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Rondo Wants To Stay With Celtics, Realistic About Short-Term Prognosis

Rajon Rondo will begin the 14-15 season coming back from a left hand injury, but it will be an important year with free agency looming in July. A veteran of eight seasons, Rondo has assumed a leadership role with the Boston Celtics since the departure of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. He has also developed a good relationship with Brad Stevens, who replaced Doc Rivers before the 2013-14 season.

There have been rumors for more than a year that Rondo’s days with the Celtics are numbered, but on Monday he insisted that he wants to remain with the Celtics over the long-term. He even joked that he hopes to put an end to persistent trade rumors by negotiating a no-trade clause into his next contract, looking over at Danny Ainge with a smirk.

“Yes,” Rondo replied with conviction when asked if he wants to re-sign with the Celtics. “The fans and the people here are the ones that make me want to stay. I can’t say enough about Danny and Wyc [Grousbeck], but when I’m out there on the street the whole community embraces me.”

Rondo could command a max contract as an outright free agent next summer, something he admitted during the team’s annual media day that he believes he deserves. He was the starting point guard for a championship team as a second-year player back in 2008, but he's aware that Ainge is currently working on a rebuild.

“I’m pretty smart, I know this isn’t a championship season,” Rondo said when asked about the team’s short-term chances.

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Turner Has Nothing Bad To Say About Pacers, Not Weighed Down By Expectations As Former 2nd Overall Pick

Evan Turner was supposed to push the Indiana Pacers over the hump last spring, but they ended falling at the hands of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second-straight season.

Turner’s arrival, which came via a deadline trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, wasn’t the only thing that didn’t go Indiana’s way in the second half, but he quickly became one of the faces of the Pacers’ demise.

“I did the best I could. When coach asked me to do something, I tried my best to do it,” Turner said of his short tenure with the Pacers, which he knows many viewed as a disappointment.

“Whether it was bring the ball up, pass it off or anything else. The thing that put a big hit on it was that I wasn’t putting up 15 points per game. I feel like I took a big hit on that, but I just tried to fit in and shoot when I could. Rebound, play defense. A lot of times those things get blown up.”

In 27 appearances with Indiana, Turner scored just 7.1 points on 41.1% shooting in 21.1 minutes per game. For his career, Turner has averaged 11.1 points on 42.7% shooting. Never an efficient offensive player, issues were magnified in Indiana.

“I had certain scoring outbursts and then other nights I only shot three times or something like that,” the swingman said. “That’s just how the game goes and you go along with it.”

Turner was also involved in some controversy with then-teammate Lance Stephenson. A Yahoo! Sports report claimed that Stephenson and Turner fought during practice as the Pacers were preparing for the Atlanta Hawks, their first-round opponent.

“I thought it was a great experience,” said Turner, who refused to say anything outwardly negative. “Once again, surrounding the Pacers there were a lot of rumors, a lot of controversy towards them and it made things seems crazier than it probably was.”

Turner watched his value decrease as he entered free agency, eventually landing a two-year, $6.7 million deal with the Boston Celtics. The No. 2 overall pick in 2010, who will turn 26 on Oct. 27, insists that he isn’t trying to silence any critics.

“I’m not coming in here like I have anything to prove, I really just want to get into a groove and make the best of my opportunity,” Turner said. “That’s really it. I’m not trying to prove anything to anybody else; I’m trying to prove something to myself. I have to look in the mirror. If I tried to prove myself to other people, I’d probably go crazy.”

Turner said there were no discussions between his agent and the Pacers this summer about a potential return.

“No, we both kind of decided that we were just going to go our separate ways and that was pretty much it,” he admitted.

A polarizing figure at both of his previous NBA stops, Turner is comfortable enough in his own skin to know someone is always going to find something wrong with his game given the expectations with which he entered the league.

“Too much is given, too much is expected, that’s just the way of life. When it comes down to it you know there are a hundred ways you can attack the story of me and how my career is going,” Turner opined. 

“The one thing I always try to say is I’m getting better every year. I look at these past years, I feel like I’ve made jumps. When it comes down to it, next to my name you’ll either say the No. 2 pick before or after, so things come along with that. I’ve always just tried to fit in the best way I could. It hasn’t been the 25 points everyone has been expecting and whatever occurred, but I’m just worried about what’s happening now.”

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Rajon Rondo Out 6-8 Weeks After Surgery On Broken Hand

Rajon Rondo suffered a broken left metacarpal fracture and underwent surgery on Friday.

Rondo's return timetable is six to eight weeks.

Rondo missed most of last season with a torn ACL.

Via Baxter Holmes/Boston Globe

Christian Watford To Re-Sign With Celtics After Release

After being released Friday, Christian Watford has agreed on a new training camp contract to re-sign with the Boston Celtics on Monday, league sources told RealGM.

Watford had signed a one-year contract for training camp with the Celtics, and he'll re-sign for the same terms once he clears waivers.

Watford, a sharpshooting forward, went undrafted in 2013 after playing at Indiana.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Celtics Release Chris Babb, Chris Johnson

The Boston Celtics have released Chris Babb and Chris Johnson, the team announced.

