Celtics Rumors & News

  • Nets' rally falls short at Boston

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Both benches were being cleared. The Celtics, with an opening win in the bag, had a Thursday night date in Chicago on their minds. It was over. But someone forgot to tell the Brooklyn Nets. "We didn't end it like we wanted to, but we definitely got the win and that's all that..." October 26

  • Cap Holds For Players Coming Off Rookie Contracts Could Increase

    Real GM Basketball "Cap holds attached to free agents coming off rookie deals could jump to 250 and 300 percent of their prior salaries, which is an increase from 200 and 250 percent in the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement. The San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards held off on..." October 26

  • NBA sets record for international representation on rosters

    Today's Fastbreak "The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Tuesday that the league’s opening night rosters have set new records for both the number of international players in the league and the number of countries represented. Opening night rosters feature a total of 113 international players from 41..." October 26

  • 5 Necessary NBA Trades Teams Are Too Scared to Make

    Complex "The job of an NBA general manager is to maximize value. Whether it's wringing the most that you can out of a player, a contract, or a trade, the mantra stays the same: maximize value. This is not always easy. In a league with 29 direct competitors and only one champion, it's difficult to always..." October 25

  • 'Huge Influx Of Money' Motivated Both Sides On New CBA

    Real GM Basketball "Adam Silver said the NBA and their players are close to a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement but aren't quite there yet. Multiple reports have indicated a deal on the main parts of the CBA have been agreed upon. "The reports aren't far off, but we're not quite there, yet," Silver..." October 25

  • Where Are All the White American NBA Players

    The Undefeated "J.J. Redick will be entering his 11th season in the NBA this week and for the first time he has noticed he is part of a small — and shrinking — club as a white American NBA player. The NBA certainly has its long list of European players. But the Los Angeles Clippers starting guard says he..." October 25

  • Every NBA team's best-case scenario and worst nightmare this season

    Fox Sports "The start of another NBA season is the time for hope to spring eternal — even if we're all seemingly counting the days until we crown an inevitable champion. But seasoned sports fans know a new season also brings the potential for everything to fall apart. With opening night upon us, we dived deep..." October 25

  • Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk has been cleared for some contact

    Mass Live "Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk has been cleared for contact, but still doesn't have a specific target date to return from offseason shoulder surgery. According to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, Olynyk participated in some 5-on-5 action at Saturday's practice. He was cleared a couple of..." October 23

  • How Paul Pierce Almost Joined Kevin Garnett In Minnesota, Not Boston

    NESN "The NBA is saying goodbye to two important members of Boston Celtics history: Kevin Garnett announced his retirement in September, while Paul Pierce plans to hang them up after the season. Both players were integral in bringing a championship to Boston in 2008, forming the “Big Three” along..." October 22

  • Celtics dangling James Young, R.J. Hunter

    WEEI Boston "According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Celtics are trying to use a trade in order to find their final piece on the roster. As cutdown looms, the Celtics continue to offer James Young or RJ Hunter for a second-round pick, league sources tell @TheVertical." October 21

  • Celtics guard Marcus Smart helped off court with ankle injury

    NESN "Marcus Smart is expected to miss “a couple weeks” with his left ankle sprain, according to CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely. Blakely added that Smart’s injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as previous ankle sprains he’s suffered, and that the initial timetable is two weeks. The Boston Herald’s..." October 20

  • Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk out until at least mid-November

    Today's Fastbreak "Boston Celtics’ general manager Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub that big man Kelly Olynyk will be out until at least mid-November as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery, via Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com. It is also worth noting that the veteran center has been dealing with a shoulder..." October 20

  • Celtics Waive Three Camp Invitees

    Hoops Rumors "The Celtics have reduced their roster from the maximum 20 players to 17, announcing today (via Twitter) that they’ve waived Marcus Georges-Hunt, Damion Lee, and Jalen Jones. The team will have to remove at least two more players from its roster by opening night to get down to the regular season..." October 20

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • Anonymous NBA Scouts Dish Dirt On Eastern Conference Teams

    SI "For some, it's tough to form an opinion about an off-season move or development without seeing the subjects first in action on the floor. Luckily, anonymous NBA scouts do not have this problem. Sports Illustrated's NBA writers spoke with scouts ahead of the 2016—17 season for our annual..." October 20

  • The NBA sent players to Google, Facebook to help answer the biggest questions of their careers

