Celtics Rumors & News

  • Doc Rivers: Clippers have plan to let Paul Pierce retire as a Celtic

    Larry Brown Sports "Paul Pierce has yet to make an official decision on whether he will play one more season. If he does retire, the Los Angeles Clippers will let him join the Boston Celtics first. In an appearance on “The Vertical Podcast with Woj” this week, Clippers head coach and president of basketball..." July 28

  • Celtics to pay second-round pick Demetrius Jackson more than 10 first-rounders next year

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Celtics became the first team to pay a second-round pick more the season immediately following the draft than some first-rounders received. Last year, No. 37 pick Jordan Mickey had a higher salary than four 2015 first-rounders. Now, Boston is pushing the envelope even further. No. 45..." July 28

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Jared Sullinger is apparently already on the Lowry Workout Plan

    Raptors HQ "Ever since Kyle Lowry set the fitness bar in Toronto last summer, all professional athletes coming into the city have had a body of work (literally) to which they could aspire. You see, despite being a super hard worker on the court, Lowry had always been dinged for being a bit, hmmm, pudgy. Now,..." July 26

  • Celtics To Ink Demetrius Jackson

    Hoops Rumors "The Celtics have signed 2016 draftee Demetrius Jackson to a four-year, $5.5MM deal, Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops reports (via Twitter). It’s unknown how much of that salary is guaranteed, but the fourth year is a team option, notes Scotto. Jackson, 21, was the No. 45 overall pick in this..." July 26

  • Celtics agree to guaranteed contract with Demetrius Jackson, partially guaranteed deal with Ben Bentil

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Celtics are slowly but surely taking care of their eight (!) 2016 draft picks. They’ll sign No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown. No. 16 pick Guerschon Yabusele and No. 23 pick Ante Zizic will remain overseas. The Nos. 31 and 35 picks were traded for a future first-rounder on draft night. And Boston..." July 24

  • James Young could be used as a trade chip for his $1.8 million contract next season

    Boston Herald "A series of relatively minor moves by the Celtics has shed greater light on the 2016-17 roster, cooling talk of a big trade for the time being and putting James Young's Boston future in serious doubt. According to sources, the Celts have reached agreement with free agent Gerald Green,..." July 24

  • Celtics to sign Gerald Green to 1-year deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Celtics will sign unrestricted free agent Gerald Green, Sean Deveney of The Sporting News reports (on Twitter). It is a guaranteed one-year deal, Deveney writes in a full story. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Green, whom the Celtics drafted at No. 18 in the 2005 draft. Green has played for..." July 23

  • Celtics, Zeller agree to 2-year deal

    The Score "The Boston Celtics will be bringing back restricted free-agent center Tyler Zeller on a two-year deal, according to The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett." July 23

  • Jae Crowder told Al Horford not to sign with the Wizards because they couldn’t beat Celtics

    Mass Live "Jae Crowder knows the Boston Celtics — with newly acquired big man Al Horford in tow — are going to be much better next season, and he knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the biggest obstacle that stands in the team's path to through the playoffs. He also knows that, as currently..." July 23

  • Raptors’ Carroll responds to Jae Crowder’s comment

    Sportsnet "In an interview on Thursday, Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder said that he thinks his team has what it takes to reach the Eastern Conference Finals this coming season, and that he “wasn’t worried about” the three-time defending division champ Toronto Raptors impeding the Celts’ progress. Shortly..." July 22

  • Celtics' Crowder: 'Toronto is not a team we're worried about'

    Mass Live "Jae Crowder knows the Boston Celtics — with newly acquired big man Al Horford in tow — are going to be much better next season, and he knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the biggest obstacle that stands in the team's path to through the playoffs. He also knows that, as currently..." July 22

  • Okafor to Boston not a good deal for Sixers

    Philly.com "It doesn’t make sense to trade Jahlil Okafor to the Boston Celtics unless the 76ers' only goal is to dump one of their bigs at any cost. That’s basically all they would be doing by trading him to their Eastern Conference foe. Word out of Boston is that the Celtics will not give up much for..." July 22

  • Jae Crowder: Celtics pitch showed Kevin Durant 'everything we had' on Warriors: 'And he went and joined them'

    Mass Live "Jae Crowder was a part of the Boston Celtics' pitch to Kevin Durant this summer, and after the meeting, he said he felt pretty confident. "I came home after the meeting and told them, like, if he leaves, he's coming to us," Crowder said before a 60 Days of Summer appearance at the Naismith..." July 21

  • Celtics’ Guerschon Yabusele to play in China next season

    Boston Globe "Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele, the 16th overall pick of last month’s NBA Draft, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to a league source. With bonuses, Yabusele could make up to $1.5 million next season, the source said. The..." July 21

