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Marcus Smart Out At Least Two Weeks With 'Really Unique' Leg Injury

Nov 23, 2015 3:43 PM

Marcus Smart is expected to miss at least two weeks with a lower left leg injury.

Smart will not need surgery.

Smart suffered the injury when he collided with Thomas Robinson on Friday.

Smart left the game and underwent an MRI and did not travel on this current road trip.

“They’ve gone and taken a bunch of images of it; they’ve wanted to make sure,” Stevens said.

“They’ve actually asked for second opinions on it, because it’s a really unique injury. But it’s not a long-term thing, and it’s not a huge issue. They just want to make sure that everything is fully healed before he comes back.”


Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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

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Celtics Recall Terry Rozier, James Young From D-League

Nov 21, 2015 6:47 PM

The Boston Celtics have recalled guard Terry Rozier and guard/forward James Young from the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development 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 in the Red Claws’ 112-93 victory over the Raptors 905 on November 20. Rozier has played in three matchups for Maine this season and is averaging 23.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 33.8 minutes per game.

Also in the win over the Raptors 905, James Young recorded a double-double with a game-high 26 points, a game-high 15 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes. Young is averaging 20.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 32.7 minutes per game over four contests with Maine this season.

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Celtics, Mavs Interested In Hiring Kevin McHale As Consultant

Nov 19, 2015 11:28 AM

Danny Ainge immediately reached out to Kevin McHale following his dismissal from the Houston Rockets about a role with the Boston Celtics.

"I've always tried to get Kevin to come work with me and work with my big guys," Ainge told the Boston Herald. "I told Kevin that today. ... We've got a spot for him. I know we could figure something out for him in some capacity, but I think he's just in a wait-and-see mode.

"He appreciated me reaching out to him, but I think he's just going to lay low. He's probably got bigger and better things to do -- or more relaxing things to do."

The Dallas Mavericks also have interest in hiring McHale, who had him on payroll as a consultant in training camp in 2009.

"Maybe when the dust settles, I can get him out to teach the 'slippery eel' to Kelly [Olynyk] and Sully [Jared Sullinger] and Amir [Johnson]," Ainge told the Herald.


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Celtics Trying To Balance Player Development With Competing Now

Nov 15, 2015 12:01 PM

With all of the Boston Celtics' draft picks, Danny Ainge is more liberally using the D-League for players to get experience.

“What I don’t want to have happen when we draft a player is for my coaching staff to have such a burden of trying to win, trying to make the playoffs, trying to win games and making judgments on their young players who can’t help them win,” Ainge said.

“We’ve seen many, many franchises give up on players because winning was a precedent over developing players.”

With potentially three more first round picks coming to Boston next summer, 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

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Celtics Assign Terry Rozier To D-League

Nov 14, 2015 6:50 PM

The Boston Celtics have assigned guard Terry Rozier to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

Rozier, a 6’2" guard, was selected with the 16th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 28, 2015, and 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

Nov 14, 2015 6:22 PM

Tyler Zeller was a starter for the Boston Celtics last season but he has only played sparingly so far in 15-16.

The Celtics added several frontcourt pieces this past offseason in the likes of Amir Johnson and David Lee, while Jared Sullinger has been Boston's best big this season so far.

"Tyler's a really good player," Stevens said. "We just have a lot of bigs. I don't know how else to say it. We haven't shot it great so you want to play some guys that can stretch the floor and be guarded when the floor is stretched. And that leaves at least one person out."

Zeller will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

"And I don't know that it will always be Tyler," Stevens said. "In fact, I see him playing a huge role for our team and he knows that. But nonetheless it's really hard to deal with. But we've won three of the last four games and he hasn't played as much. But he'll help us win three of four in some other stretch, and he'll play a lot."

Jay King/Boston Herald

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Celtics Offered Short Extension To Rajon Rondo

Nov 5, 2015 10:38 AM

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

A report from Yahoo! Sports this week indicated that the offer was made to Rondo.

"No, that's not the correct number," he said. "We wouldn't even be able to do that under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. I'm not sure where those numbers came from, but we would not be able to do that."

A shorter deal was offered by the Celtics.

"It was more like a two-year extension," said Ainge. "It would've been for a percentage of what he was making, so probably in the $11-$13 million range."

Rondo eventually signed with the Sacramento Kings on a one-year, $9.5 million deal.


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Gregg Popovich 'Respects The Hell Out Of' Brad Stevens

Nov 1, 2015 11:31 PM

Gregg Popovich has an unusual bond with Brad Stevens.

