Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Both the Kings and Celtics are denying rumors that the teams are close to a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to Sacramento.

The denials stem from a report that said there is an "80 percent chance" that Rondo will be traded to Sacramento for Ben McLemore and Derrick Williams. While sources close to the process have now denied that report, the Celtics and Kings were reportedly in similar discussions around draft night. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but this would be tough news for fantasy owners who have gotten themselves excited about the Darren Collison era in Sacramento.
Aug 19 - 9:25 AM

Tyler Spence, the host of a sports talk radio show, said on Twitter that a source has confirmed that there is an "80 percent chance" Rajon Rondo is traded to the Kings in a deal that would send Ben McLemore and Derrick Williams to the Celtics.

This is obviously not a done deal and we'd like to see it confirmed by a source we're more familiar with. Like most trade rumors, this one should be taken with a grain of salt. Having said that, Rondo's name has constantly been in trade rumors for a year now and it does appear that the Kings have a decent shot at getting a deal done. This would be devastating news for Darren Collison, who has already been named the opening-night starter for the Kings, but again, we're just considering it a rumor at this point.
Aug 18 - 2:42 AM

Celtics center Vitor Faverani was arrested for drunk driving in Spain in early August, after reportedly running a red light and colliding with a bus.

His blood-alcohol limit was three times the legal limit and he'll likely face a suspension from the NBA to begin the season. Faverani is still rehabbing from left knee surgery but he hopes to be healthy in time for training camp, where he'll try to carve out a role in the rotation as a backup center.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 17 - 5:54 PM

Nolan Smith has agreed to a deal with Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball League.

The contract is pending a sponsor deal before it becomes official, but the Duke alum is all but certain to play his second season overseas after spending 2013-14 in Croatia. While Smith is still just 26 years old, his 84 games played with the Trail Blazers during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons will likely be the only NBA games he plays in his career.
Aug 14 - 12:34 PM

Former Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine said that Mark Jackson's staff "didn't prepare [the Warriors] to be championship-caliber" last season.

Scalabrine was dismissed by Jackson mid-season and he's given a series of unflattering interviews in recent days. Among other things, he criticized Jackson's unwillingness to challenge Stephen Curry defensively and said the offense could have been "better organized." Scalabrine landed in Boston as a Celtics analyst this summer, but his embittered interviews about the Warriors may not help him find another job on an NBA staff.
Aug 13 - 9:35 AM

Kelly Olynyk confirmed that he is dealing with a wrist injury, but downplayed concerns.

While appearing at a charity event in New Hampshire, Olynyk confirmed rumors that he tweaked his wrist during a game in Europe with the Canadian National Team. "It’ll be alright," Olynyk said of his wrist, before sarcastically adding, "It’s not career-ending." Olynyk has the potential to help fantasy owners in standard leagues, but hasn't shown the consistency to warrant a draft selection in anything but deeper leagues.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 12 - 1:29 PM

Colton Iverson has signed with Baskonia of the Spanish League.

Iverson averaged 17.5 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in the Turkish League last season, but faced an uphill battle to make the Celtics' roster for the 2014-15 season. While Boston will retain the rights of the 25-year-old, it's starting to look like the 2013 second-round pick may never wear Celtic green in the NBA.
Source: MassLive
Aug 12 - 11:57 AM

The Celtics are reportedly making a strong push to trade Brandon Bass.

The Celtics are in full rebuild mode, and with Boston likely more interested in developing guys like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, the 29-year-old veteran just doesn't make sense on the team. However, Boston has yet to receive an enticing offer from around the league, and they are not interested in simply dumping Bass for nothing. But if Boston can get a promising young player, or draft pick in return for Bass, he will likely be dealt. As it stands right now, nothing is imminent.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 8 - 3:47 PM

Chris Johnson's agent is "cautiously optimistic" that the Celtics will guarantee his contract and keep him on their 15-man regular season roster.

A recent report suggested that Johnson will likely be waived before the season, but according to his agent Mark Cornstein, "[Johnson] has a great relationship with the Celtics organization and the coaching staff ... everything we have heard thus far as been positive." Johnson's hustle and defensive energy should be enough to earn him a minimum-salary deal in Boston or another NBA city.
Source: CSNNE.com
Aug 5 - 6:27 PM

Brian Scalabrine is "coming home" to be a broadcaster for the Celtics.

In a parody to LeBron James, Scalabrine crafted a letter to the Boston fan base announcing his return to the TD Garden. Click the link below for a good laugh.
Source: CSNNE.com
Aug 4 - 4:16 PM

Chris Babb is expected to be waived before the season.

The Celtics signed him to two 10-day deals last season, but then had to offer him a contract through the season following that because teams can't offer a third 10-day deal. Babb's contract for next season isn't guaranteed.
Aug 4 - 9:30 AM

Chris Johnson is likely to be waived before the season.

His contract isn't guaranteed and the Celtics currently are sitting at 18 players. Johnson averaged just 6.3 points per game and shot 39.7 percent from the field last season, but his minutes were largely due to all the injuries on the Celtics.
Aug 4 - 9:27 AM

Keith Bogans' future with the Celtics remains in doubt, and they're reportedly hoping to use his expiring contract in a trade.

Bogans hasn't been with the team since February, when he was excused indefinitely following a rift with the team. He was upset about not playing enough, but it's questionable whether he'd be able to crack an NBA rotation at this point in his career. He's not a fantasy factor regardless of where he spends the 2014-15 season.
Aug 3 - 5:26 PM

The Celtics are reportedly attempting to clear some roster space in order to make room for Evan Turner in the rotation.

The Celtics currently have 18 players on their roster, including the non-guaranteed deals of Keith Bogans, Chris Babb, and Chris Johnson. Turner is coming off a season in which he was exposed for being out of shape and brutally ineffective on both sides of the floor, but if he can get it together he is worth more to the Celtics than at least one of the aforementioned.
Aug 3 - 10:55 AM

Celtics rookie James Young (concussion) said that he's "good to go" after missing the entirety of Summer League.

Young suffered whiplash and a minor concussion in a car accident shortly before the draft, but it was never considered serious and his absence at Summer League was mostly a precaution. The 18-year-old swingman was inefficient with Kentucky (40.7 percent shooting) and he'll need a while to adapt to the NBA. With Jeff Green and Avery Bradley locked into the starting lineup, fantasy owners should watch Young develop from afar.
Source: USA Today
Jul 29 - 4:14 PM


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