Celtics Rumors & News

  • Celtics Interested In Trading Down To Target Dennis Smith Jr.

    Real GM Basketball "Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are considering moving back in the draft again from No. 3. The Celtics are believed to be interested in Dennis Smith Jr." June 22

  • Report: Celtics refused to part with high draft picks in Jimmy Butler trade talks

    Larry Brown Sports "Many Boston Celtics fans were left wondering why the team wasn’t more involved in the process that ultimately saw the Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler, and the answer is pretty simple: Danny Ainge loves his draft picks. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, trade talks between the..." June 22

  • NBA Rumors: Celtics, Pacers ‘Engaged In Serious’ Paul George Trade Talks

    NESN "The Boston Celtics didn’t trade for Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler at Thursday night’s 2017 NBA Draft, but they could land the other major superstar on the market in Indiana Pacers forward Paul George. Acquiring George would be a risk for Boston because he reportedly prefers to sign with..." June 22

  • Celtics pick Jayson Tatum with No. 3 choice in NBA Draft

    Boston Globe "The Celtics picked Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third pick in the NBA Draft Thursday. With a loaded backcourt that features All-Star Isaiah Thomas, defensive star Avery Bradley, and Marcus Smart, the choice fills a need in the frontcourt for the Celtics, who reached the Eastern Conference..." June 22

  • Celtics Not Currently Engaged In Jimmy Butler Talks

    Hoops Rumors "Trade discussions involving Jimmy Butler continue to take place, but those talks don’t include the Celtics, and haven’t “for a while,” according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald (Twitter link). Bulpett’s report doesn’t necessarily mean that the Celtics are out of the Butler sweepstakes..." June 22

  • Knicks asking price for Porzingis currently too high for the Celtics, but Boston still open if deal is tweaked

    New York Daily News "Phil Jackson is apparently willing to trade Kristaps Porzingis to a division rival but the Boston Celtics, as of now, are unwilling to meet his asking price, which would include two draft picks the Daily News has learned. According to a Knicks source, Jackson is asking for the third overall..." June 22

  • Boston Reportedly Interested in Dennis Smith Jr., May Trade Back

    Bleacher Report "The Boston Celtics have the No. 3 pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday, and what they will do with it remains anyone's guess. Sources have told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald that the Celtics are interested in North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., while..." June 22

  • Celtics choice at No. 3 comes down to Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson, for now

    Boston Herald "At this point, the Celtics might not see Josh Jackson unless they draft him. A team source confirmed an ESPN report that the Celtics were unable to arrange a workout with the Kansas forward yesterday. The source added, “Not yet,” when asked if the Celtics still hoped to schedule a session with..." June 21

  • Josh Jackson says he would ‘love’ to play for Celtics

    Larry Brown Sports "A lot has been made of the Boston Celtics not being able to secure a pre-draft workout with Josh Jackson, but the former Kansas star insists he is not sending the team a message. Jackson told reporters on Wednesday that he would ‘love’ to play for the Celtics. ESPN’s Chad Ford reported..." June 21

  • Celtics Leaning Towards Jayson Tatum As Josh Jackson Still Declines Workout Invite

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics have finally received the medicals of Josh Jackson, who they are considering picking at No. 3. Jackson continues to decline Boston's invitation to work out for them ahead of Thursday's draft. Boston is also considering Jayson Tatum at No. 3 and appear to be leaning towards..." June 21

  • NBA Exec on Jimmy Butler: ‘It’s Either Boston or Cleveland But He’s Going’

    SLAM Online "Whether the Celtics can find the right package with the No. 3 pick or Cavs can pull off a multi-team deal, it’s looking more likely that Jimmy Butler will be in a new uniform next season. According to CSN Chicago, the Bulls are “actively shopping” Butler in order to start their rebuild, with..." June 21

  • The Celtics Reportedly Turned Down An Offer Of Jimmy Butler For The No. 3 Pick

    Uproxx "The prevailing thought around the NBA after the Celtics shipped the No. 1 pick off to Philadelphia for the No. 3 pick and a future first rounder was that more moves were coming soon out of Boston. Danny Ainge has done a magnificent job of racking up valuable assets while still managing to build a..." June 21