Stevens often gushes about how the San Antonio Spurs run their franchise.

"I really respect what he does. I'll still watch his Butler tape, trying to learn some stuff he did there, to be honest with you," Popovich said of Stevens after Sunday's game. "I really respect the hell out of him. He's a really fine young coach, great demeanor. His team executes really well, and they're just going to keep getting better. So I enjoy him."

"Obviously great coaching, great players, great system, great way of playing, complete buy-in, and a willingness to sacrifice across the board," Stevens said. "All of those things stand out and what makes them great is they've got all that. Take away any part of that and it wouldn't be as good as it is. It's obviously been special to watch from afar."

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

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Celtics Exercise 16-17 Options On Marcus Smart, James Young, Kelly Olynyk

Oct 31, 2015 12:27 AM

The Boston Celtics have exercised their third-year options on guard Marcus Smart and guard/forward James Young, and their fourth-year option on forward Kelly Olynyk.

Smart, who is in his second NBA season, appeared in five contests for the Celtics this preseason and averaged 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 steal in 24.2 minutes per game. The 6’4” guard played in 67 games during his rookie year and averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 27.0 minutes per game. 

Young, who is also in his second NBA season, appeared in seven preseason matchups for the team this year and averaged 4.4 points, including connecting on 35.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc, and pulled down 1.4 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game over that span. 

Olynyk, who is in his third NBA season, appeared in six preseason games for the team this year and averaged 7.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.7 minutes per game. The 7’0” forward is averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 21.1 minutes per game over his 134 game career. 

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Danny Ainge Expecting To Remain GM Of Celtics For Many More Years

Oct 26, 2015 1:29 PM

Danny Ainge is beginning his 13th season in charge of the Boston Celtics and can't imagine doing anything else.

“I don’t see a finish line . . . at all,” Ainge said. “I guess there’s a finish line for everybody, but I don’t see it. Listen, I’ve been around the NBA long enough to know that you never know how things are going to play out. I don’t expect anything. I never really think about it. When I took this job and we came back, my wife wondered how long we would do it, but we really didn’t know. Still don’t. I still don’t think about it, or worry about it.”


Ainge insists he isn't fatigued by the process of rebuilding the Celtics.

“I’m having too much fun,” he said. “I like working with the guys. I feel like right now, after 12 years, I think what we’ve sort of built with our data people, our sports science people, our training staff, our medical staff and our coaching staff, it’s come a long way. I love working with the guys I work with. I still like the players of today. I’m not one of those people that think, ‘Oh, the players of today aren’t what they used to be.’ I don’t see that at all. I love the young kids. I love how hard they work. They work harder than we ever worked. They energize me. I love being around this group of guys.

“And it’s great working with (owners) Steve (Pagliuca) and Wyc (Grousbeck). They’re passionate and successful guys that have high expectations, and they’re really into it. But they let (coach) Brad (Stevens) and I do our jobs. We know that they’re there, and they have high expectations. I enjoy that. I enjoy the atmosphere that we have from the top down.”

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

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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.

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

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Celtics Offered Four First Rounders To Hornets For No. 9
The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow while the Hornets were settled on taking Frank Kaminsky.

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Heat Trade Zoran Dragic To Celtics
The trade did not upset Goran Dragic, who is hoping his brother will get more chances at playing time with the Celtics.

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Jordan Mickey Signs Four-Year, $5M Deal With Celtics
The Celtics have signed Jordan Mickey, to a four-year, $5 million contract, league sources told RealGM.

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Celtics Waive Phil Pressey
On his career, Phil Pressey is averaging 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 13.8 minutes per game.

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Celtics Acquire Perry Jones From Thunder
The Thunder will save approximately $7 million on the luxury tax by unloading Perry Jones.

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Celtics, Nuggets Discuss Danilo Gallinari Trade
Danilo Gallinari is entering the final season of his contract.

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Warriors Trade David Lee To Celtics For Gerald Wallace
The Warriors have traded David Lee to the Celtics for Gerald Wallace.

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Brandon Bass Agrees To Deal With Lakers
Brandon Bass had been with the Celtics since 2011.

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Jonas Jerebko Agrees To Two-Year, $10M Deal With Celtics
Jonas Jerebko made 40.6 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Jae Crowder, Celtics Agree Upon Five-Year, $35M Deal
Jae Crowder has agreed upon a five-year, $35 million contract, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Amir Johnson, Celtics Agree Upon Two-Year, $24M Deal
Amir Johnson and the Celtics have agreed upon a two-year, $24 million contract.

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