    Business Insider "C.J. Watson’s mom pushed him at a young age to get ready for the “real world,” making him learn how to write checks, do mock job interviews, and accompany her to work. Watson wasn’t sure if he was going to keep playing basketball, much less make the NBA, and his mom wanted him to be prepared..." October 20

  • Jaylen Brown Impressing Brad Stevens, Celtics So Far With Play In Preseason

    NESN "It’s far too early to know just what the Boston Celtics have in Jaylen Brown, but the small sample size has been encouraging. Through six preseason games, Brown has averaged just under 10 points while shooting 44 percent from the field. But even more impressive than his stats has been the..." October 19

  • Celtics’ Thomas: “if you don’t have Kobe or Shaq or Michael Jordan, the triangle doesn’t work”

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s long been a criticism of Phil Jackson and the triangle offense: Of course he won, he had Michael Jordan, then Kobe Bryant with Shaquille O’Neal, then eventually peak Pau Gasol took over for Shaq. It’s a rather ridiculous criticism of Jackson — I’d like you to name the coach that won an NBA..." October 17

  • Jonas Jerebko putting in work to improve his shot

    ESPN Boston "A few weeks after the Boston Celtics were bounced from the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Jonas Jerebko posted a black-and-white photo of an empty basketball court with the caption, "Time to get back to work," and the hashtag #myoffice. Plenty of NBA players refer to the..." October 14

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of SonicsRising.com. While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • Paul Pierce Says He’ll Retire As A Celtic After Next Season

    Uproxx "Paul Pierce spent the vast majority of his career with the Boston Celtics, and in 2008 was a core member of the Big 3 that brought the city its first NBA championship since the late 80s. The Celtics were an Eastern Conference powerhouse for years after, eventually returning to the Finals in 2010,..." October 13

  • Celtics Continue To Have Real Interest In Gordon Hayward

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics continue to have real interest in Gordon Hayward. Hayward will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and the Celtics will have a max contract and a chance to reunite with Brad Stevens to offer him. Hayward signed a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with Charlotte..." October 13

  • Zach Lowe's crazy predictions for the 2016-17 NBA season

    ESPN "Even the NBA, the most predictable major U.S. pro sports league, is fraught with uncertainty. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals! But making predictions is a useful thought exercise, and it's healthy to creep out on a limb once in a while. As usual, we throw darts at..." October 12

  • The NBA's leaked Christmas jerseys are familiar, and that's a good thing

    CBS Sports "The NBA's Christmas Day slate might not be perfect, but it's going to look great. On Wednesday, the new Christmas jerseys leaked, via UniWatch's Paul Lukas, and they are essentially updated versions of what we saw last year: Not an eyesore in the bunch. It's a little weird that the Los Angeles..." October 12

  • Perry Jones Drawing NBA Interest?

    Hoops Rumors "Russian team BC Khimki announced today (via Twitter) that they’ve used their option to release Perry Jones from their roster, making him a free agent able to sign with any team. Jones joined the club in August, and played in just one regular-season game before he was cut. A former first-round..." October 11

  • Kevin McHale will return to Turner Sports as NBA analyst

    Awful Announcing "After four-plus largely successful seasons as head coach of the Houston Rockets, Kevin McHale is returning to television. McHale has signed a multi-year deal with Turner Sports to serve as a studio analyst for NBA TV’s Fan Night and select NBA on TNT game telecasts. The Hall-of-Famer previously..." October 11

  • Celtics Interested In Signing J.R. Smith?

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics have interest in signing J.R. Smith, who remains in a contract stalemate with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Smith is seeking $15 million per season from the Cavaliers while they are only offering $10 million or $11 million annually." October 09

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • In pivotal year, 76ers unlikely to deal surplus talents to C’s

    Boston Herald "On the surface, it seems so logical. You would think that by now the Celtics and 76ers would have been able to get their heads together and do business on a major trade. The Celts need a big man, and Philadelphia has a logjam up front. The Sixers need backcourt/wing help, and the C’s are loaded..." October 09

  • Rozier warns rest of NBA about Jaylen Brown

    WEEI Boston "Terry Rozier has been saying it for a while: Jaylen Brown is eventually going to be a nightmare for the rest of the NBA. How bad of a dream is up to the rookie out of Cal. On Tuesday night, in 20 minutes, Brown was 4-of-9 from the field for eight points and four rebounds. It wasn’t..." October 07

