Celtics Rumors & News

  • Kyrie Irving's Father Had Issues With Cavaliers During Most Of Tenure

    Real GM Basketball "Drederick Irving, father of Kyrie Irving, refused to give Randy Mims five one day while leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers' locker room. Mims is an employee of the Cavaliers and a lifelong friend of LeBron James. Irving said his father believed they shouldn’t be “fraternizing with the enemy” when..." October 19

  • Agent: 'Unlikely' Gordon Hayward returns this season

    WEEI Boston "Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Gordon Hayward, has told ESPN that he believes it’s unlikely that the 27-year-old Hayward will return to the Celtics this season. "We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein said of Hayward, who played just five minutes..." October 19

  • Gordon Hayward injury clears Cavs’ path in East according to Vegas

    Covers.com "The high expectations for the Boston Celtics’ season are lower now in the eyes of Las Vegas oddsmakers, and, conversely, the path to the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive year got a lot easier for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics were among the favorites to win the NBA title at +1000 and..." October 19

  • Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

    NBC Sports Boston "Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James. And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film. But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different. “He’s way bigger..." October 18

  • Cavaliers decide not to show Kyrie Irving tribute video

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers decided not to show a tribute video of former point guard Kyrie Irving during his first game at The Q playing for the opposition. According to team spokesman Tad Carper, multiple Cavs officials, including majority owner Dan Gilbert, chose not to show the video because "we were..." October 18

  • Did Jae Crowder Commit Dirty Play On Gordon Hayward’s Gruesome Injury?

    NESN "Gordon Hayward dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia in the first quarter Tuesday night as the Boston Celtics dropped their season opener to the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-99. It was a gruesome injury that Hayward suffered while landing awkwardly on a play in which he went up for the ball..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Gordon Hayward fractures ankle minutes into Celtics debut

    ESPN "Celtics forward Gordon Hayward was stretchered off the floor in Cleveland after suffering a horrific-looking ankle injury little more than five minutes into his Boston debut Tuesday night. The team later announced that Hayward fractured his ankle. Hayward's left leg bent awkwardly after he..." October 18

  • Marcus Smart: Celtics ‘notorious’ for not extending rookie contracts

    Boston Herald "Echoing the sentiments of agent Happy Walters a night earlier, Marcus Smart said Tuesday morning that if the Celtics want to keep him, the cost will be higher next summer in restricted free agency than if they had met his rookie extension wishes this week. “That’s exactly how I’m looking at it...." October 17

  • Why Jae Crowder Isn’t Angry At Celtics After Blockbuster Trade To Cavs

    NESN "ae Crowder isn’t holding a grudge. The Celtics traded Crowder to the Cavaliers this offseason in the deal that also sent Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland and brought Kyrie Irving to Boston. Crowder learned of the trade while in Houston with his mother, who died of cancer just five minutes after he..." October 17

  • Kyrie will never reveal reason for leaving Cavs: 'That's not what real grown-ups do'

    Uproxx "One of the the most talked-about storylines during the NBA offseason was Kyrie Irving’s self-imposed exile from Cleveland. Irving went from looking to be the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers if/when LeBron left town, to being the foil for Cavs fans whenever he steps foot in Quicken Loans..." October 17

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Isaiah Thomas Clarifies Comments About Giving Danny Ainge Cold Shoulder

    NESN "Isaiah Thomas doesn’t have a vendetta against Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. He’d just prefer not to run into him any time soon. The former Celtics point guard has some hard feelings for Ainge after the team traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a package that brought Kyrie..." October 17

  • Kyrie Irving: Explaining trade request 'not what real grown-ups do'

    USA Today "Reporters have asked Kyrie Irving direct and indirect questions about why he wanted out of Cleveland. No matter how reporters try to pry an answer from Irving, the seventh-year guard – who now plays for the Boston Celtics after requesting a trade in the summer – won’t divulge a straightforward..." October 17

  • LeBron James says Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland will be 'fine'

    Sporting News "It'll be somewhat of a reunion for Celtics' Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers in Cleveland during their regular-season opener on Tuesday. Irving spent six seasons with the Cavs, playing side-by-side with LeBron James for the past three. During an interview for ESPN's "The Jump", James said..." October 17

