Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Danny Ainge spoke highly of newly acquired Amir Johnson at Monday's introductory press conference.

"The score always seems to go in your favor when [Johnson is] on the court. He’s a guy that doesn’t necessarily fill up a stat sheet like a lot of players, but he is a winning player," said Ainge. "He’s a guy that his teammates love playing with. He plays great defense, he rebounds, defends multiple positions and brings a lot of versatility." Johnson signed a hefty two-year, $24 million deal, so even though David Lee and Jared Sullinger will also be in the mix for minutes, Johnson will almost certainly have a role considering how much money Boston forked over for him. The Boston frontcourt is simply too crowded right now, so the position battle for PF at training camp will be huge for all three players.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 9:43 AM

Jae Crowder's five-year, $35 million deal with the Celtics is now official.

Crowder's deal is eminently reasonable given the huge contracts lavished on wing players this summer, and he was a big reason why Boston eked into the playoffs last season. The Celtics fortified their frontcourt with Amir Johnson and David Lee this summer and they added intriguing talent in rookies Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter, setting the stage for another playoff run in 2015-16. Crowder should start at SF but big minutes aren't a given with Evan Turner, Perry Jones and James Young on the roster.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 28 - 10:30 PM

Jae Crowder said he is happy with the Celtics offseason moves.

Crowder said he didn't want to be a part of a tanking culture and made sure he talked to Celtics president Danny Ainge before re-signing with Boston. "I had to ask our direction moving forward," Crowder said. "[Ainge] responded well, as you can see. I’m pleased with the guys he brought in. I talked to Danny, the coaches and everyone. I wanted to know the direction. Moving forward we’re going to win playoff games, and that’s something we didn’t do last year." Crowder said his knee is 100 percent after the ACL sprain he suffered in the playoffs and could serve as a solid late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Jul 28 - 9:52 AM

Jae Crowder (knee) said his knee feels 100 percent.

He did not need surgery from his ACL sprain on Apr. 26 and it sounds like he'll be ready for camp. Crowder was a key piece in the Boston rotation down the stretch and was guarding LeBron James a lot in the postseason. He was getting around 30 minutes per game before the injury, but his playing time will be coming down with the Celtics having more depth at the forward spots.
Jul 27 - 3:36 PM

Celtics acquire F David Lee in exchange for F Gerald Wallace and G/F Chris Babb.

The move, which had been reported earlier this offseason, is now finally official. Lee will have plenty to prove as he enters a contract season after not playing a real role with the Warriors en route to Golden State winning a title, but it's not clear how Boston's frontcourt will shake out yet without a real center and with Lee, Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk all in the mix for minutes.

Updating a previous item, the Celtics plan to waive Zoran Dragic now that the trade with the Miami Heat is official.

The trade has been officially announced by the Celtics, and the Boston Globe's Adam Himmeslbach reports that the Heat will pay Dragic's full salary after Boston waives him. The Celtics did the deal to get an extra second-round pick in 2020.
Jul 27 - 12:13 PM

The Heat have traded G Zoran Dragic to the Celtics, sources told ESPN.

The full deal will be Dragic and a 2020 2nd round pick in exchange for a "heavily-protected 2nd round pick," also known as nothing. Miami likes what rookie Josh Richardson brings to the roster, but beyond that, this particular move could save the Heat as much as $6 million. Dragic is not a lock for Boston's final roster.
Jul 27 - 11:19 AM

Isaiah Thomas (wrist) recently dropped 50 points at the Seattle Pro-Am event.

Thomas also added 11 boards and seven dimes for good measure, but this is really notable because it's clear Thomas' wrist, which he had surgery on in early July, is good to go moving forward. After the Celtics said Thomas' procedure would have no long-term effects, it appears that is indeed the case.
Source: YouTube
Jul 27 - 8:58 AM

Brad Stevens explained why the Celtics fell in love with Terry Rozier during the draft process.

"The things that I felt like, having a chance to spend time with Terry, having a chance to see him in person, and having a chance to learn more about him is he’s the highest level of toughness, athleticism, and drive, and I think if you put those all together you’re usually going to find success more often than not," Stevens said. It's clear that the Celtics have high expectations for Rozier, but the Louisville product is currently buried on the depth chart and may not be in the rotation right away.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 9:45 AM

Jared Sulinger has been working out in different locations and coach Brad Stevens said the forward "wants to be in the best shape of his life."

"He wants to be in great condition, and he’s working towards that, and I think he’s excited for a new season to show that’s been his focus and to show off the work that he’s put in to get there," Stevens said. Sullinger has been off the radar, but all indications are that we'll see a different Sully in October. Still, his fantasy value comes down with David Lee and Amir Johsnon around.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 24 - 3:58 PM

David Lee said the Celtics will be "in the discussion" to sign him in the summer of 2016.

The trade of Lee is expected to become official on Monday. Lee points out that the Celtics have money to sign "big-time guys" next summer, but he would really have to bust out this season to get that distinction. His fantasy value is intriguing this year because of the inconsistency of the Boston frontcourt. He's a solid target in the second half of fantasy drafts.
Jul 24 - 3:44 PM

Carlos Arroyo officially signed a one-year deal with FC Barcelona on Friday.

This likely ends the chances of Arroyo ever playing in the NBA again, so it's safe to ignore him in all fantasy leagues moving forward.
Jul 24 - 11:10 AM

Brad Stevens said on Thursday that Isaiah Thomas "may end up starting" next season.

"He may end up starting, he may end up coming off the bench, we'll see how that goes," said Stevens. If Thomas is able to secure the starting gig in Boston, Marcus Smart would likely head to the bench, and his fantasy value would take a decent hit with the demotion to the second-unit. This is a position battle we'll be watching closely this summer, but regardless of how Thomas enters the game, Thomas will be worth a mid-round selection on draft day.
Jul 23 - 5:42 PM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart has received treatment on his two dislocated fingers, and he is expected to be fully recovered by mid-August to early-September

Smart will be fine for the regular-season opener, but we'll continue to track his progress every step of the way. He had an up-and-down Summer League with averages of 16.0 points, 4.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game on 35.3 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely be the starting point guard in Boston on opening night, and his potential to offer fantasy teams with elite level production in the steals department, with some 3-point shooting will make him worth a late-round selection in standard leagues.
Jul 23 - 5:37 PM

The trade sending David Lee to Boston is expected to become finalized on Monday.

Lee will have the opportunity to start in Boston, and if he's able to see his minutes in the 30s, he'll be a nightly double-double threat for the Celtics.
Jul 23 - 2:34 PM


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