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Dunc'd On: CLE/TOR Game 6, Raptors/Celtics Offseasons

May 28, 2016 1:24 AM

Cleveland destroys Toronto in Game 6 to bring LeBron James to his 6th straight Finals. How impressive is that accomplishment?  For Toronto, what is next this offseason (5:30)?  Should they re-sign DeMar DeRozan to a max deal, how close are they to beating Cleveland, and what might they do with the ninth pick to add to their team?

Boston has more assets than any good team.  We preview their offseason (32:30) and their potential $22 million to $51 million in cap space. Should they go for it this year or keep the powder dry for 2017?  What are the chances Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, and Tyler Zeller return?  Finally, a brief preview of OKC/GSW Game 6 (58:00).

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGMThe Athletic and the Sporting News    (@DannyLeroux).  

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RealGM Radio: Celtics With Jared Weiss

May 20, 2016 2:32 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and Celticsblog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) go in-depth on the Boston Celtics, including where the Celtics are on their timeline (1:02), what they should do with the #3 overall pick (5:28), the roster crunch (15:32), Boston’s ability to recruit max free agents (29:20), trading for Jahlil Okafor (50:20), their favorite potential signings (1:02:44) and much more.

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Kelly Olynyk Undergoes Surgery On Right Shoulder

May 17, 2016 6:19 PM

Kelly Olynyk underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy for recurrent subluxations on Monday.

He will begin an immediate rehabilitation program and the time frame for his return to basketball activities has not yet been determined.

Olynyk, who completed his third year with the team, averaged 10.0 points, including shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.2 minutes per game during the 2015-16 regular season.

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Celtics To Target Backcourt If Pick Falls Outside Top-2

May 17, 2016 12:44 PM

The Boston Celtics are expected to target a guard in the draft if their pick from the Brooklyn Nets falls outside the top-2.

Jamal Murray would be the logical pick with his shooting and versatility, but sources say they also like Buddy Hield.

The Celtics have Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley as their primary options in the backcourt.

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Evan Turner Appreciates Team Wanting Him Back For First Time In Career

May 16, 2016 12:45 PM

Evan Turner finally emerged as a productive NBA player with the Boston Celtics after being unwanted by the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers.

Turner will be a free agent this offseason and the Celtics hold his Early Bird rights, which means they can only offer him a contract that starts around $6 million unless they use cap space.

Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists during the 2015-16 season.

"Hopefully we can figure out a way to make it work," Turner told CSN at a fundraising event for Horizons for Homeless. "It’s a lot going on with the team, with the roster, the draft picks, and things like that. ... [Celtics brass and Turner] didn’t have any surefire talks about [a return], but there’s definitely admiration on both sides. I trust that [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] is going to do what’s best for the organization."

Pressed on whether he'd consider a hometown discount, Turner added, "Of course. I joke with people, this is the first time I left an exit meeting and the team wanted me back."

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Nuggets, Bulls, Celtics Inquired About Blake Griffin

May 1, 2016 5:17 PM

The Denver Nuggets were perhaps the team who advanced furthest with the Los Angeles Clippers in exploring a trade for Blake Griffin before the trade deadline.

The offer of the Nuggets and what the Clippers were seeking for Griffin were not close and talks gained no traction.

The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics also inquired with the Clippers on Griffin.

Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.

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Isaiah Thomas Leaves Game 5 With Sprained Left Ankle

Apr 27, 2016 12:39 AM

Isaiah Thomas sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks and did not return. It has been described as a "mild" sprain.

He left the game with 10:14 remaining and the Celtics trailing 93-64. They ended up losing 110-83.

Game 6 will occur Thursday in Boston. The Hawks now lead the series 3-2.

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Avery Bradley 'Very Unlikely' To Return In First Round

Apr 17, 2016 7:25 PM

Avery Bradley is "very unlikely" to play the rest of Boston's first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a significant strained hamstring in Game 1.

"Avery has a pretty significant strained hamstring. I would say he would be doubtful for any of the remainder of the series, certainly very unlikely Tuesday night [for Game 2]," Brad Stevens said as the team practiced on the campus of Georgia Tech. "As of right now, I would say he's out Tuesday night, but obviously he'll continue to get treatment around the clock and go from there. But I would say very unlikely the rest of the series."

Bradley heard a pop after landing awkwardly while defending a layup attempt by Jeff Teague.

