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David Lee To Be Traded Or Bought Out By Celtics

Feb 3, 2016 11:55 AM

The Boston Celtics will buy out David Lee if they are unable to move him by the deadline.

Lee is in the final season of his current contract.

Lee is out of the Celtics' rotation and would like to have a role somewhere else.

During his final season with the Golden State Warriors, Lee was out of the rotation but he ended up playing critical minutes in the playoffs.

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Tags: David Lee, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Interested In Trading For Dwight Howard

Feb 3, 2016 11:43 AM

The Boston Celtics have engaged the Houston Rockets on a trade centered around Dwight Howard.

Howard can opt out of his deal this offseason.

With declining health, trading for Howard and subsequently giving him a new max contract would be a significant risk for the Celtics.

The Celtics have a deep collection of future first round picks incoming from the Brooklyn Nets and multiple other teams.

Howard was asked about the report on Wednesday.

"There's always going into be rumors and speculation," Howard said. "I don't want to pay attention to it. I didn't say it. What can I do? There's nothing I can say. Teams are going to say what they have to say. It doesn't matter what I say. I'm here now. I'm a Rocket. That's the only thing that matters.

"People are always going to have rumors and say certain things. It doesn't matter. It's just a distraction. Nobody thinks about that stuff. I know my mind is on trying to get better every day. I feel like I was in a good stretch and got hurt. I'm going to try to get back. That's my mindset. We don't sit around and talk about what's going to happen next year because that means you're really not in it. You don't want to have those thoughts."

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Dwight Howard, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Have Inquired On Al Horford, Jeff Teague

Jan 30, 2016 4:50 PM

The Boston Celtics have inquired about the availability of Al Horford and Jeff Teague.

The Celtics have a considerable number of trade assets to facilitate a trade.

"Atlanta, I've been told, is ready to turn the page, to give the team to Dennis Schroeder, their young point guard,who is ready to step up and be a starter," Mannix said. "Teague is available because Teague has some value. He has another year left on his contract, about $8 million per year, and teams across the league are looking to get him.

"I've heard that Boston's inquired about several players with Atlanta, Teague and Al Horford. Teague might seem like a weird fit with this team because they already have point guards but he is an asset, he's someone the Celtics could be interested in. Horford, a little more difficult. It would be a gamble going after Al Horford because Al Horford is in the last year of his deal and he's going to command a salary north of $20 million next year. But as we know and as I just said, Danny Ainge is a gambling GM. He could make a move like that too."

Chris Mannix/Comcast

Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Avery Bradley Unhappy With Contract

Jan 24, 2016 3:41 PM

Avery Bradley is unhappy with the four-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2014 with the Boston Celtics.

Bradley's deal was viewed as a good one for him when it was signed, but he has since seen players like Khris Middleton and Tristan Thompson get lucrative new deals.

Bradley has changed agents from Mitchell Butler to Rob Pelinka.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jordan Mickey Named D-League Player Of The Month For December

Jan 5, 2016 12:49 PM

Maine Red Claws forward Jordan Mickey, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in December.

Mickey (6-8, 238, LSU) led Maine to a 7-2 record (6-2 in games that he played) and averaged 19.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.3 blocks and 1.8 assists. On Dec. 31, he recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and an NBA D-League season high of 10 blocks in a 119-112 win over the Texas Legends. On Dec. 19, he blocked eight shots in 112-100 victory over the Westchester Knicks. On Dec. 6, he scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 110-97 win over the Erie BayHawks.

Mickey was selected with the 33rd overall pick by the Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft. During his multiple assignments, he has averaged 18.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks (tops in the NBA D-League) and 1.6 assists in 17 games.

Other players receiving consideration for the monthly award were Austin’s Orlando Johnson, Delaware’s Jordan McRae and Sean Kilpatrick, Grand Rapids’ Lorenzo Brown, Iowa’s Alex Stepheson, Raptors’ Ronald Roberts Jr., Sioux Falls’ DeAndre Liggins, Texas’ Toure’ Murry and Westchester’s Jimmer Fredette and Jordan Bachynski.

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Tags: Jordan Mickey, Boston Celtics, Maine Red Claws, NBA, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Celtics Considering Playing Game At Fenway Park

Jan 4, 2016 12:33 PM

The Boston Celtics have had cursory conversations about playing an outdoor NBA game at Fenway Park.

"I've gotten into it. I really like the idea," Celtics' president Rich Gotham said. "I think if you can find a way to sort of differentiate the game and make it fun for fans, that's a great thing. And the Winter Classic certainly does that.

"Even when Fenway stages certain events, like football games, it just makes it more special for people involved and the fans. I think if you can do it, great. At the same time, my job requires me to be pragmatic, so you'd need to look at the hurdles."

The biggest obstacles are the weather and scheduling, Gotham said. The Celtics can't play basketball outside during the winter. The best times to play outside are late October or early April though those dates could conflict with the Red Sox.

The Phoenix Suns played preseason outdoor games from 2008 to 2010 in a tennis stadium in Palm Springs.

 

ESPN

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Danny Ainge: We Value Everything To A Certain Point

Jan 3, 2016 12:19 AM

Danny Ainge continues to have interest in making a trade to cash in his excess of future draft picks.

The Boston Celtics are heavy with big men.

“We put ourselves in a position where we’re still in it and we’re still fighting for our lives,” Ainge said. “I’ve enjoyed watching our team play. With the exception of a few games, it’s impossible to go through an 82-game schedule without some stinkers. I like the energy the guys bring. I’m excited about these guys the second half of the year.”

