Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Paul Pierce thinks the "sky is the limit" for Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.

Pierce, a Celtic legend and future Hall-of-Famer, had high praise for a player that has drawn immediate comparisons to The Truth. "He looks like an older version of me," said Pierce. "When I’m watching him, he looks like a mature version of my game, like sixth, seventh, eighth year. He sees the defense... His offensive repertoire seems complete." With Jae Crowder now in Cleveland, Tatum may see slightly more playing time than expected during his rookie season.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 15 - 11:13 AM

Terry Rozier said he's not worried about trade rumors and is confident GM Danny Ainge will keep him around.

With Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder no longer around, there are a lot of minutes up for grabs in Boston and Rozier is looking forward to proving himself this season. "I'm ready to show the world what I can do this year," he said. "I don't really like to talk too much about what I've been working on, I'm more of a show type of guy." Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown should both be more involved as well, so Rozier is more of a deep-league asset unless he lights it up during the preseason.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 10:21 AM

Daniel Theis scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Germany's win over France on Saturday.

Theis was remarkably efficient in the contest, shooting 8-of-9 from the floor, including 2-of-2 from 3-point territory, and 4-of-5 from the free throw stripe. It was by far his best game of the 2017 EuroBasket tournament. Theis signed a two-year minimum deal with the Celtics this summer but will have a difficult time cracking the rotation due to the impressive depth of Boston's frontcourt.
Sep 9 - 11:14 AM

Zach Lowe of ESPN is hearing that Aron Baynes will likely come off the bench for the Celtics.

The Celtics are reportedly leaning towards starting Al Horford at center, so Baynes would be looking at minutes in the high teens to low 20s if that is the case. He's not a standard-league target, but Baynes does have some appeal in very deep leagues. He averaged 4.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 15.5 minutes per game last season with excellent shooting percentages.
Source: ESPN
Sep 7 - 10:26 AM

Zach Lowe of ESPN is reporting that the Celtics are leaning towards starting Al Horford at center.

"I do think they’re going to start Horford at center, which is interesting," Lowe said. "I think, organizationally, that’s the way they’re leaning." The Celtics essentially replaced Amir Johnson with Aron Baynes, but it makes sense for them to move Horford to the five because they can take advantage of their outstanding depth at the forward spots. Horford had a tough time staying healthy last season, but he's a solid value at his current ADP in the early-middle rounds.
Source: ESPN
Sep 7 - 10:19 AM

Marcus Smart said he's lost 20 pounds this summer and is down to 219.

That means he was up to 240 towards the end of the season, which may be the bigger takeaway. "I've been in the gym non-stop. It's a new me. I'm more explosive," Smart said. The Celtics will likely be calling on Smart more with Avery Bradley in Detroit, but he really has to make his jumpers. His upside in steals with some dimes and maybe some scoring make him a nice late-round pick, especially if you're punting field goal percentage.
Sep 6 - 6:51 PM

The trial alleging Markieff and Marcus Morris' involvement in an aggravated assault back in August of 2015 has been set to begin on September 12.

The twins will be required to be physically present for the beginning of the hearings, so this could affect their status for training camp. They are innocent until proven guilty, but a guilty verdict has the potential to result in jail time and at the very least, a 10-game suspension from the NBA.
Sep 6 - 1:25 PM

The Celtics have signed Jabari Bird to a two-way contract.

The two-way deal guarantees that Bird will spend a majority of the 2017-18 season in the G-League, so he can safely be ignored in all fantasy leagues on draft day.
Source: NBA
Sep 5 - 5:26 PM

Kyrie Irving said he "can’t wait to get on the floor to maximize [his] potential" in Boston.

"I just want to be around those incredible coaches, those incredible minds, those incredible individuals and I felt like in doing that Boston came at the right exact time and it was meant to be that way," he said. "I trust in that, and I’m glad to be here." Irving is no longer in LeBron James' shadow and should be "the man" in Boston, so he's moved into the conversation at the turn of the first and second rounds of standard fantasy league drafts.
Source: USA Today
Sep 4 - 12:08 PM

Kyrie Irving will officially join the Celtics after they agreed to trade terms with Cleveland on Wednesday.

The Celtics are throwing in a second-round pick in 2020 to close this deal, which was in limbo due to questions about Isaiah Thomas' injured hip. They got their guy in the end, landing a 25-year-old, four-time All-Star to spearhead the offense. Kyrie should fare well in the Celtics' pass-happy attack, and his 3-point totals could be lofty -- he went 40.1 percent from deep on 6.1 attempts per game last season, while Thomas launched 8.5 threes per game for Boston.
Aug 30 - 10:33 PM

The Cavaliers are reportedly still pursuing an additional first-round pick from Boston to complete the deal involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas (hip).

Both teams would need to agree to a deadline extension if no agreement is made before 10am ET. Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported that "[the Cavs] could be inclined to complete the deal for a late first-round pick or second-round considerations," but so far the Celtics haven't sweetened the deal. We'll know more as the 10am deadline approaches.
Aug 30 - 10:19 PM

LJ Peak has agreed to a deal with the Celtics.

A 6'5" junior out of Georgetown, Peak averaged 16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 triples last season. It's a partially guaranteed deal, so Peak will be a training camp body and will likely spend time in the G-League.
Aug 28 - 1:48 PM

The Celtics are reportedly unwilling to add Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum or a first-round pick to their existing offer for Kyrie Irving.

Chris Mannix told CSNNE that the Celtics might add a second-round pick to appease the Cavs, but it doesn't sound like they'll go any further. Tatum was already deemed off-limits and it's no surprise to see Brown and future first-round picks added to the list, as they're already ceding significant value in the deal. All signs point to Brown remaining a significant part of Boston's rotation this season.
Aug 27 - 9:26 PM

The Boston Globe is reporting that Jabari Bird is expected to sign a two-way contract with the Celtics.

Following the Kyrie Irving trade, the Celtics have an open spot on their 15-man roster, but Boston is expected to use that space to sign an established veteran. Bird, who the Celtics selected with the 56th pick in the 2017 draft, is not projected to snag that final spot, instead signing a two-way deal. Bird can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as he'll likely spend the majority of the season in the G-League.
Aug 26 - 10:11 AM

The uncertainty on Isaiah Thomas' hip could keep Kyrie Irving from officially joining the Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

One of the NBA's biggest blockbuster deals just added a new wrinkle. The Celtics were reportedly worried about IT's hip and perhaps that's why they gave up their coveted Nets pick. Irving would've been in a wonderful situation with coach Brad Stevens, but don't buy that Irving Celtics jersey just yet.
Aug 26 - 12:02 AM


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