Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Isaiah Thomas said that he felt like a part of the Celtics future because GM Danny Ainge has asked for his input on free agency.

"Danny said if there’s any free agent out there I’m interested in, to let him know," Thomas said. "That has me excited. For him to ask for my input means a lot, because it means I’m definitely, right now, a part of the future, and they also value your word and what you think about the game of basketball." After being tossed aside in Sacramento and discarded in Phoenix, loyalty will go a long way with IT2.
May 25 - 9:59 AM

Jared Sullinger, who has been working out at Ohio State with Evan Turner and Greg Oden, believes that everyone is doubting him.

"Right now, everyone is doubting me," Sullinger said. "I get everything, 'He’s not this, he’s not that. He’s not the guy that we thought he was going to be, potentially.' I’ve heard it all. I use it as motivation. Nothing is going to change, I’m going to keep working, working as hard as possible." Sullinger has been heavily criticized for his weight and conditioning, but it sounds like he is motivated to improve this summer. The Celtics won't approach him about a contract extension until next summer when he can become a restricted free agent, so next season will be crucial for him.
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 9:21 AM

Jared Sullinger and the Celtics are on the same page in regards to his conditioning.

Sullinger is viewing the foot injury that he had this season as a wake-up call, and he is eager to improve his conditioning this summer. Celtics president Danny Ainge recently criticized Sullinger for not taking care of his body, so it's good to see that he is taking steps to improve. He will be playing for a new contract next season, so he will have plenty of motivation to have a big year. On a side note, Sullinger is hoping to be more of a post player next season, but he said that the coaching staff urges him to shoot more 3-pointers. We will keep an eye on his progress this summer, but as of right now he will still be a risky selection in fantasy drafts.
May 23 - 9:28 AM

Celtics' president Rich Gotham stated on Thursday that signing Jae Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason will be a "priority" for the Celtics.

"[Crowder] added toughness, energy and confidence," said Gotham. "I think he gave our guys a swagger." Multiple executives from Boston's front offices have openly stated their desire to retain Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see just how high they go in order to keep him in a Celtics' jersey. Crowder had a nice run down the stretch, posting averages of 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 three-pointers per game during the month of April, so he'll be a nice low-end option in deep leagues if he does indeed remain in Boston.
May 21 - 3:13 PM

Chris Babb said he knows his future is tenuous as he heads into the 2015-16 season with an non-guaranteed contract.

Because his deal with the Celtics isn't guaranteed, Babb said he knows his roster spot is no sure thing. "Honestly, it's not really in my hands at this point," Babb said on Monday. "It kind of relies on the draft and trades, and whatever else." Babb only suited up for 14 games during the 2013-14 season with the Celtics, so even if he makes the 2015-16 roster, he can be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
May 19 - 12:44 PM

Opposing executives praised the job Danny Ainge is doing as the Celtics continue to rebuild their team.

"It’s hard to do what he’s done," Larry Bird said. "I think he’s done a good job. He even got a first-rounder for his coach, you know." "They’ve done a good job," said Flip Saunders, "Danny’s always been very proactive in what he’s trying to do, so they’ve been able to improve and maintain." The Celtics, as a reminder, got a first-round pick for Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green to add to their war chest full of assets. It could be a big summer in Beantown.
May 18 - 9:16 AM

Brad Stevens said he used tape review in order to improve the Celtics in late-game situations.

Boston was minus-25.4 (29th) in defensive rating in the final five minutes with the score differential five points or fewer during the 2013-14 season, and Stevens was adamant about that not happening again. "I broke down every possession in the smallest of details," he said. The Celtics were minus-7.5 in those same situations during the 2014-15 season.
May 11 - 9:30 AM

Kelly Olynyk has reportedly been rebuffed by Kevin Love in his attempts to apologize to the Cavaliers forward.

Olynyk and his representatives have reached out to Love's camp numerous times so that Olynyk can personally apologize to Love and tell him that he never intended to injure Love, but Love has declined to take his call. Love said on Wednesday that he'll save that conversation for later down the road and is currently concentrating on rehabbing his disclolated shoulder and supporting his teammates as they continue their playoff run. "Oh yeah. I'm over it," Love said. "I'm just trying to get healthy."
May 7 - 10:34 AM

James Young is expected to play in summer league for the Celtics.

The C's other first-round pick this season was barely a blip on the radar screen in his inaugural campaign. Young is still incredibly raw and needs to spend extended time in the weight room before he's capable of making a real impact. Marcus Smart is expected to join him in the action in order to get increased reps at point guard.
Source: Boston.com
May 4 - 9:54 AM

Brad Stevens suggested that the Celtics will prioritize rebounding and shooting as they prepare for the 2015 draft.

"The biggest thing is you have to look at the ability to finish plays," Stevens said. "Certainly rebounding showed itself to be an issue in the playoffs. You always have to prioritize shooting and scoring, from wherever." Boston has their own first- and second-round picks this season, in addition to the Clippers' first-round pick and the 76ers' second-round pick.
May 2 - 10:19 AM

Kelly Olynyk will not play in summer league in July.

He will play for the Canadian team instead. Olynyk will be suspended for the first game of the season and it'll be interesting to see how the Celtics address their frontcourt this summer. For now, he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
May 1 - 4:42 PM

Marcus Smart and Tyler Zeller are reportedly the least likely players on Boston's roster to be traded this offseason.

Danny Ainge really loves Smart's work on the defensive end, and it wouldn't make much sense for a rebuilding organization to trade away such a promising piece after just one season. Zeller is only on the books for $2.6 million next year, which is a great bargain considering what he brings to the table in limited minutes. Ainge has promised Boston fans that the Celtics will be doing big things this offseason, but those big-moves likely won't involve the aforementioned players.
Source: CSN NE
May 1 - 2:28 PM

Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk will reportedly garner trade interest this offseason.

While Sullinger and Olynyk are talented players, they aren't exactly franchise building blocks, and Boston has no reason to not at least listen to the offers that come in this offseason. Weight has been an issue for Sullinger, but his ability to score, rebound, and stretch the floor is nothing to shrug at. Olynyk isn't a great defender, but he's a 7-footer with range, and that's a valuable asset to have in today's NBA. It'll be interesting to see what the Celtics do this offseason, but a trade of Sullinger or Olynyk will open up minutes for the guy that remains in Boston.
Source: CSN NE
May 1 - 10:03 AM

The Celtics are hoping to get Marcus Smart more time at point guard in summer leagues.

The byproduct of this news is that Phil Pressey may be left of the team's summer league roster. "Phil is a possibility for summer league. We may play Marcus some and Phil some, but we really want Marcus to play a little bit more of the point guard position in summer league," Ainge said at his end-of-season press conference on Thursday. Pressey's exclusion from the roster would be a good thing for Smart's ball-handling development as Pressey played a lot of point guard during last year's summer leagues and pushed Smart off the ball.
Apr 30 - 1:42 PM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said he thinks Isaiah Thomas is better-suited to coming off the bench.

While this might sound like an indictment of Thomas, Ainge said it's more about conserving the diminutive guard. "I think Isaiah is more suited for a bench role. Isaiah expends a ton of energy to score," the Celtics president said. Ainge also lauded Thomas' ability to score in the fourth quarter and left no doubt over the importance of Thomas to the Celtics' future.
Apr 30 - 12:52 PM


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