Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

James Young is expected to play in summer league for the Celtics.

The C's other first-round pick this season was barely a blip on the radar screen in his inaugural campaign. Young is still incredibly raw and needs to spend extended time in the weight room before he's capable of making a real impact. Marcus Smart is expected to join him in the action in order to get increased reps at point guard.
Source: Boston.com
May 4 - 9:54 AM

Brad Stevens suggested that the Celtics will prioritize rebounding and shooting as they prepare for the 2015 draft.

"The biggest thing is you have to look at the ability to finish plays," Stevens said. "Certainly rebounding showed itself to be an issue in the playoffs. You always have to prioritize shooting and scoring, from wherever." Boston has their own first- and second-round picks this season, in addition to the Clippers' first-round pick and the 76ers' second-round pick.
May 2 - 10:19 AM

Kelly Olynyk will not play in summer league in July.

He will play for the Canadian team instead. Olynyk will be suspended for the first game of the season and it'll be interesting to see how the Celtics address their frontcourt this summer. For now, he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
May 1 - 4:42 PM

Marcus Smart and Tyler Zeller are reportedly the least likely players on Boston's roster to be traded this offseason.

Danny Ainge really loves Smart's work on the defensive end, and it wouldn't make much sense for a rebuilding organization to trade away such a promising piece after just one season. Zeller is only on the books for $2.6 million next year, which is a great bargain considering what he brings to the table in limited minutes. Ainge has promised Boston fans that the Celtics will be doing big things this offseason, but those big-moves likely won't involve the aforementioned players.
Source: CSN NE
May 1 - 2:28 PM

Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk will reportedly garner trade interest this offseason.

While Sullinger and Olynyk are talented players, they aren't exactly franchise building blocks, and Boston has no reason to not at least listen to the offers that come in this offseason. Weight has been an issue for Sullinger, but his ability to score, rebound, and stretch the floor is nothing to shrug at. Olynyk isn't a great defender, but he's a 7-footer with range, and that's a valuable asset to have in today's NBA. It'll be interesting to see what the Celtics do this offseason, but a trade of Sullinger or Olynyk will open up minutes for the guy that remains in Boston.
Source: CSN NE
May 1 - 10:03 AM

The Celtics are hoping to get Marcus Smart more time at point guard in summer leagues.

The byproduct of this news is that Phil Pressey may be left of the team's summer league roster. "Phil is a possibility for summer league. We may play Marcus some and Phil some, but we really want Marcus to play a little bit more of the point guard position in summer league," Ainge said at his end-of-season press conference on Thursday. Pressey's exclusion from the roster would be a good thing for Smart's ball-handling development as Pressey played a lot of point guard during last year's summer leagues and pushed Smart off the ball.
Apr 30 - 1:42 PM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said he thinks Isaiah Thomas is better-suited to coming off the bench.

While this might sound like an indictment of Thomas, Ainge said it's more about conserving the diminutive guard. "I think Isaiah is more suited for a bench role. Isaiah expends a ton of energy to score," the Celtics president said. Ainge also lauded Thomas' ability to score in the fourth quarter and left no doubt over the importance of Thomas to the Celtics' future.
Apr 30 - 12:52 PM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said Jared Sullinger is hurting the longevity of his career by being in his current shape.

While Ainge also added that Sullinger is working to get himself into better shape, his comments don't exactly make it sound like the team is pleased with Sullinger's conditioning. The 23-year-old had previously talked about losing weight over the summer, so we'll keep an eye out for updates on his offseason progress. Sullinger's 2014-15 averages of 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 treys, 0.8 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game can be helpful in standard fantasy leagues, but he won't be more than a later-round option unless he takes his game to another level next season.
Apr 30 - 11:55 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge did not say whether the Celtics will extend a qualifying offer to Luigi Datome.

The Celtics would need to extend a $2.6 million qualifying offer to make Datome a restricted free agent, so Ainge has a difficult decision ahead of him. Datome became a fan favorite in Boston, but the Celtics may decline to extend an offer considering his limited role with the team. For what it's worth, Ainge did say the Celtics would extend a qualifying offer to Jae Crowder so it's very possible that Datome isn't back in Boston next season.
Apr 30 - 11:37 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said Jae Crowder will receive a qualifying offer from the team.

"I can emphatically say that we will definitely qualify Jae Crowder," Ainge said, "which I think is pretty obvious." After extending the $1.2 million qualifying offer, the Celtics will have the chance to match any offer the restricted free agent gets. Ainge has previously said the Celtics view Crowder as a big part of their team going forward, so it would be a surprise if he isn't back in Boston next season.
Apr 30 - 11:19 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said head coach Brad Stevens is in the top echelon of coaches.

While Ainge is obviously biased, Stevens did finish fourth in Coach of the Year voting and received two first-place votes so the Celtics president isn't too far off here. Stevens led an underwhelming Celtics roster to a 40-42 record and a surprising playoff berth and has established himself as one of the league's top, young head coaches.
Apr 30 - 11:05 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said the team will be swinging for the fences in free agency this summer.

"We're going after all the top names on the list and we'll see what happens," Ainge said of the upcoming free agent class. While Ainge's statement may have Celtics fans envisioning Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, or Greg Monroe in Boston next fall, Ainge also promised "fireworks" last summer so we'll have to take this with a grain of salt. The Celtics do have the cap room to make a max offer, however, so we'll keep a close eye on this situation as we approach July 1.
Apr 30 - 10:53 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said the Celtics would like to re-sign Jonas Jerebko.

Speaking on a local radio station, Ainge said he likes the "Swedish Larry Bird", but re-signing him will depend on the cost and the team's draft moves. Jerebko averaged 7.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.9 three-pointers in 29 games with the Celtics and would help provide the team with some veteran depth, but he's unlikely to be a major part of any team's rotation next year and isn't on the standard-league fantasy radar.
Apr 30 - 10:46 AM

Jonas Jerebko is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he is hopeful to return to the Celtics.

"I loved it here," Jerebko said. "I’d love to come back. I’d definitely like to keep this going." Jerebko averaged 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game off the bench this season for Boston, and though he does help spread the floor with his perimeter shooting, it would be tough to imagine him having a significant role next season once the Celtics reload through the draft and free agency. He should garner some interest around the league, but in terms of fantasy, he isn't on the standard-league radar for the 2015-16 season at the moment.
Apr 29 - 11:32 AM

According to the Boston Globe, the Celtics will likely extend Jae Crowder a qualifying offer of $1.1 million which would make him a restricted free agent.

It would be an easy decision for Boston, as Crowder's physical play and work ethic was contagious to his teammates. Other teams would have to overpay to pry Crowder away from the Celtics if he does become a restricted free agent, so we would expect him to see him in a Boston uniform for the 2015-16 campaign. Crowder is also nursing a sprained ACL and bone bruise, so we will continue to track his progress closely.
Apr 29 - 10:49 AM


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