Tag: Luigi Datome

Jared Sullinger, Gerald Wallace

Jared Sullinger recovers from "season-ending" injury, available for Celtics tonight


In February, the Celtics ruled out Jared Sullinger for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot.

Today, they ruled him back in.

Celtics release (via CSN Northeast):

The Boston Celtics announced today that Jared Sullinger’s metatarsal stress fracture has healed completely and that he will be available for this evening’s game at TD Garden against the Milwaukee Bucks.

“We are excited that Jared’s recovery progressed quicker than initially expected,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “Jared was extremely diligent in his rehab, repeatedly expressing his eagerness to help our team reach the postseason. He will be available in a limited role this weekend as he works his way back to 100 percent game shape.”

This is a major development for the Celtics, who are tied with the Heat for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. (Miami holds the tiebreaker.)

Sullinger, punctuality issues aside, had been starting for Boston. He can score inside and out, and he hits the glass hard. There are defensive issues, but at his best, he competes hard on that end.

Sullinger went down before the trade deadline, when the Celtics acquired Isaiah Thomas, Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome. Using those players to spread the floor, Boston has gone 14-10 since, the East’s fourth-best record in that span.

So, Sullinger will have to acclimate to his new teammates, but he’ll fit the style. And he makes the Celtics more dangerous.

Report: Pistons keeping Tayshaun Prince

Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

Tayshaun Prince – traded from the Celtics to the Pistons yesterdaymight want a buyout from Detroit.

Don’t expect him to get one.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Further, in his statement on the trade, Stan Van Gundy said of Prince: “He fills a position of need for us at small forward with his offensive and defensive versatility.”

After Detroit traded Kyle Singler to the Thunder, Prince will fill a void at small forward. The Pistons added a little salary in the Prince deal (which sent Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome to Boston), another sign they intend Prince to stick. If they didn’t want to keep him for the rest of the season, why make the trade? Obviously, they plan to keep him for the rest of his expiring contract.

Of course, if the Pistons stumble in their five games the rest of this month and Prince gives up enough money – he’s owed $2,493,721 the rest of the season – maybe they change their mind. As long as Prince is waived before March 1, he can join a playoff roster.

Report: Thunder trade Reggie Jackson to Pistons, get Enes Kanter from Jazz in three-team deal

D.J. Augustin, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Jackson

The Thunder wanted Enes Kanter.

The Pistons wanted a guard.

Reggie Jackson wanted to be traded.

Everyone got their wish – and then some.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:


David Alrdridge of NBA.com:

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

This is a nice haul for the Thunder, who didn’t want to overpay Jackson in free agency this summer. Kanter is solid and still has plenty of untapped potential, and D.J. Augustin is a very good backup point guard who’s under contract for a cheap $3 million next season.

Jackson is an exciting young upgrade in Detroit, where Brandon Jennings will complicate matters once he gets healthy. For now, Jackson is the clear starter. The Pistons are weaker on the wing, but Jackson is worth losing Kyle Singler. Jonas Jerebko wanted out, and Luigi Datome had no real value. Tayshaun Prince mitigates the loss, but he’s over the hill. At least he – like Jerebko and Datome – is on an expiring contract.

Expect the  Jazz to get a draft pick, but details are still trickling in.