Player News - Celtics

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Coach Brad Stevens said Terry Rozier's improvement this year "just stands out right now."

"Terry’s a different guy in Year 2 than he was in the first couple of days in Year 1," Stevens said. He's easily been the most hyped Celtic in the offseason, turning in a magnificent Summer League and showing he can run the offense. Rozier might even be a better bet to handle the ball more in the second unit over Marcus Smart. He's also said he wants all of Evan Turner's minutes. He's turning into a last-round flier in competitive leagues.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 30 - 8:32 PM

When asked about taking on some of Evan Turner's minutes, Terry Rozier said he "really [wants] them all."

Isaiah Thomas has even said he might lose some minutes to Rozier this season, so Rozier is easily the favorite to take on most of Turner's minutes. The second-year guard from Louisville was fantastic at Summer League and can play both guard spots. He's someone all fantasy owners should be watching, but is only worth a deep-league flier these days.
Sep 30 - 6:53 PM

Gerald Green said that his hip flexor injury has improved.

"It’s feeling better," Green said. "Having a second day off of practice and today, just doing a lot of treatment right after practice and coming back this evening and doing treatment, so kind of just almost like precautionary thing, making sure it doesn’t get worse." He's expected to return to practice early next week, which is good because he's fighting to keep his roster spot in Boston. Green is not a fantasy target.
Sep 30 - 11:18 AM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) was able to put up some shots in training camp on Wednesday.

Olynyk has been cleared for non-contact drills and it's good to see him back on the court and able to put up some shots. While Olynyk is capable of a big game from time to time, he won't see enough minutes in the Celtics crowded frontcourt to make much of a difference in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 29 - 11:26 AM

Jae Crowder said he is healthy to start the 2016-17 season.

Crowder admitted he was affected by an ankle injury towards the end of 2015-16, but is fully healthy to star the 2016-17 season. Crowder filled up the stat sheet with averages of 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers last season, and is a solid pick in the early-middle rounds of standard league fantasy drafts.
Sep 29 - 10:41 AM

Gerald Green will miss the next few days due to a hip flexor injury.

It doesn't sound serious and there's no talk of any re-evaluation. Green is going to have a chance to step up with Evan Turner in Portland, but he will really have to play lights out in camp. For now, he's behind guys like Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown for minutes on the wing.
Sep 28 - 5:59 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown is capable of playing minutes at the four.

There have been some comparisons to Jae Crowder just based on where his minutes could fall, so Stevens' comments make sense. Brown will have a big adjustment from his days at Cal and will likely see his 31.4 usage rate last year get cut in half. He's not a great target in re-draft leagues.
Sep 28 - 4:55 PM

Marcus Smart said that he wants to be a "more consistent shooter" this season.

"My decision-making, coming off ball-screens, working to get into the lane and finishing," Smart said about his offseason training. "And as everybody knows, still working on my jump shot and becoming a more consistent shooter." That's good to hear, as Smart shot just 34.8 percent from the field and 25.3 percent from deep last season. He does have a nice path to minutes with Evan Turner moving on to Portland, but he will need to outplay the likes of Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown in order to secure a larger role.
Sep 27 - 11:32 PM

Jae Crowder said he focused on becoming a better dribble-penetrator during the offseason.

"More of taking the ball out of Isaiah [Thomas'] hands and letting him make plays off close out," Crowder said. "Let me drive some and kick out to him because he’s a [heck] of a knockdown shooter when his feet are set and just trying to get better with the ball in my hands and make plays." Crowder was one of the most improved players in the NBA last season, returning top-35 value in standard leagues with averages of 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting. He may be asked to take on a larger role in the absence of Evan Turner, so he's an easy pick in the early middle rounds.
Sep 27 - 11:26 PM

Isaiah Thomas is hoping his new healthy eating regime will help him take his game to the next level.

"I changed my diet," Thomas said. "I hired a personal chef back home, and I’m eating vegetables for the first time since when my dad used to make me. I eliminated fast food." Thomas is just 27, but said he wants to eat and sleep better to keep his body in peak form. Thomas should continue to be a high-usage player with the addition of Al Horford, and is worth grabbing in the early rounds of standard league fantasy drafts.
Source: WEEI
Sep 27 - 10:44 AM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for non-contact drills.

Just in time for training camp. Olynyk will be reevaluated on Oct. 15, but this doesn't mean that he will be ready for the season opener. The Celtics won't rush him back given their frontcourt depth, but this could give Tyler Zeller an early edge over Olynyk for the backup center role.
Sep 26 - 3:14 PM

General manager Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will fight for Evan Turner's minutes.

We've heard plenty about Smart and Rozier, but there really hasn't been much talk of Brown stepping up. The Celtics have generally preached patience when it comes to their No. 3 pick, so he would likely need Jae Crowder to miss time in order to get consistent minutes.
Sep 26 - 3:11 PM

Brad Stevens is preaching patience with Jaylen Brown's development.

"The other thing is we have to constantly remind ourselves as a staff that he's 19, one year removed from one year of college," Stevens said. "I think that he's got a high upside, and we're looking forward to working with him, but I think we also understand he's got a large learning curve." There is currently no reason to draft Brown in standard fantasy formats.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 5:45 PM

Tyler Zeller called his 2015-16 "frustrating" due to inconsistent playing time.

If that's the case, we're not sure why he re-signed with Boston. Despite paying him $8M for the 2016-17 campaign, Zeller isn't guaranteed anything with Al Horford now entrenched in the starting lineup and the Celtics having a multitude of options on the roster.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 24 - 5:41 PM

Danny Ainge said "it would be nice to add a rim protector that didn't hurt our offense" and a "shooter that didn't hurt our defense."

We think it would be nice to win the lottery, but we're operating within our tangible reality. All jokes aside, Boston's roster is already full and we don't anticipate Ainge attempting to fulfill those desires immediately.
Sep 24 - 5:39 PM


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