  • Isaiah Thomas exits with left wrist sprain, not considered serious

    Today's Fastbreak "Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas left Thursday night’s preseason game in Greensboro against the Charlotte Hornets with what the team is calling a “slightly sprained” left wrist. Thomas tied for a game-high 11 points through the first half, and the team’s sideline reporter Abby Chin notes that..." October 07

  • Report: NBA, Union Optimistic New CBA Deal Will Get Done

    Bleacher Report "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association could have a new collective bargaining agreement finalized in the near future after reportedly making "significant progress" in negotiations. On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the new deal could be done within the next..." October 06

  • NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    Bleacher Report "There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another. Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that..." October 05

  • Jeff Van Gundy Advocates Zero-Tolerance Policy For Domestic Violence Offenders

    Deadspin "The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met in the preseason this evening, and ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy used the occasion of Derrick Rose’s first appearance with the Knicks to make some points about domestic violence and how Adam Silver and the NBA should deal with players who are convicted..." October 05

  • Nike releasing self-lacing shoes through public lottery

    ESPN "The first pairs of the famous self-lacing MAG shoes from "Back to the Future II" will be made available this month to the public, but you won't be able to buy them. You'll have to win them. Nike announced that only 89 pairs will be available through an online draw that begins Tuesday and..." October 04

  • Celtics’ Terry Rozier says he wants all of Evan Turner’s minutes

    Pro Basketball Talk "There is a pecking order in the Celtics backcourt: Isaiah Thomas is the scoring/playmaking point guard, with Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart playing the more defensive backcourt teammate role next to him at different times. Still, there are minutes to be had — Evan Turner is no longer in camp..." October 02

  • Celtics' Bradley aims for DPOY: 'I should always be in that conversation'

    ESPN "During a break in Friday night's intrasquad scrimmage in front of season ticket holders at TD Garden, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens presented Avery Bradley with his award for being named to the NBA's All-Defense first team last season. Bradley said the award looks exactly the same as the..." October 02

  • James Young in battle for his NBA life

    Boston Herald "There is much talk about competition at the Celtics’ training camp — and there will be more in the paragraphs below. But while most players are looking to solidify or even increase their role, James Young is fighting for his NBA life. And just three days into camp, he appears to be stating his..." September 30

  • NBA hopes new replay protocol speeds up play

    USA Today "In an ongoing effort to make NBA replay reviews more efficient and less time-consuming, more in-game reviews are expected to be made this season by the league’s staff at the high-tech replay center in Secaucus, N.J. Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during..." September 29

  • Al Horford on Boston: 'It feels right to be here'

    ESPN Boston "Jae Crowder was certain the Boston Celtics had landed their first free-agent prize in nearly two decades, and teammate Isaiah Thomas wasn't arguing with him. The two players were huddled in an Atlanta hotel room after the Celtics delivered their late-night sales pitch to Al Horford at the start..." September 28

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • Paul Pierce: My Final Season

    The Player's Tribune "is is it, my final season. It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity. With the Clippers, in the..." September 26

  • Brad Stevens dishes on Marcus Smart's impact, Jaylen Brown's development

    ESPN "As the Boston Celtics prepare to embark on a 2016-17 season featuring heightened expectations after last year's 48-win campaign, one player who is consistently referenced as a key for the team taking the next step forward is third-year guard Marcus Smart. With the departure of Evan Turner to..." September 25

  • Zeller hopes new contract leads to new role on Celtics

    CSN New England "Tyler Zeller knew when free agency began in July, it might take a while before his cell phone was buzzing with teams interested in signing him. The first week passed and there was nothing of note happening. No big deal. Totally saw this coming, Zeller thought. Another week passed with the..." September 25

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • Celtics Still Looking to Get Better

    CSN New England "The Celtics landed Al Horford, the most coveted free agent this summer not named Kevin Durant. They re-signed head coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to extensions. The good folks in Vegas have them pegged as just one of a handful of teams that should..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • Isaiah Thomas on Horford, Durant, Celtics Contending

    Basketball Insiders "The last year has been a whirlwind for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas. Over the past 12 months, the veteran averaged 22.2 points, 6.2 assists, three rebounds and 1.1 steals, made his first All-Star appearance and then played a major role in the recruitment of stars like Al Horford and..." September 22

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