Celtics Rumors & News

  • Danny Ainge: Celtics won’t mortgage future for short-term success

    Sportsnaut "Following their second consecutive early-round playoff exit, the Boston Celtics seem to be on the verge of breaking through in the Eastern Conference. With a ton of young talent and assets available to them in the upcoming NBA Draft, the expectation has to be that Boston wants to make a huge..." May 25

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Celtics have more to offer than anyone on this summer's NBA trade market

    Sporting News "The Celtics enter this summer with an astonishing combination of assets. Quality players, great picks and maybe even ample salary cap space — depending on how they manage their offseason spending. Team president Danny Ainge put his team in this position to make a splash. The Celtics have 17..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Who Could the Celtics Land if They Traded Down?

    Hardwood Houdini "Just outside of the Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram range, the Boston Celtics still own a very valuable pick. It’s a pick that could lead to Dragan Bender, Buddy Hield or Jamal Murray – just to name a few. It could also be the main piece in a trade for an established veteran like Jimmy Butler or..." May 24

  • BiyombNO! Bismack playing his way into big money…

    Celtics Hub "Boy, is Bismack Biyombo fun to watch! His joyful exuberance coupled with massive basketball-related limitations make him the third most important reason to watch the Cavs/Raps series (Reason 1: Kyle Lowry back from the dead! Reason 2: Inefficient hero-ball from Kyrie Irving and Lebron getting..." May 24

  • Larry Bird thinks this era of the NBA might be the best one ever

    Yahoo! Sports "One of the major throughlines of this NBA season has been the tension between stars of yesteryear and those of the present day, with many retired players offering at-times unflattering assessments of the game and gumption of today's top talents. You've heard this stuff — the game's gone soft since..." May 21

  • Bill Simmons thinks Celtics will trade for Jahlil Okafor

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics have the No. 3 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, and it seems like a foregone conclusion that they are going to trade it. The only question is how much they can get for it in what is considered a two-player draft. Bill Simmons believes the Celtics will trade the No. 3 pick to..." May 19

  • Report: Kris Dunn's camp doesn't want him going to Celtics, Suns

    The Score "With the draft order officially set, top prospect Kris Dunn is looking to control his NBA future. Dunn's camp wants to avoid certain teams who already have a young, established point guard, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports, making the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick) and Phoenix Suns (No...." May 18

  • Jimmy Butler available for Boston Celtics? Maybe for a 'very rich' price

    Mass Live "Now that the NBA Draft lottery order has been selected, rumors are flying about what could happen next. One day after the Boston Celtics landed the No. 3 overall pick, here's a rundown of what the experts are saying. -- Everybody seems to agree: at least in the eyes of general managers, this..." May 18

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Can RJ Hunter become a real shooting threat for the Celtics?

    Celtics Blog "Most people's first glimpse of RJ Hunter came in the first round of the 2015 NCAA tournament. Georgia State trailed the heavy favorite Baylor by two points, with time running out in the game. As the announcers called for a drive to the basket, RJ Hunter buried an absurdly deep three for the win...." May 17

  • Celtics announce Kelly Olynyk has undergone right shoulder surgery

    CSN New England "Kelly Olynyk underwent right shoulder surgery on Tuesday and will begin rehabilitation immediately. While the Boston Celtics did not indicate when Olynyk would return to action, the 7-foot big man told CSN on Sunday that if he were to have surgery it would sideline him for five..." May 17

  • Celtics To Target Backcourt If Pick Falls Outside Top-2

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics are expected to target a guard in the draft if their pick from the Brooklyn Nets falls outside the top-2. Jamal Murray would be the logical pick with his shooting and versatility, but sources say they also like Buddy Hield." May 17

  • ESPN hopes to spice up NBA Eastern Conference finals by bringing in Isaiah Thomas

    Awful Announcing "This year, ESPN has the honor (misfortune?) of carrying the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. It will have the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers taking on either his former team, the Miami Heat or the Toronto Raptors. It all depends on today’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal in..." May 16

  • Celtics’ draft lottery luck is what Danny Ainge makes of it

    Boston "In a back room at Barclays Center on Tuesday night — presumably around the corner from Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s private massage parlor and down the hall from the dungeon where he kept former general manager Billy King — a lottery machine will start spitting out ping-pong balls and..." May 16

