Sully’s Back Injury Update

By: Gaashaan Yusuf

Jared Sullinger on his back:”It’s completely fixed”

Check his interview courtesy of Celtics.com

What do you expect from Sully next season

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One Pick, One Trade, One Free Agent… Let’s Play!

Credit: BringBackWalter
Right, so this is a game that some friends and I were playing the other day, and I think it might be fun on here. So allow me to explain the rules.

A lot of times Offseason’s aren’t the big, glamorous occasions we fans wish they would be, a lot of times there’s just a few minor trades made by any given team. In the hopes of getting better for the next season. Hence you have one Draft pick, one trade, and one free agent pickup. Put yourself in Danny Ainge’s shoes. You’ve got some decisions to make this offseason, but don’t have a lot of cap room, just a MLE. You don’t have an especially great draft pick (16th.) And while you have some decent trade pieces, will you be willing to part with them in order to bring in upper echelon talent? These are the questions you are faced with…

So you have the 16th pick in the draft, your first challenge is which player do you draft with it (I know they have a second round pick, but let’s ignore that)? Secondly, you have a Mid-Level Exception who will you sign with it out of Free Agency? And finally, you have one trade you are allowed to make. I know arguably, the Celtics could make more then one move, but let’s say you can only make one trade? What player is so important to the Celtic’s chances that you’d make that trade above all else.

So there you have it, that’s your challenge. To end, I ask that we keep this realistic please, Howard won’t sign for a MLE, you can’t trade Brandon Bass for John Wall even though the salaries match, and Nerlens Noel will not be around at pick 16. Thanks for playing, and here’s my one pick, one trade, and one Free Agent.

Draft Pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Trade: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=dy7kzkk

Celtics Get: Ian Mahinmi

Pacers Get: Courtney Lee

Free Agent: Jarret Jack or D. J. Augustin, whichever is available for my MLE.

So this leave’s the C’s looking like this:

C- KG/Mahinmi/Shav

PF- Sully/Bass/Shav/White

SF- PP/Green/Williams

SG- Caldwell-Pope/Bradley/JET

PG- Rondo/Augustin (or Jack)/ Have Williams play some as well.

Those are my ideas, I think their realistic, and they keep PP and KG for one more go.
By: Gaashaan Yusuf

Boston Celtics Owner Launches Sports Media Fund

Some really smart guys are betting that sports media content and rights are going to remain hot.

Wyc Grousbeck, the managing partner and CEO of the Boston Celtics since he and other investors paid $360 million for the storied NBA team in 2002, has launched a fund that will invest in sports media properties. News of the fund was first reported by Dow Jones LBO Wire.

The fund’s partners also include Bob Higgins (founder, Highland Capital Partners) and Mark Wan (founder, Three Arch Partners, and minority investor in the Celtics and the and NFL’s San Francisco 49ers). Grousbeck, Higgings and Wan, who have raised $84 million thus far for their new fund, have invested together successfully before and also have stellar investment track records.

Grousbeck told me today: “Our new fund intends to invest in developing and optimizing sports media content. We will look at traditional sports as well as emerging sports across every distribution platform. It takes specialized knowledge and committed capital to fully maximize the value of a team’s media rights. We have partnered with several other pro team owners as well as media executives and professional investors to form this fund.”

Grousbeck’s added that his recent experience in forming a new media partnership for the Celtics with Comcast was instrumental in seeing the opportunity for this fund. That deal both significantly increased the basketball’s team annual cable rights fee and gave the owners and equity stake in the RSN. Although the big media money in sports comes from national broadcasting deals with Walt Disney ‘s ABC and ESPN and Time Warner’s TNT, digital revenues are expected to grow rapidly. Prime example: two days ago the Wall Street Journal reported that Verizon will pay $1 billion over four years for the rights to air more NFL games over its customers’ smartphones, a nearly 40% increase over the previous deal.In January Forbes valued the Celtics at $730 million, fourth-most in the 30 team league.