Player News - Celtics

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

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
Jul 23 - 7:55 PM

The Celtics are reportedly finalizing a deal with unrestricted free agent Evan Turner.

Turner will fight for minutes with the likes of Avery Bradley, Marcus Thornton, and Jeff Green. It will be interesting to see how Brad Steven's rotations develop over training camp, but it's well documented that Turner's fantasy value is limited to inefficient scoring and rebounding. He's not a very tantalizing pick in fantasy drafts.
Jul 21 - 5:02 PM

Donte Greene was arrested early on Sunday outside of a Miami nightclub, and he now faces charges of battery and disorderly conduct.

The timing couldn't possibly be worse for Green as he was attempting to make a comeback to the NBA after spending the past two seasons in China. Greene reportedly got into a fight with Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar outside of a Miami nightclub, and this certainly doesn't look great on his resume. It's possible this derails Greene's comeback attempt, but he wasn't going to have any fantasy value anyway.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 21 - 4:15 PM

Donte Greene, a former lottery pick from the 2008 draft, is attempting to make a return to the NBA.

"I’m just trying to come back and be a pro. I’m older now, more mature, and I’ve got a big family to take care of," said Greene. "[During Summer League I] Try to be a leader on the floor, be active, always be in the right spots. Play smart. Play hard. Trying to do the little things. Me being older now, it’s not so much coming out and having 30, 40 points as it was when I was younger. Now it’s about coming out and show teams I know how to play the game." Greene spent the last season in China, but even if he's able to land on an NBA roster, he will not have any fantasy value.
Jul 20 - 12:03 PM

Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris are among the invitees to the USA Basketball Select Team in Las Vegas.

Smart hasn't played well to this point in his pro career and will get a chance to learn from some more experienced players. He's likely going to come of the bench and play both guard spots for the Celtics.
Jul 18 - 5:10 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.
Jul 18 - 1:11 PM

The Celtics have guaranteed the contract of Phil Pressey by not waving him on Tuesday.

He'll have to fight for minutes behind Rajon Rondo and rookie Marcus Smart, but he looks like a lock for a roster spot this season.
Jul 16 - 11:36 PM

The Bucks are close to signing veteran guard Jerryd Bayless, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Bayless spent last season with both the Grizzlies and Celtics, averaging 9.1 points over 72 games. He would likely go to Milwaukee as the primary back up to point guard Brandon Knight, providing some offense off the bench. This move also indicates that free agent Ramon Sessions will not be returning to Milwaukee next season. Bayless' ability to contribute to multiple categories is limited and he should not be on fantasy radars heading into next season.
Jul 16 - 9:11 AM

Avery Bradley officially signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Celtics on Tuesday.

Bradley averaged a career-high 14.9 points last year, while shooting 39.5 percent from downtown, and the Celtics are convinced that he'll only get better. "He is still far from reaching his ceiling," said team president Danny Ainge. "We're ecstatic to have him back." The contract is fully guaranteed with no option years, and Bradley is locked in as Boston's starting SG for the foreseeable future.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 15 - 8:07 PM

Contrary to earlier reports, the Celtics have not had any communication with the Rockets regarding a trade for Rajon Rondo, according to multiple sources.

Considering that the Rockets don't have anything that would interest the Celtics, this rumor didn't have many legs to begin with. The two teams had reportedly discussed a deal before last season's trade deadline that centered around Rondo and Chandler Parsons, but Danny Ainge poured water on that rumor by saying, "We love Rondo, and we had no intention of doing that deal. But someone can call and feel good about themselves and make some bogus offer and then have a rumor out there that they’re trying to get him." With Chandler Parsons headed to Dallas, Ainge would likely hang up on the Rockets if they called to offer a package built around Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas.
Jul 15 - 12:10 PM

Avery Bradley will reportedly sign his four-year, $32 million deal with the Celtics on Tuesday, according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

This should put an end to speculation that the Celtics were holding off on signing the deal so that they could include Bradley as part of a trade. According to Bradley's representative, Mitchell Butler, the hold-up came because the two sides were trying to iron out the language and the terms. Bradley averaged 14.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 60 games with the Celtics last season and could emerge as a fantasy sleeper if Rajon Rondo ends up being traded.
Jul 15 - 11:55 AM

Unrestricted free agent Evan Turner has reportedly received some interest from the Celtics and Timberwolves.

The former No. 2 overall pick has struggled to stay relevant in the NBA, scoring inefficiently and playing that Swiss cheese defense. His best statistical season came the first half of the 2013-14 season playing for a tanking Sixers team in the role of "someone has to score." He was then traded to Indiana midseason where his ineptitude was put on full display, showing he could not be "effective" without the ball in his hands. He wouldn't have much value on either of the aforementioned teams.
Jul 14 - 1:07 PM

Marcus Smart had his best Summer League game against the Magic on Thursday, scoring 19 points, while dishing out five assists and grabbing three boards.

Smart shot only 5-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-9 from beyond the arc, but he looked poised and confident raising up for jump shots, all while playing his usual tough defense. It is still too early to determine what kind of fantasy value he will have for next season, but his continual improvement is a good sign.
Jul 10 - 6:55 PM

Rajon Rondo spoke about the potential of becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.

Rondo is still under contract with the Celtics for the 2014-15 season, but spoke like a man who is ready to explore free agency when asked about the possibility. "It just depends," Rondo said. "I don’t know if I’m going to do 10 teams. I may do a lot. I don’t know. It’s kind of like college all over again, with recruiting, only times 50 because they have a ton of money to throw at the guys and they don’t have any restrictions on what they can do. No [NCAA] rules." There are numerous trade scenarios (or an extension with the Celtics) that could play out before Rondo reaches free agency, but it's sounding like he'll be near the top of the free agency list next summer.
Jul 10 - 12:16 PM

Marcus Smart handed out six assists against the Pistons on Wednesday to go with 14 points, five boards, two steals, four turnovers and two 3-pointers.

He shot just 4-of-13 from the field and actually raised his shooting percentage to 25.0 percent. Smart's lack of a jump shot is likely his biggest roadblock, so that will keep him from moving into standard-league territory in fantasy formats. Just keep an eye on him for now.
Jul 9 - 11:35 PM


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