  • Marcus Smart, Celtics Were Close On Extension

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics and Marcus Smart were unable to agree upon a contract extension before Monday's deadline. The two sides were reportedly close to a deal but Smart will instead become a restricted free agent in 2018." October 16

  • JR Smith on the Celtics: ‘I Don’t Really Pose That As A Big Threat’

    SLAM Online "The Celtics may have made some big moves in the offseason, but JR Smith still doesn’t think Boston poses “a big threat” to the Cavaliers. Asked if the Celtics are a bigger challenge this season, Smith replied, “Not really” " October 16

  • Celtics Likely To Start Jayson Tatum On Opening Night

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics will likely start Jayson Tatum on opening night as Marcus Morris continues to battle knee soreness. Brad Stevens said Sunday that Morris will "be out here for the coming week-plus" and the team will re-evaluate him later this month to see when he might be ready for game..." October 16

  • Celtics Trim Roster With Four Cuts

    Hoops Rumors "The Celtics have waived Daniel Dixon, Jonathan Holmes, L.J. Peak and Andrew White, the team announced on Twitter. Dixon, initially reported to be joining the team in August, didn’t officially sign on with the C’s until this week. The shooting guard went undrafted out of William & Mary back in..." October 13

  • Tyronn Lue, Dwyane Wade respond to Kyrie Irving's Cleveland shade

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue’s deadpan expression said it all when he was asked about former Cavs guard Kyrie Irving's disparaging remarks about Cleveland in comparison to his new home with the Boston Celtics. “Oh, I thought he was talking about Cleveland,” Lue said at the Cavs'..." October 13

  • Reggie Miller shares the unique way Kyrie Irving learned about his trade to Celtics

    CBS Sports "Remember the Uncle Drew commercials with Kyrie Irving? Those are the ones where he's dressed up like an old man, checks into a pickup game and then starts taking over. In case you missed those, here's some good news: they're making a full-length Uncle Drew movie, which is set to come out in the..." October 13

  • Why Kyrie Irving is perfect sleeper to win 2017-18 NBA scoring title

    Sporting News "The race to the scoring title last season went as expected. Not only did Kevin Durant take himself and Stephen Curry out of the running by joining the Warriors in free agency, he paved the way for Russell Westbrook to fill his void in Oklahoma City with a league-high 24.0 shots attempts per game...." October 13

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Kyrie Irving not going to get emotional about return to Cleveland

    NBC Sports Boston "Al Horford recalls what it was like the first time he returned to Atlanta last season. He was cool, calm and collected … until he arrived at the arena. The familiar faces, the routine he had established that was years in the making, keeping his emotions intact became a lot..." October 13

  • Isaiah Thomas can't act like Danny Ainge's victim forever

    WEEI Boston "His personality alone told you that ex-Celtics leader Isaiah Thomas was probably never going to forgive Danny Ainge for trading him away from the Celtics and to the Cavaliers. In fact, it’s the exact stance Thomas is going take to begin his post-Celtics days. “I might not ever talk to Danny..." October 13

  • Ainge responds to Thomas' comments: 'You guys know how much I love Isaiah'

    CBS Sports "One of the most surprising moves of the offseason, the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade, has had quite the fallout in both the cities and organizations involved. It continued recently with Thomas telling Lee Jenkins in a feature for Sports Illustrated that he might never speak to Celtics GM..." October 12

  • Kyrie Irving: 'Vast difference' between cities of Boston, Cleveland

    ESPN "Kyrie Irving has added more spice to the Celtics-Cavaliers season opener. Irving, who asked to be traded out of Cleveland and wound up in Boston this summer after three straight NBA Finals trips with LeBron James and the Cavaliers, said he sees "a vast difference" between the..." October 12

  • Isaiah Thomas: Still all love for Celtics after trade, but I may never talk to Ainge again

    CBS Sports "For all of the drama surrounding the blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers that sent Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland and Kyrie Irving to Boston, we haven't heard much from one of the key pieces involved. We've heard plenty about Thomas (and his hip), but the injured..." October 11

