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Dunc'd On: BOS Season Outlook w/Jared Weiss, Bosh and News w/Danny Leroux

Sep 29, 2016 7:52 PM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook for the Boston Celtics with Jared Weiss of CLNS. We analyze how the Celtics will look after acquiring Al Horford, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Celtics season.

Danny Leroux also joins for a wrap-up of the Chris Bosh news out of Miami, and how a potential long-term injury exclusion would affect the Heat's cap space, plus injury news and the Beasley/Ennis trade.

 

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Al Horford On Celtics: Weird Feeling, But It Feels Right To Be Here

Sep 28, 2016 10:40 AM

Al Horford had spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks before signing a four-year, $113 million max contract with the Boston Celtics.

Horford participated in his first practice with the Celtics on Tuesday.

"It's definitely a weird feeling, but I feel good," Horford said. "It feels right to be here.

"I took a chance on coming here, because I believe in the type of guys we have here in the organization and the potential there is. So that's why I'm here, and I have a lot of respect for a lot of these players."

Horford is optimistic about the Celtics' younger core.

"It just really intrigued me, and when the free-agency process came around, at the beginning I would say I was very comfortable with Atlanta, but, as the time kept going on and I met with the Celtics, it just became real to me," Horford said.

"Looking at my career at this point, I'm going into my 10th year and want to be able to be a part of something special and win a championship. With the type of guys that we have here, we have that possibility, and that's something I wanted to be a part of."

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

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Celtics Sign Jalen Jones, Damion Lee To Camp Deals

Sep 14, 2016 10:33 AM

The Boston Celtics have signed Jalen Jones and Damion Lee.

Jones went undrafted in 2016 out of Texas A&M. Jones appeared in five Summer League games for the Toronto Raptors, averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.9 minutes.

Lee went undrafted in 2016 out of Louisville. Lee played for the Miami Heat in Summer League, averaging 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

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Celtics Waive John Holland

Aug 31, 2016 5:25 PM

John Holland has been waived by the Boston Celtics.

Holland signed a two-year deal with the Celtics late last season. Holland didn't appear in any games with the Celtics.

Holland averaged 16.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.2 minutes per game last season in the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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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."

Charley Rosen/Today's Fastbreak

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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.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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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

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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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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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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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Isaiah Thomas: I'm 'Closest Thing' To Allen Iverson
Isaiah 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
The Celtics drafted Abdel Nader 58th overall out of Iowa State.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Ray Allen In Contact With Celtics, Bucks On Possible Deal
Ray Allen is considering an NBA return after not playing two seasons.

Dom Amore/Hartford Courant

Demetrius Jackson, Celtics Agree Upon Guaranteed Deal For 16-17
R.J. Hunter, James Young, Ben Bentil and John Holland are expected to fight for Boston's final roster spot.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

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

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

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.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

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.

ESPN

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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