. And with the prospect of being able to sit out training camp and contend for a title on the table, don’t rule anything out just because Dooling’s willing to walk away right now.

But at least we can move on. The world can exhale.

Keyon Dooling retires after dozen seasons in NBA

Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

There will be no more “What’s driving you?”

As the Boston Celtics were getting around to finalizing their roster, Keyon Dooling — who they re-signed this summer but to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal — was not going to be a part of it. Thursday they waived him.

And that has prompted Dooling to announce is retirement, the team announced.

“Keyon has decided that he has given the NBA 12 good years and that it’s time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family,” said Dooling’s representative Kenge Stevenson in a released statement. “He will never forget his time in Boston with the Celtics.”

Dooling was a popular teammate at all his stops, in part because he was a guy who wanted to get to know his teammates. That’s what led to his “what’s driving you?” catchphrase, something he explained to Jessica Camerato at CSNNE.com.

“It’s a serious question because I want to identify what is driving you, what is motivating you?” he told CSNNE.com. “It is your family? Is it the money? Is it the glitz? Is it the glamour? Identify those so you can become better.

“So many different things [drive me], but the fear of failure is something that really motivates me. I do not want to fail. I do not want to lose. I have this thing, I can’t go back. I can’t go back. I’ve come too far. My family can’t go back to where we were. And that’s what’s driving me, to have my family landscape changed for generations.”

Dooling was the No. 10 overall pick out of Missouri by the Orlando Magic, but they instantly traded him to the Clippers where he started his career. He was a career 34.9 percent shooter from three who usually came off the bench wherever he played. Last season he shot 39 percent from three for the Celtics in the playoffs (he was their most consistant threat from deep), he was a solid veteran for the Nets before that. But those teams have gone another direction.

He never was a star but he was a solid role player around the league for his 12 years.

He made a cool $29 million over the course of his career. Not bad.

Not sure what he is doing next but we wish him the best.

Celtics officially sign Collins, three others to round out roster


Except for our national Dwightmare, we’ve reached the point in the summer where teams are making small signings to round out their rosters. There are some good players still out there, but we are talking role and end of the bench players now. The big moves are done.

With that, we bring you news of the Celtics rounding out their roster.

On Monday they formally signed Jason Collins to be a backup center and Keyon Dooling to be another designated three-point sniper off the bench. Boston also inked guards who played in Europe last season and on their Summer League team, Jamar Smith and Dionte Christmas.

Collins will see some minutes this year trying to get Kevin Garnett some rest. He’ll be asked to defend the rim, rebound and try not to muck up the offense too much. The other three will likely see limited minutes over the course of the season (Dooling some but his runs will be inconsistent).

Boston has had a very good summer, they added depth and outside of Ray Allen kept the core of the team together. If the key players can stay healthy they may be best suited to challenge Miami in the Eastern Conference next playoffs. But we are a long way from there right now.