Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Celtics sign F Guerschon Yabusele.

The Dancing Bear has been expected to sign a deal with the Celtics and will now be the 16th player with a guaranteed contract. Yabusele didn't get to play in summer league due to surgery on his foot for bone spurs, and the 2016 16th pick is expected to be a major project. Still, he has upside with a lot of skill at the four and five spots.
Jul 20 - 4:49 PM

Guerschon Yabusele is still in Boston's plans according to Jay King of MassLive.com.

The Celtics have 14 players under contract for 2017-18, so Yabusele still has a chance to earn the 15th and final spot. The 6-foot-8, 265-pound forward is an intriguing prospect with lots of two-way potential, but he's unlikely to be a significant part of the rotation right out of the gate. He's currently recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet, but he's targeting training camp for his return.
Jul 20 - 12:31 PM

Updating a previous report, Shane Larkin's deal with the Celtics is fully guaranteed for next season.

It's likely a deal for the minimum, as Larkin hasn't found much success at the NBA level yet -- he has career averages of 5.8 points and 3.2 assists with three different NBA teams. Expect him to open the season behind Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier.
Jul 20 - 10:58 AM

Shane Larkin has agreed to a deal to return to the NBA and join the Boston Celtics.

Assuming Marcus Smart plays a lot of SG to fill the void left by Avery Bradley, the Celtics do have a need for a third-string PG behind Isaiah Thomas and Terry Rozier. While this is likely a make-good deal, Larkin is leaving $6.3 million on the table to join the Celtics. He has career averages of 5.8 points and 3.2 assists with the Mavericks, Knicks and Nets, but he's only 24 and is coming off an excellent year in Spain where he averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 assists. To be clear, he won't have much fantasy value in Boston.
Jul 20 - 9:22 AM

Celtics sign G Kadeem Allen.

It's a two-way contract for the No. 53 pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. Allen didn't really do too much during summer league, but he did show his length on defense with his 6'9" wingspan. The Arizona Wildcat will be in the G League for most of his time next season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 19 - 6:01 PM

The Celtics have officially signed Semi Ojeleye.

The deal will be for four years, but only the first two are guaranteed. Coach Brad Stevens was raving about his defense during the Summer League, but it's hard to see him getting a lot of run behind Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum during his rookie season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 18 - 8:40 PM

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said the team is willing to pay a hefty luxury tax if that is what's required to keep Boston competitive.

Isaiah Thomas will see a significant raise next summer. Marcus Smart will also become a restricted free agent. Thus, with two max contracts already on the books in Al Horford and Gordon Hayward, the luxury tax is looming in 2018. Steve Pagliuca understands this is a possibility. "I don’t know if it’s inevitable, but if we feel it’s going to help us win a championship, then we will," Pagliuca said. "We have a history of doing what we need to do to win."
Jul 18 - 9:55 AM

Paul Pierce signed a non-guaranteed contract with Boston on Monday so that he can retire as a Celtic.

"We're honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics -- a champion on and off the court." said Celtics governor and managing partner, Wyc Grousbeck. "We congratulate Paul on his Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden." Through 15 years with the Celtics, Pierce produced averages of 21.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game, and he'll finish second on Boston's all-time scoring list with 24,021 points in the green and white.
Jul 17 - 5:12 PM

Ante Zizic (hamstring) will not play against the Mavericks on Saturday.

He had a great showing on Thursday, so the Celtics probably just think they'd rather get a look at their other young big men. Zizic could see some time with the big club this upcoming season, but he'll likely be busy with the Maine Red Claws.
Jul 15 - 6:55 PM

Jayson Tatum (right knee) will not play against the Mavs on Saturday.

We won't get the Tatum vs. Dennis Smith Jr. matchup today. Tatum is dealing with some knee tendinitis, which was an issue that bothered him at Duke. That said, there's nothing left for him to prove after he already showed he's at the NBA level for creating his own shot -- in style, too. Tatum's path to minutes is expected to have a similar plan to Jaylen Brown's last season, but Tatum has a much better chance to get in double-digit scoring once he gets his feet wet.
Jul 15 - 6:50 PM

The Celtics are planning to sign Semi Ojeleye to a four-year deal.

The first two years will be guaranteed, so basically Semi gets a semi-guaranteed deal. He's been really good in summer league and perhaps the best part about him has been his position flexibility, including guarding Jordan Bell at the four spot against the Warriors. This means he's taking Demetrius Jackson's 15th roster spot, but he won't be in the rotation.
Jul 15 - 4:01 PM

Celtics waive G Demetrius Jackson.

He had a roster guarantee coming up today and the Celtics waive him with a few hours to spare, but the Celtics will just eat the partial guarantee of $650,000, and you could say Jackson was arguably better in his rookie summer league. This move also opens up a roster spot for a rookie or one of the overseas guys.
Jul 15 - 3:10 PM

Isaiah Thomas (hip) still hasn't had his appointment to determine if he needs surgery.

Based on the reports over the last two months, Thomas is unlikely to need surgery on his hip. On Friday, coach Brad Stevens said Thomas is feeling better, which isn't much of an update. Usually, players opt to have surgery earlier in the offseason to help them get to rehab sooner, so hopefully IT will be ready in October.
Jul 14 - 3:05 PM

The Celtics have agreed to a four-year, $6 million contract with 2016 second-round pick Abdel Nader.

Nader, the 58th pick of the 2016 draft, played very well in summer league action this month. He averaged 14.7 points (on 48.6 percent shooting) and 3.0 rebounds in the Utah Summer League. He also played one game, in which he scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards, in Vegas before suffering an ankle injury. However, Nader will likely spend most the 2017-18 season on the Celtics bench and can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 14 - 1:37 PM

Celtics waive F/C Jordan Mickey.

He asked out of summer league to train on his own, but Mickey's fate was likely sealed regardless with all the young forwards on the roster. He had a guarantee coming on July 15, so that explains the timing of this move. He'll probably get a camp invite somewhere or he may head overseas.
Jul 14 - 1:04 AM


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