  • Evan Turner Open to Idea of "Hometown Discount" With Celtics

    CSN New England "Evan Turner has enjoyed his two seasons with the Boston Celtics, a time that has seen Turner morph from a perceived lottery-pick bust into one of the best sixth Men in the NBA whose versatility and all-around skillset has been instrumental in the Celtics putting together back-to-back playoff..." May 16

  • Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk may put off “inevitable” shoulder surgery to play for Canada

    CSN New England "After consulting with a number of doctors both within the Celtics organization and outside of it, it has become a matter of when – not if - Kelly Olynyk will have to have surgery on his right shoulder. But Olynyk isn’t quite ready to commit to having it surgically repaired this summer, a summer..." May 16

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Danny Ainge on Celtics offseason: ‘Nobody is ever untouchable’

    Boston "Danny Ainge has high expectations for the Celtics this offseason, as the team enters the fourth year of its rebuilding process. Boston showed progress in year three by winning 48 games during the regular season, tied for third-best record in the Eastern Conference. But after a second straight..." May 07

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Ainge: Celtics have 'plan A through Z' this summer

    The Score "Many expected the Boston Celtics, with their rapidly improving young core and boundless cache of assets, to take a big swing at this year's trade deadline. Though they allegedly came close, no worthwhile trade presented itself in the end, and the Celtics ultimately rode their incumbent roster..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Chauncey Billups: Celtics Better Destination For Durant Than Lakers

    NESN "Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is able to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and there would be no shortage of suitors if the All-Star forward hit the market. The Boston Celtics reportedly believe Durant will give them a visit if he reaches free agency, and they..." May 02

  • Celtics coach Brad Stevens wants Evan Turner back in green

    ESPN Boston "Evan Turner is admittedly intrigued by his impending foray into unrestricted free agency, but he's not necessarily excited. If he had his druthers, he would simply sign somewhere on July 1 and be done with it. It won't be that simple, particularly if Turner gives strong consideration to returning..." May 01

  • Isaiah Thomas: 'I promise you I'll be back better'

    ESPN "The day after the Boston Celtics' 2015-16 season ended with a Game 6 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Isaiah Thomas remained emotional about the team's early postseason exit. "Man, it still hurts," said Thomas, who had visibly red eyes after..." April 30

  • Report: Celtics believe Kevin Durant will visit in free agency

    NESN "The Boston Celtics’ season ended on a bittersweet note Thursday. But before Celtics fans start feeling too down, here’s a friendly reminder: The fun begins now. With Boston’s season officially over after the Atlanta Hawks eliminated them in the first round, the focus shifts to the offseason and..." April 29

  • Isaiah Thomas Can’t Predict The Celtics’ Offseason Because ‘We Ain’t Got No Michael Jordan’

    Dime Magazine "The best season of the Brad Stevens era came just in time for the Boston Celtics. No summer since 2012 has been more important for the future of Danny Ainge’s organization than this one. By way of a long past trade with the Brooklyn Nets that began a supposedly arduous rebuilding project, the..." April 29

  • Dominique: 'Wish I could suit up for the last 30 seconds just to say I beat Boston'

    The Score "Basketball Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Hawks star Dominique Wilkins was never able to get past the Eastern Conference semifinals during his tenure with the franchise, thanks in large part to the dynasty Boston Celtics. The Hawks and Celtics squared off in the playoffs on three occasions..." April 29

  • Hawks finally find way to eliminate Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- It took nearly 60 years, but the Atlanta Hawks finally found a way to beat the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. Atlanta hadn't won a postseason series against Boston since 1958, the year they won their lone NBA title. The Hawks had also lost 10 straight playoff games in Boston..." April 28

  • Hawks overcome slow start to beat Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- There was no comeback on Tuesday night. The Atlanta Hawks overcame a sluggish start with a sizzling run that put away the Boston Celtics 110-83 in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at Philips Arena. Forward Mike Scott came off the bench to score 17..." April 27

  • Isaiah Thomas on sprained ankle: 'I'm playing no matter what'