  • Ainge: Player we would've taken to be at No. 3

    ESPN "Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Monday that he believes the player the team would have selected with the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NBA draft will be there when the team picks at No. 3. "I think even before the lottery, we've been evaluating these kids for a..." June 20

  • Danny Ainge’s phone keeps ringing after big Philadelphia trade

    Boston Herald "A fresh round of Jimmy Butler rumors broke out yesterday — chief among them that the Cavaliers were going after the Bulls forward and longtime Celtics trade target. For the first time in awhile, the Celts were nowhere to be seen in the vicinity of the smoke, but with Danny Ainge being Danny..." June 20

  • Celtics interested in trading for Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis

    New York Daily News "As Phil Jackson's stated publicly, he's not ruling out dealing anybody — including Kristaps Porzingis. And the Celtics, who own the third overall pick in the NBA draft, are interested. Now that trade season is in full swing ahead of the draft, the Knicks have been flooded with interest in their..." June 20

  • Larry Bird reluctant to trade Paul George to Lakers because of Celtics rivalry?

    Larry Brown Sports "Is Larry Bird reluctant to trade Paul George to the Lakers because of his hated rivalry with the Western Conference team dating back to his days with the Boston Celtics? That’s what one plugged-in reporter is saying. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski says Indiana might not want to help the..." June 20

  • Cavaliers, Celtics Suns, Timberwolves Reportedly Exploring Jimmy Butler Trade

    Bleacher Report "The Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns are either targeting or have interest in a potential Jimmy Butler trade as the offseason heats up. Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Cavaliers are working on potential multi-team trades, while Vincent Goodwill of CSN..." June 19

  • The next-step options in the Celtics’ grand plan

    New York Post "The 76ers are cashing in, letting The Process finally reach a step in which maybe, possibly, they can win games. What their trade partner has up his sleeve is more muddled. The trade that has sent shockwaves through the NBA all weekend — Philadelphia acquires Boston’s No. 1 overall pick in..." June 19

  • Ainge: Celtics will still get our top guy with No. 3 overall pick

    Yardbarker "The Boston Celtics officially announced on Monday that they have completed a trade that will see them swap first-round picks with the Philadelphia 76ers in addition to netting another first-round pick in next year’s NBA Draft. Many have speculated that a blockbuster trade could be forthcoming, but..." June 19

  • Celtics, 76ers finalize blockbuster deal to swap top picks

    ESPN "The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have officially completed a blockbuster trade that sends the No. 1 overall pick in this week's NBA draft from Boston to Philadelphia. The Sixers, who are expected to select Washington guard Markelle Fultz first overall, traded the No. 3 overall pick and..." June 19

  • Blake Griffin names New York, Phoenix, Toronto, Boston as his favorite NBA cities

    Mass Live "Blake Griffin put Boston on his Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities during a recent appearance on the Pardon My Take podcast. For those who don't listen regularly to the show, it's a comedic sports podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously. Because of the lighthearted nature of the conversation..." June 19

  • Celtics work out Jayson Tatum as possible selection with No. 3 pick, per source

    ESPN "While the Celtics awaited league approval of their reported swap for the No. 3 pick, the franchise evaluated a new prospect for the first time: Jayson Tatum, according to a source. A league source told ESPN that Tatum -- a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and..." June 19

  • Celtics soured on Markelle Fultz due to lack of explosiveness in workout?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics seemed to do a quick 180 on top prospect Markelle Fultz, and now we have may have a bit of an idea why. According to what ESPN’s Michael Eaves tweeted on Sunday, some members of the Celtics organization were not impressed by Fultz’s workout and pointed to a perceived lack of..." June 19

  • Report: Boston Celtics trying to trade for Anthony Davis

    Clutch Points "The Boston Celtics already made headlines with one huge trade leading up to the NBA Draft, but that might not be the last time they do so. The Celtics have agreed on a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers that will likely become official on Monday to swap the first and third picks of this Draft..." June 18

  • Celtics fan burns Markelle Fultz jersey

    Sportsnaut "One Boston Celtics fan was super excited about the inevitability of his team drafting Markelle Fultz. So he did the only thing any fanatic would do in such an instance. He went out and bought a Markelle Fultz jersey. Ominous clouds threatened to rain on his parade when Fultz was spotted in..." June 18