  • Report: Celtics’ likeliest trade scenario involves Jahlil Okafor

    Sportsnaut "There’s been a ton of talk since the 2015-16 season ended that the Boston Celtics might add an upper-echelon player during the summer. The team was one of the finalists for Kevin Durant before he ultimately opted to sign with the Golden State Warriors. And while Boston did pick up former..." July 21

  • Celtics could have a future star on their hands in Marcus Smart

    Celtics Blog "This summer has seen the Boston Celtics engulfed in a flurry of rumors. Whether it was their free agent recruitment attempts or the idea that teams will throw their best players in our direction in exchange for Danny Ainge's bundle of assets, the narrative has been all about acquiring a superstar..." July 20

  • Celtics more likely to land Okafor than Westbrook, Griffin

    The Score "The Boston Celtics have plenty of picks and good players, and they may be looking to part with some assets in order to obtain a great player. While they've been linked to stars like Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin, it's believed the player who's most likely to land in Boston via a..." July 20

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Rival GM warns of injury concern for C's rumored trade target Griffin

    CSN New England "With trade rumors involving the Celtics heating up - a three-way deal with the Clippers and Kings that lands Blake Griffin in Boston is the latest - one Western Conference general manager told the Boston Herald that while Danny Ainge is itching to make a trade, Griffin's leg injury could..." July 17

  • Celtics working the NBA room, but no deals pending

    Boston Herald "After further discussion with team executives from around the league here, a clearer picture is emerging of why the Celtics have yet to make the major trade they so desire. The fact that it’s so understandable from both sides of a potential transaction explains why it is difficult at best for..." July 16

  • Report: Celtics have not discussed Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin ‘in quite some time’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics continue to be linked to big names, but it sounds like any moves remain far off. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported Thursday that, while the Celtics have had interest in the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, nothing is imminent and no..." July 15

  • Sorting through Celtics trade rumor season

    Boston Herald "When it comes to rumors, the Celtics have been hotter than Vegas in July. Here in Vegas. In July. There should be no question by now the Celts still believe they need to make changes to their roster before the season begins, and it has been confirmed they are trying to accomplish this via..." July 15

  • Celtics reach out to Chase Budinger

    CSN New England "While the Boston Celtics rumors are swirling around Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook, that doesn’t mean the Green Team isn’t focusing on other needs. The Celtics have reached out to free agent small forward Chase Budinger, according to Sporting News’ Sean Deveney." July 15

  • Dwane Casey expects Jared Sullinger to be Toronto’s starting power forward

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Raptors didn’t give Jared Sullinger the full mid-level exception this summer expecting him to ride the bench all year, and they appear to be planning accordingly. According to a report by Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun quoting head coach Dwane Casey on Thursday, the Raptors are..." July 14

  • Celtics' Brooklyn picks a hang-up in possible Blake Griffin deal?

    NESN "The NBA offseason is far from over, and the Boston Celtics are right in the thick of things. The Celtics, who lost out to the Golden State Warriors in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, reportedly have their eyes on some premier trade targets, most notably Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell..." July 14

  • Celtics Targeting Blake Griffin in Potential 3-Team Deal

    Sporting News "The Celtics are up to something. Talk to any front-office executive here at the annual Summer League festivities, and the consensus is that a major deal involving Boston is coming soon. But it might not be the deal most were expecting. While speculation has held that the Celtics would pursue..." July 14

  • Russell Westbrook’s Contract Is Potential Issue For Celtics

    NESN "Any time there’s a chance to acquire a top-five NBA player such as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook via trade, it should be pursued. The Celtics, according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, are the “most likely destination” for Westbrook if the Thunder actually decide to move..." July 14

  • It Looks Like Shaq Agreed to a WrestleMania Match With Big Show at the ESPYs

    Complex "John Cena hosted the 2016 ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, and the WWE used it to their full advantage. If you missed the show, you can check out Cena’s opening monologue here, which featured him referencing the world of pro wrestling while poking fun at some of the professional athletes who were..." July 14

  • Russell Westbrook likely to be traded; Celtics the frontrunner

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Oklahoma City Thudner believe Russell Westbrook is going to leave next summer in free agency, the best thing they can do is trade him and get something in return. One report indicates Westbrook may have already played his last game in OKC. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report spoke to multiple..." July 14

  • Report: Celtics in Talks with Clippers to Trade for Blake Griffin

    Obsev "The Boston Celtics have been quiet since acquiring Al Horford and failing to recruit Kevin Durant. But that doesn’t mean GM Danny Ainge hasn’t been making phone calls around the league. The man who famously brought Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to Boston in 2007 is looking to make another..." July 13

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas on next contract: ‘They better bring out the Brinks truck’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Isaiah Thomas is slated to earn $6,587,132 and $6,261,395 the next two seasons. That’s less than Jerryd Bayless, D.J. Augustin and Garrett Temple. So, the Celtics’ All-Star point guard is awaiting his turn. Thomas, via A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England: “They better bring out the..." July 12

