Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Marcus Smart hit 6-of-20 shots (2-of-10 3PTs, 12-of-13 FTs) for 26 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in Monday's preseason loss to the Jazz.

Smart looked like a man playing with boys out there and with all Summer League disclaimers aside, it does look like he had a productive summer. He'll have to vie for touches in the Celtics backcourt, but there should be enough to go around and Smart looks like a post-Hype guy heading into this season.
Jul 6 - 11:25 PM

R.J. Hunter missed all five of his field goal attempts in his Summer League debut on Monday.

Hunter logged 20 minutes and on the bright side he did have three steals. He's unlikely to make a fantasy impact this season.
Jul 6 - 11:20 PM

Vitor Faverani could soon sign with Maccabi.

Faverani had an audition and there is now mutual interest between the two sides. The big man's days in the NBA are all but over before ever really getting started.
Jul 6 - 10:04 AM

Marcus Smart said that he is getting more comfortable at the point guard position.

"I’m more comfortable being at the point guard position and treading the defense and kind of just running the whole offense," Smart said. "They definitely expect a lot more out of me. I expect a lot out of myself. But with that territory comes a lot of responsibility, so I’m just trying to get better." After averaging 7.8 points, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 three-pointers during his rookie season, Smart could be poised to take a major step forward in the 2015-16 season.
Jul 5 - 9:55 AM

Phil Pressey will play in summer league.

It's going to his third year and he still needs a lot of work. With the Celtics adding even more backcourt players to go with Isaiah Thomas, Pressey is going to have to fight for his roster spot.
Jul 3 - 2:32 PM

The Celtics have reportedly ended their pursuit of Tobias Harris and Corey Brewer.

While the signing of Jae Crowder essentially ruled out their need for Brewer, the Celtics had a certain financial parameter in mind when it came to Tobias Harris and have bowed out now that it's become clear that Orlando will match any offer that Harris receives in restricted free agency. This isn't news that most Celtics fans want to hear, but it's also worth noting that the Celtics have not reached out to Greg Monroe, Robin Lopez, or Gerald Green since the beginning of the free agency period.
Jul 2 - 9:39 AM

Jae Crowder has agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with the Celtics, with the entire salary guaranteed through the 2019-20 season.

Crowder was essentially a cast-off with the Mavericks but his solid play for Boston earned him a massive pay-raise to $7 million per season over a long-term contract. It could be a solid value for the Celts if Crowder develops into a DeMarre Carroll-type talent, locking down defensively while steadily improving his FG shooting (41.4 percent) and 3-point shooting (31.6 percent). It's an interesting gamble for GM Danny Ainge and Boston's front office -- other than signing veteran PF Amir Johnson in free agency, they appear content to develop from within this season.
Jul 1 - 11:58 PM

Jonas Jerebko will sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Celtics.

Apparently his awful four postseason games against the Cavs didn't matter. Jerebko did come on down the stretch during the regular season and even put up a 16-point game in the finale, but this big of a contract is a slight surprise.
Jul 1 - 3:42 PM

Amir Johnson has agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with the Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Danny Ainge and the Celtics are paying a steep price for Johnson's rebounding and defense. He averaged only 9.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.8 blocks in 26 minutes per game last season. Brandon Bass is an unrestricted FA and all signs point to Johnson playing solid minutes as Boston's starting PF, though he faces competition from guys like Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller. He'll be a decent source of rebounds, FG percentage and blocks next season, but that's about it.
Jul 1 - 3:34 PM

The Mavericks are reportedly interested in bringing Jae Crowder back to Dallas.

The Mavericks made a huge mistake by trading Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder to the Celtics in exchange for Rajon Rondo, but it appears that they are eager to pursue Crowder after losing Al-Farouq Aminu in free agency. Crowder is a restricted free agent, and considering how much the Celtics love his defense, it would take a big offer to steal him away from Boston.
Jul 1 - 1:47 PM

The Celtics are interested in free agent PF Amir Johnson, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix.

Boston didn't address their frontcourt needs in the draft and Danny Ainge is expected to aggressively pursue help at PF and C in free agency. Whether or not Johnson is interested in coming to Boston, it seems unlikely that he'll be a Raptor in 2015-16.
Jun 30 - 11:05 PM

Marcus Thornton is expected to play in the D-League or in Europe next season.

General manager Danny Ainge said he thinks Thornton has a bright future with the team. Thornton is the second Marcus Thornton to join the Celtics organization in the past two seasons, but thankfully the older Marcus was traded to Phoenix at the deadline to spare some confusion.
Source: Mass Live
Jun 30 - 1:39 PM

Christian Watford is expected to play for the Pacers summer league team.

Watford played for the Celtics in training camp before being cut prior to last season, so he'll look to try and make the Pacers roster instead this time around.
Jun 29 - 2:18 PM

The Knicks and Celtics discussed a trade involving Jared Sullinger during the NBA draft, sources told ESPN New York.

It's not clear how far the conversations got, but the two sides spoke about what it would take for Boston to move up in the draft. The Knicks also talked with the Suns about Eric Bledsoe, but the New York Phil Jackson's wound up taking Kristaps Porzingis instead of making a trade.
Jun 29 - 10:21 AM

Contrary to reports, Marcus Smart was not offered in a draft-day trade, sources told the Boston Globe.

It doesn't mean the Celtics won't trade Smart, but apparently he wasn't on the table during the draft. With Boston's logjam at guard and with clear needs on the wing and at center, Smart could still be trade bait this offseason should Danny Ainge find a deal to his liking.
Jun 29 - 9:49 AM


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