Both players signed with the Celtics last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavaliers Acquire Bogans From Celtics For Lucas, Murphy, Thomas, Powell, Draft Picks

The Cleveland Cavaliers have aquired Keith Bogans from the Boston Celtics in exchange for John Lucas III, Erik Murphy, Malcolm Thomas, Dwight Powell and two future second round picks, according to sources.

Bogans' contract is non-guaranteed this season at $5.3 million and next season at $5.5 million.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Ainge Undecided On Celtics' Plan With Rondo

Danny Ainge is not sure what the Boston Celtics will ultimately decide to do with Rajon Rondo, who can become a free agent in 2015.

"The truthful answer is I really don't know," Ainge insisted. "I have no intention. I'm not trying to trade Rondo, but because he's a free agent this summer, he assured me that he wants to stay in Boston. We'd love to keep him in Boston."

Rondo has played in just 68 games over the past two seasons.

"The possibility of a trade is not out of the question," Ainge said. "Nobody is untradeable, but I don't see that happening." 

Via Worcester Telegram

Celtics To Formally Complete Evan Turner Signing Before Camp

The Boston Celtics will complete and announce the signing of Evan Turner before training camp, according to a source.

Turner has not officially signed despite his reported deal for part of the midlevel exception in late July.

The Celtics have the limit of 20 players on the roster without Turner officially signed.

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast SportsNet

RealGM Radio: On The Atlantic Division With Kharpertian, Weiss

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) focuses on the Atlantic Division with Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game (@uuords) and Jared Weiss of CLSN Radio and CelticsBlog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss). 

The three work through an eventful off-season in terms of players and coaches alike from the Jason Kidd fiasco to the major New York / Dallas trade that brought Jose Calderon to the Knicks.

In addition, they also preview the upcoming season including ranking the teams in the division 1-5 and predicting how many of them will make the playoffs.

Click here to listen or download

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Tyler Zeller More Likely To Start For Celtics Than Be Traded

Tyler Zeller is now eligible to be traded by the Boston Celtics, but he is more likely to become their starting center.

Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder said his client should also benefit from having a familiarity with Brad Stevens who recruited both of his brothers.

"Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder told CSNNE.com. "Forget about basketball. Everyone knows he's a great basketball coach. But they really liked him as a person. He's a good person and Tyler is also a good person. They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about."

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast

Boston Celtics Archives

Celtics Unaware Of Possible Trade Demands From Rajon Rondo

Rich Gotham said the Celtics are unaware of any reported trade demand made by Rajon Rondo.

Rajon Rondo Denies Asking Celtics For Trade

Rajon Rondo and his agent Bill Duffy have strongly denied a report that he wants to be traded by the Celtics.

Report: Rondo Told Celtics He 'Wants Out'

Rajon Rondo has indicated that he will not re-sign with the Celtics in 2015.

Celtics Sign Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford To Camp Deals

The Celtics have signed Rodney McGruder and Christian Watford to camp contracts.

Tim Frazier Signs Camp Contract With Celtics

Tim Frazier joins an already crowded point guard position for the Celtics.

Dairis Bertans To Stay With Bilbao Amid Camp Invites, League Conflict

Dairis Bertans received multiple invitations to NBA training camp.

Celtics Building Patiently After Failing To Produce Offseason 'Fireworks'

Wyc Grousbeck alluded to "fireworks" back in March when describing the Celtics' offseason plans.

Vitor Faverani Crashes Car Into Bus, Arrested For Drunk Driving

Vitor Faverani tested three times higher than the local blood alcohol limit in Spain.

Brian Scalabrine Returns To Celtics As Broadcaster

Brian Scalabrine was part of the 2008 championship Celtics team.

Celtics, Mavericks Were Also Interested In Bruno Caboclo

Bruno Caboclo showed flashes of his potential during Summer League and will be on the Raptors' roster next season.

Falk: Trading Turner Wasn't Blockbuster For 76ers

Evan Turner's agent, David Falk, believes the 76ers didn't make an expecially strong trade in dealing his client to the Pacers.

Celtics Ready To Move On From Kevin Love Trade Talks

The Celtics have been unable to deliver an attractive enough proposal to the Wolves for Kevin Love.

Evan Turner Agrees To Deal With Celtics

Evan Turner will sign for a portion of the Celtics' midlevel exception.

Evan Turner Receives Interest From Celtics, Wolves

Evan Turner has found his market to be tepid in free agency.

Rockets To Pursue Trade For Rajon Rondo Or Kevin Love

The Rockets hope to acquire another star player via trade after Chris Bosh decided to stay with the Heat.

Warriors Considered Trading For Brandon Bass With TPE

The Warriors acquired the TPE last season in their trade with the Jazz.

Cavs, Nets, Celtics Agree Upon Three-Team Trade

The trade allows the Cavaliers to create approximately $24 million in cap space, with LeBron James' max contract being worth $20.7 million.

Lance Stephenson Receiving Interest From Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics

The Pacers have offered a five-year, $44 million contract to Lance Stephenson.

Celtics Agree To Four-Year, $32M Deal With Avery Bradley

Avery Bradley is a restricted free agent and was also drawing interest from the 76ers.

Celtics Made Direct Call To Jordan Hill

The Celtics have zeroed in on Jordan Hill as one of their free agent targets.
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