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Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (59) / 3/17/1959

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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said the team is willing to pay a hefty luxury tax if that is what's required to keep Boston competitive.
Isaiah Thomas will see a significant raise next summer. Marcus Smart will also become a restricted free agent. Thus, with two max contracts already on the books in Al Horford and Gordon Hayward, the luxury tax is looming in 2018. Steve Pagliuca understands this is a possibility. "I don’t know if it’s inevitable, but if we feel it’s going to help us win a championship, then we will," Pagliuca said. "We have a history of doing what we need to do to win." Tue, Jul 18, 2017 09:55:00 AM

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ESPN's Chris Forsberg said that Anthony Davis could be a target for the Celtics.

Davis has three more years left on his deal with the Pelicans, so this seems a bit ambitious. However, the Celtics now own as many as seven first-round picks over the next three years after yesterday's trade with Philly, so they certainly have the assets to make a big splash. While acquiring Davis is probably a pipe dream, expect the Celtics to be linked to the usual suspects such as Jimmy Butler and Paul George.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 09:42:00 AM

Updating a previous item, the Celtics are expected to receive the 2017 No. 3 pick and the 2018 Lakers picks with protections in exchange for the 2017 No. 1 pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

If that Lakers pick doesn't convey with the protections next year, the Celtics will receive the 2019 Kings pick. The protections are still not clear, but the NBA changed its rules where unprotected picks acquired in previous deals can add protections, so the 76ers could have some protections on these unprotected assets. This report of only getting two picks is also coming from the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. The trade call will be finalized on Monday.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 11:30:00 PM

The Celtics may acquire the No. 3 pick in the 2017 draft, the Lakers first-round pick in the 2018 draft, and the Kings first-round pick in the 2019 draft for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Basically, general manager Danny Ainge just picked up all the big pieces Sam Hinkie acquired from tanking. The No. 3 pick was from a pick swap with the Kings from a salary dump, the same goes for that 2019 pick, and also they acquired the Lakers pick from the Michael Carter-Williams trade -- Lakers sent that to Phoenix in Steve Nash deal. Sure, Markelle Fultz is quite good, but the Celtics are potentially going to have three top-five picks in the 2018 and 2019 drafts. Sam Hinkie died for the 76ers' sins.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 10:45:00 PM

The Boston Herald is reporting that the proposed trade between the Celtics and Sixers "does not appear to be imminent."

Rumors of a potential trade in which Boston would send the top overall pick in the 2017 draft to Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 3 selection and additional future draft picks, began picking up steam on Friday afternoon and into the evening. However, according to the Herald's report, both teams may wait until Monday before making a final decision. It appears both teams are trying to figure out what else Philly would have to include to satisfy Boston. Also, the Sixers want to first meet with Markelle Fultz, the presumptive No. 1 pick.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 09:59:00 AM

The Sixers and Celtics are in serious talks on a trade involving the No. 1 overall pick, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Zach Lowe.

Trust the process. According to the report, the 76ers would likely be looking to deal away more picks and not players like Jahlil Okafor. The Celtics are working out more players this week, which does coincide they could look move back in the draft. The 76ers have the ammo to move up from No. 3, so it wouldn't be a total shock to see them pull off a trade. General manager Danny Ainge has said teams have called about the No. 1 pick, as well.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 05:08:00 PM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said that "a handful of teams" have asked about trading for the No. 1 draft pick.

"We don’t know for certain [who we would pick No. 1] and what sort of value the pick can get us if we choose to go another direction other than just drafting that pick," Ainge said. The consensus is that Washington G Markelle Fultz will be taken first overall, but the Celtics are keeping all of their options open. Ainge noted that the No. 1 pick's value increases "the closer you get to the draft," and it's unlikely we'll see Boston make any moves until draft night, if at all.
Wed, May 31, 2017 10:49:00 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge acknowledged that there could be some "significant change" in Boston in the near future.

Ainge understands that Celtics can't simply stand pat and expect to reach that next level of championship contention. That means he will be forced into some very difficult decisions. "I know that we’re good. I know that we’re not great," said Ainge. "I know that we still have more to do, and, you know, that next step is by far the hardest." Ainge also understands he may have to exercise some patience. "Just because you’re one piece away doesn’t mean you can get it."
Sat, May 27, 2017 11:44:00 AM

The Celtics are "focused on landing an All-Star caliber talent in the frontcourt," according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.

According to the report, the Celtics may try to go after Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward or another target. The Celtics have some cap space along with a litany of draft picks, including the top pick in June. After getting thumped against the Cavs and coach Brad Stevens still trying to figure out who to play next to Al Horford, Boston could make a move.
Source: CSNNE
Fri, May 26, 2017 09:50:00 PM

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.
Wed, May 17, 2017 09:40:00 AM

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.
Tue, May 16, 2017 08:59:00 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.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 09:23:00 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

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