    WEEI Boston "With 10:14 remaining in a playoff game the Celtics trailed by 29 points, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas landed awkwardly on his left ankle, suffering a mild ankle sprain. “With this team, I’ve seen just enough crazy stuff to think that we might be able to get back in it and give them a chance from..." April 27

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Celtics down Hawks in OT, even series

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Evan Turner called Boston Celtics teammate Marcus Smart the best player on the court Sunday night at TD Garden. He probably was right -- and this was in a game that saw Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap go off for 45 points. Smart scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds,..." April 24

  • NBA won't suspend Celtics' Thomas for altercation with Schroder

    The Score "The NBA will not suspend Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas for his altercation with Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder in Game 3. However, Thomas was retroactively assessed a flagrant-1 foul. Thomas took a swipe at Schroder's head during the first quarter of Friday's contest...." April 24

  • NBA fines Celtics' Marcus Smart $5,000 for exaggerated Game 3 flop

    CBS Sports "In his two years at Oklahoma State, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart never declared a major. This may have given Smart the freedom to pursue classes he was interested in. Like maybe acting. On Friday, Smart showed off his flair for the dramatics with a flop in Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks." April 23

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    Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

    Source: No suspension for Isaiah Thomas.

  • Inspired Thomas scores 42 in Celtics' win

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas received pregame texts of encouragement from the "other" Isiah Thomas and Allen Iverson before the Boston Celtics' playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. "This" Isaiah Thomas then went out and scored 42 points to help breathe life into the Celtics'..." April 23

  • Isaiah Thomas says he hit Dennis Schroder in head unintentionally

    Larry Brown Sports "Isaiah Thomas may be facing potential discipline from the league for hitting Dennis Schroder in the head during the first half of Game 3 of the Hawks-Celtics playoff series on Friday, but the Celtics star does not think a penalty is deserved. Thomas scored 42 points in Boston’s 111-103 win over..." April 23

  • Isaiah Thomas could face suspension for blow to head of Dennis Schröder

    Sporting News "Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas could be suspended for hitting the Hawks' Dennis Schröder in the head during their playoff game Friday night. Late in the first quarter, Thomas appeared to take a swing at Schröder as the Hawks guard ran up the court after a layup. Schröder turned around in..." April 23

  • Olynyk won't play Game 3 vs. Hawks

    The Score "The Boston Celtics will once again be without the services of center Kelly Olynyk on Friday night at the TD Garden for Game 3 with the Atlanta Hawks. Head coach Brad Stevens informed reporters that Olynyk will not play for a second consecutive game due to a sore right shoulder. "They've been..." April 22

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • The Celtics' synergy can't handle losing Avery Bradley

    ESPN "Avery Bradley is not actually this good. He is uniquely important to Boston's specific collection of puzzle pieces, and the Celtics' Game 2 poop-fest in Atlanta laid it bare: for a team built on the synergy and ferocity of its depth, sometimes it only takes one injury for everything to..." April 20

  • Hawks shoot past short-handed Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver busted out of a shooting slump and buried the banged-up Boston Celtics with a barrage of first-half 3-pointers, and the Atlanta Hawks rolled to an 89-72 win in Tuesday at Philips Arena. The Hawks grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series,..." April 19

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    Boston Celtics @celtics

    #NEBHInjuryReport: Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley will undergo an MRI on Wednesday back in Boston.

  • Celtics' Bradley unlikely to return in Hawks series

    Boston Herald "Avery Bradley wouldn’t rule out his chances of returning in this Eastern Conference first-round series, but he also admitted he heard his right hamstring pop in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 102-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1. Bradley teammates seem to be dreading the injury more...." April 17

  • Avery Bradley exits Game 1 with hamstring strain, set for MRI on Sunday

    Mass Live "Standing against a back wall of the locker room, Avery Bradley called for assistance. Barely able to bend his leg, he had just limped across the floor. He waved a Boston Celtics staffer over to his side and sat down in a chair. "I need your help," Bradley said. In the wake of a regrettable,..." April 17

  • Mavericks' Lee will miss at least 2 games vs. Thunder

    The Score "Power forward David Lee will miss at least the first two contests in the Dallas Mavericks' first-round matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a torn plantar fascia in his right heel. Lee has been a pleasant surprise since signing with the Mavericks in February. The 32-year-old is..." April 16