Celtics Rumors & News

  • Isaiah Thomas could soon earn hefty contract

    NESN "Isaiah Thomas could go from the last pick of the 2011 NBA Draft to a $179 million contract. Not bad, eh? Thomas will be in for quite the raise when his contract ends after the 2017-18 season, and he’s certainly earned it. The 28-year-old point guard quickly is becoming a household name..." February 26

  • DeRozan, Raptors race past Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry, the Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard, could not play Friday night because of a sore right wrist. That was a cue for the Raptors' All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan to take matters into his own hands. DeRozan was up to the task, scoring 43 points to lead..." February 25

  • Draymond: MVP's a 6-horse race, including Isaiah Thomas

    San Jose Mercury News "Draymond Green stopped by Twitter headquarters Friday and answered questions posed via tweet. The first one elicited a laugh from the Warriors star, and an intriguing response: Perhaps the NBA MVP should be Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas. “When I look around at who deserves MVP, I think..." February 25

  • Cavs were 'on pins and needles' as Celtics explored blockbuster trades

    Real GM Basketball "The Cleveland Cavaliers were monitoring the Boston Celtics efforts to acquire either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline. The Celtics are already a top contender in the Eastern Conference, but acquiring either of those star wings would make them even more competitive in a series against..." February 25

  • On path to superstardom, Celtics' Isaiah Thomas controls his own destiny

    USA Today "When the NBA’s salary cap started spiking as if it had been hit with a defibrillator last summer, Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was asked to share his perspective on how the league’s new landscape might ultimately impact his situation. “They better bring out the Brinks truck,”..." February 25

  • Isaiah Thomas on Carroll flagrant: 'Guys who aren't factors in games do that'

    Mass Live "Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas ripped into DeMarre Carroll after the Toronto Raptors wing delivered a hard flagrant foul Friday night. With 2:23 left in the second quarter, Carroll shoved Thomas to stop a fast break. After leaping to his feet, Thomas ran toward Carroll to state his..." February 25

  • Danny Ainge explains why the Celtics did nothing at the NBA trade deadline

    Fox Sports "The Boston Celtics were reportedly interested in nearly every player on the NBA trade market headed into Thursday’s deadline, yet when 3 p.m. ET rolled around, the Celtics stood pat. There was no DeMarcus Cousins, no Paul George, no Jimmy Butler — heck, Boston didn’t even make a move for Jahlil..." February 23

  • Report: Boston finally willing to put Nets pick in Paul George trade talks, still may not be enough

    Pro Basketball Talk "They are the two biggest pieces on the trade deadline day chess board: Boston has the rights to swap picks with Brooklyn’s first-round pick this season (and the Nets will finish with the worst record in the league), and then Boston owns the Brooklyn pick outright next season. So far, Boston..." February 23

  • Jimmy Butler to Celtics getting real; Crowder the sticking point

    CBS Sports "Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge wants to nab Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler before Thursday’s trade deadline, and the “main sticking point” is not which draft pick (or picks) are included in the deal, but whether or not forward Jae Crowder will be involved, according to TNT’s David Aldridge,..." February 23

  • With less than 24 hours left, NBA trade deadline heats up

    KSL "We're not under 24 hours until the NBA's trade deadline. Here's what's going on with the Jazz and around the NBA. Derrick Favors trade looks unlikely Monday, ESPN's Zach Lowe reported that the Jazz have tested the market for Derrick Favors, seeing what kind of interest there is in the Jazz's..." February 22

  • Clippers, Celtics keeping hope of Carmelo Anthony trade alive?

