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Celtics, Bulls Engage In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Feb 19, 2017 2:09 PM

The possibility of the Boston Celtics trading for Jimmy Butler will loom over the trade deadline. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics and Chicago Bulls have held talks.

"These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade," said Wojnarowski. "They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be some alignment within the Bulls' organization, from ownership to management that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

"These are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years, for a couple of seasons, trying to get in a position to get a star player. The fact that the Celtics have a swap with Brooklyn this year that could potentially be a top-3 pick and they have Brooklyn's pick outright next year. Either of those picks, I don't think Chicago can get both of them, but that is the beginning point of a deal for the Bulls for Jimmy Butler."

The Celtics and Bulls also discussed a Butler trade at last year's draft.

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Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George

Feb 18, 2017 7:12 PM

The Boston Celtics are active in trade talks leading to the deadline as either a main participant or facilitator. 

To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets.

“Danny’s let it be known that he’s willing to talk about the Nets’ picks,” said one league executive. “But you want one of those guys, you have to be willing to give up a star.”

Boston are reluctant to make any move that could take away their chances of operating with cap space in free agency this offseason. Ainge, however, would likely trade for a player such as Jimmy Butler or Paul George should either player become available.

The Celtics don't mind their position near the top of the Eastern Conference.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marcus Smart Striving To Be More Consistent

Feb 7, 2017 4:56 PM

Marcus Smart is the only player from the 2014 NBA Draft class averaging 30 or more minutes on a playoff team. Smart continues to work on his perimeter shooting, the nuances of being an NBA guard and the emotional part of his game.

“I’m harder on myself than anybody can ever be on me,” Smart told The Vertical. “I’m my biggest critic besides my parents and the people that love me. I hold myself to a different level, so when I feel like I could’ve done much more or I didn’t play to that level, I can let my emotions get the best of me.

“When I use my will and determination, my emotion comes in.”

Smart lost his older brother, Todd, in 2004 and that fuels his values of brotherhood and relentlessness.

“Losing my brother and dealing with everything life has thrown at me,” Smart told The Vertical, “it taught me that I would do anything for these guys in the locker room, from the coaching staff to the trainers to the players.”

Even though the Celtics have future assets coming from the Nets, there's a belief in the locker room that they need to improve from within.

“Each and every day, I want to be more consistent,” Smart told The Vertical. “I feel I’ve always been a point guard and I feel I can see the court and make plays for others. But this is my chance to learn [the] pick-and-roll game, seeing the floor in transition.

“At the end of the day, I know what I’m capable of. I just try to want it more than the other guy that I’m playing against. It’s a key factor in the way I play, the way I get my edge.”

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Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week

Feb 6, 2017 3:11 PM

Isaiah Thomas and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Thomas led the Celtics to a 4-0 week as Boston extended its winning streak to seven games.  He averaged an NBA-best 37.8 points (on 49.4 percent shooting from the field) to go with 6.8 assists.  His week featured back-to-back games of at least 40 points, with the first coming on Jan. 30, when he scored 24 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter in a 113-109 win over the Detroit Pistons.  Two days later, he finished with 44 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, to lift the Celtics past the Toronto Raptors 109-104.

Curry led the Warriors to a 2-1 week, pacing the West in scoring (34.3 ppg) and steals (3.0 spg) and ranking second in assists (9.3 apg).  He shot 57.1 percent from the field and hit 22-of-39 (56.4 percent) from three-point range.  Curry began the week by making 11-of-15 from three-point range on his way to 39 points in a 126-111 victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 1.  The next day, he scored 29 points and matched a season high with 11 assists in a 133-120 win over the LA Clippers. 

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Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Month

Feb 2, 2017 3:03 PM

Isaiah Thomas has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry share the award for the Western Conference.

Thomas ranked second in the NBA in PER for the month of January at 29.9, while Durant ranked fourth at 29.1.

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Larry Sanders Increasing Efforts To Return To NBA

Jan 31, 2017 7:41 PM

Larry Sanders has increased his efforts to return to the NBA by hiring an agent and beginning to meet with teams.

Sanders has hired agent Joel Bell and has started meeting with NBA teams, including, league sources said, a visit with the Boston Celtics last week.

Sanders has three additional visits scheduled.

Sanders, 28, has been determined the past six months to return to basketball shape and now believes he is ready.

Sanders receives $1.86 million per year until 2022 through his buyout with the Bucks via the stretch provision. Any future contract Sanders signs would be unaffected.

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Celtics Inform Knicks They Have No Interest In Trading For Carmelo Anthony

Jan 27, 2017 3:56 PM

The Boston Celtics informed the New York Knicks they have no interest in trading for Carmelo Anthony.

Last season, the Celtics and Knicks held exploratory talks on Anthony.

Boston has since signed Al Horford during the 2016 offseason.

Anthony is one of only three NBA players with a full no-trade clause in his contract. 

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Phil Jackson Determined To Trade Carmelo Anthony, Reaches Out To Celtics, Clippers

Jan 26, 2017 1:03 PM

In addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks reached out to the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers in regards to a Carmelo Anthony trade.

Phil Jackson is determined to find a destination and deal that Anthony would agree to accept before the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline.

Jackson wants to begin rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis.

