Player News - Celtics

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President Danny Ainge said his size, length and shot-making abilities were the main reasons the Celtics drafted Jayson Tatum.

As just about every GM says, Ainge said he would've taken Tatum at one in the draft. Ainge also said that the Celtics are looking to get some added size to their roster. Jaylen Brown was buried on the depth chart last year and Ainge said Brown's experience will help Tatum, which could be foreshadowing on Tatum's role for next year. Unless the Celtics pull off a big trade, it'll be tough to count on Tatum in October.
Jun 24 - 5:00 PM

President Danny Ainge said that Isaiah Thomas (hip) is doing "much better" in his rehab from his hip injury.

Ainge said it's still possible Thomas could need surgery. The GM believes he'll have further imaging done on Thomas in mid-to-late July, and then they'll figure out the next step in the treatment process. Thomas is expected to be ready for camp, but Ainge did say the team is "hoping" IT will be ready to roll.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 4:35 PM

Ante Zizic may not play in the Summer League due to visa issues.

This would be a huge blow for Celtics fans and for fans of the Summer League in general. Zizic was the 23rd overall pick in 2016 and is one of the top prospects in all of Europe. The Celtics could certainly use more depth at center and Tyler Zeller's contract for next season isn't guaranteed. so Zizic would be in the mix for minutes if the Celtics can bring him over to the states.
Jun 23 - 1:18 PM

Guerschon Yabusele (foot) will not play for the Celtics during Summer League.

He was never expected to play after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet back in May, but now it's official. The Celtics selected two forwards in the draft and have loads of cap space to pursue free agents such as Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin, so the Dancing Bear has his work cut out for him to crack the rotation in 2017-18.
Jun 23 - 1:10 PM

The Celtics selected Cal guard Jabari Bird at No. 56 in Thursday's NBA Draft.

The Celtics have a logjam at shooting guard and took Kadeem Allen with the 53rd pick, meaning Bird has his work cut out for him. They also have vets Avery Bradley, Terry Rozier and Gerald Green, further clouding Bird's future. He'll need to emerge as a "3-and-D" guard, which he has the potential to do, but there is no guarantee he'll be on Boston's roster at the start of the season.
Jun 23 - 12:13 AM

The Celtics selected Arizona's Kadeem Allen with the 53rd pick in the draft.

He played junior college ball before he headed to the Wildcats. Allen could be viewed as a combo guard with his 6'3" height and 6'9" wingspan. He also showed he could knock down a jumper while using his length for 1.6 steals.
Jun 23 - 12:07 AM

The Celtics selected Semi Ojeleye with the 37th pick in the draft.

After barely playing at Duke for two years, Ojeleye busted out as the AAC Player of the Year at SMU, averaging 18.9 points, 6.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.4 blocks and 2.1 treys on a solid 49/42/79 shooting line. Ojeleye also lit it up at the combine with a 40.5-inch max vert along with elite lane-agility and sprint numbers. At 235 pounds and standing 6’7" with a 6’10" wingspan, Ojeleye’s measurements are enough to overcome the slow start to his career and playing at a smaller school. He joins a crowded Boston rotation, so fantasy owners should temper expectations for his rookie season.
Jun 22 - 11:21 PM

The Boston Celtics have selected Duke F Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick.

The Duke product comes into the NBA at the right time with his 6’8" size to go with his 1.4 treys per game in his lone season as a Blue Devil. Tatum also really filled it up as a freshman, averaging 16.8 points, 7.3 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks on a 56.6 true shooting percentage. Tatum was a little underwhelming around the basket at just 62.0 percent on shots at the rim, so his interior presence will be something to watch.
Jun 22 - 7:55 PM

The Knicks are ask the Celtics for the No. 3 pick, Brooklyn's pick next year, Jaylen Brown and Jae Crowder for Kristaps Porzingis, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

This version of the deal wouldn't include Joakim Noah's contract, per the report. This sure is a lot to ask from the Celtics, so it's no surprise they're not willing to meet this asking price. Jaylen Brown also has a close relationship with former Knicks president Isiah Thomas.
Jun 22 - 2:45 PM

The Celtics "appear to be leaning" towards picking Jayson Tatum at No. 3, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.

Of course, the Celtics are rumored to be looking for a trade and will have to keep this pick to make the selection. The fact that Josh Jackson won't work out for the Celtics may be a factor here, as well. Regardless, Tatum is a serious talent and figures to be a prototype four in today's NBA. If he doesn't go No. 3, he'll probably be going No. 4 to the Suns.
Jun 21 - 3:20 PM

Jayson Tatum worked out for the Celtics on Monday.

Once the deal between Philly and Boston is official, the Celtics will have the No. 3 pick in this year's draft and Tatum will be one of the top candidates for the pick. The 6'8" forward averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game as a freshman at Duke and reportedly impressed the Celtics with "his shot-making and footwork in the drills." The Celtics are also "strongly considering" Kansas forward Josh Jackson.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 1:24 PM

ESPN's Chris Forsberg said that Anthony Davis could be a target for the Celtics.

Davis has three more years left on his deal with the Pelicans, so this seems a bit ambitious. However, the Celtics now own as many as seven first-round picks over the next three years after yesterday's trade with Philly, so they certainly have the assets to make a big splash. While acquiring Davis is probably a pipe dream, expect the Celtics to be linked to the usual suspects such as Jimmy Butler and Paul George.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 9:42 AM

The general reaction around the league from the 76ers-Celtics trade is both teams are still maneuvering, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

Fire up those Jimmy Butler rumors. Even with the Celtics reportedly only getting two firsts in the trade, they're still sitting on a heap of draft picks for the next three drafts, and can trade for basically any player on a rebuilding team. We'll see a ton of reports in the next few days in what should be a fun week.
Jun 18 - 12:45 AM

The Celtics are expected to choose between Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum with their No. 3 pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

This is assuming the Lakers do take Lonzo Ball, as well. There is also the possibility the Celtics make even more deals because we all know how much general manager Danny Ainge loves draft picks. Tatum fills a big need for Boston as an athletic four man, and he's also very likely to go in the top five regardless.
Jun 18 - 12:27 AM

The Celtics' "overflowing backcourt" factored into their decision to pass on Markelle Fultz, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

Interesting. Sure, Marcus Smart is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, but that really shouldn't have been part of the thought process to pass on such a great prospect in Fultz. The Celtics do also really like Terry Rozier, and they're also likely to commit a lot of money to Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley.
Jun 18 - 12:04 AM


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