Bradley said he "felt weird" after landing and collapsed to the ground clutching his hamstring while trying to run back up the court.

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Avery Bradley Heard Pop In Hamstring

Apr 17, 2016 9:56 AM

Avery Bradley suffered a severely strained right hamstring in the fourth quarter of the Boston Celtics' Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Although he expressed a desire to return for Tuesday's Game 2, Bradley said he will undergo further testing Sunday to determine the full extent of the injury.

Brad Stevens said Bradley heard a pop after landing awkwardly while defending a layup attempt by Jeff Teague.

Bradley was tended to by Boston's medical staff on the floor. Then he needed to be helped off the court. 

"I saw Avery. He's very, very sore, and he said on the court that he heard a pop," Stevens said. "I don't know if that is something -- if he got hit or what. So we'll see. I think that he will be treated and everything else. We'll see."

"I don't really want to talk about [the injury] that much. I just want to try to get treatment and take it day by day and hope that I can be back for the next game," said Bradley, who expected to undergo an MRI on Sunday morning. "I'll get treatment tonight -- probably get treatment all night. My main focus is just trying to get back for the next game."

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John Holland Signs Two-Year Deal With Celtics
The second season of the deal is non-guaranteed for John Holland.

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Celtics, Other Teams Called Bulls On Jimmy Butler At Deadline
Several teams are expected to try again on trading for Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

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Celtics Low-Balled Cavs On Kevin Love Offer At Deadline
The Celtics would be the favorites as they have enough assets to make an attractive offer for Kevin Love without gutting their team.

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Celtics Look For Players With Chip On Shoulder
The Celtics have had success with players like Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Evan Turner, who have played were given up on by prior teams.

Andrew Sharp/Sports Illustrated

Knicks Believe Carmelo Anthony Could Reconsider No-Trade Clause
There are some within the Knicks' organization that believe Carmelo Anthony will change his stance on his no-trade clause if they fail to add talent in free agency.

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Celtics To Sign Coty Clarke To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Coty Clarke has averaged 16.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.9 minutes in 40 games this season for the Maine Red Claws of the D-League.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Kevin Durant Likes Family Atmosphere Of Boston
Kevin Durant hasn't played a game in Boston since Nov. 23, 2012 due to various injuries over the past few seasons.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Celtics Allegedly Had Draymond Green In Top-3 Before 2012 Draft
Boston selected Jared Sullinger with 21st overall pick and then took Fab Melo with the 22nd overall pick.

Matt Dollinger/Sports Illustrated

Jae Crowder Out At Least Two Weeks With High Ankle Sprain
Jae Crowder fell awkwardly to the floor after a fast-break layup in the third quarter of Friday's loss to the Rockets.

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Celtics Would Like To Re-Sign Evan Turner
Evan Turner is averaging 10 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and a career-best 44.9 percent shooting in 27 minutes per game.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Jae Crowder's Ankle Sprain Not Considered Serious After MRI
Jae Crowder suffered a sprained right ankle in the loss to Houston and said it was a "high ankle sprain."

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Danny Ainge Explains How And Why He Recommended Bob Myers To Warriors
Danny Ainge is largely responsible for Bob Myers becoming general manager of the Warriors.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Celtics Sign Coty Clarke To 10-Day Contract
Coty Clarke has averaged 16.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.0 minutes per game in the D-League.

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Ryan McDonough Admits Mistake Of Trading Away Isaiah Thomas
Ryan McDonough regrets his decision for the Suns to trade Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics during the 2015 trade deadline for a first round pick.

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Celtics Approached Knicks On Carmelo Anthony Trade
It's unclear if the talks ever reached an advanced stage, but the Celtics were told Carmelo Anthony had no desire to leave the Knicks for Boston.

Ian Begley/ESPN

David Lee To Sign With Mavericks For $2.1M Room Exception
David Lee was waived by the Celtics on Friday.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Celtics Held Several Large Trade Talks Using David Lee's Contract
The Celtics viewed David Lee as a valuable chip in a potential blockbuster trade.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Celtics Waive David Lee, Mavs Considered Frontrunners
The Mavericks are significant frontrunners to sign David Lee once he clears waivers.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

David Lee Prioritizing Minutes Over Title Contender
David Lee is believed to be prioritizing the opportunity to play minutes over joining a team with championship aspirations.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Never Made 'Legit Offer' To Cavs For Kevin Love
For their part, the Cavaliers never gave a price for Kevin Love.

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