Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Brad Stevens said that the Celtics would "love" to keep Marcus Smart in Boston.

"Everybody in the building would tell you we would love to have Marcus back," said Stevens. "Marcus has been great here — a big part of our DNA." Smart is a restricted free agent this summer, meaning that the Celtics can match any offer he receives. However, Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier will hit free agency in July of 2019, so it's unclear how much Boston is willing to commit to Smart, who last month declared he's "worth more than 12-14 million" per year.
Jun 19 - 11:18 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirmed that Kyrie Irving (knee) and Gordon Hayward could be cleared as soon as late July.

"I’ve been told [Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will] both be going, if not full tilt, then pretty close to full tilt by the end of July, so August first-ish," Stevens said. Irving was given a 4-5 month timetable when he had a couple screws removed in April, so he appears to be on schedule for camp. If fantasy owners are willing to take a big risk, Irving should be available at a significant discount.
Jun 18 - 8:24 PM

Kyrie Irving said he's "not trying to push too hard" as he recovers from knee surgery.

"I’m feeling good. It was going to be a process coming back, making sure that I’m healthy enough for September," said Irving. "So I’m just trying not to push it too hard, just taking my time with the rehab." Irving was originally hit with a 4-5 month timetable when he had two screws removed from his patella back in April, and it sounds like he intends to be ready for training camp. He also mentioned how an extension wouldn't make much sense as he'd have to leave a lot of money on the table, so his long-term future in Boston remains a bit of a mystery.
Jun 12 - 3:23 PM

Abdel Nader underwent right wrist arthroscopy and ulnar osteotomy and he's expected to return to basketball activities in 2-3 months.

Nader initially fractured his right wrist in high school and apparently, it never healed properly as it was giving him some issues this past season. Nader will assuredly miss summer league, but he should be good to go for training camp. He's a non-factor in fantasy hoops, though.
Jun 11 - 5:41 PM

Kyrie Irving was non-committal when asked about his long-term future with the Celtics, saying he's "just going into [2018-19] with the mindset of trying to win a championship."

To be clear, Irving did not say he wants to leave as a free agent in 2019. He was merely equivocal, but it doesn't help that a recent report by Yahoo's Chris Mannix suggests the Celts are "scared" he might ultimately bolt. Of course, this may not mean anything if they march to the Finals with him at the helm this year.
Jun 10 - 10:24 PM

According to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports, the Celtics are "scared" that Kyrie Irving might leave Boston next summer via free agency.

Irving, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2019. Mannix believes that Irving landing in New York is a possibility. "I think they're scared," said Mannix on his podcast. "I think they're scared and should be scared to some degree of Kyrie Irving walking in 2019. I know he had a great year, but you know there are people in Cleveland that will tell you that the Knicks should be considered a real threat for Kyrie Irving. Because Kyrie had talked about it, about playing with the Knicks with some players in that Cleveland locker room from what I was told."
Source: WEEI.com
Jun 8 - 11:12 AM

Aron Baynes said it would be "a privilege" to play for the Celtics next year.

He did add that he would like a "big role" on the team. "I want more of a role and I want to be able to contribute to the team more," Baynes said. "That’s always one of those big things. That was one of the big reasons for coming here. And then how the family is. You definitely have to look out for them. And also just the living situation." Baynes showed up big time in the postseason and was a key part of the Philly series, so the Celtics make a lot of sense.
Jun 7 - 8:57 PM

Jayson Tatum is not part of the Celtics’ plans for the Las Vegas summer league.

General manager Danny Ainge said the team knew after about 50 games that Tatum wouldn't play in summer league. "He just played in [99] games. I think it would be crazy to put him into the summer league," Ainge said. Tatum is going to start again next year, but he'll have to share some usage.
Jun 6 - 4:54 PM

The Celtics are not expected to bring back free agent center Greg Monroe.

No surprise here, as Monroe barely played in the postseason and is a liability on defense. Monroe could be a solid fantasy producer in the right situation, so it will be interesting to see where he lands this offseason. The big man will be 29 this June.
Jun 4 - 11:43 AM

Shane Larkin will likely procure a multiyear offer from another team this offseason according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Larkin was the third point guard on the depth chart in Boston, but the unrestricted free agent should be able to land a job as the primary backup elsewhere. Larkin's second stint in the NBA went a lot smoother and he's expected to get a significant raise. With the Celtics hoping to bring back Marcus Smart, Larkin's time in Boston is likely over.
Jun 4 - 11:40 AM

Aron Baynes had surgery on Wednesday to repair a nasal fracture and he's expected to resume basketball activities in 2-4 weeks.

Baynes suffered the injury during Game 6 vs. the Cavs, yet he still played 19 minutes in Boston's season-ending Game 7 defeat. The surgery won't impact his appeal as an unrestricted free agent this summer -- he proved his value for the short-handed Celtics this year and should have plenty of interested teams.
Source: NBA.com
May 30 - 10:21 PM

Gordon Hayward (left leg) had surgery on Wednesday to remove the plate and screws in his leg, and he's expected to resume basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.

The Celtics' medical update also stated that Hayward is expected to be at "full strength for the start of training camp." The most recent surgery was necessary because the plate and screws were "causing irritation to his peroneal tendons," but all signs point to a full recovery for the 2018-19 season.
Source: NBA.com
May 30 - 10:18 PM

Gordon Hayward (leg) remains without a firm timetable according to Celtics GM Danny Ainge.

The good news is that Hayward continues to progress, as he's been doing some on-court work that includes some 1-on-1. We'll have plenty of updates this offseason, but Hayward is fully expected to be a full go for 2018-19.
May 28 - 12:43 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said Kyrie Irving underwent minor nasal surgery for a deviated septum.

This explains why he wasn't at Game 7. This is similar to the operation that Andre Drummond had before the season and it's one of the reasons why the big man had a bounce-back year. As for his recovery from knee surgery, Irving has been walking without crutches for over a month, but it's not clear when he will get the green light for full basketball activities.
May 28 - 12:34 PM

Aron Baynes said on Monday that he broke his nose in Game 7.

Baynes added that he will need surgery, but this shouldn't impact his offseason plans too much. Baynes is an unrestricted free agent this summer and he will be in high demand after adding a 3-point shot to his arsenal during the postseason. "[Coach Brad Stevens] gave me the confidence," he said. "I appreciate that."
May 28 - 12:00 PM


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