Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he won't talk to Kyrie Irving about his free agency plans next summer.

"One of the things I want to do is give everything I can to all these guys while they’re here," Stevens said. "Hopefully, the people that are here recognize that it’s a really good environment with a high upside for a long time." In short, Boston's success this season will do the talking for Stevens. As for his knee, Irving continues to say that he'll be a full go for training camp next month.
Aug 12 - 11:37 AM

Robert Williams said his injured knee that kept him out of most of summer league is "feeling way way better."

He's been in Boston rehabbing and added that he expects to be ready for camp. Williams is off to a rocky start as a rookie with some off-court concerns and durability issues, and he'll likely open the season buried on the depth chart behind Al Horford, Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis.
Aug 12 - 11:27 AM

Terry Rozier and the Celtics have until October 15, the day before the start of the regular season, to agree to a contract extension.

Rozier, who gave the Celtics a needed boost during the team's run to the Eastern Conference Finals, will be a restricted free agent next summer if the two sides can't agree to a deal. He's one of many players heading into the final guaranteed season of their rookie deals, a list that includes the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Myles Turner and Bobby Portis. Rozier's coming off of his best season as a pro, having averaged 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, but the question now is how his production will be impacted by Kyrie Irving's return.

Aron Baynes said that he sees some similarities between current teammates Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and former Spurs wing Kawhi Leonard.

A big reason for the Spurs' NBA title in 2014, a team Baynes was a member of, was the growth of Leonard, who was named NBA Finals MVP. "In that year, Kawhi Leonard really took a big leap, he was a young guy that was coming into his own in the elite caliber," Baynes said, and he believes Brown and Tatum can do the same in 2018-19. Brown and Tatum both stepped forward last season in the team's run to the Eastern Conference Finals, which occurred despite season-ending injuries suffered by Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
Aug 9 - 3:03 PM

Daniel Theis said that he will be 100 percent for training camp.

Theis had surgery back in March to repair the lateral meniscus in his left knee. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Theis said that he has not experienced and setbacks and that: "I started change of direction and cutting today. I've been sprinting this whole week and jumpshots since last week." He will see limited minutes off the Boston bench next season.
Aug 9 - 9:22 AM

In a recent interview Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that he believes his team has "eight, nine, maybe 10 guys that are starters."

In last season's run to the Eastern Conference Finals no Celtic averaged more than 32.2 minutes per game, and that was a player in point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) who missed 22 games and the entire postseason due to injury. Not having Irving and Gordon Hayward (leg/ankle) wasn't optimal by any stretch, but the silver lining for the Celtics was that players such as Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum received more opportunities to shine. Given the number of options at Stevens' disposal, fantasy owners could experience some headaches when trying to figure out which Celtics to go with on a nightly basis.
Aug 8 - 8:40 PM

Daniel Theis (knee) hopes to do 1-on-1 work later this month.

He is also doing some cutting and sprinting this week. Theis said back in May that he wanted to be cleared for contact this month, so that still sounds like the target date. He may not be 100 percent ready for camp, but he's still on target to be close to ready after his March surgery.
Aug 8 - 5:40 PM

The Celtics have signed G P.J. Dozier to a two-way contract, according to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News.

Dozier played last season on a two-way pact with the OKC Thunder. He averaged 12.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.3 steals in 43 G-League games. He will likely spend most of next season in the G-League as well, and is not currently on the fantasy radar.
Aug 3 - 1:11 PM

Brandon Bass is re-signing with the Liaoning Leopards of the CBA.

Bass appeared in 52 games with the Clippers in 2016-17, averaging 5.6 points per game, but signed a $2 million deal to play in China in 2017-18. He'll remain in the CBA next season.
Source: HUPU.com
Aug 3 - 11:02 AM

Gordon Hayward (leg) went through a 1-on-1 drill on Monday and was able to dunk off his left foot.

This is the first time that Hayward has been able to get through any 1-on-1 action since undergoing leg surgery, and he's on track to be good to go by the time training camp rolls along. Hayward will be somewhat of an afterthought on draft day after sitting out nearly the entire 2017-18 season, but he figures to be a fixture in Boston's offense and he shouldn't have much trouble playing alongside Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum considering he's not a huge usage rate guy. He could make for a nice value pick towards the middle rounds.
Jul 30 - 7:08 PM

The Celtics have waived G Rodney Purvis.

Purvis was traded to Boston in exchange for Abdel Nader and cash considerations, but he was never expected to make it to training camp.
Jul 30 - 5:10 PM

Gordon Hayward (leg) is working with renowned NBA skills coach, Drew Hanlen, to improve his isolation game.

"His biggest thing is being able to create his own shot," said Hanlen. "Basically, his main thing is isolation stuff, whether it’s mid-post or perimeter-oriented, and then becoming a better playmaker so that he can continue to make plays with all of those talented guys that the Celtics have around him." Hayward has been going full-speed at recent workouts, and the next major step in his recovery will be advancing to 5-on-5, full-contact work. He should be good to go for camp and could make for a nice value pick towards the middle rounds on draft day.
Source: Hoops Hype
Jul 29 - 2:39 PM

Jayson Tatum has been working out with Kobe Bryant and Drew Hanlen.

So Tatum is working out with one of the more impactful minds for young players this summer, and Kobe Bryant. Unlike some of Hanlen's other projects, Tatum's offensive game is beyond his years as an 80th percentile scorer last season, especially as a spot-up shooter at 87th percentile (Synergy). Tatum did only have 1.4 isolation possessions per game and he was below average on those, so that is the last piece of the puzzle. Even with Gordon Hayward getting healthy, Tatum should get his as he looks to build off his magnificent start.
Jul 27 - 3:21 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) said he hasn't played 5-on-5 full contact yet but expects to be 100 percent for the start of training camp.

Irving is recovering from knee surgery and a subsequent infection discovered on the metal wiring and screws in his knee. Fortunately, the infection was found and treated before it developed into a staph infection. Irving is with Team USA in Las Vegas and working out with the squad. We should have plenty of updates on his status during the leadup to training camp.
Jul 27 - 10:20 AM

Jabari Bird and Boston are "closing in on a two-year deal," according to Chris Hayes of ESPN.

The Celtics selected Bird with the 56th overall pick in the 2017 draft. He signed a two-way contract last season and spent much of the year in the G-League. He played well in Las Vegas earlier this month at Summer League, averaging 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. However, it's highly unlikely he is a part of the C's rotation next season and can be ignored in standard fantasy formats.
Jul 26 - 11:22 AM


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