Player News - Celtics

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Danny Ainge said that he believes Jordan Mickey and Terry Rozier have a "bright future."

"We think Jordan Mickey has a bright future and Terry Rozier has a bright future and we’ve gotten calls from other teams about them," said Ainge. It sounds like Ainge would prefer to develop his younger guys rather than dealing them away, and Mickey's ability to rack up the defensive stats could make him an intriguing late-round selection next season depending on what happens with Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller during free agency. Rozier, however, is unlikely to establish himself as a standard league asset while Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley are healthy.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 11:29 AM

Danny Ainge stated during a recent interview that while he'd like the Celtics to immediately become a championship contender, he will not sacrifice future assets for a short-term solution.

"Ownership would like to see something happen faster," said Ainge. "But I have to protect us from doing something irrational... If it’s something that gets us to being a true championship contender faster, we’re all for it. As long as it’s a sustainable formula and not a one-year quick hit, sacrificing future assets." The Celtics will have plenty of money to spend during free agency, in addition to the No. 3 overall selection, so Ainge is going to have a lot of decisions to make this offseason.
Source: CBS Boston
May 24 - 2:57 PM

Kelly Olynyk underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy for recurrent subluxations on Monday, and he is currently without an official timetable to return.

While an official timetable has not yet been set, a standard recovery period for the kind of procedure he underwent is typically in the five-month range, so he should be good to go when the 2016-17 season begins. The Celtics could have a much different look next year with Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger bound for free agency, and if those guys aren't retained, more opportunity would open up for Olynyk.
Source: NBA.com
May 17 - 5:42 PM

Jared Sullinger would like to re-sign with the Boston Celtics.

While Sullinger said he doesn't know what will happen in free agency, the unrestricted free agent would like to return to Boston. "But regardless of whatever happens, I have to thank the Celtics organization for what they have done," Sullinger said. "They gave me a chance when nobody else was going to give me a chance. And just for that I feel like I owe them. I would love to come back." While Sullinger isn't a fantasy stud, he could be a nightly double-double threat in the right situation and may be worth a late-round flier in standard leagues depending on where he signs.
Source: MassLive
May 17 - 11:55 AM

Evan Turner said that he'd be open to giving the Celtics a hometown discount in free agency.

"Of course," he said. "I joke with people, this is the first time I left an exit interview and the team wanted me back. I don’t take that lightly, you know what I’m saying? At the end of the day, I’m grateful for that." Being open to the idea of taking less money is one thing, but actually doing it is another item entirely, especially when there may be more lucrative offers on the table. Turner should get plenty of interest on the open market, so his return to Boston is not guaranteed.
Source: CSN NE
May 16 - 10:38 AM

Kelly Olynyk has been told by doctors that right shoulder surgery is "inevitable," but he's still deciding when to have the procedure.

Olynyk might delay surgery to take part in the Olympic qualifying tournament with Canada. "If you rest [the shoulder], it’ll get better but never solve the problem," he said. "Probably make a decision sooner than later because the recovery is so long." Presumably the Celtics would prefer him to have surgery now and skip the Olympics, but we should have resolution before long. If and when he does have the surgery, his timetable will be approximately five months.
Source: CSNNE.com
May 15 - 8:22 PM

R.J. Hunter said that he wants to improve his ballhandling this summer.

"For me, it’s ballhandling, especially with the way it’s going and how much space is on the court with shooters being around," Hunter said. "If I add that element to my game then it will take it to the next level." Hunter was buried on the depth chart in his rookie season and only averaged 8.8 minutes in 36 appearances, and things won't get any easier for him since Boston has a stockpile of draft picks and they have big plans in free agency.
May 15 - 10:48 AM

Danny Ainge heaped praise on Brad Stevens for his ability to develop young talent.

