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Opposing executives praised the job Danny Ainge is doing as the Celtics continue to rebuild their team.
"It’s hard to do what he’s done," Larry Bird said. "I think he’s done a good job. He even got a first-rounder for his coach, you know." "They’ve done a good job," said Flip Saunders, "Danny’s always been very proactive in what he’s trying to do, so they’ve been able to improve and maintain." The Celtics, as a reminder, got a first-round pick for Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green to add to their war chest full of assets. It could be a big summer in Beantown. May 18 - 9:16 AM

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Celtics president Danny Ainge said the team will be swinging for the fences in free agency this summer.

"We're going after all the top names on the list and we'll see what happens," Ainge said of the upcoming free agent class. While Ainge's statement may have Celtics fans envisioning Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, or Greg Monroe in Boston next fall, Ainge also promised "fireworks" last summer so we'll have to take this with a grain of salt. The Celtics do have the cap room to make a max offer, however, so we'll keep a close eye on this situation as we approach July 1.
Apr 30 - 10:53 AM

The Celtics are planning on making a splash in free agency this summer, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Kyler reports that Kevin Love will top the Celtics' offseason wish list, while Greg Monroe, Marc Gasol, Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler are other players Danny Ainge covets. There's a good chance that all of those players return to their current teams, but the Celtics have the cap room to make a max offer and seem intent on going down swinging, at the very least.

There's "nothing of substance" on the Celtics trading for Reggie Jackson or Goran Dragic, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

There were some rumors of the Celtics being interested in Dragic, but Dragic reportedly doesn't want to go to Boston and the Celtics may not want to part with some of their picks. This is good news for owners of Marcus Smart.
Feb 19 - 10:48 AM

The Celtics are ready to move on from their pursuit of Kevin Love, according to

They don't have the ammunition to hang with teams like the Bulls or Cavs. Excluding Rajon Rondo's expiring contract, their inability to add a player to some draft picks basically takes them out of the running. Based on that, it would appear Rondo is going to be traded at some point. Considering he didn't play well last season, the sense around the team is that they'll let him build some value in the early part of the season.
Source: CSN NE
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 07:55:00 PM

Celtics legends Bill Russell collapsed while giving a speech in Lake Tahoe, but he's expected to be okay.

Russell won 11 championships with the Celtics from 1956-1969, and he is truly one of the all-time greats in basketball history. The Finals MVP Trophy is named after Mr. Russell, and we wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 01:11:00 PM

NBA player agents believe that Boston is interested in acquiring a second-round draft pick for the 2014 draft, according to the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

Based on the players that Boston has invited for workouts, and from what agents are hearing, it seems that Boston is looking to acquire a second round pick. "[We] have a history of being very aggressive on draft night," Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge said. "Maybe we won't be in the market for [a second-round pick this year]. You never know. You just kind of look at your roster needs. Some teams are not in the market for another rookie on their team and just opt to trade or sell the second-round pick as the draft's going on. Our job is to be prepared for every situation."
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 10:12:00 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said that he's "exploring" trading the No. 6 pick.

"We’re still going to try to make the best choice or see what value or see what value that has around the league," Ainge said. "Usually people don’t trade those [lottery] picks, but we will look at all those options." Ainge is also open to packaging picks Nos. 6 and 17 for a higher draft pick, and it sounds as though Boston will be very active in trade talks through the draft and beyond.
Wed, May 21, 2014 10:06:00 AM

Danny Ainge said that the Celtics are not going to tank this upcoming season.

"I'm not sure I used that word," Ainge said. "I think every player wants to know what the rules of the team are. I assured [them] we're going to try to win every game." It's really standard GM speak here and the Celtics are doing what they can to cut players and avoid paying the luxury tax.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 09:09:00 AM

The Celtics may have to cut some players to avoid the luxury tax penalty.

They currently sit at a tax penalty of $1,181,640, which is the least of the six NBA teams over the threshold -- the Lakers, Heat, Knicks, Bulls and Nets being the other five. Boston has to pay disappointing players Gerald Wallace at $10.1 million and Kris Humphries at $12 million, so it's easy to see why they're on the wrong side of the tax penalty. The team has a bunch of role players and should cut one or two in the coming weeks.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 09:12:00 AM

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said he'd like to retain both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett next season.

Grousbeck said he wants to retire Pierce's number, and although he also acknowledged he wants Garnett to return, Grousbeck admitted to roster uncertainty after a first-round playoff exit and has not spoken to Garnett about his future. Furthermore, Grousbeck wouldn't say with certainty what the roster will look like next season and acknowledged that the team needs help after losing to the Knicks in the first round.
Fri, May 24, 2013 08:27:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Marcus Smart
2Isaiah Thomas
3Phil Pressey
SG1Avery Bradley
SF1Evan Turner
2Jae Crowder
3James Young
4Luigi Datome
5Gerald Wallace
PF1Jared Sullinger
2Brandon Bass
3Jonas Jerebko
C1Tyler Zeller
2Kelly Olynyk