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June 24, 2013

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Cavsmake an offer

Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers have been the center of Celtics trade rumors over the last few weeks, but this weekend Paul Pierce was involved in a rumor that would see him traded out of town.

According to a NBC Sports report the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered the Celtics a pair of second round picks for Pierce. Cleveland would also take on all of Pierce’s $15M salary he’s due in 2013-2014.

This is a weak draft class and a pair of second rounders for one of the greatest Celtics of all time is not equal value, but Boston was rumored to be exploring the option of buying out Pierce’s contract for $5M, so being able to unload him for nothing may be enticing.

More time

Clay Buchholz is reportedly not ready to come off the disabled list and his scheduled start on Tuesday is in jeopardy.

Buchholz, who went on the disabled list after leaving a June 8 game with a neck injury, missed a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

“It’s just not quite to the point where I can get on the mound right now,” Buchholz said. “I’m still trying to feel it out, I guess. It’s taking a bit longer than I want it to. It’s definitely making progress in the right direction.”

Good change

One of the highlights for the Bruins in Saturday’s 2-1 loss in game five of the Stanley Cup Finals was the play of Carl Soderberg.

Soderberg was inserted into the lineup on Saturday in place of the struggling Kaspars Daugavins starting on the fourth line and eventually moving up to the first line when Patrice Bergeron left the game with an injury.

The 27 year old forward, who played just a handful of regular season games after coming over from the Swedish Elite League, gave the Bruins a spark on the fourth line. Once again head coach Claude Julien deserves credit for making the right change when needed, even if Saturday’s game ended up in a loss.

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