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James Young Earns Final Celtics' Roster Spot, R.J. Hunter Waived

Oct 24, 2016 12:40 PM

James Young has won the final spot on the Boston Celtics' regular season roster.

Boston will have to waive R.J. Hunter, who they were unable to unload for a future second round pick.

Hunter was the 28th overall pick out of Georgia State in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Tags: James Young, R.J. Hunter, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Celtics Sign Ryan Kelly

Oct 21, 2016 8:50 PM

The Boston Celtics have signed forward Ryan Kelly. 

Kelly, a 6’11” forward, appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016 Preseason where he averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kelly has appeared in 147 career games and recorded averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Kelly appeared in seven games (all starts) during the 2015-16 season for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League while on assignment from the Lakers and averaged 27.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three.

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Marcus Smart Out Several Weeks With Ankle Sprain

Oct 20, 2016 10:56 AM

Marcus Smart suffered a left ankle sprain in Wednesday's preseason game and will be out for multiple weeks.

It is the same ankle that Smart has sprained before, but it doesn’t appear to be as bad a previous ankle sprain.

Smart was helped to the locker room by teammates as he didn't put any weight on the ankle.

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Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Bulls Sought Additional Starter-Level Player From Celtics In Jimmy Butler Talks

Oct 17, 2016 4:08 PM

The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls held discussions at the draft centered on Jimmy Butler.

According to the Chicago Tribune, one of the proposals was Jae Crowder, the No. 3 pick and the No. 16 pick. The Bulls would have used the pick on Kris Dunn.

A source says the Bulls also demanded an additional starter-level player in the trade.

Butler was an All-Star in 2015 and 2016 but the Celtics felt the price was exorbitant. 

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Danny Ainge Prepared To Not Cash In Assets 'If That's The Best Path'

Oct 17, 2016 3:59 PM

While the Boston Celtics are setup to possibly make multiple blockbuster trades as they did in 2007 when they acquired both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in a single postseason, Danny Ainge won't rush into a move and won't necessarily ever make one of their magnitude.

The Celtics were linked to a trade for Jimmy Butler at the draft and also reportedly had interest in Russell Westbrook.

“When you make mistakes is when you say you have to do something,” Ainge said. “There’s a lot of names out there that we’ve talked with about trying to acquire, but we wouldn’t pay the price. We’re prepared to build on what we have if that’s the best path.”

Boston has made two excellent smaller trades in acquiring Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder.

“We’re trying to find deals. And sometimes you have to make small deals in order to be able to have big deals,” Ainge said. “You have to put yourself in position with good young players and good contracts and future assets. It puts us in the game if there’s a player that becomes available in the trade market, but they have to like those young players and assets,” he continued. “In the meantime, we’re not sitting around and waiting for something like that to happen. We’re trying to make something like that happen, but we’re not just chasing every player out there.”

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Continue To Have Real Interest In Gordon Hayward

Oct 12, 2016 12:03 PM

The Boston Celtics continue to have real interest in Gordon Hayward.

Hayward will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and the Celtics will have a max contract and a chance to reunite with Brad Stevens to offer him.

Hayward signed a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with Charlotte in 2014 that was matched by the Utah Jazz.

Hayward has been one of the NBA's best wings to not make an All-Star Game.

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Celtics Interested In Signing J.R. Smith

Oct 9, 2016 3:08 PM

The Boston Celtics have interest in signing J.R. Smith, who remains in a contract stalemate with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Smith is seeking $15 million per season from the Cavaliers while they are only offering $10 million or $11 million annually.

The Celtics would have to clear substantial cap space to sign Smith to a competitive deal.

Boston has Avery Bradley as their starting shooting guard.

The report also indicates there are several other teams with interest in Smith.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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Dunc'd On: BOS Season Outlook w/Jared Weiss, Bosh and News w/Danny Leroux

Sep 29, 2016 7:52 PM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook for the Boston Celtics with Jared Weiss of CLNS. We analyze how the Celtics will look after acquiring Al Horford, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Celtics season.

Danny Leroux also joins for a wrap-up of the Chris Bosh news out of Miami, and how a potential long-term injury exclusion would affect the Heat's cap space, plus injury news and the Beasley/Ennis trade.