    ESPN "Jeff Hornacek said what you’d expect an NBA coach to say less than 48 hours before the league’s trade deadline: He doesn’t think the New York Knicks are going to make any moves. “Most of the time, there’s all kinds of talk, and only one or two things ever happen, so we expect these guys to be..." February 22

  • Wizards, Jazz, Others Interested In P.J. Tucker

    Hoops Rumors "P.J. Tucker‘s name has been coming up in trade rumors for over a month now, and with less than 48 hours to go until the deadline, the Suns swingman appears to be receiving interest from several potential suitors. Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link) identifies the Raptors, Wizards,..." February 21

  • NBA exec thinks Paul George could be ‘sleeper’ trade for Celtics

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics missed out on trading for DeMarcus Cousins over the weekend, though reports have indicated they were never actually interested. Now that Cousins has gone to the New Orleans Pelicans, most of the rumors regarding the Celtics have revolved around Jimmy Butler. But what about..." February 21

  • Ending Contracts To Watch At The Deadline

    Basketball Insiders "The Ending Contracts With the 2017 NBA Trade Deadline approaching on Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m. EST, there is more and more chatter in NBA circles, and the biggest questions facing NBA teams is what to do with their ending contract or possible ending contract players. The bulk of deals..." February 21

  • Big questions, lots of answers before NBA trade deadline

    ESPN "Only a week or so ago, most league executives anticipated a quiet deadline. So many teams were in desperate win-now mode, few would sell off quality veterans to the grease the trade wheels. Teams just outside the contender circle wouldn't mortgage the future for a suicide mission against Golden..." February 21

  • Thomas didn't encourage Celtics to go after Cousins

    Boston Herald "While the Celtics were ultimately not interested in DeMarcus Cousins, all indications from around the NBA are that Danny Ainge remains very much in pursuit of a marquee talent to significantly alter the club’s fortunes. The question for Ainge and his peers now is whether the Cousins deal will..." February 20

  • Isaiah Thomas for MVP? Celtics star says 'Why not?'

    CBS Sports "All the talk about the MVP of Sunday’s All-Star Game leading into the event is about Russell Westbrook. There’s an expectation of Westbrook going off amidst his Warriors teammates. It’s an easy narrative, a simple concept, a tasty bite of NBA drama being extrapolated out to an award that’s been..." February 19

  • Celtics, Bulls have discussed trade involving Jimmy Butler

    CSN Chicago "Buckle up, Bulls fans. The trade deadline is four days away and the potential for a blockbuster trade involving the Bulls appears to be on the table. That's according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, who said on his Woj Report on Saturday night that the league's biggest trade deadline..." February 19

  • Moving Melo to Celtics makes most sense for Knicks

    New York Daily News "If Carmelo Anthony calls being named Kevin Love’s All-Star replacement “a downer” one can only imagine what he thinks of Phil Jackson’s tweeting habits as well as the current state of the Knicks. The season has been an epic downer for Anthony, the 32-year-old forward who is in danger of..." February 19

  • Isaiah Thomas' 20-point streak reaches Celtics' record 41 games

    ESPN "Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas broke John Havlicek's franchise record by registering his 41st consecutive game with 20 points or more during Thursday's 104-103 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Midway through the fourth quarter, Thomas broke out in transition and finished a layup in traffic for..." February 17

  • Butler's last-second free throws give Bulls victory

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- It looked like the Boston Celtics eked out a narrow victory against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night at the United Center. Instead, the Bulls got a second chance after Jimmy Butler's last-second jumper hit the rim and bounced away as time expired. A touch foul was called on..." February 16

  • Thomas ties mark as Celtics defeat Sixers

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas has 30 games left in what is turning into a historic season for a historic franchise. Boston's little big man tied John Havlicek's 45-year-old Celtics record with his 40th straight 20-point game, scoring 33 and pulling off his usual fourth-quarter heroics in a 116-108..." February 15

  • Thomas leads Celtics past Mavericks

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks are pleased to be done with Isaiah Thomas this season. The NBA's second-leading scorer tortured the Mavericks again, this time racking up 29 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 111-98 win on Monday night at American Airlines Center. The Celtics (36-19)..." February 14

  • Rick Carlisle: Celtics ‘have a legitimate chance to get to the Finals’

    Larry Brown Sports "Rick Carlisle is buying all the Boston Celtics stock he can afford. After they defeated his Dallas Mavericks by the final of 111-98 on Monday, Carlisle said he believes the Celtics have ‘a legitimate chance’ of making it to the NBA Finals, per Bobby Karalla of Mavs.com. Carlisle may be a bit..." February 14