Ainge was asked if the Celtics need additions.

“I think that it’s a challenge. This team is in some ways a real challenge to coach. For some guys, it’s a challenge in that we have a lot of depth. That’s good and bad in some ways. We’ve been fortunate that we haven’t had a lot of injuries, but do we need change? No. Can we get better? Sure.

“I guess that’s why I answer phone calls. But there’s not anything that I feel like I have to do.”

The Celtics will own as many as four first round picks in this year's draft.

“We have certain value on everything, on our players, on our draft picks, cap space,” Ainge said. “We value everything to a certain point. There’s certain things you won’t do unless you get the right assets in return.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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

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Celtics Recall Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter From D-League

Jan 1, 2016 2:43 PM

The Boston Celtics have recalled guards Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter from the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

Rozier recorded a double-double with 15 points, a game-high 13 assists, three rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes in the Red Claws’ 119-112 win against the Texas Legends on December 31, 2015. He has played in five matchups for Maine this season and is averaging 19.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 35.6 minutes per game.

In his first appearance with the Red Claws this season, Hunter tallied a team-high 28 points on 10-19 (.526) shooting, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 37 minutes of action.

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Celtics Assign Jordan Mickey, Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter To D-League

Dec 31, 2015 11:26 AM

The Boston Celtics have assigned forward Jordan Mickey, and guards Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

In the Red Claws' 113-83 victory over the Iowa Energy on December 28, Mickey tallied 22 points on 9-15 (.600) shooting, eight rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 29 minutes. He has played in 14 matchups for Maine this season and is averaging 19.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 4.5 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game.

Rozier has appeared in four contests for the Red Claws this season and is averaging 20.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.8 minutes per game. In his latest matchup with the Red Claws on December 19, he recorded a double-double with 13 points, a game-high 10 assists and seven rebounds in 41 minutes of action.

Hunter tallied a season-high 12 points on 5-6 (.833) shooting, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 21 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks on November 24. He has appeared in 20 games for the Celtics this season and is averaging 3.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game over that span.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Maine Red Claws, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Celtics Make David Lee Available In Trade Talks

Dec 21, 2015 3:53 PM

The Boston Celtics have made David Lee available in trade talks.

Lee has an expiring contract and the Celtics have tremendous depth making playing time for him sparse.

The Celtics acquired Lee from the Golden State Warriors in the offseason.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

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

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Celtics Tried To Use Hornets' No. 9 Pick To Trade Up With Knicks To No. 4
The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow at No. 4, just as they were at No. 9.

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Marcus Smart Out At Least Two Weeks With 'Really Unique' Leg Injury
Marcus Smart will not need surgery.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Celtics Recall Terry Rozier, James Young From D-League
Terry Rozier tallied 16 points on 5-10 (.500) shooting from the field, three rebounds and a game-high eight assists in 31 minutes on Friday.

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Celtics, Mavs Interested In Hiring Kevin McHale As Consultant
Danny Ainge immediately reached out to Kevin McHale following his dismissal from the Rockets about a role with the Celtics.

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Celtics Trying To Balance Player Development With Competing Now
With potentially three more first round picks coming to Boston, the Celtics want to establish a foundation in which their younger players can develop without the pressure of having to perform.

Brad Stevens/Boston Globe

Celtics Assign Terry Rozier To D-League
Terry Rozier is averaging 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game over five contests with the team this year.

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Celtics Still See 'Huge Role' For Tyler Zeller Despite Limited Minutes
Tyler Zeller will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Jay King/Boston Herald

Celtics Offered Short Extension To Rajon Rondo
Danny Ainge confirmed that the Celtics never offered Rajon Rondo a five-year, $70 million extension prior to trading him last December.

Mike Alongi/CLNS

Gregg Popovich 'Respects The Hell Out Of' Brad Stevens
Brad Stevens often gushes about how Gregg Popovich and the Spurs run their franchise.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Celtics Exercise 16-17 Options On Marcus Smart, James Young, Kelly Olynyk
Marcus Smart and James Young had their third-year options exercised, while the fourth-year option on Kelly Olynyk was also picked up by the Celtics.

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Danny Ainge Expecting To Remain GM Of Celtics For Many More Years
Danny Ainge insists he isn't fatigued by the process of rebuilding the Celtics.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Perry Jones III, Corey Walden Waived By Celtics
Perry Jones III averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game in five appearances with the team.

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Celtics Waive Levi Randolph, Coty Clarke, Malcolm Miller
The Celtics' roster now stands at 17.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Boston Celtics Season Preview With Kevin O'Connor
The Celtics' best lineups, how the frontcourt rotation shake out, team strengths and weaknesses, and a season prediction.

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Celtics Discussing Extensions With Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller
Danny Ainge has been in contact with representatives for both Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller ahead of the Oct. 31st extension deadline.

Jay King/Boston Globe

Danny Ainge Rues Not Having Transcendent Player On Roster
The Celtics have a talented roster but Danny Ainge has been unable to acquire a true star.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Zoran Dragic Waived By Celtics
The Celtics have waived guard/forward Zoran Dragic.

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Celtics Sign Malcolm Miller To Camp Deal
Malcolm Miller played in seven games for the Celtics in the summer league, averaging four points in 12.1 minutes per game.

Kevin O'Connor/CelticsBlog

Joe Alexander Rejects Celtics' Camp Offer, Signs With Sassari
Joe Alexander played for Maccabi Tel Aviv last season.

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