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Celtics Notes: Rivers, Rondo, Collins, Wilcox

The Celtics staved off elimination last night by defeating the Knicks 97-90 in overtime, but a former C's big man is the talk of the NBA world today.  Jason Collins made history with his piece in Sports Illustrated today as became the first active male athlete in a major U.S. sport to announce that he's gay.  Will Collins, who is known for his tough defense, hook on somewhere for next season?  Here's more on that and other news out of Boston..

  • In an interview with Dennis & Callahan of WEEI, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski weighed in on the future of the Celtics.  While the Celtics have clear advantages over the Lakers thanks to coach Doc Rivers and a sharp front office, the Yahoo scribe sees L.A. getting back to prominence first because of the area's appeal.  Going forward, Wojnarowski says Boston will probably center their rebuilding on guard Rajon Rondo.
  • The Celtics wanted to put Chris Wilcox in their February deal with the Wizards instead of Collins, a source tells Marc Stein of (on Twitter).  Unfortunately for Boston, Wilcox had a rare one-year deals that requires the player's consent to be dealt.  In fact, the Celtics tried desperately to keep the 34-year-old out of the swap that brought them Jordan Crawford.
  • Stein (on Twitter) anonymously surveyed six teams and only four are convinced that Collins will be in the league next season while the other six have doubts.  The teams that aren't sure if the center will find a job say that it's about his age and whether he can make meaningful contributions on the court in 2013/14, not his sexuality, Stein tweets.

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