Player News - Celtics

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James Young is expected to play in the summer league.

His roster spot with the Celtics is in jeopardy because he hasn't improved much since joining the NBA, so this a huge summer for Young. The Celtics drafted Jaylen Brown with the third pick, so the path to minutes on the wings just got even more difficult for Young.
Jun 26 - 11:30 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that he was impressed by Guerschon Yabusele's lateral movement.

"He shot the ball well in our workout and he shot the ball well all year," said Stevens. "That will continue to get better and better, but what put me over the top on him was his ability to move laterally. For a guy that size, the ability to move laterally is pretty unique." Stevens also said that Yabusele can guard multiple positions and that he's already a solid shooter from the 3-point line. The Celtics are still in talks with his team in France, so it's not clear if he will come to the NBA this coming season.
Jun 25 - 11:59 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he was impressed by Ante Zizic's motor and rebounding.

"One thing that stood out, and I didn’t have a chance to see Ante work out, I saw him on tape, is that he has a huge motor and he’s very physical," said Stevens. "He’s a great rebounder. His rebounding numbers are fantastic. He scores the ball mostly in the paint, but will just continue to improve and improve. Another person who comes exceptionally highly regarded from the standpoint of work ethic, desire and team-ness." Talks are ongoing with Zizic's team in Europe, so it's still unclear if he will come to the NBA next season or stay overseas.
Jun 25 - 11:53 AM

Danny Ainge believes that Jaylen Brown has a chance to be special.

"We believe, with Jaylen, the way the NBA is played, that his versatility on top of his unique skill level, and his character, and his work ethic, we think all those factors give him as good a chance as any of [this year’s top picks] — if not better — to be special," Ainge said. The pick was criticized by the Boston fan base, but Ainge said he wants everyone to take a year to see what they have in the California wing player before a final judgment is made. On a side note, Ainge said that Brown is one of a few players that he's seen that made him say ‘Wow!’ a few times.
Jun 25 - 9:13 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said Guerschon Yabusele can play power forward or center.

The coach added the Frenchman doesn't need to improve his range because he's already a capable 3-point shooter. Yabusele made 27-of-63 (42.9 percent) from deep in his pro career, so the 6'8", 20-year-old forward is ahead of schedule. The upside is huge for the No. 16 pick, but he's not likely going to be in the NBA this year.
Jun 24 - 11:38 PM

General manager Danny Ainge said he's not sure if Ante Zizic will be a draft-and-stash player.

The Celtics drafted six players on Thursday, so draft-and-stash is definitely an option with the limited space on the roster. Zizic is just 19 years old and just started playing ball when he was 16, so getting overseas seasoning isn't a bad idea. The No. 23 pick not a fantasy target just yet.
Source: Mass Live
Jun 24 - 6:27 PM

According to Sporting News, the Bulls are interested in Evan Turner.

Turner has previously said that he would like to re-sign with Boston, but he might be a little too expensive for Danny Ainge. We already know that the Knicks are also interested in Turner, but both New York and Chicago would be decent spots for him to have fantasy value. According to Mercury News, the Warriors could also have some interest in Turner.
Jun 24 - 1:07 PM

Guerschon Yabusele said that he's open to the idea of remaining overseas for a couple seasons.

"It's not a problem for me, even if I got to go one year, two years in Europe, in another country and play, I'll go," Yabusele said. "I just want to play in the NBA and try to be better, so it's great." The Celtics selected the forward with the No. 16 pick in the draft, but their roster is pretty crowded right now and it would make a lot of sense for him to stay overseas where he's guaranteed to get valuable minutes.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 24 - 12:00 PM

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said that no deal for the No. 3 pick ever came close and made it clear that Jaylen Brown was the right choice.

"We're very happy to build with a piece – and maybe an important piece – Jaylen Brown," Grousbeck said. "Danny [Ainge] and his staff feel that he's got significant upside. He's already an accomplished player at a young age. We feel that he's got the physique and the competitive drive, and the motor, and the skills, and really important the character and the intelligence. He's a very, very smart guy." The Celtics were heavily linked to Kris Dunn prior to the draft, but it sounds like Brown was always going to be their guy once they decided to keep the pick.
Source: Mass Live
Jun 24 - 10:33 AM

Abdel Nader has agreed to be stashed in the D-League next season.

The Celtics drafted Nader with the 58th pick in the draft, but he simply isn't ready to make the final 15-man roster. He averaged 12.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.5 treys in 31 minutes per game as a senior for Iowa State.
Jun 24 - 9:06 AM

The Boston Celtics have selected Abdel Nader with the No. 58 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Nader averaged 12.9 points, 1.5 threes, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks in 31 minutes per game as a senior for Iowa State. He's not a lock to stick around with the big club as the Celtics play a game of musical chairs with their available roster spots.
Jun 24 - 12:15 AM

The Celtics used pick No. 51 to draft Providence PF Ben Bentil.

Boston came into the draft with eight picks and the expectation that they'd make a splash, but their only trade involved a pair of early second-round picks. Bentil is coming off a strong sophomore campaign for Providence during which he averaged 21.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 32.9 percent from downtown. His 6'8" frame hurts him, but if Bentil develops his 3-point shot he could emerge as a reliable stretch-PF for Boston. He's only worth monitoring in the deepest of leagues.
Jun 23 - 11:59 PM

The Celtics selected Demetrius Jackson with the 45th pick in the Draft.

He really slid in the draft considering he was expected to be a first-round pick. After sharing the point guard duties with Jerian Grant during his sophomore season, Jackson was the engine of the Notre Dame offense in his junior year. He played 36.0 minutes per game, averaging 15.8 points, 3.5 boards, 4.7 assists 1.2 steals and 1.5 treys. He needs to improve his jump shooting, but he had no problem getting to the cup with 35 percent of his shots coming at the rim. He's also an explosive athlete, but he's joining a crowded backcourt in Boston and it could be tough for him to see significant minutes.
Jun 23 - 11:43 PM

The Celtics selected Ante Zizic with the 23rd pick in the Draft.

It’s a good draft for Croatian bigs. Zizic has a 7’3" wingspan and has been playing pro ball since he was 16 years old. At just 19 years old, Zizic was very impressive in the Adriatic League, averaging 13.4 points, 8.0 boards, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 fouls in 25.7 minutes. To be clear, the Celtics are likely going to stash him overseas for a season or two, though Zizic did say that he will discuss it with the team.
Jun 23 - 10:15 PM

The Celtics added Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday and will likely be a draft-and-stash, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

He isn’t tall at just 6’8", but Yasbusele tips the scales at 270 pounds as one of the heaviest prospects. He also has some skills, averaging 11.5 points, 6.8 boards, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 treys on a very tidy 62.6 true shooting percentage in 28.7 minutes per game. He’ll draw some comparisons to Draymond Green and could even be a productive shooter, but nothing is a given. He'll likely need a couple years of seasoning before coming over to Boston.
Jun 23 - 9:26 PM


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