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Al Horford On Celtics: Weird Feeling, But It Feels Right To Be Here

Sep 28, 2016 10:40 AM

Al Horford had spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks before signing a four-year, $113 million max contract with the Boston Celtics.

Horford participated in his first practice with the Celtics on Tuesday.

"It's definitely a weird feeling, but I feel good," Horford said. "It feels right to be here.

"I took a chance on coming here, because I believe in the type of guys we have here in the organization and the potential there is. So that's why I'm here, and I have a lot of respect for a lot of these players."

Horford is optimistic about the Celtics' younger core.

"It just really intrigued me, and when the free-agency process came around, at the beginning I would say I was very comfortable with Atlanta, but, as the time kept going on and I met with the Celtics, it just became real to me," Horford said.

"Looking at my career at this point, I'm going into my 10th year and want to be able to be a part of something special and win a championship. With the type of guys that we have here, we have that possibility, and that's something I wanted to be a part of."

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Tags: Al Horford, Boston Celtics, NBA

Celtics Sign Jalen Jones, Damion Lee To Camp Deals

Sep 14, 2016 10:33 AM

The Boston Celtics have signed Jalen Jones and Damion Lee.

Jones went undrafted in 2016 out of Texas A&M. Jones appeared in five Summer League games for the Toronto Raptors, averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.9 minutes.

Lee went undrafted in 2016 out of Louisville. Lee played for the Miami Heat in Summer League, averaging 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

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Celtics Waive John Holland
John Holland averaged 16.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.2 minutes per game last season in the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Phil Jackson Regrets Not Trading For Jae Crowder In Tyson Chandler Trade
Jae Crowder was offered to the Knicks in the Tyson Chandler trade.

Charley Rosen/Today's Fastbreak

Celtics Renounce Draft Rights To Colton Iverson
Colton Iverson was a second round pick in 2013 who has played Internationally in each of the past three seasons.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland, Ben Bentil To Compete For Final Celtics' Roster Spot
James Young and R.J. Hunter are former first round picks.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Abdel Nader Agrees To Deal With Red Claws
Abdel Nader received significant offers in Europe as well.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Celtics Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To Camp Deal
Marcus Georges-Hunt went undrafted out of Georgia Tech.

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss
Host Danny Leroux, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog go in-depth on the Atlantic Division.

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Isaiah Thomas: I'm 'Closest Thing' To Allen Iverson
Isaiah Thomas attended a gala hosted by Iverson over the weekend in Philadelphia.

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Abdel Nader Reluctant To Agree Upon Stash Deal With Celtics
The Celtics drafted Abdel Nader 58th overall out of Iowa State.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Ray Allen In Contact With Celtics, Bucks On Possible Deal
Ray Allen is considering an NBA return after not playing two seasons.

Dom Amore/Hartford Courant

Demetrius Jackson, Celtics Agree Upon Guaranteed Deal For 16-17
R.J. Hunter, James Young, Ben Bentil and John Holland are expected to fight for Boston's final roster spot.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tyler Zeller, Celtics Agree Upon Two-Year, $16M Deal
The second season of Tyler Zeller's deal is a team option for the Celtics.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Gerald Green Agrees To One-Year Deal With Celtics
Gerald Green was the 18th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2005 NBA Draft.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele Signs One-Year, $1.5M Deal With Shanghai
Guerschon Yabusele was the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Celtics.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Celtics Haven't Recently Held Trade Discussions On Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin
Both Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin will be unrestricted free agents in the 2017 offseason.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

GMs Expect Russell Westbrook To Be Traded Before Start Of Season
The Celtics are considered the most likely destination for Russell Westbrook by rival general managers.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Al Horford Had No Issue With Dwight Howard, Atlanta's Fans
Al Horford's first option as free agency began was to re-sign with Atlanta.


Jared Sullinger Agrees To One-Year, $6M Deal With Raptors
The Celtics had pulled back their qualifying offer to make Jared Sullinger an unrestricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jared Sullinger Receiving Tepid RFA Interest, Could Return To Celtics On One-Year Deal
Jared Sullinger had a PER of 16.7 though that number dropped to 5.6 as he struggled in the playoffs against the Hawks.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical (via CelticsBlog)

Danny Ainge Doesn't Believe Acquiring Another Star Would Have Helped Sign Durant
Danny Ainge likes the direction of the Celtics despite missing out on Kevin Durant.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald