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Phil Jackson Regrets Not Trading For Jae Crowder In Tyson Chandler Trade

Aug 26, 2016 11:34 AM

Phil Jackson said his biggest mistake since taking over the New York Knicks was not taking Jae Crowder in the Tyson Chandler trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

Crowder emerged as one of the NBA's best defensive players since his trade to the Boston Celtics.

"One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," said Jackson. "In talking with (Dallas), I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early. While Cleanthony has missed lots of time in the past two seasons with us, he still has the potential to be a valuable player. Even so, I should have taken Crowder.

“Anyway, for all of us, making mistakes are part of the learning process."

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Renounce Draft Rights To Colton Iverson

Aug 25, 2016 5:55 PM

The Boston Celtics have renounced the draft rights to Colton Iverson.

Iverson didn't figure in the Celtics' plans and this gives him the opportunity to try to make an NBA roster elsewhere.

Iverson was a second round pick in 2013 who has played Internationally in each of the past three seasons.

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Tags: Colton Iverson, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland, Ben Bentil To Compete For Final Celtics' Roster Spot

Aug 24, 2016 2:47 PM

The Boston Celtics will have R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland and Ben Bentil will compete for their last roster spot.

Young and Hunter have guaranteed deals, Bentil has a partial guarantee, and Holland is non-guaranteed. Young and Hunter are former first round picks.

Hunter is the favorite to emerge from the group.

“I’m a competitor, so it’s just absolutely motivation for me,” Hunter said in a telephone interview. “I think it just adds an extra competitive spirit to training camp, which is a great way to get the year started.

“So I’d rather have it that way, because now I have no reason not to be on my toes on every possession and at every practice. So I’ll try to use it to my advantage.”


Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland, Ben Bentil, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Abdel Nader Agrees To Deal With Red Claws

Aug 22, 2016 4:28 PM

Abdel Nader has committed to signing a contract in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws.

Nader received significant offers in Europe as well.

Nader played for the Celtics in Summer League after he was the 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Iowa State.

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Tags: Abdel Nader, Boston Celtics, Maine Red Claws, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Celtics Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To Camp Deal

Aug 22, 2016 10:52 AM

The Boston Celtics have signed Marcus Georges-Hunt to a camp deal.

Georges-Hunt played for the Brooklyn Nets in Summer League.

Georges-Hunt went undrafted out of Georgia Tech.

Georges-Hunt is a 6'5 wing who averaged 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior.

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Tags: Marcus Georges-Hunt, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss

Aug 10, 2016 3:37 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post (@TimBontemps) and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) go in-depth on the Atlantic Division. They analyze the offseason, including who got better and worse, moves that stood out (20:02), and rookies they are most excited to see (32:02). After that, they preview the upcoming season, including ranking the teams 1-5 (39:51), predicting who will make the playoffs (50:35) and pick breakout players (1:14:11).

They also discuss the possibility of Chris Paul joining the Knicks (14:24), Melo’s no-trade clause (54:00) and much more.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, RealGM Radio

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Isaiah Thomas: I'm 'Closest Thing' To Allen Iverson

Aug 9, 2016 7:00 PM

Isaiah Thomas has been compared to Allen Iverson as one of the NBA's best scorers despite being under 6'0.

Thomas made his first All-Star Game in 2016 with the Boston Celtics.

"There will never be another Allen Iverson but I'm for damn sure going to be the closest thing to you LOL," wrote Thomas on Instagram.

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

Aug 7, 2016 10:02 AM

Abdel Nader is reluctant to agree upon a stash arrangement with the Boston Celtics.

“He’s an NBA player, that’s my belief,” said Nader’s agent, Cervando Tejeda. “Right now, we have to decide what the next move is.”

The Celtics drafted Nader 58th overall out of Iowa State.

“I’ve been playing basketball my whole life, and I feel very comfortable anytime I’m out there on the court,” Nader said in a telephone interview. “I was excited to play in summer league. It was a great opportunity and it was a blast. I prepared for it, and when you know you’re prepared, it brings a little extra swagger.”