  • Thomas leads Celtics to victory over Jazz

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Boston found all sorts of ways to torment Utah's defense for four quarters. The Celtics knocked down one shot after another in a 112-104 victory over the Jazz on Saturday night. They unloaded every available tool to pick Utah apart, relying on a combination of crisp passes,..." February 12

  • Former Syracuse, Celtics player Fab Melo dies at 26

    USA Today "Fab Melo, the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, has died at the age of 26, according to a report by ESPN. Citing Brazilian Military Police, the report says that Melo was found dead Saturday in his Juiz de Fora home. Melo spent two seasons at Syracuse, where he averaged 4.9 points and..." February 12

  • Danny Ainge Won’t Rule Out Paul Pierce Having His Celtics Job Some Day

    NESN "“The Truth” can pretty much write his own ticket. Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked this week about Paul Pierce possibly assuming a role with the organization upon retiring after this season. Ainge couldn’t say for sure what the future holds for the..." February 11

  • Thomas' 34 points guide Celtics past Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- Isaiah Thomas had two points in the first quarter, the Portland Trail Blazers were mounting a double-digit lead, and things were not looking good for the Boston Celtics. Then Thomas got untracked, bombing in 34 points overall as the Celtics raced to a 120-111 victory..." February 10

  • Collison, Kings end Celtics' win streak

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- They were without their leading scorer and rebounder. They lost one of their two starting guards to an injury before they'd played one half. And both things happened on a night when their former starting point guard -- the one creating MVP conversation -- was on the opposite..." February 09

  • Celtics Pursuing Paul George, Jimmy Butler Deals

    NESN "The Boston Celtics need another superstar to compete with the likes of the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA championship. As the Feb. 23 trade deadline approaches, it appears Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge still is aiming high..." February 09

  • NBA, Take-Two to Create Professional Videogame League

    Fox Sports "Think you’re one of the best NBA 2K players on the planet? Now, you’ll be able to prove it — and maybe even make a living doing it. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced plans Wednesday to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional..." February 09

  • The Boston Celtics’ stockpile of assets is the most overrated thing in the NBA

    Fox Sports "Can we stop pretending the Boston Celtics will rule the NBA trade market over the next couple of weeks? Any time you read an article or listen to a talking head, there's a mention of the looming Feb. 23 deadline and how the Celtics can shake up the entire Association by packaging their..." February 09

  • Adrian Wojnarowski Is Close To Joining ESPN

    Deadspin "NBA scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski is close to an agreement to leave Yahoo and join ESPN, according to multiple sources, a huge shakeup in the basketball reporting world that will have a wider-reaching effects beyond where you get your news. And according to one source, Wojnarowski isn’t the only..." February 08

  • Report: NBA also reduces projected 2018-19 salary cap to $103 million

    Pro Basketball Talk "Adam Silver said he dislikes the 1+1 contracts signed by players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The NBA commissioner might soon see players lock into longer deals more often and switch teams less often. Not only does it now project the 2017-18 salary cap to reach just $102 million, the..." February 07

  • Pitbull, Travis Scott and 'Inside the NBA' live will be at All-Star Weekend

    USA Today "TNT wants to party with you in New Orleans. The cable network is throwing a four-day bash for NBA All-Star Weekend, starting Thursday night with a free show from rapper Travis Scott and continuing all the way to Sunday. It's the "NBA on TNT Road Show," an extension of the branding the league..." February 07

  • Boston legend Paul Pierce proud of Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: 'He's taken the torch'

    Boston Globe "On Saturday night, on the eve of his final game at TD Garden, former Celtics legend Paul Pierce went out to dinner at one of his favorite Boston restaurants, Strega. While there, he ran into point guard Isaiah Thomas, the current Celtic who would like to someday become a franchise legend,..." February 06

  • Thomas, Curry named NBA Players of the Week

    NBA.com "The Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 5. Thomas led the Celtics to a 4-0 week as Boston extended its winning..." February 06