  • Danny Ainge opens up on Irving deal, the risks of trading with Cavs, Smart’s extension and more

    Boston Sports Journal "BSJ: Going back to last June, could you have ever really envisioned this much change after the season you guys had last year? Ainge: No. I mean, we were trying to build more stability and a little more continuity with what we did this summer. Hopefully, we can keep this group a little longer..." October 11

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Marcus Smart and the lingering deadline for rookie extension

    ESPN "Marcus Smart once dislocated two fingers diving for a loose ball in an otherwise unremarkable summer league game, so no display of hustle should be that surprising. Smart simply does not know how to throttle down on a basketball court. But just in case anyone needed a refresher, there was Smart..." October 10

  • Celtics Waive Devin Williams

    Hoops Rumors "The Celtics have waived power forward Devin Williams, Jay King of Mass Live tweets. The big man out of West Virginia signed a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the club in late September. " October 06

  • Marcus Morris knows his Celtics role: ‘To be the bully’

    Boston Herald "Marcus Morris joined his new team yesterday and will play his first minutes during tonight’s exhibition game in Philadelphia. The former Pistons and Suns forward didn’t need a trip here to understand his role, though. Morris could see part of his immediate value by watching the Celtics from..." October 06

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • NBA's Morris twins acquitted in beating of man in Phoenix

    Arizona Republic "NBA players and twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris were acquitted Tuesday of aggravated assault in connection with the beating of a man in Phoenix in 2015. A third person, their friend Gerald Bowman, also was acquitted. All three had been charged with two counts of aggravated assault..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Celtics announcer shares odd thoughts about seeing Aron Baynes in the shower

    CBS Sports "In the Celtics' first preseason game of the year, Tommy Heinsohn managed to reach peak midseason weirdness. Boston's TV color commentator got extra colorful on Monday night when he took some time to share an ... um, unexpected ... story about spotting Celtics big man Aron Baynes in the shower..." October 03

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • Celtics boss Danny Ainge explains why he finally traded the Nets' 2018 draft pick

    CBS Sports "For the past few years, Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge has been arguably the stingiest executive in the NBA, reportedly squashing several potential deals for superstars due to an unwillingness to part with assets. That all changed in late August, when Ainge traded away his most valuable..." September 28

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • Closing arguments set for NBA players' assault trial

    USA Today "Jurors are expected to hear closing arguments Thursday for the assault trial of NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris. The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015. Hood testified last week his relationship with the twins became strained..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • JR Smith took swipe at Kyrie Irving during Media Day

    Larry Brown Sports "Now that he is on the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving is officially fair game for his former teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Speaking at Media Day on Monday, Cavs swingman JR Smith was asked what new additions Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose will bring to the table that Irving did not and..." September 26

  • Kyrie Irving Admits He Was Trolling With His Flat Earth Theory

    CBS Boston "Listening to Kyrie Irving, it’s pretty clear the guy knows what he is talking about. In addition to having ice in his veins on the court, he comes across as a pretty intellectual individual. That’s why so many people had a tough time grasping the fact that he proclaimed earlier this year that..." September 26

  • Danny Ainge could be patient with 15th roster spot, optimistic about Marcus Morris' trial

    Mass Live "The Boston Celtics will likely exercise patience in choosing how to use their 15th roster spot, team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge indicated Monday. Asked whether he's comfortable with the frontcourt situation, Ainge went into a soliloquy about how he wants to see what the..." September 26

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Bill Russell takes knee in photo with Presidential Medal of Freedom

    ESPN "A tweeted photo of Bill Russell kneeling while wearing his Presidential Medal of Freedom surfaced Monday in an apparent gesture of solidarity to the sports world's reaction to President Donald Trump's recent comments regarding NFL players. A solemn-faced Russell, bearing his trademark white..." September 26

  • NBA's Morris twins trial: Witness testifies she saw one brother beat her friend

    Arizona Republic "A friend of the man accusing two former Phoenix Suns players of beating him in 2015 testified Thursday that she saw either Marcus or Markieff Morris, along with other men, beat the victim so badly that she had to take him to an emergency room. "He was like in a daze," Sherika Sherad testified,..." September 23

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