Celtics Steal MLB Trading Day Headlines

It’s done.

Mark Murphy reports that the Kevin Garnett deal has been finalized. Boston.com has the press release from the Celtics.

FSN will be airing the Celtics press conference at 6:00 and Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are all expected to be in attendance.

This trade process had plenty of bumps in the media process, as Murphy’s original report omitted Gerald Green as part of the deal, which was later corrected. Yesterday of course, Shira Springer had a report for an hour on Boston.com that Al Jefferson was not a part of the deal.

As of early this afternoon, several national outlets are reporting that the Red Sox are the favorites to acquire Rangers closer Eric Gagne. (done deal) Boston was also connected with White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, but those talks have seemingly broken down. It was being reported that the Dye and the White Sox were now working on an extension…sounds just like the Mark Buehrle deal a few weeks back.

And we thought yesterday was insane.

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On Patriots Daily, we know of at least two Patriots who must be pleased with the Garnett trade.

Ken Rosenthal says that the Red Sox might allow Gagne to share the closing duties with Jonathan Papelbon.

Gordon Edes had a Boston.com chat this noontime.

Jon Heyman looks at the Red Sox staying busy on deadline day.

Chris Mannix says that Kevin Garnett is a huge plus for the Celtics, but that they still have plenty of holes on their team.

Michael Ventre says that the Celtics are relevant again with Garnett.

Adrian Wojnarowski says that Garnett to the Celtics is just what the NBA needed.

Jim Armstrong says that Randy Moss and the Patriots will be a disappointment this season.

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Tonight
7:00pm, NESN – Orioles @ Red Sox
10:00pm, ESPN2 – Giants @ Dodgers

It’s a longshot, but there could be three huge baseball milestones tonight. Tom Glavine is going for his 300th win. Barry Bonds could tie or break the all time home run record, and Alex Rodriguez could hit his 500th career home run.

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Big Ticket to Contention?

What a day yesterday was. Tailor-made for both sports radio and the internet, with plenty of talk, speculation and anger, both about the Red Sox, but more so about the Celtics and their pursuit of relevance.

Although the trade still isn’t complete, it seems a foregone conclusion that Kevin Garnett will be wearing Celtic green next season. Shira Springer says that the deal is complete in principle, the only thing remaining to be worked out is Garnett’s contract. Mark Murphy says that talks had slowed a little last night as there are “many details” yet to be resolved before this trade can be made official. Desmond Conner says that the Celtics appear to have landed the one big piece they needed to become a true contender.

Jackie MacMullan is back on board the Celtics bandwagon, gushing over what Garnett can bring the Celtics and how it could change everything for this franchise. Gerry Callahan weighs in, and he notes that just as things had hit rock bottom a couple of months ago, all of a sudden, the Celtics are now back to being contenders with this deal. Bill Simmons weighs in on the trade, and after the jokes about Kevin McHale helping out his old team, makes some good points about the trade and what the Celtics are now capable of. Scott Souza says that this trade is going to define Danny Ainge’s tenure here on Boston. Tim Weisberg says that the Celtics have sacrificed their future, but it all just might be worth it, if Garnett is their ticket back to a championship level.

Steve Bulpett says that ultimately, winning will be the only true way to judge this deal. Kevin Henkin says that somewhere, Red Auerbach is smiling his approval of this deal. Kevin McNamara says that at long last, the Celtics are ready to roll again. Carol Robidoux asks fans if this move is enough to make them care about the Celtics again. Chad Finn also weighs in with his thoughts on the deal.

Red Sox
Gordon Edes reports that a potential deal for White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye is still a possibility before this afternoon’s trading deadline. Jeff Horrigan says that the Red Sox are pushing to acquire both Dye and Texas reliever Eric Gagne. Sean McAdam says that as of last night, the Red Sox were stonewalled in their efforts to make a deal to improve their club. Garry Brown says that the Red Sox appear to be tinkering more than working on a blockbuster. Alex Speier says that a big deal seems unlikely for the Red Sox today.

Rob Bradford looks at the impact that trading away prospects can have, especially when you factor in all the investment that the club has put into the minor leaguers. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox reluctant to part with any of their top prospects today to acquire veteran help for the stretch run. Paul Jarvey says that it seems unlikely that the Red Sox will make a deal today. Joe Haggerty has Manny Ramirez back in the swing of things at the plate. Speier also looks at the ultimate trade deadline deal, 10 Years After the fact. Hint: Heathcliff Slocumb was involved.

Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Manny Ramirez being named the American League Player of the Week. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Manny’s honor, as well as plans for a Bobby Doerr day at Fenway this Thursday – 60 years after the original Bobby Doerr day.

Patriots
Mike Reiss and David Heuschkel report on cornerback Chad Scott being lost for the season after being placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. Albert Breer has the Patriots players working on their on-field communication. Mark Farinella says that Tedy Bruschi still has plenty left in the tank. Eric McHugh has Tom Brady looking and feeling great as he approaches 30.

John Tomase looks at second year kicker Stephen Gostkowski going about his business in camp this year without the spotlight – quite a change from last year when he was attempting to replace Adam Vinatieri. Carolyn Thornton has Gostkowski refusing to take things easy in camp just because he doesn’t have any competition. Chris Price has veterans giving rookies advice on how to survive training camp.

Steve Buckley looks at Wes Welker fighting the same challenge as Dustin Pedroia…having to overcome people saying he’s too small. Jennifer Toland has Randall Gay looking to stay healthy and step up his role, especially with the loss of Scott. Shalise Manza Young has another Patriots defensive back, Eugene Wilson, also looking to stay healthy this season and get back to his Super Bowl form. Dan Pires has Jabar Gaffney looking to prove himself and stick with the Patriots for a second season. Buckley also has James Sanders looking forward to his hard work paying off with a bigger role this season.

Charles Robinson on Yahoo! Sports has a must-read story on the connection between Bill Belichick and Bill Walsh, the former 49er head coach who passed away yesterday. Nick Cafardo writes about Walsh’s love of baseball and other sports besides football. Christopher Price says that Walsh paved the way for Belichick in the NFL. Ian O’Connor lists the ways that Belichick and Eric Mangini don’t measure up to Walsh, saying that he was much more than just a “scheme-spewing drone.”

Tomase’s notebook has more on Scott being placed on IR. The Globe notebook has more on Gostkowski. Toland’s notebook has Belichick speaking on Walsh. Pires’s notebook has more on Scott being finished for the season. Farinella’s notebook looks at the challenges of holding training camp sessions in the practice bubble.

Deal or No Deal?

Update: The Associated Press says that the deal is done.

Sweet Jesus.

What a crazy day. Shira Springer reported around 1:45 this afternoon that the latest edition of the Kevin Garnett to Boston trade did not include Al Jefferson or Rajon Rondo going to Minnesota as part of the deal.

That lasted an hour. In fact, Springer updated an hour later to say Jefferson was back in the deal. Was he ever really out of the deal? I don’t think so.

Meanwhile, at noon, Steve Bulpett was saying that the deal was “essentially completed.”

Just get this thing done already. Nothing makes more nervous than media reports of blockbluster deals that “could be completed in the next 48 hours.” Doesn’t it seem like those deals never get done? With all the variations of this trade being floated around out there, it would seem that things are not as far along as some are reporting. John Dennis and Jon Meterparel reported the deal “done” this morning – it appears that was a little premature.

Keep up with the latest rumors and posts at CelticsLinks.com.

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Congratulations to Michael Holley, who announced that he got married during his recent vacation from his mid-day show on WEEI.

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Jessica Heslam had a breakdown on Friday of the latest radio ratings for Boston. Seems the absence of Gerry Callahan didn’t hurt the WEEI morning show any, as they finished just behind WXKS-FM in the 25-54 demographic. They also handily won the afternoon drive slot in that same demo, and also finished first overall in that demo for all week listening. For all listeners over 12, WEEI finished tied for 5th in the Boston market with sister station WRKO.

This was one of the better ratings breakdowns that I’ve seen posted.

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Jermaine Dye to the Red Sox? Maybe, but the latest post by Gordon Edes has the price too high still for the Red Sox. (Check RedSoxLinks.com for the latest.)

Red Sox Monster has a Baltimore columnist predicting that the Red Sox are going choke away the A.L. East and finish out of the playoffs.

Pat Kirwan has a report from Patriots training camp.

Don Banks was also in Foxboro for the start of training camp.

John Gonzalez has a feature on Rich Garces for Boston Magazine.

Peter King has another edition of Monday Morning Quarterback.

Tony Massarotti looks at the top five names on the MLB trading block.

Sean McAdam says not to expect too many blockbuster trades at this trading deadline.

Adam Schein says that Eric Mangini might not be considered as much of a Man-genius this season.

Chad Finn has his Nine Innings national column for FoxSports.

Former 49er head coach Bill Walsh has passed away.

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Tonight

7:00pm, ESPN – Phillies @ Cubs