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Celtics To Extend Qualifying Offer To Jae Crowder

Apr 30, 2015 11:37 AM

The Boston Celtics will extend a qualifying offer to Jae Crowder.

Danny Ainge confirmed the move on Thursday.

By extending a qualifying offer to Crowder, the Celtics would make him a restricted free agent.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jae Crowder Diagnosed With Left ACL Sprain

Apr 27, 2015 12:14 PM

Jae Crowder has been diagnosed with a left ACL sprain.

Crowder was injured on a play in which he was hit in the face by J.R. Smith.

Crowder appeared to have seriously injured his knee at the time.

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Celtics Closed Gap On Lakers As Suitor For Kevin Love

Apr 26, 2015 11:45 PM

Throughout the season, the Boston Celtics closed the gap on the Los Angeles Lakers as a possible destination for Kevin Love if he left the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to sources.

The Celtics were waiting for July, and the chance to let coach Brad Stevens lay out Love's expanded role in his system. General manager Danny Ainge wanted a chance to sell Love on a vision for surrounding him with complementary talent, on maximizing his popularity as New England's next star.

Love could miss time in the Cavaliers' second round series.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Love, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marcus Smart Late To Shootaround, Minutes In Game 4 May Be Reduced

Apr 26, 2015 11:25 AM

Marcus Smart overslept and was late arriving for shootaround.

Smart was going to come off the bench for the Boston Celtics anyways for Game 4 with Jae Crowder in the starting five.

Brad Stevens said Smart may not come off the bench early as a result.

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

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Brad Stevens 'Little Bit Surprised' By Rajon Rondo Situation With Dallas

Apr 23, 2015 8:01 PM

Brad Stevens, who coached Rajon Rondo for 52 games from last season until the Boston Celtics traded him in December, was surprised to see things end poorly for him with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks announced on Wednesday that Rondo was “out indefinitely” with a back injury suffered in Game 2 against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. 

"Yes, I am [surprised]. I haven’t paid as much attention or read every article, or even really watched anything on it. Obviously, I’m aware of it. I’ve said many times I felt like Rajon had played really well at the start of the year,” Stevens said before the Celtics took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of their first-round series.  

"I coached him during a really tough time for him, simply because last he was never, he was just overcoming and coming back from that ACL tear. Not having any practice, which is really unique. It was just a matter of getting him to feel a bit better."

The Mavericks insist that Rondo’s back injury is completely separate from his issues with coach Rick Carlisle, who has openly feuded with the guard. Rondo was suspended by the Mavericks in late February after a verbal altercation with Carlisle in the second half of a game against the Toronto Raptors. Carlisle did nothing to downplay speculation of a rift with Rondo when asked if the free-agent-to-be would ever play for Dallas again, the coach said: “No, I don’t.” 

In 46 games with the Mavericks, Rondo averaged 9.3 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds on 43.6% shooting. Those numbers dipped significantly in his two playoff games.

"I was around him a lot this summer, around him a lot this fall,” Stevens continued. "He had the unfortunate hand break at the start of the season and that put him behind again, although I thought he played pretty well here. So, yes, I was a little bit surprised."

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Tags: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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Rajon Rondo Planned To Sign Max Contract With Lakers Before Mavs' Trade

Apr 22, 2015 11:13 AM

Rajon Rondo had planned on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in the summer when it became clear that he no longer had a future with the Boston Celtics, according to sources.

Rondo expected a maximum contract to be signed.

When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Rondo, he was open to re-signing with the franchise. Rondo reportedly hasn't given up on that possibility despite the issues that have arisen, but sources say he won't return if Rick Carlisle is retained as head coach.

With how poorly Rondo has played since going to the Mavericks and since his ACL injury, a maximum contract is almost uncertain to be offered to him. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Brad Stevens, Doc Rivers Named Coaches Of The Month For April

Apr 16, 2015 3:22 PM

Brad Stevens and Doc Rivers have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for April.

Stevens helped lead the Boston Celtics to a playoff berth in what was considered a probable rebuilding year.

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Shavlik Randolph Claimed By Nuggets Off Waivers

Apr 8, 2015 5:23 PM

The Denver Nuggets have claimed Shavlik Randolph off waivers, a league source tells RealGM.

Randolph was waived this week by the Boston Celtics to create a roster spot for Chris Babb.

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Tags: Shavlik Randolph, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Celtics Sign Chris Babb To Multi-Year Contract, Waive Shavlik Randolph

Apr 6, 2015 6:21 PM

The Boston Celtics have signed guard/forward Chris Babb to a multi-year contact.

The Celtics also have waived forward Shavlik Randolph and assigned Babb to the Maine Red Claws.

Babb, a 6’5” guard/forward, has appeared in 45 matchups for the Red Claws this season and averaged 15.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists, while shooting .375 from beyond the arc, in 34.7 minutes per game.

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Jared Sullinger Returns From Metatarsal Stress Fracture
Jared Sullingerís metatarsal stress fracture has healed completely.

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Nuggets Sought Two First Rounders For Ty Lawson At Deadline
The Jazz, Kings and Celtics could be interested in a trade for Ty Lawson.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Celtics Received 1st Round Pick Trade Offers At Deadline For Avery Bradley
The Celtics received offers from multiple teams at the trade deadline of low first round picks and expiring contracts for Avery Bradley.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Celtics Could Pursue Offer Sheet With Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and will receive interest for contract offer sheets.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Gerald Wallace Will Consider Future In Offseason
Gerald Wallace is signed through the 15-16 season with $10 million remaining on his deal with the Celtics.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Clippers, Celtics, Jazz Expressing Interest In Eric Griffin
The Jazz, Clippers and Celtics are showing interest in the possible call up of Eric Griffin, league sources told RealGM.

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Warriors, Mavs, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, Bulls Interested In JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee and the Celtics were unable to close a deal on a contract on Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

JaVale McGee, Celtics Unable To Reach Deal On Contract
The Celtics wanted to have a team option for the 15-16 season, while JaVale McGee wanted it as a player option.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

JaVale McGee Close To Agreement With Celtics
JaVale McGee's deal with the Celtics would be through next season.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart Named Rookies Of The Month
Andrew Wiggins averaged 16.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in February.

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Celtics Interested In Re-Signing Jonas Jerebko
Jonas Jerebko will be a free agent after the season.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Isaiah Thomas, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas and Damian Lillard have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Ainge: Sullinger Hasn't Met His Conditioning Standards
Jared Sullinger is out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury.

Zack Cox/NESN

Report: Celtics Reneged On Promise To Buy Out Tayshaun Prince
The Celtics instead traded Tayshaun Prince to the Pistons.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Jared Sullinger Out For Season With Stress Fracture In Foot
Jared Sullinger averaged 14.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.7 minutes per game in his third NBA season.

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Jared Sullinger Out Indefinitely With Stress Fracture In Foot
X-Rays performed on Thursday confirmed the stress injury for Jared Sullinger.

Brian Robb/Boston Globe

Celtics Acquire Isaiah Thomas From Suns
The Suns acquired a 2016 first round pick from the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas.

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Kings, Rockets Warned Goran Dragic Won't Re-Sign If Traded
The Suns are pursuing trades outside the preferred list of Goran Dragic, which is believed to feature the Knicks, Lakers and Heat.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Focused On Goran Dragic Talks With Celtics, Rockets, Kings
Goran Dragic prefers a trade to the Heat, Lakers or Knicks.

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Reggie Jackson Requests Trade From Thunder
Reggie Jackson has averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 assists and four rebounds for the Thunder this season.

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