Nov 19, 2014 10:59 AM EST
Rival executives have told Bleacher Report that Danny Ainge has been firm that the Boston Celtics will not trade Rajon Rondo ahead of the trade deadline.
"They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said one general manager, who nevertheless added, "I definitely think it's the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it."
Rondo's representatives are said to be pursuing a max contract, which would be for five years and an estimated $106 million if he stays with Boston, while his deal elsewhere would be four years and about $79 million.
"My body feels a lot better, my legs are a lot stronger," Rondo said, comparing his play now to last season, when he was just making his way back. "I can get into the paint a lot easier now, this year. Last year, I was pretty slow. So this year I'm a step faster."
"This is going to be his best year of his career, I think," Ainge said, though not because Rondo is on any sort of salary drive. "Knowing Rondo, he just wants to show that he's one of the elite point guards in the NBA again. But yeah, he is a foundational piece that we already have that's right there. But there is uncertainty for this upcoming offseason."
Nov 15, 2014 4:52 PM EST
The Boston Celtics have assigned rookies Dwight Powell and James Young to the Maine Red Claws.
Powell, a 6'11" forward out of Stanford, appeared in six contests for the Celtics during the preseason and averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game over that span.
Young, a 6'6" guard/forward out of Kentucky, appeared in two games for the team during the preseason and averaged 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal in 22.7 minutes per game. He made his NBA debut against the Houston Rockets on November 1 and has averaged 4.5 points in 4.7 minutes over his two appearances this season.
Nov 13, 2014 12:56 AM EST
Rajon Rondo will have to make a decision on his future with the Boston Celtics when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Kendrick Perkins remains one of Rondo's closest friends as a former teammate and believes the point guard wants to stay with the Celtics.
“I think it’s a great place for him,” Perkins said. “I think he wants to stay here. You know, we talk on a regular basis and I think he should stay. If I was him, I would stay.
“I just think it’s a perfect situation for him. He’s got a good group of guys around him, good coach. It’s his team, he’s able to play the way he’s capable of playing. He’s almost averaging a triple-double. He’s got some good talent around him in [Jared] Sullinger, Jeff [Green], the young kid [Kelly Olynyk]. He’s got some good talent around him. I think he wants to stay. I think he should. But you never know how it works out.”
Perkins is in the last year of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder and admitted he would consider a return to the Celtics.
“If the opportunity presents itself I will,” Perkins said. “You never know. It’s not on me. I’ve got to be wanted to come back. So it’s always that ‘if.’"
Nov 09, 2014 2:46 PM EST
The Boston Celtics have assigned forward Dwight Powell to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, the team announced on Sunday.
Powell, a 6’11 forward, appeared in six contests for the Celtics during the preseason and averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game over that span.
Nov 08, 2014 11:54 AM EST
Marcus Smart was carted off the court in the fourth quarter of the Boston Celtics' 101-98 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Smart was diagnosed with a sprain and bone bruise on his ankle and he'll miss two to three weeks.
Smart's leg was immobilized and he then was taken to the locker room, giving a thumbs up as he was wheeled off.
Nov 06, 2014 4:59 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to pursue Rajon Rondo in free agency, according to several rival executives.
Rondo is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and Kobe Bryant has been a longtime admirer.
The Boston Celtics are in rebuilding mode and their intentions for Rondo in the long-term are unclear.
The Lakers could have more than $30 million in cap space.
Oct 30, 2014 1:18 PM EDT
The Boston Celtics have exercised its third-year option on forward Kelly Olynyk, and its fourth-year options on forward Jared Sullinger and center/forward Tyler Zeller.
Olynyk appeared in seven games for the Celtics this preseason and averaged 8.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game. He is averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game through 70 career contests.
Sullinger appeared in eight preseason matchups for the team and averaged 14.9 points, including shooting 15-30 (.500) from beyond the arc, 10.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 21.9 minutes per game over that span.
Zeller appeared in eight preseason games for the Celtics and averaged 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game off the bench. He is averaging 6.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.7 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game on his career.
Oct 27, 2014 1:40 PM EDT
The Boston Celtics have a fairly even roster as they look to rebuild out of their Big 3 era.
“If everybody were designing an NBA roster, I think they would probably suggest that you have three max [salary] players that are All-Star players like we’ve had in the past,” Danny Ainge said. “Like Miami had, like Cleveland has now. That would be ideal because it’s pretty clear-cut who’s going to play and then you build players around them. We don’t have that right now.
“Not being able to have the 10 or 15 franchise players that exist in a 30-team league and with one team having maybe three of them and another having two, there’s not that many of them to go around. That probably is a good thing that some nights your bench will be better than your starters.”
The Celtics have amassed a considerable number of first round picks over the past two years.
“We don’t really look at it as rebuilding or changing direction, we’re trying to build a championship,” said Ainge matter-of-factly. “We have some really nice players and I know Brad is really understanding the NBA game and all the things that come from making the transition to coaching in college. I couldn’t be happier with Brad and his staff. I think he’s done a great job of communicating to all the players.”
The Celtics were interested in Kevin Love this offseason and hope to eventually attract a franchise-caliber player.
“Players will want to come to Boston, but not all players will and we understand that,” Ainge said. “Right now my focus is on Opening Night. I’m excited how this team comes together on the court. We don’t even know who’s going to be free agents. We don’t know who’s going to sign contract extensions. We don’t know who is going to decide who is going to stay with their own teams. We’ll be ready for that when the time comes.”
Oct 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT
Rajon Rondo will practice on Monday and will check for the doctors' final clearance on whether he can return for the Boston Celtics' season opener on Wednesday.
Rondo said he has a "79 percent" chance to play Wednesday. The guard will receive one more X-ray. If cleared, he will play.
"I'm still optimistic," Rondo said. "I don't know. I don't think (it's) realistic but a lot of rest and more treatment you never know."
Oct 23, 2014 6:58 PM EDT
The Boston Celtics have claimed free agent forward Jarell Eddie off NBA waivers, a league source told RealGM.
Eddie was recently released by the Atlanta Hawks, and he drew multiple waiver bids before the Celtics were awarded his rights. Eddie, who has a non-guaranteed contract, could be being signed to be released as part of Boston’s allocated players to Maine in the NBA D-League.
Eddie scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in 39 minutes over four preseason games for the Hawks.
Eddie, a standout at Virginia Tech, went undrafted in the June NBA Draft. He played in the summer league for the Washington Wizards.
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