"He has done a magnificent job," Ainge said of Stevens. "I think we’ve seen the development of a lot of our young guys, especially Avery [Bradley] and Marcus [Smart] have really developed. We saw Terry [Rozier] late in the year, and we saw some things he can do. There’s a lot more he can do." Stevens is quickly climbing the NBA's coaching ladder, and he's already proven himself as a top-five option on the sidelines.
May 9 - 12:09 PM

Brad Stevens lobbied for Avery Bradley to be named to the All-Defensive First Team.

"In my eyes, the entire time I’ve been here, but really this year, [Bradley] stood out to me as first team all-defensive guy," Stevens said. "He's so good at putting pressure on the basketball. And he's gotten really good at defending both on the ball, which he’s always been great at, but then off the ball, navigating screens and making it difficult for guys to get the position they want. He had multiple games where we switched him onto big 3s, who tried to post him at the end of games, and he kept them from getting what they wanted. He’s really a good defender." The head coach also called Bradley a "big part" of what Boston is building, so don't expect his name to arise in any potential trade discussions that the Celtics will surely be engaged in this summer.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 9 - 9:43 AM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that he has high expectations for this offseason.

"My expectations are high this offseason, and yet I also know that it takes good fortune," Ainge said. "We need the ping-pong balls to bounce our way to give us the best opportunity. Whether we use [the first-round pick acquired from the Nets] or whether we trade that pick, and in free agency, we have opportunities." Ainge added that no one on the roster is untouchable and hinted that he will try to make a big splash in free agency. Armed with eight picks in this year's draft alone, Ainge has more than enough assets to make some noise.
May 7 - 12:09 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Avery Bradley (hamstring) likely wouldn't have returned in the postseason.

"The hamstring injury Avery had, a Grade 1 strain, it’s risky," said Ainge. "You want to be really careful with that because, if you get a second hamstring injury, then they sort of have a tendency to linger throughout your career. So we probably wouldn’t have let Avery go back out unless he was just 100 percent and felt absolutely nothing. But I think that was always a long shot." Bradley will have plenty of time to recover this offseason and his stock should be pretty high in fantasy after averaging 15.2 points, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 3-pointers this season.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 9:37 AM

Danny Ainge said "nothing has been decided" regarding the team option on Jonas Jerebko.

The Celtics have a team option worth $5 million on Jerebko for the 2016-17 season, but he's likely the least of Boston's concerns with guys like Kevin Durant, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford and Dwight Howard all set to hit the open market this summer. Jerebko is unlikely to land in a situation where he'll be able to establish himself as a standard league option in fantasy hoops.
May 4 - 1:45 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that he's not yet made an official decision on whether or not to pick up Amir Johnson's option for next season worth $12 million.

Johnson played very well during his first year with the Celtics, but what Boston does during the draft and free agency will likely determine whether or not they decide to commit another $12 million to Johnson next season. Johnson was little more than a late-round guy in 9-cat leagues this year, and his value will be dependent upon his landing spot and the construct of the Celtics' roster.
May 4 - 1:39 PM

Jae Crowder is currently dealing with a bone bruise in his right foot.

Crowder was clearly at less than 100 percent during Boston's first-round series, and while we knew about the gimpy ankle, the bone bruise is some new information. This can help explain why Crowder shot just 27.8 percent from the field during Boston's postseason run, but he has plenty of time to rest up for the 2016-17 season. Crowder produced third-round value in 9-cat leagues through his first full season with the Celtics, and he'll make for a fine early-round target in next year's drafts assuming he remains in Boston.
May 4 - 12:46 PM

Kelly Olynyk is expected to make an official decision on whether or not to undergo shoulder surgery within the next week or so.

Danny Ainge said that surgery remains an option for Olynyk, but he's still going over all his options. Regardless of the course of treatment, Olynyk should be good to go when the 2016-17 season gets under way. Speaking specifically to fantasy hoops, Olynyk will need some of the guys in Boston's crowded frontcourt to go elsewhere if he hopes to establish himself as a standard league asset next year.
May 4 - 12:39 PM


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