CELTICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Jae Crowder reportedly to help Celtics recruit Kevin Durant, Al Horford

It won’t just be Isiah Thomas helping the Celtics recruit free agents this weekend, as Jae Crowder reportedly will as well. According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Crowder will be present at the meetings with both Kevin Durant and Al Horford. The meeting with Horford is reportedly Friday night, while the meeting with Durant is reportedly on Saturday. According to a...
Via Green Street
1 hour ago

Boston Celtics Going All Small in Summer League

The Boston Celtics have released their summer league roster (via Mass Live) and one thing immediately jumps out at you, they do not have a single player that is taller than 6’9. The Celtics have shown a tendency to play a lot of small ball, but never to this extent. The Celtics are guaranteed to be […] Boston Celtics Going All Small in Summer League - Hardwood Houdini - Hardwood...
Via Hardwood Houdini
1 hour ago

Grading Portland's $70M gamble on Evan Turner

The Portland Trail Blazers were an offseason winner in 2015 with a number of aggressive signings for players still going upwards on their career trajectories. Neil Olshey had a background in player development and that has been a major part of Portland's success during his tenure as general manager. With cap space again this offseason, the Blazers targeted Chandler Parsons at the...
Via RealGM - NBA
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Report: Isaiah Thomas, Celtics traveling to Atlanta tonight for Al Horford meeting

The Boston Celtics are pulling out all the stops to try and land Al Horford in free agency. Isaiah Thomas and the team’s brass are headed to Atlanta Friday night, per Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, to pitch Horford on joining the team. The Boston Celtics are traveling to Atlanta to meet with Al Horford tonight, per sources. Isaiah Thomas and others will be there to pitch...
Via Sportsnaut
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Fail to Re-Sign Evan Turner, Opens Door for Brown

Evan Turner has agreed to a four-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers Per The Vertical, Evan Turner has agreed to a four-year deal with the Portland Trailblazers worth $75 million – $17.5 million per season. Turner was high on the Boston Celtics list this off-season, but was already lost during the first day of […] Celtics Fail to Re-Sign Evan Turner, Opens Door for Brown...
Via Hardwood Houdini
3 hours ago

Report: Evan Turner Lands Massive Deal in Portland

Any possibility of Evan Turner remaining in Boston appears to have subsided. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Turner has come to terms with the Trailblazers to the tune of a 4-year, $70 million contract. This represents a massive pay increase for ET. In 2014, he signed a two-year, $6.7 million deal with the Celtics. Now it appears as if the 27-year old is going to command a significantly...
Via Celtics Hub
3 hours ago

Celtics Free Agency Rumor Roundup

We’re less than 24 hours into the chaos of NBA free agency, and already the landscape has shifted dramatically. We’ve had signings and re-signings. We’ve had massive deals for role players, showing everyone exactly how the new cap is changing the status quo. So where do the Celtics stand less than a day into the free agency frenzy? Well for starters, you can cross a number...
Via Celtics Hub
4 hours ago

Celtics plan on offering Al Horford a max contract tonight

With NBA Free Agency officially underway, murmurs are coming out of the rumor mill that the Celtics plan to offer Al Horford a max contract in a meeting with him tonight. Via Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald: The Celtics will be flying out to meet with Al Horford tonight, and a league source fully expects that Danny Ainge will be bearing a maximum contract offer.There had been...
Via Celtics Life
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Announce Summer League Roster

In the midst of the free agency frenzy, the Boston Celtics have announced their Summer League roster Not one player stands above 6’9″ on the Boston Celtics Summer League roster this year. Second round pick Ben Bentil and undrafted rookie Mouphtaou Yarou are the only 6’9″ players on the team. Besides R.J. Hunter, Terry Rozier, […] Celtics Announce Summer League Roster -...
Via Hardwood Houdini
5 hours ago

Isaiah Thomas has reached out to Durant, Horford, Butler

The Boston Celtics would like to upgrade their roster for next season by signing or trading for a superstar player or two, and the recruitment is well underway. The man doing the recruiting? Isaiah Thomas. In addition to Durant and Horford, IT even contacted Jimmy Butler. "I’ve talked to Jimmy Butler, but who knows how realistic that would be. — Mark Murphy (@Murf56) June...
Via NESN.com
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

6 reasons Kevin Durant would love playing for the Celtics

COMMENTARY In the early stages of free agency, here’s an uncomfortable yet unavoidable fact about the Celtics’ pursuit of Kevin Durant: Isaiah Thomas isn’t cutting it as a recruiter. The good news for Boston is that the city and the Celtics provide plenty of compelling talking points for Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens to push when they meet with Durant on Saturday. [...
Via Boston.com
10 hours ago

Wake Up With Wilbur: Durant’s Not Coming to Boston

There’s no chance Kevin Durant leaves Oklahoma City for Boston. But on today’s Wake Up With Wilbur, Boston.com columnist Eric Wilbur says Danny Ainge may be laying the groundwork for the future. Behind the scenes of “Jaws” The post Wake Up With Wilbur: Durant’s Not Coming to Boston appeared first on Boston.com.
Via Boston.com
10 hours ago

