Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Tyler Zeller said that his goal is to start at center for the Celtics this season.

"I have a lot of work to do to earn that spot. I expect to have to earn it, but I think it is a great opportunity," Zeller said. He's bulked up to 260 lbs. this summer, which he hopes will allow him to "hold [his] own rebounding-wise, as well as in the post." He faces plenty of competition from Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani, but there's a good chance he'll be in the starting five on opening night.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 16 - 5:36 PM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens thinks that Marcus Smart can be a special player on defense.

While Smart needs to improve his shot selection in order to become an effective fantasy option, his defense could help keep him on the court as his hones his offensive game. "Marcus is a guy that I think is a jack of all trades offensively," Stevens said. "But defensively could be very special." Smart won't provide much fantasy value as long as Rajon Rondo is the starting point guard for the Celtics, but the rookie is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues just in case Rondo gets his (rumored) wish and is traded.
Source: Mass Live
Sep 16 - 1:59 PM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo is a big part of the team's plans.

Despite rumors that Rondo has requested a trade, Stevens maintained that the 28-year-old is still a big part of the Celtics' 2014-15 plans. "I love him. I really think he's a big part of what we're doing," Stevens said. "Hopefully, he can have a great year right from the get-go." Rondo averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 12.0 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting 51.2% during the month of April and should provide his fantasy owners will top-10 point guard numbers in 2014-15.
Source: Mass Live
Sep 16 - 12:08 PM

James Young said he is looking forward to playing with Rajon Rondo this season.

There are a couple problems here. Young is probably not going to start the year in the rotation, and Rondo may not be on the team by the time the rookie is ready to contribute. He is not worth drafting in almost any league.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 12 - 1:36 PM

Ryan Gomes signed with Baskonia of Spain.

He can opt out of his deal after the first round of the playoffs to join other Euroleague teams. Gomes was very quiet last season and the biggest news was that he was traded from OKC to Boston.
Sep 12 - 9:23 AM

Tyler Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder is hopeful that his client will benefit from having a familiarity with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Stevens (unsuccessfully) recruited both Zeller and his brother Cody when he was the head coach at Butler University, but is someone who is respected by the Zeller family. "Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder said. "They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about." While Zeller has experienced limited success in two NBA seasons, the 24-year-old should see enough minutes for the rebuilding Celtics to provide some value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 11 - 9:09 AM

Marcus Thornton is eligible to be traded by the Celtics now that two months have passed since the team acquired him from the Kings.

As the Celtics continue their rebuild, Thornton doesn't seem to fit into their long-term plans as they have already have Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and Marcus Smart in line for backcourt minutes. The 27-year-old can still contribute to fantasy rosters as a 3-point specialist if given the opportunity to play, but he's not likely to last in Boston beyond the February trade deadline.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 11 - 8:44 AM

Vitor Faverani posted pictures on Tuesday which show him receiving acupuncture therapy on his surgically-repaired left knee.

Faverani was reportedly arrested in Spain for drunk driving in August, but neither he nor the NBA have commented on the matter. It wouldn't be surprising to see him given a two-game suspension to begin the season. He's fighting for minutes in the Celtics' center rotation and doesn't warrant fantasy attention with Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Kelly Olynyk all presumably ahead of him in the depth chart.
Source: Mass Live
Sep 10 - 1:57 PM

Jared Sullinger said he brushed off summer trade rumors that had him headed to Minnesota in a trade for Kevin Love.

"You know what, summertime, I don’t pay attention to basketball, honestly," Sullinger said. "With all of those things going on, I think my Mom, Dad and brothers knew more about that situation than I did because it was in one ear and out the other." Sullinger also added that he has slimmed down and is finally healthy heading into training camp this year. Sullinger isn't a high-upside fantasy player, but he is a consistent late-round target who can give his owners a double-double on any given night.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 9 - 9:48 AM

Jared Sullinger is feeling healthy and is confident heading into the 2014-15 season.

"My biggest thing was health last year," said Sullinger. "I think I was a little afraid at the beginning of training camp, due to my back, the contact and all of that stuff. I was afraid what was going to happen in the middle of the season. But now I know what I can do, I know my back is going to hold up and, the beautiful thing about it is, that I have another year to show who Jared Sullinger can be." Sullinger was impressive during his sophomore campaign, showing his rebounding prowess (8.1 rebounds per game) and an ability to knock down the 3-point shot (0.8 three-pointers a game). He's a nightly double-double threat, and he will be a solid selection in the later rounds.
Source: ESPN
Sep 5 - 4:37 PM

Celtics president Rich Gotham said he's heard nothing about Rajon Rondo requesting a trade.

"If he's made that demand it hasn't been directed to the Celtics," Gotham said. "Rajon's been working out all summer. He's been here. This is his home." Rondo's situation isn't the same as Kevin Love's from earlier this summer, but it's likely he'll be dealt at some point during the season. Regardless, his shooting woes from last season make him a tough target in the early rounds of drafts.
Sep 5 - 1:38 PM

Carlos Arroyo's NBA career could be over.

Speaking on his chances on returning to the NBA, Arroyo said, "Well, no serious interest. I don't know what to say. The basketball world knows that I play for a team in Turkey, at least for the next year." With the 35-year-old under contract with Galatasaray of Turkey for the 2014-15 season, it's likely that we've seen the last of him in an NBA uniform.
Source: Hoops Hype
Sep 2 - 1:00 PM

League executives think Rajon Rondo will start the 2014-15 season with the Boston Celtics due to a lack of leverage in his trade request.

With rumors swirling that Rajon Rondo wants out of Boston, rival league executives don't think he has the same leverage that Kevin Love had with the Timberwolves. "Minnesota had to trade Kevin Love because they had [nobody] remotely close to [his talent level] now, or going forward, on the roster," a league source said. "When Boston drafted Marcus Smart, that took away a lot of leverage Rondo might have had in demanding a trade. Rondo provides massive assist potential regardless of his uniform and a mid-season trade would create a win-win opportunity for fantasy owners as Marcus Smart would immediately become fantasy relevant.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 2 - 10:52 AM

Rajon Rondo reportedly would like to begin the 2014-15 season with the Celtics and then see where things go from there.

Rondo wants to be on a winning team, but he's willing to see if the current roster the Celtics have can outperform their expectations. However, if the Celtics start heading down the same path they went down last season, Rondo will want out. The unfortunate thing for Rondo, is the established contenders (LAC, CLE, OKC, SA) are already set at the point guard position, so if Rondo were to be traded, he'd likely find himself in a similar situation that he's in with Boston now. And with Rondo destined to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, teams may be reluctant to offer up assets for a guy unwilling to be part of a rebuilding process.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 1 - 12:01 PM

Rajon Rondo's agent denied on Sunday that Rondo has demanded a trade from the Celtics.

Reliable reporter Jackie MacMullan stated during an off-air moment on ESPN that Rondo has "told [the Celtics] he wants out," but the conversation was broadcast as a behind-the-scenes segment. It's not exactly a report, therefore, and seems to only confirm the obvious -- Rondo wants to play for a championship, not serve as a mentor during the franchise's rebuild. Danny Ainge and the Celtics don't want to trade him for less than market value, but Rondo's contract is expiring so they risk losing him for nothing next summer. This won't be the last time Rondo trade rumors surface this season.
Sep 1 - 1:21 AM


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