Celtics Notes: Pierce, Dooling, Trade Options

January 29 2013 at 6:20pm CDT By Luke Adams

Sunday's win over the Heat was officially the first game of the post-Rajon Rondo portion of the Celtics' 2012/13 season, but news of Rondo's injury broke during the game, and Boston players didn't hear about it until after the fact. As such, tomorrow's contest against the Kings feels more like our first real glimpse of the new-look Celtics, who are set to run a "no point guard"-type offense, according to coach Doc Rivers. Here's the latest out of Boston:

  • Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com reports that Keyon Dooling has already increased his workout regimen in preparation for a potential call from the Celtics, telling reporters: "I'm definitely considering…I've upped my exercise starting today and if Doc (Rivers) gives me the word I will be ready."
  • Earlier today, Paul Pierce told reporters, including Ben Rohrbach of WEEI.com, that he hopes to retire as a Celtic, though he recognizes that the decision may not be entirely in his hands.
  • Rivers confirmed today that Dooling, who retired before the season, could return to the Celtics, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. "He would be the closest for me if we had to go in another direction (at point guard)," Rivers said. "We'd have to find out if he could still do it. He knows our stuff. He's the easiest by far. He's going to (get in shape) anyway."
  • Celtics president Danny Ainge isn't about to make a panic move to replace Rondo, as Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe writes. Ainge intends to assess his team's performance over the next couple weeks before deciding on the next step.
  • In a video segment, CSNNE.com's analysts take a look at what that next move for Ainge might be.
  • ESPN.com also has a pair of pieces examining the Celtics' options, as J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez debate whether Ainge should blow up the roster, while the 5-on-5 crew examines whether this represents the end of an era in Boston.
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