Mar 10, 2014 1:53 AM EDT
Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith discuss the possibility of playing on the same team again.
Rondo and Smith were teammates as Oak Hill.
"We call each other every once in a while to check up and see how one another is doing," Smith said on Sunday. "He's my best friend, especially in the NBA. We still talk all the time, and our families take vacations together. He's a very good friend."
Rondo will become a free agent in 2015.
"The conversation comes up," Smith admitted. "We always tell each other what a surreal moment that would be, for us to connect again. With the different free agencies that we have [Rondo comes off the Boston books in 2015; Smith is locked in through 2017], it could be far-fetched, but it could be possible. I tend to be an optimist."
Mar 07, 2014 6:28 PM EST
Vitor Faverani underwent left knee arthroscopy to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
Faverani will not return this season.
Faverani appeared in 37 games in his rookie season for the Boston Celtics. He averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.73 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game.
Mar 05, 2014 11:01 AM EST
Rajon Rondo is shooting 36 percent on three-pointers this season, as he is seeing results from working on his shot with assistant coach Ron Adams.
“He was shooting better, from an opponent’s view point,” Adams said after practice Tuesday. “But like a lot of players, the technical part of his shooting, I thought, could be better.”
“I gotta give Ron Adams a lot of credit,” Rondo said recently. “He’s been with me since Day 1.’’
Adams said Rondo deserved the bulk of the credit, but their work together began with a simple notion.
“One of the things we talked about was knowing when you’re open and shooting the ball,” Adams said. “That’s a fundamental change for him in some ways.”
Rondo and Adams also examined every aspect of his shooting motion.
“You start with the feet,” Adams said. “You see how fluid the shot is through the feet and then you work your way up.”
Rondo's large hands also creates an issue with his shot.
“That’s a little bit of an issue with him,” Adams said. “It’s good to have big hands, but he’s working on certain things as far as catching and so on so that he can catch and release and spin the ball in the right way.”
Mar 04, 2014 12:48 PM EST
The Boston Celtics have one of the most interesting front offices in the NBA with a basketball lifer in Danny Ainge working side-by-side with people from more of an analytics background.
Daryl Morey, who is considered a pioneer in basketball analytics, was previously with the Celtics' front office.
"I think that there remains great value (in analytics), and it continues to progress and improve," Ainge said. "Where we are as an organization today is much further along than we ever have been in the last 10 years. We're identifying what's relevant and what isn't, and we're continuing to improve those things that we can actually rely on and what things we can't rely on.
"You win with great players, obviously. That's the one way everybody knows how to win. But I think everybody is looking for an edge. Everybody is looking for little tweaks in the system."
Mar 04, 2014 12:41 PM EST
Gerald Wallace underwent successful arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee and his left ankle this morning at New England Baptist Hospital.
Wallace will be out for the remainder of the season.
Wallace, a 6’7” forward appeared in 58 games for the Celtics this season and averaged 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.4 minutes per game.
Feb 28, 2014 12:45 PM EST
The Boston Celtics do not plan to buy out Keith Bogans from his contract.
Danny Ainge discussed the team's plan to keep Bogans on Friday.
Bogans has appeared in only six games this season.
Feb 28, 2014 12:10 PM EST
Gerald Wallace has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus, the Boston Celtics announced.
Brad Stevens said Wallace has played with pain for some time. Danny Ainge revealed Wallace is out for the remainder of the season.
Wallace is averaging 5.1 points this season.
Feb 27, 2014 8:47 PM EST
Chris Babb plans to sign a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics, according to sources.
Babb is expected to sign the deal on Friday or Saturday.
Babb has averaged 11.9 points this season with the Celtics' D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
Feb 26, 2014 4:30 PM EST
The Boston Celtics and Roddy Beaubois are in discussions on a 10-day deal.
Beaubois hasn't played this season coming back from injury.
Feb 25, 2014 11:00 AM EST
Rajon Rondo remained in Los Angeles for a birthday celebration after Friday's game against the Lakers and did not accompany the Boston Celtics to Sacramento for Saturday's game.
Rondo did not receive permission from the team to remain in Los Angeles for a birthday celebration.
“We already talked about it,” Rondo said. “There’s nothing to talk about.”
The Celtics aren't treating it as a big issue, but some were displeased by the move.
Rondo was not scheduled to play against the Kings since it was the second night of a back-to-back.
Rondo could receive a fine.
“His wife and kids were with him in LA, and there were some other people who came in,” a source said. “I think he felt obligated to them, too, and what they had planned for his birthday.”
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Feb 19, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Darryl Morey and Danny Ainge are former colleagues in the Celtics' front office, which could help facilitate a trade.
Rajon Rondo can become a free agent in 2015.
Rajon Rondo turns 28 this Saturday and he believes he is still getting better.
Feb 18, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Knicks' long-term target at point guard is believed to be Rajon Rondo.
The Celtics are widely perceived as sellers ahead of the deadline, but Danny Ainge believes that they could be buyers.
The deal did not go through due to Rajon Rondo's disinterest in signing a long-term contract with the Kings.
Rajon Rondo could leave the Celtics in unrestricted free agency in 2015, but he could possibly be acquired now via trade.
The Celtics continue to discuss trades, most notably a deal involving Brandon Bass.
Jared Sullinger and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Feb. 3 and Feb. 9.
Chris Johnson had two successful 10-day contracts with the Celtics, averaging 7.6 points in 21 minutes per game.
Vitor Faverani has appeared in three games with Maine this season.
Rajon Rondo said he is intrigued by the wooing process that happens for free agents.
Vitor Faverani has appeared in 37 games for the Celtics this season.
Brad Stevens felt the need to sit down with Jared Sullinger this week to discuss the struggles, while also asking him to take on a bigger role with the rebuilding club.
Chris Johnson has appeared in four games for the Celtics and has averaged 10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist in 26.6 minutes per game.
Paul Pierce became emotional during the Celtics' video tribute and in the postgame locker room.
The Celtics have recalled center Vitor Faverani from their NBA Development League affiliate
The Celtics have assigned Vitor Faverani to the the Maine Red Claws.
Danny Ainge said the Celtics still plan to keep Rajon Rondo.
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