Quick-hit news around the Celtics
* LEE WILL WEAR No. 11: The Celtics announced that Courtney Lee will wear No. 11 in Boston. Lee said that he will wear the digits, which he also wore in his rookie season with Orlando, to honor a deceased friend, Tweeting: "Just picked out my jersey [number,] seen 11 was available so had to get. Was one of my best friend's jersey [number] that passed away. R.I.P. Danny Rumph." Hop HERE to read more on Rumph and raising awareness to hypertrophy cardiomyopthy.
* STILL WAITING ON GREEN DEAL: The Celtics have had a handshake agreement with Jeff Green in place for the better part of July, but both sides insist there's nothing to be concerned with about the delay to finalize the contract. Green is a unique situation having missed last season after undergoing surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. His agent David Falk has steadfastly maintained that a deal will be completed soon, but there's minutiae to hammer out. Neither side seems particularly worried about it and nor should fans. Green will be in green next season.
*STIEMSMA INTRODUCTION EXPECTED IN ONE WEEK: The Minnesota Timberwolves are formally expected to introduce Greg Stiemsma next Thursday. Stiemsma is expected to ink a one-year, $3 million deal that's essentially three times more than Boston offered (the Celtics stuck to the $1.05 million qualifying offer). Stiemsma told the Boston Herald: "I really would have liked to come back to Boston, but business went another way. I hate to make it that simple, but I had to do what’s best for me and my family.”
* MOORE WAIVED IN HOUSTON: The Houston Rockets formally waived former Celtics guard E'Twaun Moore while announcing the signing of restricted free agent center Omer Asik. Moore was part of the three-team sign-and-trade deal that brought Lee to Boston.
* SCHEDULE REVEAL TONIGHT: The 2012-13 NBA schedule will be released tonight. ESPN is holding a one-hour broadcast to break it down starting at 7 p.m.
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