Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca received a text from USAB head coach Mike Krzyzewski praising Marcus Smart's play with the USAB Select Team.

Coach K thought that Smart was "fantastic" as he reportedly held his own against some of the league's top guards. He has been hailed as a great defensive player, but his offense still needs time to develop. Smart could be worth a late-round flier, but with Rajon Rondo in town, his fantasy outlook is bleak.
Aug 29 - 7:58 PM

Stephon Marbury will play himself in a musical titled, "I Am Stephon Marbury" that is set to open in Beijing this fall.

After a turbulent NBA career, Marbury has found a second home in Beijing after leading the Beijing Ducks to back-to-back national championships. The musical will run for 11 consecutive nights during the fall and will feature Marbury as a musician who arrives in Beijing in search of fame and is inspired to beat the odds by watching Marbury lead the Ducks to their first-ever championship during the 2011-12 season. We're still awaiting word on if Panda Friend will be in attendance for the opener.
Source: Sinosphere
Aug 28 - 11:22 AM

Avery Bradley is ready to step into a leadership role for the Celtics during his fifth NBA season.

"I’m taking a leadership role," said Bradley. "I’m open to taking it and not only that, I’m excited to take it. I feel like I can teach the younger guys a lot, all the stuff that I’ve been through, all the stuff that I’ve learned from the amazing players I was blessed enough to play with." Bradley also stated that he's looking to improve on his passing abilities, which would help his fantasy value as he averaged just 1.4 assists last season. Bradley figures to be a late-round sleeper in standard leagues this year, but just know that in four years of NBA experience, Bradley has never suited up for more than 64 games.
Aug 24 - 12:52 PM

Celtics' assistant coach Walter McCarty has liked what he's seen from Marcus Smart so far, specifically his defense.

"[Smart is] a worker, and I think he’s going to have a tremendous first season," said McCarty. "He can do a lot of things. We know he can defend, and we’ll want him on the floor to get some of that stuff rub off on everybody else." Minutes lead to fantasy value, and while we'll need to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop over training camp and preseason, it's possible Smart's defensive tenacity grants him some extended time on the floor. A trade of Rajon Rondo would greatly improve Smart's value, but with Rondo in town, Smart doesn’t look to be a standard league play.
Aug 24 - 11:02 AM

The Celtics and Evan Turner have agreed to terms on a deal, and it is only a matter of time until the signing is official.

The Celtics roster currently stands at 18 players, and they are reportedly looking to clear space before officially signing Turner. The Celtics could trim down their roster by simply waiving Chris Babb, Chris Johnson, and Keith Bogans. However, GM Danny Ainge may be looking to include one of the aforementioned players in a trade rather than waiving them. Turner was okay with the Sixers, and horrible with the Pacers last season, so he will look to start anew in Boston. He will need to impress during training camp and preseason to be viewed as anything more than a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Aug 22 - 3:48 PM

James Young is expected to only have a limited impact with the Celtics this season, according to several team beat writers.

He recently turned 19 years old and he's very raw offensively, so Young probably won't be cracking the rotation. He's a good bet for several trips to the D-League and it does help to have Brad Stevens as his coach considering all his NCAA experience. Young is off the radar in most formats.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 22 - 11:00 AM

Avery Bradley received calls from other teams during restricted free agency, but knew he would be returning to Boston.

"They were the first team that called and -- we had other calls -- but Boston, I knew I was coming back here," Bradley said. The 23-year-old averaged 14.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 60 games with the Celtics last season and has the potential to be a late-round fantasy sleeper -- especially if Rajon Rondo is traded in the near future.
Aug 21 - 11:57 AM

Both the Kings and Celtics are denying rumors that the teams are close to a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to Sacramento.

The denials stem from a report that said there is an "80 percent chance" that Rondo will be traded to Sacramento for Ben McLemore and Derrick Williams. While sources close to the process have now denied that report, the Celtics and Kings were reportedly in similar discussions around draft night. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but this would be tough news for fantasy owners who have gotten themselves excited about the Darren Collison era in Sacramento.
Aug 19 - 9:25 AM

Tyler Spence, the host of a sports talk radio show, said on Twitter that a source has confirmed that there is an "80 percent chance" Rajon Rondo is traded to the Kings in a deal that would send Ben McLemore and Derrick Williams to the Celtics.

This is obviously not a done deal and we'd like to see it confirmed by a source we're more familiar with. Like most trade rumors, this one should be taken with a grain of salt. Having said that, Rondo's name has constantly been in trade rumors for a year now and it does appear that the Kings have a decent shot at getting a deal done. This would be devastating news for Darren Collison, who has already been named the opening-night starter for the Kings, but again, we're just considering it a rumor at this point.
Aug 18 - 2:42 AM

Celtics center Vitor Faverani was arrested for drunk driving in Spain in early August, after reportedly running a red light and colliding with a bus.

His blood-alcohol limit was three times the legal limit and he'll likely face a suspension from the NBA to begin the season. Faverani is still rehabbing from left knee surgery but he hopes to be healthy in time for training camp, where he'll try to carve out a role in the rotation as a backup center.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 17 - 5:54 PM

Nolan Smith has agreed to a deal with Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball League.

The contract is pending a sponsor deal before it becomes official, but the Duke alum is all but certain to play his second season overseas after spending 2013-14 in Croatia. While Smith is still just 26 years old, his 84 games played with the Trail Blazers during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons will likely be the only NBA games he plays in his career.
Aug 14 - 12:34 PM

Former Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine said that Mark Jackson's staff "didn't prepare [the Warriors] to be championship-caliber" last season.

Scalabrine was dismissed by Jackson mid-season and he's given a series of unflattering interviews in recent days. Among other things, he criticized Jackson's unwillingness to challenge Stephen Curry defensively and said the offense could have been "better organized." Scalabrine landed in Boston as a Celtics analyst this summer, but his embittered interviews about the Warriors may not help him find another job on an NBA staff.
Aug 13 - 9:35 AM

Kelly Olynyk confirmed that he is dealing with a wrist injury, but downplayed concerns.

While appearing at a charity event in New Hampshire, Olynyk confirmed rumors that he tweaked his wrist during a game in Europe with the Canadian National Team. "It’ll be alright," Olynyk said of his wrist, before sarcastically adding, "It’s not career-ending." Olynyk has the potential to help fantasy owners in standard leagues, but hasn't shown the consistency to warrant a draft selection in anything but deeper leagues.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 12 - 1:29 PM

Colton Iverson has signed with Baskonia of the Spanish League.

Iverson averaged 17.5 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in the Turkish League last season, but faced an uphill battle to make the Celtics' roster for the 2014-15 season. While Boston will retain the rights of the 25-year-old, it's starting to look like the 2013 second-round pick may never wear Celtic green in the NBA.
Source: MassLive
Aug 12 - 11:57 AM

The Celtics are reportedly making a strong push to trade Brandon Bass.

The Celtics are in full rebuild mode, and with Boston likely more interested in developing guys like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, the 29-year-old veteran just doesn't make sense on the team. However, Boston has yet to receive an enticing offer from around the league, and they are not interested in simply dumping Bass for nothing. But if Boston can get a promising young player, or draft pick in return for Bass, he will likely be dealt. As it stands right now, nothing is imminent.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 8 - 3:47 PM


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