  • Looking back (and forward) on '13 draft when Nets went ‘all-in’ on deal for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    New York Daily News "“Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” — Murphy’s Law, ignored by the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are what happens when there’s no parachute and the engine blows. They are the audacious experiment whose mission malfunctioned at takeoff and was aborted in midair, leaving behind a trade that is..." June 18

  • Josh Jackson, Lonzo Ball have chosen not to work out for Celtics so far

    Mass Live "The Boston Celtics (for the time being) still have the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, which -- in theory -- would mean that every prospect slotted in the top half of the lottery would like to workout for them. But according to the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach, the Celtics have..." June 18

  • Celtics' top four in draft are Fultz, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum and Lonzo Ball

    CBS Sports "With the news coming in Saturday night that the Celtics and 76ers have agreed upon the blockbuster deal to send the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 3 pick and a future first-round pick, the attention turns now to what the Celtics will do. There's definitely a possibility they..." June 18

  • Celtics Agree To Send No. 1 Pick To 76ers

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. The deal will be finalized on Monday. The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. The deal will be finalized on Monday. Philadelphia is expected to select..." June 17

  • While Sixers, Boston still talking don’t expect trade to go down until draft night

    Pro Basketball Talk "In the NBA, deals are almost always made at the last minute. Groundwork is laid in advance, terms negotiated, but it usually takes a deadline — say, the NBA Draft — to get both teams to sign the deal. Which is why, despite the fact the Celtics and Sixers are serious and deep into talks about..." June 17

  • Lakers 'in love' with Fultz, may try to trade up for No. 1

    Lakers Nation "On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers worked out Markelle Fultz at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. The workout was considered to be a courtesy with both sides being on the safe side, but it may have turned out to be much more than that. According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express,..." June 17

  • Celtics Eyeing First-Round Picks To Trade For Jimmy Butler?

    NESN "The madness started when reports surfaced stating the Celtics were in serious trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers about the No. 1 pick. Boston reportedly would acquire a package headlined by the No. 3 pick that Philadelphia owns — the Los Angeles Lakers own the No. 2 pick — and additional..." June 16

  • Report: Celtics in “serious talks” with Sixers about trade for No. 1 pick

    Pro Basketball Talk "Boston has the No. 1 pick, and it’s been expected GM Danny Ainge would take Markelle Fultz and have him as part of — and ideally lead — their young core into the future. However, Boston may be looking to trade out of that slot and give it to Philadelphia for a series of picks, something..." June 16

  • Ball considering talking to additional lottery teams

    ESPN "Lonzo Ball is still considering talking to teams that have lottery picks below the Los Angeles Lakers, a source close to the former UCLA Bruins star told ESPN. Ball will work out for the Lakers -- who have the No. 2 pick in next week's NBA draft -- a second time Friday at an undisclosed, Los..." June 16

  • Celtics reportedly not set on Fultz, considering Jackson for No. 1 pick

    Bleacher Report "The Boston Celtics are reportedly considering taking Kansas Jayhawks swingman Josh Jackson with the first pick in the NBA draft. "We like him a lot," a Celtics source told ESPN.com's Chad Ford on Thursday. "But we like several guys a lot. We've got a week to figure it out." The same source..." June 16

  • Mark Wahlberg, Who is BFF with Jimmy Butler, Wants the Celtics to Trade For the Bulls' Star

    The Big Lead "Allow me to preface this information with two notes: 1) I keep saying this is the summer of the Super Teams. They’re coming. Like LaVar Ball, maybe I can speak it into existence. 2) Danny Ainge is the Godfather of Super Teams, starting with trading for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in 2007. Mark..." June 15

  • Celtics players keep following Gordon Hayward on Instagram

    WEEI Boston "The Celtics' courting of Gordon Hayward has seemingly already begun. Earlier this week, Isaiah Thomas, who's no stranger to drumming up controversy online, followed and then unfollowed the Jazz forward on Instagram. On Wednesday, Al Horford also threw Hayward a follow. " June 14

  • Paul Pierce hopeful for a Celtics reconnection with Ray Allen

    Fanrag Sports "The 2007-08 Boston Celtics won the franchise’s 17th and most recent NBA title, and with the 10th anniversary of that victory coming next season there’s still the issue of there not being much communication between former Celtic Ray Allen and the rest of that team. On Wednesday, Paul Pierce told..." June 14

