Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

The Celtics have given Ben Bentil a partial guarantee, a source told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

Bentil will have to fight hard in training camp to make a Celtics roster that's already loaded with guaranteed contracts, and it's no guarantee that the No. 51 overall pick sticks in Boston. If he winds up being waived, there's at least a decent chance that another club decides to scoop him up. Regardless, there is no fantasy intrigue here.
Jul 25 - 9:37 AM

Jae Crowder was appreciative of the fact that the Celtics included him in the free agent recruiting process.

"Obviously, that's a big step," Crowder said. "I can't say no to that. I took it in. I was very humbled and grateful for the opportunity to show that I'm a big part of the puzzle." Clam Crowder is clearly starting to feel like a part of Boston's core, and it's worth reminding everyone that he's signed through the 2019-20 season at approximately $28 million total. What a bargain.
Jul 25 - 9:33 AM

The Celtics are still in discussions with Abdel Nader.

Several options are being discussed, but Nader is more than likely going to head to Maine to play for the Red Claws in the D-League. Nader was impressive during the summer league, but the Boston roster is simply too crowded for the second-round pick. The same report adds that R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland and Ben Bentil will compete for the final roster spot in Boston.
Jul 24 - 10:47 AM

James Young could be used as a trade chip for his $1.8 million contract next season.

Basically, the Celtics could just use that money to make a trade work financially. Young had a bad Summer League and really hasn't played well since he was drafted. A change of scenery would probably be good for Young.
Jul 23 - 5:56 PM

R.J. Hunter, James Young, Ben Bentil and John Holland are "in position to fight" for Boston's final roster spot according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

The Celtics gave guaranteed deals to Tyler Zeller, Gerald Green and Demetrius Jackson on Saturday, so Boston's roster is nearly complete. None of those guys would crack the rotation on opening night anyways, so fantasy owners can ignore this.
Jul 23 - 12:08 PM

Demetrius Jackson has agreed to a guaranteed deal with the Celtics.

The Celtics will open the 2016-17 season with four point guards on the roster in Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Jackson. Rozier outplayed Jackson during the summer league, so the Notre Dame product isn't going to see minutes right out of the gate.
Jul 23 - 11:54 AM

Tyler Zeller has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Celtics.

The second year of the deal is a team option, so the Celtics will still keep their financial flexibility for the 2017 offseason. Zeller was solid in limited minutes last season, averaging 6.1 points, 3.0 boards and 0.4 blocks in 11.8 minutes per game. He won't have much fantasy value with Amir Johnson and Al Horford around.
Jul 23 - 11:22 AM

Gerald Green has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Celtics.

Once Green signs, they will have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster. Green is coming off a disappointing season in Miami where he averaged 8.9 points on 39.2 percent shooting. He will likely have a limited role at best in Boston.
Jul 23 - 9:55 AM

Coty Clarke has signed a deal to play for Unics Kazan in Russia.

He had a couple 10-day contracts with the Celtics last season and was with the Wolves during the summer league. It's just a one-year deal, so we could see Clarke back in the summer league next year.
Source: Sportando
Jul 23 - 9:12 AM

Jae Crowder said that Al Horford will be a "perfect fit" in Boston.

"We play through our bigs, and a lot of teams don't play through their bigs — they post them up and give them the ball," Crowder said. "Our bigs, like he did in Atlanta, he makes the play. We were explaining our basketball terminology to him, and how ours will fit right in with [his] game. It's going to mesh. Most guys have to blend in and fit in, but it's going to be automatically just there." Danny Ainge said that Horford will play both the four and five next season, so he should be able to return top-20 value in standard leagues once again.
Source: Masslive
Jul 22 - 11:39 AM

Jae Crowder said that the pain in his right ankle has finally subsided.

Crowder played through a severely sprained right ankle during the 2016 postseason, and the fact that the pain didn't subside until two months after his season ended speaks to his immense toughness. Crowder also voiced his frustration with Kevin Durant's decision to join Golden State, and said he's "for sure" looking to beat the Warriors next season more so than any other team in the league.
Jul 21 - 3:01 PM

Guerschon Yabusele is reportedly set to sign in China for the 2016-17 season.

Though Boston still holds his rights, the 16th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks. The Dancing Bear will get valuable playing time with the Sharks, so this move will be good for his long-term development. While we may see him in the NBA in 2017-18, fantasy owners can move on from Yabusele for the upcoming season.
Jul 21 - 12:01 PM

Guerschon Yabusele's status with the Celtics will depend on whether or not Boston can open up a roster spot via trade.

The Celtics already have 15 guaranteed contracts on the roster, so they'd need to trade away someone in order to create a spot for Yabusele on the opening night roster. If the Celtics are unsuccessful in orchestrating a trade Yabusele will play overseas, but even if he does wind up on Boston's regular-season roster, his fantasy value will be non-existent in Boston's crowded frontcourt.
Jul 20 - 10:01 AM

Celtics rookie Abdel Nader is still expected to play for the D-League's Maine Red Claws this season.

Nader was impressive during Summer League, finishing as the Celtics' third-leading scorer at 12.8 points per game. "He’s played well, he’s made shots and defended well and rebounded," said Danny Ainge said. Nader may not consent to playing in the D-League, but if he does he could earn a few callups during the regular season. Needless to say, it would take a few injuries for him to emerge in the rotation.
Jul 18 - 11:48 AM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge hasn't decided whether to keep rookie Guerschon Yabusele on the roster or stash him overseas for another season.

Yabusele reportedly wants to play for the French team Rouen if he doesn't make the cut with Boston. "My confidence after [Summer League] is good," he said. "I’ve got good competition here and played very well." He averaged a solid 8.0 points on 55.2 percent shooting in Vegas, with 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in just 25.4 minutes per game. Even if he stays in the NBA he won't be a standard-league fantasy option this year.
Jul 17 - 12:21 PM


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