  • Celtics applaud Pierce, then hold off Clippers

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics won their seventh straight game Sunday. But the biggest basket of the afternoon was scored by someone on the Los Angeles Clippers. The TD Garden crowd loved both. "I'm happy to be able to get one last shot," Paul Pierce said after coming off the Clippers..." February 05

  • Doc Rivers starts Paul Pierce for his final game in Boston

    CSN New England "The Celtics faithful won’t have to wait too long to let Paul Pierce know just how much they will miss him. The Captain, who announced earlier this season that he was going to retire after this season, will get the start tonight for the Los Angeles Clippers. Pierce, who spent his first 15..." February 05

  • Red-hot Isaiah Thomas: 'You can't put my name with Kobe'

    ESPN "Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, who had scored 41 and 44 points in his past two games, said he was unaware that no player in franchise history had ever scored 40 in three straight games until he reached the locker room following Friday's 113-107 win over the Los Angeles..." February 04

  • 1-on-1 with Paul Pierce as he says goodbye to Boston

    Boston Globe "Paul Pierce will make his final appearance in Boston when the Clippers face the Celtics on Sunday. Pierce, who is retiring at season’s end, spent his first 15 pro seasons with the Celtics. He was a 10-time All-Star and helped the team to the 2008 NBA title. In an interview with the Globe on..." February 04

  • Celtics win, Stevens in as East All-Stars coach

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas, who seems to know everything on the court, had no idea he had just come within two points of becoming the first Celtics player ever to score 40 points in three straight games. "I didn't know about the three games in a row," Boston's little big man said after scoring..." February 03

  • Thomas leads another 4th-quarter Celtics' comeback win

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The way things are going for Isaiah Thomas, the last thing he needs is extra motivation. Wednesday night, Boston's little big man had not one, but two sources of motivation that may or may not have led to his latest explosion that produced the Celtics' latest win. "Honestly,..." February 01

  • Celtics’ Stashed 2016 Draftees Drawing Interest

    Hoops Rumors "Most Celtics-related trade speculation focuses on players on their current roster, or their collection of future draft picks, but the team has another group of assets that is drawing trade interest around the NBA, reports Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. According to Deveney, potential trade..." February 01

  • Report: Celtics believe Knicks' asking price for 'Melo is too high

    CSN New England "The Celtics reportedly told the Knicks they weren’t interested in trading for Carmelo Anthony. Why? I listed a few possible reasons: An actual desire to keep Anthony off this Boston team. Playing hardball to gain leverage. Believing the Knicks’ asking price was too high. It seems..." February 01

  • Thomas pens strong finish as Celtics jolt Pistons

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas continues to pile up insane numbers and also continues to have his name mentioned with other Celtics stars. Wednesday night, Boston's little big man had another fourth-quarter explosion, scoring 24 of his 41 points and leading the Celtics to a 113-109 victory over the..." January 31

  • Celtics trade rumors: Rival executives believe Jimmy Butler conversations could be reopened with Chicago

    Mass Live "Some rival executives believe the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls will reopen discussions about Jimmy Butler prior to next month's trade deadline, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reported Monday night. Late last week, a league source suggested Butler did not appear to be on the trade market..." January 31

  • Report: Carmelo Would Waive No-Trade Clause To Go To Celtics

    SLAM Online "As the trade deadline gets closer and closer, rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony continue to pop up. Last week, a report came out that the Knicks had offered Carmelo to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kevin Love, a move that Cavs management shot down. The Los Angeles Clippers were also in on the..." January 30

  • Thomas, Crowder lead Celtics to OT victory

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- It wasn't easy, but the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to three games, holding off the Milwaukee Bucks down the stretch for a 112-108 overtime victory Saturday night at the Bradley Center. Playing the second half of a back-to-back and for the fourth time in four..." January 29

  • How Celtics could help facilitate a deal to send Carmelo to Clippers

    CBS Sports "The Knicks want to move Carmelo Anthony; that's pretty clear at this point. The Clippers, according to multiple reports, want Carmelo Anthony, but they don't have the assets. They need a third team. And the Boston Globe reports that the Celtics don't want Anthony, but might help the Clippers get..." January 29

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