Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

The Celtics selected Cal guard Jabari Bird at No. 56 in Thursday's NBA Draft.

The Celtics have a logjam at shooting guard and took Kadeem Allen with the 53rd pick, meaning Bird has his work cut out for him. They also have vets Avery Bradley, Terry Rozier and Gerald Green, further clouding Bird's future. He'll need to emerge as a "3-and-D" guard, which he has the potential to do, but there is no guarantee he'll be on Boston's roster at the start of the season.
Jun 23 - 12:13 AM

The Celtics selected Arizona's Kadeem Allen with the 53rd pick in the draft.

He played junior college ball before he headed to the Wildcats. Allen could be viewed as a combo guard with his 6'3" height and 6'9" wingspan. He also showed he could knock down a jumper while using his length for 1.6 steals.
Jun 23 - 12:07 AM

The Celtics selected Semi Ojeleye with the 37th pick in the draft.

After barely playing at Duke for two years, Ojeleye busted out as the AAC Player of the Year at SMU, averaging 18.9 points, 6.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.4 blocks and 2.1 treys on a solid 49/42/79 shooting line. Ojeleye also lit it up at the combine with a 40.5-inch max vert along with elite lane-agility and sprint numbers. At 235 pounds and standing 6’7" with a 6’10" wingspan, Ojeleye’s measurements are enough to overcome the slow start to his career and playing at a smaller school. He joins a crowded Boston rotation, so fantasy owners should temper expectations for his rookie season.
Jun 22 - 11:21 PM

The Boston Celtics have selected Duke F Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick.

The Duke product comes into the NBA at the right time with his 6’8" size to go with his 1.4 treys per game in his lone season as a Blue Devil. Tatum also really filled it up as a freshman, averaging 16.8 points, 7.3 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks on a 56.6 true shooting percentage. Tatum was a little underwhelming around the basket at just 62.0 percent on shots at the rim, so his interior presence will be something to watch.
Jun 22 - 7:55 PM

The Knicks are ask the Celtics for the No. 3 pick, Brooklyn's pick next year, Jaylen Brown and Jae Crowder for Kristaps Porzingis, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

This version of the deal wouldn't include Joakim Noah's contract, per the report. This sure is a lot to ask from the Celtics, so it's no surprise they're not willing to meet this asking price. Jaylen Brown also has a close relationship with former Knicks president Isiah Thomas.
Jun 22 - 2:45 PM

The Celtics "appear to be leaning" towards picking Jayson Tatum at No. 3, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.

Of course, the Celtics are rumored to be looking for a trade and will have to keep this pick to make the selection. The fact that Josh Jackson won't work out for the Celtics may be a factor here, as well. Regardless, Tatum is a serious talent and figures to be a prototype four in today's NBA. If he doesn't go No. 3, he'll probably be going No. 4 to the Suns.
Jun 21 - 3:20 PM

Jayson Tatum worked out for the Celtics on Monday.

Once the deal between Philly and Boston is official, the Celtics will have the No. 3 pick in this year's draft and Tatum will be one of the top candidates for the pick. The 6'8" forward averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game as a freshman at Duke and reportedly impressed the Celtics with "his shot-making and footwork in the drills." The Celtics are also "strongly considering" Kansas forward Josh Jackson.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 1:24 PM

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
Jun 18 - 9:42 AM

The general reaction around the league from the 76ers-Celtics trade is both teams are still maneuvering, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

Fire up those Jimmy Butler rumors. Even with the Celtics reportedly only getting two firsts in the trade, they're still sitting on a heap of draft picks for the next three drafts, and can trade for basically any player on a rebuilding team. We'll see a ton of reports in the next few days in what should be a fun week.
Jun 18 - 12:45 AM

The Celtics are expected to choose between Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum with their No. 3 pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

This is assuming the Lakers do take Lonzo Ball, as well. There is also the possibility the Celtics make even more deals because we all know how much general manager Danny Ainge loves draft picks. Tatum fills a big need for Boston as an athletic four man, and he's also very likely to go in the top five regardless.
Jun 18 - 12:27 AM

The Celtics' "overflowing backcourt" factored into their decision to pass on Markelle Fultz, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

Interesting. Sure, Marcus Smart is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, but that really shouldn't have been part of the thought process to pass on such a great prospect in Fultz. The Celtics do also really like Terry Rozier, and they're also likely to commit a lot of money to Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley.
Jun 18 - 12:04 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.
Jun 17 - 11:30 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.
Jun 17 - 10:45 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.
Jun 17 - 9:59 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.
Jun 16 - 5:08 PM


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