  • Celtics Considered Primary Threat To Sign Blake Griffin Away From Clippers

    Real GM Basketball "While the Los Angeles Clippers will attempt to re-sign Blake Griffin, the Boston Celtics are considered a primary threat to sign him away. "Boston is really the danger for Blake Griffin," said Wojnarowski. "I think Boston's two primary free agent targets, right now, are Gordon Hayward and Blake..." June 14

  • Celtics Not In 'Punt Mode' But Not Interested In Short-Term Moves

    Real GM Basketball "Along with the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets in the Western Conference, the Boston Celtics are considered one of the teams most likely to challenge the hegemony of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics finished the 16-17 regular season with the best record in..." June 13

  • ESPN Will Reportedly Bring Paul Pierce To NBA Countdown Full-Time Next Season

    Uproxx "There’s been an awful lot of shakeup over at ESPN the past few months, with the Worldwide Leader parting ways with some of its most high-profile and well-respected talent. But they’ve also done a few things right recently. The Jump with Rachel Nichols is one of the savvier and more entertaining..." June 13

  • Top Lottery Pick Josh Jackson Reportedly Canceled His NBA Draft Workout With The Celtics

    Dime Magazine "Thanks to a fortuitous ping pong bounce, the Boston Celtics have the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and the world is now their oyster. The Celtics can trade the pick to get another superstar-level player to pair alongside Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. This would mean that the Celtics are going..." June 13

  • Gordon Hayward’s wife accidentally got Celtics fans buzzing with photo

    Larry Brown Sports "We live in a world where it is assumed that every photo shared on social media has some sort of hidden meaning, and Gordon Hayward’s wife learned that the hard way over the weekend. Robyn Hayward posted what she believed was an innocent photo of herself holding her 2-year-old daughter. But..." June 12

  • Celtics might not take Markelle Fultz at No. 1

    Sportsnaut "It’s been assumed by many for a while now that Washington point guard Markelle Fultz will be the No. 1 pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. But maybe that’s a bit hasty, according to a report by Chad Ford of ESPN, who notes the Boston Celtics have a handful of players they’re considering. Per Ford,..." June 09

  • Jazz just as worried Gordon Hayward will sign with Heat as Celtics

    CBS Sports "The top priority for the Utah Jazz this offseason is re-signing All-Star forward Gordon Hayward, but they will have to beat out a number of other teams in free agency. Rumors have linked Hayward to be interested in joining the Boston Celtics, a move that would give him the opportunity to be..." June 09

  • This Celtics player claimed he never skipped a class in college

    Boston "At a community event to honor the perfect attendance and academic improvement of local students, Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk made a revelation about his own attendance record in college. According to MassLive’s Jay King, Olynyk said he never skipped a class as an undergraudate. Not a single..." June 08

  • Celtics Not Settled On Fultz Yet, Considering Ball, Fox, Jackson, Tatum

    Real GM Basketball "While Markelle Fultz is not working out for any teams beyond the Boston Celtics, he's not yet a lock to be selected with the first overall pick. Lonzo Ball, De'Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum remain in the mix for the Celtics." June 06

  • Fultz Reportedly Will Only Work Out for Celtics Before Draft

    Bleacher Report "Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that NBA draft prospect Markelle Fultz will only work out for the Boston Celtics. According to Pompey, Fultz and Lonzo Ball are the only top prospects not scheduled to work out for the Philadelphia 76ers, who hold the No. 3 overall..." June 06

  • Brad Stevens On Ohio State’s Ambitious Coaching Wish List

    NESN "The college basketball landscape changed Monday when Ohio State parted ways with head coach Thad Matta after 13 seasons on the Buckeyes’ bench. And it appears Ohio State’s wish list to replace Matta includes some big names. Names for potential replacements for Matta began to surface..." June 06

  • Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions In 2017

    Hoops Rumors "July 1 marks the start of the NBA’s new league year. At that point, players eligible for free agency will be able to begin negotiating and reaching contract agreements with suitors. In addition to those free agents, another group of players will also become eligible to sign new deals. For..." June 05

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