  • Larry Bird ‘Couldn’t Imagine’ Teaming Up With Magic Johnson On Lakers

    NESN "The NBA officially is in the “superteam” era, and Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the mighty Golden State Warriors is the latest proof. It’s hard to blame Durant for joining the team that gives him the best chance to win a championship, but KD has received criticism for adopting the “if you..." July 12

  • Al Horford opens up about his decision to leave Atlanta

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It wasn’t an easy decision for Al Horford. After spending all nine of his NBA seasons with the Hawks, the four-time All-Star center signed with the Celtics as an unrestricted free agent this month. In an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday, Horford spoke about a..." July 12

  • Ex-coach: Jared Sullinger must give teams more reasons to trust him

    Boston Herald "The Celtics will talk about what a tough decision it was to rescind Jared Sullinger’s qualifying offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. They will note how the addition of Al Horford created a frontcourt logjam that forced them to part ways with the 2012 first-round pick. They will..." July 12

  • Brad Stevens on Jared Sullinger departure: 'I'm hopeful this move will benefit him'

    ESPN "Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens admitted the addition of free-agent big man Al Horford forced his team to make difficult roster decisions, including moving on from Jared Sullinger. As part of inking Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract last week, the Celtics rescinded a $4.4 million..." July 11

  • Celtics renounce qualifying offer to Jared Sullinger

    Boston Globe "Jared Sullinger’s tenure with the Celtics almost has certainly come to an end, as the team renounced its 2016-17 qualifying offer to the forward, making him an unrestricted free agent. “Jared’s a good kid and I’m grateful for what he gave us and I wish him well,” Celtics president of basketball..." July 10

  • Isaiah Thomas seeks 'Brinks truck' money for his next contract

    Larry Brown Sports "Thanks to NBA teams having an increased amount of money to spend this summer due to the league’s new television deal, contracts players have secured have caused jaws to drop. When it’s time for Isaiah Thomas to ink his next contract, it’s probably going to take a lot of money to secure his..." July 10

  • More changes for the Boston Celtics coming up? Danny Ainge "we’re not done"

    Celtics Blog "Danny Ainge said it last night, and both he and Wyc Grousbeck repeated it today at Al Horford's press conference. They're not done. So what does that mean? Are there more free agents on their list? Trades on the horizon? We'll have to wait and see. As for what he's looking for, here's a list..." July 09

  • Larry Bird: I could never imagine joining Magic Johnson

    SI "Pacers president Larry Bird, talking about his playing career, said he could not have imagined making a move similar to Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors. Bird, a three-time NBA champion, made the comments on Sirius XM NBA radio. Durant, a former MVP, has come under some criticism..." July 09

  • Danny Ainge: Celtics aren't done making noise this summer

    ESPN "Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was preparing to catch a flight home Thursday night to put the finishing touches on the largest free-agent contract the Celtics have ever inked when Al Horford puts his signature on a four-year, $113 million pact Friday. Before he..." July 08

  • Celtics Will Bring Back Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko Next Season

    NESN "The Boston Celtics reportedly aren’t done making moves. The Celtics will pick up their 2016-17 option on forward Amir Johnson, NBA sources told The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday. Johnson signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Celtics prior to the 2015-16 season, but only..." July 08

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Integrating Evan Turner into the Portland Trail Blazers Offense

    Blazer's Edge "The Portland Trail Blazers went into 2016 NBA free agency with a handful of holes to fill on their roster. Not long after their first target, Chandler Parsons, agreed to terms on a max contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, they quickly shifted their focus to Evan Turner and agreed to terms on a..." July 06

  • Celtics Reportedly Still Trying to Pull of Major Trade

    WEEI Boston "The Celtics did not pull off the major trade many fans were hoping for prior to last month’s draft, but they still might have a chance to make a splash. According to a report from the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett, the C’s have been continuing their attempts to improve their lineup by landing a..." July 06

  • Did Ainge's refusal to pull trigger on Jimmy Butler draft day deal lead to losing out on Durant?

    Celtics Life "Back in 2010 the Cavs had an impending free agent in LeBron James. He really wanted to stop carrying the load all buy himself in Cleveland. Mo Williams as your your 2nd star on a team doesn't really cut it. The Suns were dangling Amar'e Stoudemire at the trade deadline, but the Cavs refused to..." July 06

  • Ray Allen to Warriors? Jahlil Okafor to Celtics?

    Newark Star-Ledger "If the start of NBA free agency was an indication, the next few days will be filled with gigantic contracts, eye-opening money and star-caliber players changing teams. While that's typical of the NBA each July, the spike in this year's salary cap has changed the game. Here's the latest buzz,..." July 06

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

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