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Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (58) / 3/17/1959

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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck believes his team will keep the No. 1 pick in the draft.
"We have plenty of time to decide what to do, but I would imagine we’ll make the pick," Grousbeck said. "In this day’s NBA, picks are very, very valuable. You’ve got a young person you can help mold and grow with. Bring him in before the max salaries kick in years later. Makes a lot of sense to keep these picks." Unless the Celtics are blown away with an amazing offer, expect them to keep the pick and use it to select Washington PG Markelle Fultz. May 17 - 9:40 AM

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The Boston Celtics won the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft lottery.

The future of the No. 1 seed in the East just got even brighter. Washington PG Markelle Fultz is widely considered to be the favorite to be the No. 1 pick, but Boston wouldn't be the greatest spot for him to help fantasy owners right away with All-Star PG Isaiah Thomas around.
May 16 - 8:59 PM

If Jimmy Butler or Paul George become available, the Celtics are ready to bid on them, but general manager Danny Ainge sees the draft as "more than a consolation prize," according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

This is pretty much what everyone is expecting anyway. The Celtics will be the top team to watch with their surplus of draft picks, a slew of young talent on their roster, guys like Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Zizic overseas, and of course their double-digit amount of draft picks in the next four drafts.
Feb 23 - 9:23 AM

Danny Ainge said "it would be nice to add a rim protector that didn't hurt our offense" and a "shooter that didn't hurt our defense."

We think it would be nice to win the lottery, but we're operating within our tangible reality. All jokes aside, Boston's roster is already full and we don't anticipate Ainge attempting to fulfill those desires immediately.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 05:39:00 PM

The Celtics are rumored to be close to making a big trade, according to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News.

After striking out on a big draft day deal, the Celtics are rumored to be exploring trades for Russell Westbrook or Blake Griffin. Any trade would likely involve one or both of the Celtics upcoming Brooklyn picks, but there's no fire to accompany this smoke just yet so we'll have to continue to update what sounds like a developing situation.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 10:14:00 AM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Celtics have been "stifled" in their attempts to trade the No. 3 pick.

Armed with eight picks in the 2016 draft, the Celtics haven't made it a secret that they are looking to package some picks in exchange for an established veteran. The Celtics have been linked to players such as Kevin Love, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Jimmy Butler in the past, but this latest report suggests that they have also been looking at Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton and Gordon Hayward.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 10:27:00 PM

Danny Ainge reportedly met with the agent of Kevin Love and Harrison Barnes in New York City this week.

While there is nothing more to this update than a meeting, there is speculation that Ainge could be priming the pump for a trade for Love and/or a signing of Barnes. We'll keep our eyes on this situation, but Ainge is looking to make a big splash this summer and either (or both) of those moves would certainly qualify as such.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 01:37:00 PM

The Celtics are "really shopping" the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, according to CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely.

Blakely adds that the Celtics appear "very comfortable" taking Cal's Jaylen Brown with the third pick if the club holds onto the selection. Take this report with a grain of salt as everyone is driving some type of agenda with less than two weeks until the draft, and Boston is unlikely to move the pick unless it returns an impact player.
Source: CSN NE
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 11:11:00 AM

Danny Ainge stated during a recent interview that while he'd like the Celtics to immediately become a championship contender, he will not sacrifice future assets for a short-term solution.

"Ownership would like to see something happen faster," said Ainge. "But I have to protect us from doing something irrational... If it’s something that gets us to being a true championship contender faster, we’re all for it. As long as it’s a sustainable formula and not a one-year quick hit, sacrificing future assets." The Celtics will have plenty of money to spend during free agency, in addition to the No. 3 overall selection, so Ainge is going to have a lot of decisions to make this offseason.
Source: CBS Boston
Tue, May 24, 2016 02:57:00 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that he has high expectations for this offseason.

"My expectations are high this offseason, and yet I also know that it takes good fortune," Ainge said. "We need the ping-pong balls to bounce our way to give us the best opportunity. Whether we use [the first-round pick acquired from the Nets] or whether we trade that pick, and in free agency, we have opportunities." Ainge added that no one on the roster is untouchable and hinted that he will try to make a big splash in free agency. Armed with eight picks in this year's draft alone, Ainge has more than enough assets to make some noise.
Sat, May 7, 2016 12:09:00 PM

The Celtics aren't willing to pay a premium for Dwight Howard or Al Horford at the moment, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Boston has been linked to both big men recently, but reportedly aren't willing to pay through the nose for either player as both would be a short-term rental. The Celtics have the assets and desire to make a splash, but it appears Celtics president Danny Ainge is hoping for prices to go down before he pulls the trigger on a deal.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 10:17:00 AM

Danny Ainge said the Nets first-round pick that the Celtics own is important, but not untouchable.

While the pick is one of Boston's best trade assets, the Celtics president said it's not the most important. "We know it’s important, but it’s not untouchable, either," Ainge said. "It’s important and it has value for us. It’s not the most important value. We have some players we value more than we value the Brooklyn pick." The Celtics are in the market for a rim-protecting big man and an elite scorer, so we'll just have to wait and see if they use the pick or other assets to acquire either (or both) before Thursday's trade deadline.
Tue, Feb 16, 2016 01:06:00 PM

Danny Ainge said the Celtics are asking for a lot when it comes to trade returns.

While Ainge said he's open to trading players or picks, he also conceded it will take a lot to acquire the Celtics assets. "I can't take it off the table but it's going to be tough to get," Ainge said. "There's obviously a lot of guys that we love, and they're sort of the identity of our team that we're certainly not looking to trade." The Celtics have been rumored to be interested in Al Horford and Jeff Teague, but it doesn't sound like anything is imminent.
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 11:02:00 AM

Danny Ainge said in an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub that he would like to add a go-to scorer to the roster.

"I think the one thing that we could really use is a go-to scorer," Ainge said. "We have some guys that have carried us -- Kelly [Olynyk has] carried us, Avery [Bradley has] carried us, Isaiah [Thomas has] carried us, [Jared Sullinger has] carried us at moments during the season, Evan Turner has carried us. But we have got to -- it would be nice to find another player that's a reliable scorer at the end of games, night in and night out." The Celtics have a stockpile of draft picks and young assets, so they certainly have enough ammunition to make a move. To be clear, nothing is imminent at this point.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 09:24:00 AM

Danny Ainge said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will go end up being one of the league's great head coaches.

Ainge said that he's always thought a lot of Stevens and is glad that he's finally getting recognition across the NBA. "He’s going to have some ups and downs through his coaching career," Ainge said. "But, it’s my opinion that, in 10 or 20 years from now, we’ll be talking about Brad as one of the great coaches to ever coach in the NBA." We'll have to wait a couple decades to see if Ainge is right, but Stevens has certainly made an impression on the league and will now look to lead the Celtics to a second consecutive playoff berth.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 01:21:00 PM

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PG1Isaiah Thomas
2Marcus Smart
SG1Avery Bradley
2Terry Rozier
3Gerald Green
SF1Jae Crowder
2Jaylen Brown
3James Young
PF1Amir Johnson
2Jonas Jerebko
3Jordan Mickey
C1Al Horford
2Kelly Olynyk
3Tyler Zeller