Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

The Celtics have signed College of William and Mary product Daniel Dixon.

It's fully expected to be a partially-guaranteed deal and brings Boston's roster to 20 players, the training camp limit. The undrafted guard has nice size with a 6'6" frame and put up averages of 19.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a senior. Expect him to end up in the G-League at the conclusion of camp.
Aug 20 - 11:03 AM

The Celtics will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 after the Cavs game on Feb. 11.

He was a Celtic from 1998-2013 and brought home a title with a Finals MVP to go with it. His name is all over the Celtics record book, ranking first in free throws, 3-pointers, and steals while coming in at No. 2 for total points (John Havlicek).
Aug 18 - 3:15 PM

The Celtics signed Andrew White to a partially guaranteed one-year deal.

White led Syracuse in scoring last year with 18.5 points per game and broke the school's all-time record for most 3-pointers in a season, but was not selected in the 2017 NBA draft. White will be a training camp body for the C's, but it is highly unlikely he makes Boston's final 15-man roster. He'll most likely join the team’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
Aug 18 - 9:36 AM

Guerschon Yabusele (feet) said that he's fully recovered and ready to start informal practices on Monday.

He had surgery in May to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet which kept him out of the Summer League, but he will be ready to go for the start of the 2017-18 season. The Celtics don't have great depth up front, but may just play more small ball to offset that. Yabusele is an intriguing project on both ends of the court, but expectations should be held in check right out of the gate. For now, he's just a stash in dynasty leagues.
Aug 17 - 10:55 AM

Celtics sign G Jabari Bird.

Bird is officially back for the Celtics. Kidding aside, Jabari did play well in summer league and the No. 56 pick of the 2017 NBA Draft could sneak onto the NBA roster at times. He's still not even close to being on the fantasy map.
Aug 11 - 4:10 PM

Isaiah Thomas said that he is "very confident" that he'll get offered a max contract as a free agent next summer.

Thomas will make just $6.3 million next season, an incredible value for the Celtics considering he'll likely be among the league's leading scorers once again. "I deserve [the max]," said Thomas. "I put the work in, and you can put me down against any guard in the NBA. My numbers are up there with the best players in the world, and my team is winning." The Celtics can offer approximately $177 million over five years. Considering Kyle Lowry got $100 million over three years, it's unlikely the C's offer Thomas the max.
Aug 8 - 9:50 AM

Abdel Nader said he knows what he needs to do to impress the Celtics coaching staff.

"They know I can shoot; I can handle, do a lot of things with the ball," Nader said. "But my role next year, I need to be a 3-and-D guy. Hit wide open 3’s and defend at a high level. I’ve taken that really personal." While he does have a fresh four-year contract, only the first year is guaranteed. The Celtics are very deep and have the look of a top-3 team in the East, so Nader probably isn't looking at minutes right out of the gate unless he turns heads at camp.
Source: CSN NE
Aug 7 - 1:07 PM

Isaiah Thomas (hip) said that he "should be ready" for training camp.

He opted not to have surgery this offseason and added that he's already started shooting and working on his cardio. "The hip is great," Thomas said. "It’s going well. Rehabbing it, but it’s going well. It’s a real slow rehab process, but it’s getting better and that’s what it’s all about." The Celtics have a lot more firepower after acquiring Gordon Hayward this summer, so Thomas' fantasy value could take a slight hit after posting monster averages of 28.9 points, 5.9 dimes and 3.2 triples last season.
Aug 6 - 10:02 AM

Danny Ainge said Daniel Theis can fit with any of Boston's big combinations.

"He’s more athletic than some of the big guys we had last year," Ainge said. "We’re interested to see where he fits in, and we’re excited about having him." The 25-year-old German forward signed a two-year minimum deal, but with 16 guaranteed contracts in Boston, he may have to earn his roster spot in camp. We'll get a long look at Theis at Eurobasket this summer with the German National Team, but it's hard to imagine him playing a significant role for the Celtics in 2017-18.
Aug 6 - 9:18 AM

Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 15 points to help lead Team World to a victory in the 2017 NBA Africa Game.

Brown showcased his incredible athleticism on multiple occasions, including a remarkable finish on a whirling drive in the fourth quarter (link below). He also added three rebounds and three assists, but did commit six turnovers and was just 2-of-5 from the free-throw stripe. Still, we saw glimpses of the upside that has Celtics fans so excited about this kid's future. With Avery Bradley traded away, Brown could see a significant jump in playing time next season if he shows he can handle heavy minutes at shooting guard.
Aug 5 - 1:56 PM

Jaylen Brown said he's been working more on his ball-handling and hopes to make his teammates better next season.

He also talked about growing as a scorer. "I’ve made strides to be able to score at different levels," he said. "I don’t want to just be a catch-and-shoot guy. I want to improve my overall arsenal." The Celtics lost one of their better ball-handlers in Avery Bradley, so it's possible Brown is asked to pick up some of that slack along with Gordon Hayward. Brown is a candidate to start at shooting guard and the things he's working on suggests he is gunning for that role.
Aug 3 - 8:41 PM

The Celtics are "working" on a two-way contract with Jabari Bird, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Bird averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.8 minutes over five games for the Celtics at the Las Vegas Summer League. Boston already has its full complement of guaranteed roster spots accounted for, so a two-way deal is the best Bird can hope for. Either way, Bird can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Jul 28 - 10:35 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge praised recent addition Shane Larkin, describing him as "one of the best players in Europe this year."

"He’s really improved his playmaking abilities ... We think he’s a better shooter than his numbers indicate," Ainge said. "We just really like his speed and his ability to get into the paint." Boston has 16 guaranteed contracts heading into training camp, and Larkin isn't assured a spot on the roster.
Jul 27 - 12:26 AM

Danny Ainge confirmed on Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not require hip surgery this offseason.

"Isaiah is making good progress," Ainge said. "He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely." Thomas was forced out of the playoffs after severely aggravating his rip hip injury during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but he's been evaluated by multiple hip specialist since and it sounds like he'll be fine after some rest and relaxation. Thomas probably won't be a first-round talent next season with Gordon Hayward now in Boston, but he should still be able to flirt with top-25 value.
Jul 26 - 11:55 AM

Celtics sign F Guerschon Yabusele.

The Dancing Bear has been expected to sign a deal with the Celtics and will now be the 16th player with a guaranteed contract. Yabusele didn't get to play in summer league due to surgery on his foot for bone spurs, and the 2016 16th pick is expected to be a major project. Still, he has upside with a lot of skill at the four and five spots.
Jul 20 - 4:49 PM


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