As players from the 2011 NBA Draft negotiate extensions on their rookie deals, none will have a more interesting decision to make than Reggie Jackson. Jackson’s current situation is fairly comparable to Eric Bledsoe, who spent most of his first three seasons playing behind Chris Paul. Read More. Written by Jonathan Tjarks on Sep 17, 2014
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) focuses on the Atlantic Division with Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game (@uuords) and Jared Weiss of CLSN Radio and CelticsBlog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss).
The three work through an eventful off-season in terms of players and coaches alike from the Jason Kidd fiasco to the major New York / Dallas trade that brought Jose Calderon to the Knicks.
In addition, they also preview the upcoming season including ranking the teams in the division 1-5 and predicting how many of them will make the playoffs.
Tyler Zeller is now eligible to be traded by the Boston Celtics, but he is more likely to become their starting center.
Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder said his client should also benefit from having a familiarity with Brad Stevens who recruited both of his brothers.
"Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder told CSNNE.com. "Forget about basketball. Everyone knows he's a great basketball coach. But they really liked him as a person. He's a good person and Tyler is also a good person. 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."
Dairis Bertans received multiple invitations to NBA training camp, but the Boston Celtics’ summer league guard has decided to stay with Bilabo in Spain, a source told RealGM.
Bertans’ playing future had been in question due to the conflict between Bilbao and the Spanish ACB league. He’ll now remain with the Spanish club in the ACB.
Bertans averaged nearly seven points and two rebounds in three games for the Celtics in Orlando last month. The 6-foot-4 guard suffered a freak head injury in a game where he was carted off in a stretcher and to the hospital.
Bertans, 24, averaged 10.4 points and 1.6 rebounds for Bilbao a season ago. His brother, Davis Bertans, was a draft acquisition of San Antonio in 2011 and spent time around the Spurs’ organization this summer before re-signing overseas.
The Boston Celtics were unable to make a major move this offseason, failing in their efforts to trade for Kevin Love.
Wyc Grousbeck alluded to "fireworks" back in March when describing the Celtics' offseason plans.
“I said we’d try for fireworks and we tried,” Grousbeck said. “I’m reasonably content that first of all we tried as hard as we could and second of all we added some good pieces. But we have maintained our draft picks and we’ve maintained more building in the future as opposing to firing all the bullets now.
“We’re going to have to go the more patient route.”
The Celtics lacked the necessary assets to trade for Love, but instead have acquired Marcus Smart, James Young, Tyler Zeller and Marcus Thornton this offseason.
“How happy do I look?” said Grousbeck. “We were all patient, everybody, the fans were patient in the early 2000s and we have to believe they know how to build in the NBA isn’t a quick flip of the switch. In almost all cases, it is years of preparation in this league.
“You gotta get the superstars, so you’ve got to build up the assets to get them and that’s what we’re trying to do.”