Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

The Celtics have reportedly renounced their rights to Colton Iverson.

Boston drafted him back in 2013, and they now want to give him an opportunity to make a roster elsewhere. He may be able to snag a training camp deal somewhere, but he's currently firmly off the radar in any format.
Aug 25 - 5:01 PM

Kelly Olynyk said that his right shoulder is feeling good and it's getting stronger, although he still doesn't know how much he'll be able to do at the start of training camp.

Olynyk underwent shoulder surgery back in mid-May, but he stated back in early-August that he's nearly got his full range of motion back and that he was a little bit ahead of his rehab schedule. Olynyk should be good to go by the time training camp rolls around, and he could be looking at an increased role with the Celtics this upcoming season due to the departure of Jared Sullinger. However, with Amir Johnson and Al Horford set to soak up the starter minutes, Olynyk will have a tough time making a difference in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 24 - 11:21 AM

Isaiah Thomas said that with the departure of Evan Turner, he expects Terry Rozier to be an impact player for the Celtics this upcoming season.

Rozier was indeed impressive in his three appearances at the Las Vegas Summer League, compiling averages of 21.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game on 62.1 percent shooting, and with Turner gone he will have the opportunity to become a more regular part of the Celtics' rotation this upcoming season. However, he still has Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley ahead of him on the depth chart, so it will be tough for him to establish himself in standard leagues.
Aug 24 - 10:54 AM

R.J. Hunter said that he's been focusing on improving his footwork this offseason.

"College isn’t scrub-level, but you can get away with mistakes sometimes," Hunter said. "In the NBA, you have to consistently be sharp with your footwork. And our system is made so if you do it right, it works." Because the Celtics had so many draft picks, Hunter will now be forced to compete for a roster spot during his sophomore season, but Hunter said he's embracing the competition and feels it will add some "extra competitive spirit to training camp." He'll likely make the team, but he won't be a fantasy option playing in Boston's crowded backcourt.
Aug 24 - 10:03 AM

Abdel Nader has committed to signing a D-League contract with the Maine Red Claws.

He rejected a contract to play in Europe, so Nader is hoping he can make it to the NBA sooner than many expect. The second-round pick had some impressive highlights in Summer League, but he's not expected to have an impact next season.
Aug 22 - 4:10 PM

Marcus Georges-Hunt has signed a training camp deal with the Celtics.

The undrafted senior out of Georgia Tech didn't make much of an impact for the Nets during the summer league, averaging just 2.8 points and 1.0 rebound in 13.2 minutes per game. His chances of making the 15-man roster are very slim.
Aug 20 - 10:21 AM

Jaylen Brown said that he won't take any time off to rest before training camp.

Brown has been working out with his personal trainer in Los Angeles since the summer league and the Celtics have sent team officials to monitor the workouts. You have to love the rookie's work ethic and the Boston Globe is reporting that Brown has already talked with coach Brad Stevens about the best opportunity to get playing time. He was very impressive at Vegas, but he won't have immediate fantasy value playing behind Jae Crowder.
Aug 14 - 12:17 PM

Isaiah Thomas is embracing Al Horford's arrival in Boston.

"It’s only going to help. That’s what we need, other guys that can put the ball in the basket, other guys that can do a variety of different things and he’s one of those guys," Thomas said. "The attention will go off me a little bit with having Al Horford on our team." IT added that he knows the transition will be a "process and it's going to take a little bit [of time]," but the point guard is confident the duo will figure it out. While Thomas should still return comparable fantasy value to last season, he is unlikely to have exactly the same kind of freedom and offensive role with Horford now on the squad.
Source: CSN NE
Aug 13 - 3:16 PM

Brad Stevens said his contract will keep him in Boston for a while.

While Stevens wouldn't get into the details of his extension from June, he made it clear he won't be going anywhere for a while. "We're not going to get into the terms, but I'll be here for a while," Stevens said. This is great news for Celtics players and fans as the young coach is already thought of as one of the top coaches in the league.
Aug 9 - 10:45 AM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens thinks Jaylen Brown can be a solid NBA player if he improves his shooting.

While Brown is still a very raw player, Stevens thinks he can develop into a good NBA player. "I believe he'll be absolutely fine with work," Stevens said. "And I believe in his work. I believe in his touch." Brown will likely struggle to make a difference in standard fantasy leagues next season, but he's a player to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues.
Aug 9 - 10:41 AM

Celtics draft pick Abdel Nader might sign a partially-guaranteed deal that could land him in the D-League this season.

The second-round pick remains unsigned, possibly because his camp is reluctant to give up on a ready-made role with the Celtics. "He’s an NBA player, that’s my belief," said Nader’s agent, Cervando Tejeda. "Right now, we have to decide what the next move is." Even after an impressive Summer League, it would be a major surprise if Nader emerged with fantasy relevance this season.
Aug 8 - 1:57 AM

Marcus Smart has been putting time in this summer working to improve his jump shot as well as his playmaking abilities.

"One thing that we work on here every day is just reads based on what the defense does. So I think you'll see him reach another level [in his playmaking abilities]," said Scott Morrison. "I know he's putting in a lot of time on his shooting all offseason." Smart's shaky shooting (35.7 percent career shooter) has been a bit of an Achilles heel to his fantasy value, so it's nice to hear that he's making that a main focus this offseason. Still, as Isaiah Thomas' backup, Smart is more of a deep league guy.
Source: Mass Live
Aug 4 - 4:19 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) isn't concerned about a potential contract extension.

The Celtics have until October 30 to extend Olynyk's contract, but the 25-year-old isn't concerning himself with his contractual situation right now. "I'm not really worried about that. If they want to do it, they do," Olynyk said. "If not, you can't worry about things you can't control. That's completely up to them, so we'll see what happens." Olynyk will enter the 2016-17 season as part of a crowded Celtics frontcourt and is unlikely to see enough minutes to make a big dent in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN
Aug 4 - 9:21 AM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) said his range of motion is "pretty much all the way back."

He added he's a little bit ahead of schedule from his shoulder surgery. Olynyk likely will have to shift to more power forward minutes with Al Horford becoming coach Brad Stevens' main center option. He'll likely be too inconsistent to draft in standard leagues.
Aug 3 - 4:36 PM

Jaylen Brown said he'll spend time this offseason focusing on improving as a shooter and defender.

"The type of stuff that I work on now is defensive stuff, things that’ll get me on the floor and a lot of stuff that people don’t like to work on," said Brown. "Defensively, if I keep working on that, I’ll continue to get better. Right now, I just work on a lot of defensive stuff and shooting the ball." Brown has the potential to establish himself as a solid defender, but his jump shot needs a lot of work. With Jae Crowder healthy, it'll be tough for Brown to make a difference in standard settings.
Source: Slam Online
Aug 2 - 5:30 PM


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