Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Brad Stevens sees a lot of potential in Terry Rozier.

"I just think that he’s got a burst that is pretty unique," Stevens said. "He’s still learning how to do things, but he’s making good progress, and his attitude’s really good. I mean, he’s a non-stop worker. He wants to be really good, and that’s a great trait for a young guy whose minutes are inconsistent." Rozier's fantasy outlook will depend on Boston's roster (re)construction, but he'll have a tough time getting consistent minutes so long as Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart remain ahead of him.
May 2 - 11:30 AM

Evan Turner said that Brad Stevens "rekindled my fire for the game."

"Brad's definitely helped me grow as a player in regards to seeing things in a bigger-picture format," Turner said. "I think he's definitely helped us all becoming better pros and doing the little things. Everybody in this locker room he's always trying to put in positions to succeed so I definitely appreciate that and most importantly off the court he's a great friend and a great guy." Despite holding a treasure chest filled with assets, there's little doubt Brad Stevens is Boston's most valuable chip in a growing stack.
May 2 - 10:29 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens told Evan Turner that he wants him back in Boston next season.

"Coach [Stevens] definitely said [he wants me back]," said Turner. "He said he’ll be pushing for me and everything like that. And that’s pretty much it. But there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on right now. I understand it. And I understand what’s going to occur, with the draft picks and the young guys trying to develop and trying to get a superstar, stuff like that. I definitely comprehend it." The Celtics may try to land a star this summer and have a stockpile of draft picks to use, so Turner won't be their top priority even though they want to re-sign him.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 1 - 10:22 AM

Isaiah Thomas vowed to be better next season.

"I'm going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again because it really hurt me," Thomas said. "I'm going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you I'll be back better." Thomas was a top-40 player in standard 9-cat leagues this season with averages of 22.2 points, 6.2 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.1 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, so he won't be cheap in fantasy drafts next season.
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 10:08 AM

Kelly Olynyk said that he will consider undergoing shoulder surgery this summer.

He admitted that his shoulder wasn't even 80 percent during the playoffs, so give him credit for playing though the injury. Olynyk is still evaluating different options and is getting a second opinion as well, so it's not a lock that he will need surgery. Olynyk only averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season in 20.2 minutes per game in Boston's crowded frontcourt, so the Celtics would likely have to move some pieces around in order for him to have a larger role.
Apr 29 - 11:35 AM

Evan Turner indicated that his positive experience in Boston will play heavily into his decision as a free agent this summer.

"It’s definitely going to play a lot," Turner said. "Players definitely play their best when they’re happy. Most importantly, I found a situation and coach that tended to myself, and my teammates, to what they do well." Regardless of what Turner decides, he's going to get a serious raise this summer after a promising postseason with averages 13.2 points, 5.7 boards, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals.
Source: Telegram
Apr 29 - 10:05 AM

Isiah Thomas carried the offensive load in a season-ending 104-92 loss to the Hawks on Thursday, scoring 25 points with three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes.

He just needs some help on offense. The Celtics offense just falls apart when Thomas is out there in his All-Star season. The Celtics are playing with house money on IT after the Suns traded him away, so they will continue to feature him. They will likely add some help for Thomas on the offensive end, but the Pizza Guy should be ready to roll as a top-50 pick in drafts next season.
Apr 28 - 10:53 PM

Evan Turner's solid series ended on a down note during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday, making 4-of-17 from the field for eight points with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

He was a big part of the rotation due to Avery Bradley (hamstring) going down. Turner surpassed most expectations to help his value heading into free agency, especially late in the season and in the postseason. In his 12 starts this regular season, Turner averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 treys. Several teams will be after The Villain.
Apr 28 - 10:50 PM

Jae Crowder made 5-of-15 from the field for 15 points with six rebounds, three 3-pointers and six fouls in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

It was not a great series for Crowder. On top of this dud, Crowder averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.4 turnovers and 1.4 treys on a woeful 26.3 percent from the field in his previous five games. Crowder has been called "untouchable" for his cheap contract after the Rajon Rondo deal, so expect him to be the starting small forward next year. Plus, he logged major minutes at power forward in this series. Crowder likely won't be able to match his third-round value on the year in season-long leagues, but he won't be a sleeper in drafts.
Apr 28 - 10:48 PM

Amir Johnson played 18 minutes with three points, four rebounds and two turnovers against the Hawks on Thursday.

He did have a hand injury during this game, but it didn't cost him time. Johnson didn't have a great regular season with multiple cold runs due to a lack of offense despite being solid on D all year. The problem is coach Brad Stevens takes him out when the Celtics are trailing. Johnson will enter the last year of his deal in the 2016-17 season, but expect him to move down the depth chart with the Celtics likely to add some pieces.
Apr 28 - 10:47 PM

Jared Sullinger played just seven minutes with two points, four rebounds and one turnover in a loss to the Hawks on Thursday.

He had an off night on both ends. Sullinger had a bumpy ride this season, starting with a terrible training camp and even falling to the fifth big on the roster. However, he did get it going to become the primary offensive big man for most of the year. The Celtics are almost certainly going to address their frontcourt in the offseason, which will likely push Sullinger out of the standard-league convo to start the 2016-17 season.
Apr 28 - 10:46 PM

Jonas Jerebko scores 13 points with one rebound, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday.

The Celtics gave him some minutes at small forward with some foul trouble for Jae Crowder. Jerebko benefited from the matchup in the postseason and certainly because of Avery Bradley (hamstring) missing time -- the Celtics needed spacing. He'll be under contract next year and will likely slide down the depth chart again.
Apr 28 - 10:46 PM

Marcus Smart scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, four steals and three turnovers in 35 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

He was getting stretched out on the bench with a leg issue, but it didn't cost him time. His defense was great with plenty of anticipation to help spark some runs in this game. However, Smart will go into the offseason with major offensive concerns. He sort of shined at Summer League last year, but he couldn't string games together during the season outside one his pre-break run. He will likely be a high-upside player with risk next year.
Apr 28 - 10:44 PM

Kelly Olynyk said after Thursday's shootaround that his right shoulder is feeling the best it's felt through Boston's first-round series.

Olynyk has been used sparingly through Boston's first-round matchup against the Hawks, and he'll be battling Jared Sullinger for reserve minutes on Thursday night. His shoulder may be feeling better, but it's unlikely we see him earn much more than 10 minutes tonight.
Apr 28 - 6:53 PM

Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's Game 6 against the Hawks.

The Celtics will go with the same starting lineup they've been using of Thomas, Evan Turner, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson for Game 6, and Thomas will look to bounce back from a disappointing Game 5 performance for Thursday's home game.


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