Ray of Hope for Celtics?

The Celtics made their big deal for an veteran All Star last night, and did not give up Al Jefferson, Gerald Green or the contract of Theo Ratliff – should be a no-brainer, right? Yet the acquisition of seven time All Star and UConn alum Ray Allen was met with only a lukewarm response from many last night.

The Celtics shipped the fifth overall pick in the draft last night, (Which turned out to be Jeff Green) plus Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West to Seattle last night in exchange for Allen.

Shira Springer says that the addition of Allen to go along with Paul Pierce and Jefferson could “perhaps will be a slight improvement from last season.” Steve Bulpett says that there could still be some large moves remaining for the Celtics this offseason. Tim Weisberg says that Allen is “the perfect compliment to Pierce without getting in the way of superstar-in-waiting Al Jefferson.” Mike Anthony has the Celtics turning to the former UConn guard as the answer to their efforts to maximize the career of Paul Pierce. Kevin McNamara says that the second-guessing can begin now that Danny Ainge “bypassed a high pick in one of the deepest NBA drafts in years.” Scott Souza reports on the Celtics getting the veteran player that Pierce and many of the fans wanted…just a different one from what many expected. Bill Doyle notes that Pierce got his wish, if not his demand with the trade for the veteran Allen. Dave Willis looks at the Celtics pulling off the draft night blockbuster.

Dan Shaughnessy pans the trade, saying that Ainge “caved to Paul Pierce and the howling masses,” has abandoned the youth movement (even though they still have all their young players with the exception of West and they drafted two more) and that this move feels like bringing in Dominique Wilkins in 1994. He’s also got Tom Heinsohn and Bob Cousy questioning the decision to make the deal. Lenny Megliola says that this trade is no big deal, and it is unknown as to whether it actually makes the Celtics any better. Peter May wonders if the Garnett deal might be back on the table, since Ray Allen is now a Celtic, and more importantly, Szczerbiak is not. Bulpett has Allen not coming in to take over, knowing that this is still Paul Pierce’s team.

Daniel Malloy looks at two Boston College players getting drafted in the first round – something that has never happened before. Jeff Goodman has more on the B.C. pair.

Susan Bickelhaupt has a number of media notes this week, including a look at the new ABC, ESPN and TNT television contract with the NBA.

The Herald notebook has a look at the player the Celtics passed on at #5 in Jeff Green, and also has Robert Parish talking about Al Jefferson and the current Celtics. The Globe notebook has a look at the Celtics second round selections, which were Southern Cal guard Gabe Pruitt and LSU forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Weisberg also has a look at the Celtics second round selections.

Red Sox
Gordon Edes says that despite the losing record on the most recent road trip for the Red Sox, there were many positives to choose from as well. Jeff Goldberg however, says that the Red Sox are in the midst of a good old fashioned June swoon. Michael Silverman looks at a couple of factors that are working against Daisuke Matsuzaka’s All Star chances. Sean McAdam notes that the upcoming schedule is certainly favorable for the Red Sox. Garry Brown says that the Red Sox are coming back to a feast at home.

Alex Speier says that something is always happening -good or bad – around Manny Ramirez. Bill Ballou has a look at Julio Lugo’s dreadful 0-31 slump. Brendan McGair has a look at Adam Stern’s return to McCoy stadium. Joe Haggerty looks at Sammy Sosa, fresh off his 600th career home run, coming to town with the Rangers. Sarah Green notes that counting your chickens before they are hatched is a baseball tradition.

Michael Vega looks at the unveiling of the #99 Red Sox car of Roush Fenway Racing, which will run this weekend at the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Rob Bradford looks at how much Jon Lester has changed and progress as a pitcher in the course of a year. Amalie Benjamin leads off her minor league notebook with a look at Single A outfielder Bubba Bell. Jim Donaldson looks at PawSox pitcher Craig Breslow, who studied molecular biophysics at Yale and throws in the 90s.

Patriots
Bill Burt advises Asante Samuel to show up for camp on time and in the best shape of his life, have the best season of his career, and then name his price. John Tomase has a scout saying that one of Randy Moss’ biggest strengths is his ability to read defenses. He also says that Moss doesn’t need an “attitudinal” makeover.