Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Celtics CEO, governor, and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck hinted during a recent interview that Rajon Rondo is a difficult guy to coach.

"He’s super stubborn," revealed Grousbeck. "I don’t know how coachable he really is. I know if you ask [former, long-time head coach] Doc [Rivers], ‘Was he the most coachable guy, or in the top half, 50 percent,’ he’d say, ‘No, he’s in the bottom 50 percent of being coachable.’" This isn't the first time Rondo's "coachability" has been questioned, and it's perhaps the reason trade rumors have swirled around Rondo for some time now. Rondo will be in a contract year this season, and look to put last season's disappointing run behind him. He'll be a risk-reward pick in the early rounds of drafts.
Source: Boston.com
Sep 22 - 6:50 PM

Darko Milicic is reportedly giving up basketball to become a professional kickboxer.

Darko, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft class that featured LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade has officially called it quits on his NBA career. There's no fantasy relevance here, but we thought it was a story worth passing along. Slow news day folks.
Sep 22 - 3:23 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge remains non-committal about the possibility of trading Rajon Rondo.

"I have no intention. I’m not trying to trade Rondo," Ainge said on Sunday. "The possibility of a trade is not out of the question. Nobody is untradeable, but I don’t see that happening." This generic GM-speech is typical of Ainge, who must weigh the gains of dealing Rondo this season with the risks of losing him for nothing in unrestricted free agency next summer. To quote Rondo's former teammate Kevin Garnett, "Anything is possible!"
Sep 21 - 10:51 PM

Jeff Green hopes to play more consistently as a leader for the Celtics this season.

"Just coming into camp in good shape, new focus, and a lot of people say it’s a different vibe they feel from me now," Green said. "I just have to transfer it on the court, continue to get better as a player, and find a way to stay consistent. I think that’s been my biggest fall throughout my career." Green led Boston in scoring last season but his aforementioned inconsistency was a big reason he returned late-round fantasy value.
Sep 21 - 2:28 PM

Evan Turner is officially expected to be signed on Sept. 30.

The Celtics have 18 guaranteed contracts, so there are some other factors here. Turner is definitely going to be with the Celtics this season and it's just a formality. He's already working out at Harvard and should be with the second unit this season. There's little reason to draft him in fantasy leagues.
Sep 21 - 1:12 PM

Evan Turner has been working out with the Harvard basketball team this week.

The extent of the workout isn't known, but he's apparently eager to start playing in Boston. Turner has been a horrible per-36-minute guy from a fantasy angle, so there's very little reason to target him in most leagues.
Sep 20 - 7:46 PM

Jeff Green said he is "trying to take the next step to becoming a leader" with the Celtics this season.

He's already been in Boston with his new teammates and seems to be committed to improving from his disappointing 2013-14 season. Green was one of the most inefficient players in the NBA last season, but he should have the opportunity to be the team's leading scorer. He's a high-ceiling target late in drafts.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 18 - 8:42 PM

Tyler Zeller said that his goal is to start at center for the Celtics this season.

"I have a lot of work to do to earn that spot. I expect to have to earn it, but I think it is a great opportunity," Zeller said. He's bulked up to 260 lbs. this summer, which he hopes will allow him to "hold [his] own rebounding-wise, as well as in the post." He faces plenty of competition from Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani, but there's a good chance he'll be in the starting five on opening night.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 16 - 5:36 PM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens thinks that Marcus Smart can be a special player on defense.

While Smart needs to improve his shot selection in order to become an effective fantasy option, his defense could help keep him on the court as his hones his offensive game. "Marcus is a guy that I think is a jack of all trades offensively," Stevens said. "But defensively could be very special." Smart won't provide much fantasy value as long as Rajon Rondo is the starting point guard for the Celtics, but the rookie is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues just in case Rondo gets his (rumored) wish and is traded.
Source: Mass Live
Sep 16 - 1:59 PM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo is a big part of the team's plans.

Despite rumors that Rondo has requested a trade, Stevens maintained that the 28-year-old is still a big part of the Celtics' 2014-15 plans. "I love him. I really think he's a big part of what we're doing," Stevens said. "Hopefully, he can have a great year right from the get-go." Rondo averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 12.0 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting 51.2% during the month of April and should provide his fantasy owners will top-10 point guard numbers in 2014-15.
Source: Mass Live
Sep 16 - 12:08 PM

James Young said he is looking forward to playing with Rajon Rondo this season.

There are a couple problems here. Young is probably not going to start the year in the rotation, and Rondo may not be on the team by the time the rookie is ready to contribute. He is not worth drafting in almost any league.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 12 - 1:36 PM

Ryan Gomes signed with Baskonia of Spain.

He can opt out of his deal after the first round of the playoffs to join other Euroleague teams. Gomes was very quiet last season and the biggest news was that he was traded from OKC to Boston.
Sep 12 - 9:23 AM

Tyler Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder is hopeful that his client will benefit from having a familiarity with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Stevens (unsuccessfully) recruited both Zeller and his brother Cody when he was the head coach at Butler University, but is someone who is respected by the Zeller family. "Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder said. "They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about." While Zeller has experienced limited success in two NBA seasons, the 24-year-old should see enough minutes for the rebuilding Celtics to provide some value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 11 - 9:09 AM

Marcus Thornton is eligible to be traded by the Celtics now that two months have passed since the team acquired him from the Kings.

As the Celtics continue their rebuild, Thornton doesn't seem to fit into their long-term plans as they have already have Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and Marcus Smart in line for backcourt minutes. The 27-year-old can still contribute to fantasy rosters as a 3-point specialist if given the opportunity to play, but he's not likely to last in Boston beyond the February trade deadline.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 11 - 8:44 AM

Vitor Faverani posted pictures on Tuesday which show him receiving acupuncture therapy on his surgically-repaired left knee.

Faverani was reportedly arrested in Spain for drunk driving in August, but neither he nor the NBA have commented on the matter. It wouldn't be surprising to see him given a two-game suspension to begin the season. He's fighting for minutes in the Celtics' center rotation and doesn't warrant fantasy attention with Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Kelly Olynyk all presumably ahead of him in the depth chart.
Source: Mass Live
Sep 10 - 1:57 PM


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