After averaging 10.3 minutes in three games in Utah, he seized a larger role in the more competitive Las Vegas summer league and thrived.

Nader scored 64 points over five games there, second only to No. 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown. 

The Celtics recently signed rookie point guard Demetrius Jackson, the 45th overall pick, to a four-year, $5.5 million deal that is fully guaranteed this season, and they signed No. 51 pick Ben Bentil to a three-year deal that is partially guaranteed this season. Nader outplayed both of them during the summer.

 

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Abdel Nader, Boston Celtics, Maine Red Claws, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League Teams

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Ray Allen In Contact With Celtics, Bucks On Possible Deal

Aug 7, 2016 9:54 AM

Ray Allen has spoken with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks about a possible deal for the 16-17 season.

Allen is considering an NBA return after not playing two seasons.

Allen has also been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs.

"My decision is predicated on what is available," he said. "I said that I was interested because I never retired for a reason. I've been watching, seeing what teams have been doing and I've been waiting to see if the opportunity presented itself where I think I could fit."

Allen has previously played for both the Bucks and Celtics.

"I would love going back to those places if it worked out," Allen said, "because both teams are good, too. It doesn't necessarily have to be championship-or-bust for me to go back to the NBA.

"I want to be in a situation where I thought I could help, play a little bit and help where they have good young talent."

Dom Amore/Hartford Courant

Tags: Ray Allen, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Demetrius Jackson, Celtics Agree Upon Guaranteed Deal For 16-17

Jul 23, 2016 11:53 AM

The Boston Celtics have agreed upon a guaranteed deal for the 16-17 season with Demetrius Jackson.

Jackson was the 45th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Celtics.

Jackson averaged 5.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.6 minutes per game in Summer League for Boston.

R.J. Hunter, James Young, Ben Bentil and John Holland are expected to fight for Boston's final roster spot.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Demetrius Jackson, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Celtics Guarantee 16-17 Contract Of Amir Johnson
Amir Johnson signed a two-year $24 million deal with the Celtics last offseason.

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Hawks Preferred Horford Over Millsap In Part Due To $9M Difference In 17-18 Salary
The Hawks could have retained a quality frontcourt in signing Dwight Howard and Al Horford while collecting assets by trading away Paul Millsap.

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Al Horford Had 'Major Reservations' About Playing With Dwight Howard
The Hawks were planning on trading away Paul Millsap in order to accommodate Dwight Howard and the re-signed Al Horford.

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Celtics Continue To Have Interest In Jimmy Butler, Jahlil Okafor Trade
A path to a trade will be more difficult than it was on draft night as both the Bulls and 76ers wanted the No. 3 pick to select Kris Dunn.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Thunder Were Confident Of Signing Al Horford If Durant Committed
The Thunder were confident they could sign Al Horford in free agency had they received a verbal commitment from Kevin Durant.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Kevin Durant Announces He'll Sign With Warriors
Kevin Durant took meetings with the Thunder, Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat.

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Kevin Durant Informing Teams He Met With, Will Announce On Players' Tribune
Kevin Durant is planning to inform all teams he met with about his decision on Monday morning.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kevin Durant To Make Decision On Monday
Kevin Durant's decision is believed to be down to the Thunder and Warriors.

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Kevin Durant Expects To Make Decision Sunday Evening Or Monday Morning
Kevin Durant is considering the Thunder, Warriors, Spurs, Celtics, Clippers and Heat.

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Horford Pitched By Durant On Thunder, Wasn't Comfortable Without Long-Term Assurance
The Thunder could have unloaded the necessary contracts, including Enes Kanter, to create enough cap space to sign Al Horford.

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Al Horford Agrees To Four-Year, $113M Deal With Celtics
Al Horford has agreed to sign with the Celtics on a four-year, $113 million deal.

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