Isaiah Thomas says Al Horford is serious about Boston

IT on Horford’s view of C’s: “Very serious. I texted him other day. He’s open to opportunity, he’s a fan of my game, he likes how we play.” — Mark Murphy (@Murf56) June 30, 2016 Isaiah Thomas is out and about slinging ice cream for some promotion, and he’s just dropping these little nuggets all over the place. This new one shows IT’s recruiting (which really...
Via Red's Army
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thomas hopes Celtics can 'make something happen' with Durant

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Isaiah Thomas really wants Kevin Durant to come to the Boston Celtics. And he’s ready to kick his pitch into overdrive. NBA free agency begins at midnight Thursday, at which point the Celtics and several other teams will begin their frantic quest to lure the All-Star forward away from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thomas has been...
Via NESN.com
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Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown dunks on kid who said Ben Simmons was better than him

Despite much talk around the Boston Celtics making a big trade with their plethora of picks in the 2016 NBA Draft, they selected Cal freshman Jaylen Brown with the third overall pick. Brown is already getting involved with the community, as he was at a clinic the Celtics hosted at Madison Park Community Center. At the clinic, a kid talked some smack to Brown as he told MassLive...
Via The Comeback
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Celtics to extend qualifying offers to Sullinger and Zeller

According to league-related sources, Celts to give qualifying offers to Jared Sullinger & Tyler Zeller, making them restricted free agents.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 29, 2016 Even with Ainge & Co. adding some frontcourt depth in the draft last week, being rumored to be in hot pursuit of Al Horford, and taking a meeting with Dwight Howard, the Celtics have tendered...
Via Celtics Life
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Locked On Celtics Ep. 44: We pitch KD on Boston

Danny Ainge and company are going to be busy once the clock strikes midnight tomorrow. They’ll be pitching Al Horford… Dwight Howard (ugh)… and most importantly, Kevin Durant. So what will they say to him? What’s the best approach? What role will Ainge, Brad Stevens, and the Celtics owners have in convincing Durant that Boston is going to ultimately be what he’s looking...
Via Red's Army
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Locked On Celtics Ep. 43: Inside Kevin Durant’s free agency

The Celtics are reportedly on Kevin Durant’s short list of teams able to personally pitch him on joining their team this summer. Today, the Locked on Celtics podcast joined up with Locked on Thunder host and Thunder beat writer Fred Katz from the Norman Transcript to discuss what Durant might be thinking. From the mood in Oklahoma to the realistic chances he might leave, this...
Via Red's Army
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Did having so many picks hurt the Celtics' ability to get things done on draft night?

During his press conference immediately following the draft, Danny Ainge was asked what it was like to have an unprecedented eight picks (watch the video here, the following quote comes after the 12-minute mark): Yeah, so let's not do that anymore. ... And not only that, the process of going through eight picks.  We had 120-130 people come in for draft workouts, and then we saw...
Via Celtics Life
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing the Boston Celtics first round draft picks

The Boston Celtics had a busy draft night where they drafted six players and completed a trade. The Celtics had many different options to choose from, whether it was to trade their number three draft pick for a NBA player or trade a few picks to move up in the draft but for the most part they decided to draft players that can either help now or in the future. Here is a breakdown...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Jaylen Brown Prove to be the Right Choice for the Boston Celtics?

Heading into the NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics knew it was extremely likely that Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram would be off the board when it was time for their number three overall selection. The Celtics had the choice of Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, and Jamal Murray, but the team decided to go with Jaylen Brown from California. All of the prospects the Celtics had the opportunity to...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Brad Stevens on hectic NBA Draft and building Celtics with Jaylen Brown

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens talked after the rookie introductory press conference Friday to discuss how hectic draft night was, building with Jaylen Brown and the next steps for his rookies.
Via YouTube
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ante Zizic on being ready to contribute to Boston Celtics this season

Celtics rookie Ante Zizic talked about Dino Radja being his idol and being ready to contribute to the Celtics as soon as this season.
Via YouTube
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics owner: Trade offers were ‘a collection of rip-off attempts’

The Boston Celtics were engaged in a lot of trade discussions leading up to the NBA Draft, but nothing came of it – apparently because the offers they received were insulting. Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck came away very unimpressed with the offers the team received, which he said is why the team held on to most of their picks, including No. 3 overall. “We did not sniff a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

French forward was surprised Celtics drafted him so high

The Boston Celtics shocked just about everyone when they selected Guerschon Yabusele with the No. 16 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, including Yabusele. Yabusele, a 20-year-old stretch forward from France, was asked if he was expecting to be drafted by the Celtics as high as he was, and his answer was a resounding no. Stunned the Celtics took Guerschon Yabusele at No. 16? So was...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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