The Clippers are a team that would interest Anthony.

Anthony makes $24.6 million this season and has $54 million remaining over the next two years of his contract. His deal includes a 15 percent trade kicker and a player option for the 2018-19 season.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marcus Smart Apologizes For Flare-Up With Assistants

Jan 25, 2017 10:51 AM

Marcus Smart had a brief-but-animated flare-up with assistant coaches late in the fourth quarter of the Boston Celtics' 123-108 loss to the Washington Wizards. Smart was sent to the locker room before the end of the game.

Smart had played 17 of the first 20 minutes of the second half but was subbed out with four minutes remaining and the Celtics trailing by 13 points. Approximately one minute later, Smart started to walk toward the scorer's table to check back in but Brad Stevens immediately followed him.

Smart returned to the bench at that point and sat down in the huddle as if he was re-entering the game. Some of Boston's assistant coaches attempted to remove him, but Smart was shown on the television broadcast having a heated exchange with assistants Jerome Allen and Jamie Young, which included waving a towel in their direction as Stevens sat in front of the huddle. 

 

"So he just wanted to go back in. And he had played 12 [consecutive] minutes or whatever, so he wasn't going to go back in," Stevens told reporters in Washington.

Pressed on why Smart appeared upset, Stevens added, "He wanted to go back in badly."

Smart was asked about the situation as well.

"Just coaches and players, they're real passionate about the game and hate losing and having different opinions about certain things in the game," Smart told reporters in Washington. "Of course, I wanted to go back in. Just like everybody else to play it out and give it everything they had and leave it on the court. We had different opinions on that."

 

Smart later apologized on Twitter.

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Celtics Agree To Jersey Sponsorship Deal With General Electric

Jan 24, 2017 5:33 PM

The Boston Celtics have agreed to a jersey sponsorship deal with General Electric. GE is headquartered in Boston and has a market cap of $265 billion.

The Celtics will make the announcement on Wednesday.

The Philadelphia 76ers have previously agreed to a deal with StubHub, while the Sacramento kings will be sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

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Wizards To Wear All Black To Game Against Celtics
Recent games between the two teams have featured chippy play and plenty of trash talk.

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Receive Fines For Postgame Confrontation
Jae Crowder received a fine of $25,000 while John Wall was fined $15,000.

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Downplay Postgame Confrontation
Jae Crowder could be seen putting his finger in John Wall's face after the two exchanged words, and Wall appeared to land a quick open-hand slap.

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Jae Crowder Doesn't Want To Leave Boston, Still Feels 'Disrespected' By Fans
Jae Crowder said he was advised by Celtics brass to remove his interactions with fans.

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Jae Crowder Objects To Celtics' Fans Cheering For Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward is expected to be a free agent target for the Celtics this offseason.

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Kevin Durant May Have Chosen Celtics Had Warriors Won 2016 Title
The Celtics were one of the teams that met with Kevin Durant during his 2016 free agency in the Hamptons.

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Daryl Morey: Celtics' Mike Zarren 'For Sure Should Be A GM Somewhere'
While Daryl Morey was working with the Celtics in the early 2000s, he hired Mike Zarren as an intern.

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Isaiah Thomas: We're Not On Cleveland's Level
The Boston Celtics are 0-3 now this season against the Cavaliers and Raptors.

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Celtics Lobby For Jaylen Brown In Dunk Contest
The Celtics would like Jaylen Brown to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest.

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Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook Named NBA Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas led the Eastern Conference in scoring (33.3 ppg) and ranked sixth in assists (7.3 apg) as the Celtics went 3-1, with all three wins coming on the road.

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Isaiah Thomas Receives Plasma Injection For Injured Groin
Isaiah Thomas received a platelet-rich plasma injection for his groin strain.

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Rockets Were Al Horford's Second Choice In Free Agency
Al Horford met with four teams at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta during free agency.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Jaylen Brown Earned Respect Of Jimmy Butler During Summer Workouts
The Celtics envision Jaylen Brown growing into a similar scoring wing as Jimmy Butler has over the past few seasons.

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Danny Ainge Continues To Seek Major Trade For Celtics
Boston's current roster composition doesn't blend as well as the front office would like.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Evan Turner: Some Previous Coaches 'Didn't Comprehend My Game'
The Celtics have missed Evan Turner while he hasn't quite found his place with the Blazers.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Draymond Green: Booing Durant 'May Scare Free Agents Away' From Boston
Kevin Durant was greeted with loud boos from Celtics' fans in Friday's 104-88 win by the Warriors at the TD Garden.

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Kevin Durant Feels 'No Attachment To Boston At All' Months After Free Agency Meeting
Jae Crowder was openly annoyed Kevin Durant didn't choose to sign with the Celtics.

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Warriors Dismiss Klay Thompson Trade Rumors
A trade rumor had the Warriors considering trading Klay Thompson to the Celtics for Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and the Nets' 2017 first round pick.

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Isaiah Thomas: I'm The 5-9 Kevin Garnett
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 26.2 points and 6.8 assists through six games this season, and is shooting a career-best 49.5 percent from the floor.

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Celtics Tried To Trade Up For Joel Embiid In 2014
Boston has since been linked to trade scenarios with the 76ers involving both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.

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