Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Christian Watford is expected to play for the Pacers summer league team.

Watford played for the Celtics in training camp before being cut prior to last season, so he'll look to try and make the Pacers roster instead this time around.
Jun 29 - 2:18 PM

The Knicks and Celtics discussed a trade involving Jared Sullinger during the NBA draft, sources told ESPN New York.

It's not clear how far the conversations got, but the two sides spoke about what it would take for Boston to move up in the draft. The Knicks also talked with the Suns about Eric Bledsoe, but the New York Phil Jackson's wound up taking Kristaps Porzingis instead of making a trade.
Jun 29 - 10:21 AM

Contrary to reports, Marcus Smart was not offered in a draft-day trade, sources told the Boston Globe.

It doesn't mean the Celtics won't trade Smart, but apparently he wasn't on the table during the draft. With Boston's logjam at guard and with clear needs on the wing and at center, Smart could still be trade bait this offseason should Danny Ainge find a deal to his liking.
Jun 29 - 9:49 AM

The Celtics have extended a qualifying offer to Jae Crowder which will make him a restricted free agent.

This was an easy decision for the Celtics, as Crowder's versatility on both ends of the court was a huge reason why the Celtics made the playoffs. Crowder averaged 9.5 points, 4.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 3-pointers for Boston, but his role for next season will hinge upon what the Celtics do in free agency. Unless Crowder receives a massive offer from another team, Crowder should be wearing a Celtics uniform next season.
Source: Sportando
Jun 28 - 10:27 AM

The Celtics reportedly offered four first-round picks for the ninth pick in the draft.

Whew. That's quite a boatload of picks. The Celtics had the 16th and 28th picks from Thursday, and they also have four first round picks next season -- most are protected, though. Clearly, the Hornets really, really wanted Frank Kaminsky.
Jun 26 - 3:16 PM

The Celtics were "probably offering too much" in their failed attempts to trade into the lottery, according to general manager Danny Ainge.

"Our probably biggest plan was to try to use a lot of our assets, a lot of our picks, to try to consolidate picks and to move up in the draft," Ainge said. Based on how the draft went, the Celtics were looking to move into the 4-9 range in the draft. Furthermore, with reporters tipping picks early on, it was somewhat clear which teams were closest to making deals to move back. The Hornets were very close while the Magic likely looking to deal, but Boston couldn't come to terms.
Source: Mass Live
Jun 26 - 1:27 PM

The Celtics will reportedly continue to shop Marcus Smart this offseason.

With the Celtics have a wealth of backcourt players but their frontcourt is rather thin, and they lack a true rim protector. By drafting Terry Rozier they may have secured a solid backup to Isaiah Thomas, and it looks like they're going to try and package Smart in a deal that would net them the defense-first big man. Smart averaged just 7.8 points, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 three-pointers during his rookie season, so he'll need to make some major improvements before we can deem him worthy of ownership in standard leagues.
Jun 26 - 1:07 PM

Danny Ainge said that the Celtics will target big men during free agency this offseason.

"We'll finish our roster this summer," said Ainge, who vowed to target big men in free agency. "Obviously there's holes in the roster at our big spots, and not so much in the guard lineup. But our roster isn't complete. If you've learned anything, that's one thing you should know: What you see today is not what you'll see tomorrow or next month." The Celtics will likely be looking for a rim protector this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see what Ainge can accomplish during free agency.
Jun 26 - 11:07 AM

Danny Ainge heaped praise on Terry Rozier after the Celtics took him with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

"He's really athletic and really tough," Ainge said. "And I love those kind of guys. I think our team will love him. I think our fans will love him. I think he has a great upside as a two-way player. He'll live in the paint. He can get where he needs to get. He's got great speed, athleticism and length, and he's a terrific defender. And I believe that his shooting numbers will continue to improve as well. He has great form, great mechanics." Rozier will join a very crowded backcourt in Boston, so he's unlikely to put up any fantasy value in standard leagues during his rookie season.
Jun 26 - 11:03 AM

Williams & Mary point guard Marcus Thornton was selected with the 45th pick in the draft by the Boston Celtics.

No, not that Marcus Thornton. He's a big point guard at 6'4 and adds more depth to the Boston backcourt. Thornton also made a very respectable 40.2 percent from deep in his four years at college, so he has a nice ceiling.
Jun 25 - 11:46 PM

LSU forward Jordan Mickey was selected 33rd in the draft by the Celtics.

The Celtics had some rim protection issues last year, but that could change if Mickey gets minutes. He led the NCAA in blocks per game with 3.6 last season, adding 15.4 points, 9.9 boards and 0.9 steals. Mickey isn’t a great scorer and only made 64.6 percent from the line. He does boast a 7’3 wingspan and put up a 33-inch vertical leap at the combine, but he's just 6’8.
Jun 25 - 11:12 PM

The Celtics drafted Georgia State SG R.J. Hunter with the No. 28 pick.

Boston added yet another defensive-minded guard earlier in the first round, and they used their second pick to acquire a 6'6" gunner who fills Boston's glaring need for perimeter shooting. Brad Stevens isn't afraid to give his rookies substantial roles but Hunter struggles with shot selection and is unlikely to be more than a 3-point specialist in 2015-16.
Jun 25 - 10:46 PM

The Celtics selected Louisville G Terry Rozier with the No. 16 pick in the 2015 draft.

Rozier's stock increased rapidly over the past month. He's a strong defender and is capable of playing both guard positions for Boston, who have a loaded backcourt with Rozier joining Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas. Rozier is extremely athletic but is more of a scorer than a passer, finishing his sophomore season averaging 17.1 points, 5.6 boards, 2.0 steals and 1.3 3-pointers per game. His arrival gives Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens a ton of flexibility as they mold their backcourt, but Rozier faces too much competition to be a reliable fantasy target as a rookie.
Jun 25 - 9:29 PM

There are "strong rumblings" of the Celtics and Hornets swapping the ninth and 16th picks in the draft.

Earlier today, NBA Twitter was talking about Jared Sullinger following the Hornets on Twitter, so feel free to speculate however you like. The Celtics are certainly going to make a move tonight.
Jun 25 - 7:41 PM

The Pacers are reportedly a potential landing spot for Marcus Smart if he is traded.

The Pacers own the No. 11 pick in the draft, and that might be about as high as the Celtics can trade up using Smart. Some reports have the Celtics targeting Myles Turner, and he could be the rim protector that Boston has been trying to get their hands on for a number of years now.
Jun 25 - 4:45 PM


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