Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Ante Zizic will not play in the summer league for the Celtics.

The Celtics are in talks with his team in Europe, but this doesn't bode well for his chances of coming to the NBA next season.
Source: Masslive
Jul 1 - 11:49 AM

Guerschon Yabusele will play for the Celtics during the summer league.

It's still unclear if he will come to the NBA next season, but this is certainly a good sign. Depending on what the Celtics do in free agency, Yabusele could potentially get minutes in Boston if the Celtics buy out his contract from his French team. Jaylen Brown, Demetrius Jackson, Jordan Mickey, Ben Bentil and Abdel Nader will also play in the summer league.
Jul 1 - 11:25 AM

The Celtics are reportedly expected to guarantee Amir Johnson's contract worth $12 million for the 2016-17 season.

Johnson was a nice fit with the Celtics, so it makes sense for Boston to pickup his option at a fairly moderate price tag. That being said, he won't have much fantasy value next year, particularly if the Celtics are successful in their pursuit of Al Horford.
Jun 30 - 4:41 PM

The Celtics have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Tyler Zeller, making him a restricted free agent.

Zeller is woefully inconsistent, and it's tough to see him landing in a situation where he's not a backup. He won't be a realistic fantasy option in most settings, regardless of where he signs.
Jun 29 - 2:16 PM

The Celtics have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Jared Sullinger, making him a restricted free agent.

Sullinger's preference would be to re-sign with the Celtics, but his fantasy value could see a boost if he opts to join a less crowded frontcourt. Per-36-minutes last season, Sullinger compiled averages of 15.7 points, 12.7 boards and 3.5 assists per contest on 43.5 percent shooting.
Jun 29 - 2:14 PM

Guerschon Yabusele is expected to suit up for the Celtics' summer league squad.

The Celtics are still in talks to buyout Yabusele's contract with his French team, but him suiting up for the summer league squad suggests he may be interested in coming stateside for the 2016-17 season. If Boston parts ways with Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko during free agency, Yabusele could potentially be a rotation player for the Celtics this upcoming season.
Jun 29 - 1:06 PM

Marcus Smart praised Jaylen Brown during a recent interview, saying he can be "scary" on the defensive end.

"Dude is a freak of nature athletic-wise," said Smart of Brown. "His defense is a little scary, [with] that length on him." As the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Brown will have some very high expectations going into the 2016-17 season. If the Celtics don't retain Jared Sullinger during free agency, Brown's fantasy outlook will improve.
Jun 28 - 5:52 PM

James Young is expected to play in the summer league.

His roster spot with the Celtics is in jeopardy because he hasn't improved much since joining the NBA, so this a huge summer for Young. The Celtics drafted Jaylen Brown with the third pick, so the path to minutes on the wings just got even more difficult for Young.
Jun 26 - 11:30 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that he was impressed by Guerschon Yabusele's lateral movement.

"He shot the ball well in our workout and he shot the ball well all year," said Stevens. "That will continue to get better and better, but what put me over the top on him was his ability to move laterally. For a guy that size, the ability to move laterally is pretty unique." Stevens also said that Yabusele can guard multiple positions and that he's already a solid shooter from the 3-point line. The Celtics are still in talks with his team in France, so it's not clear if he will come to the NBA this coming season.
Jun 25 - 11:59 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he was impressed by Ante Zizic's motor and rebounding.

"One thing that stood out, and I didn’t have a chance to see Ante work out, I saw him on tape, is that he has a huge motor and he’s very physical," said Stevens. "He’s a great rebounder. His rebounding numbers are fantastic. He scores the ball mostly in the paint, but will just continue to improve and improve. Another person who comes exceptionally highly regarded from the standpoint of work ethic, desire and team-ness." Talks are ongoing with Zizic's team in Europe, so it's still unclear if he will come to the NBA next season or stay overseas.
Jun 25 - 11:53 AM

Danny Ainge believes that Jaylen Brown has a chance to be special.

"We believe, with Jaylen, the way the NBA is played, that his versatility on top of his unique skill level, and his character, and his work ethic, we think all those factors give him as good a chance as any of [this year’s top picks] — if not better — to be special," Ainge said. The pick was criticized by the Boston fan base, but Ainge said he wants everyone to take a year to see what they have in the California wing player before a final judgment is made. On a side note, Ainge said that Brown is one of a few players that he's seen that made him say ‘Wow!’ a few times.
Jun 25 - 9:13 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said Guerschon Yabusele can play power forward or center.

The coach added the Frenchman doesn't need to improve his range because he's already a capable 3-point shooter. Yabusele made 27-of-63 (42.9 percent) from deep in his pro career, so the 6'8", 20-year-old forward is ahead of schedule. The upside is huge for the No. 16 pick, but he's not likely going to be in the NBA this year.
Jun 24 - 11:38 PM

General manager Danny Ainge said he's not sure if Ante Zizic will be a draft-and-stash player.

The Celtics drafted six players on Thursday, so draft-and-stash is definitely an option with the limited space on the roster. Zizic is just 19 years old and just started playing ball when he was 16, so getting overseas seasoning isn't a bad idea. The No. 23 pick not a fantasy target just yet.
Source: Mass Live
Jun 24 - 6:27 PM

Guerschon Yabusele said that he's open to the idea of remaining overseas for a couple seasons.

"It's not a problem for me, even if I got to go one year, two years in Europe, in another country and play, I'll go," Yabusele said. "I just want to play in the NBA and try to be better, so it's great." The Celtics selected the forward with the No. 16 pick in the draft, but their roster is pretty crowded right now and it would make a lot of sense for him to stay overseas where he's guaranteed to get valuable minutes.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 24 - 12:00 PM

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said that no deal for the No. 3 pick ever came close and made it clear that Jaylen Brown was the right choice.

"We're very happy to build with a piece – and maybe an important piece – Jaylen Brown," Grousbeck said. "Danny [Ainge] and his staff feel that he's got significant upside. He's already an accomplished player at a young age. We feel that he's got the physique and the competitive drive, and the motor, and the skills, and really important the character and the intelligence. He's a very, very smart guy." The Celtics were heavily linked to Kris Dunn prior to the draft, but it sounds like Brown was always going to be their guy once they decided to keep the pick.
Source: Mass Live
Jun 24 - 10:33 AM


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