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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Represenatives of Kevin Durant at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract, according to sources.

But sources say the Warriors, more than than any other rival team, have Durant's attention.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards could still capture meetings with Durant but are currently outside the process.

Durant will leave for a publicity tour in the Far East on July 9th and a decision is expected before he departs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler

Jun 24, 2016 8:30 PM

The Chicago Bulls involved Jimmy Butler in trade discussions with both the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bulls and Wolves appeared to especially zero in on a trade with Butler for Kris Dunn as the primary pieces.

Chicago also held talks with Boston trading for No. 3 with Dunn as the pick along with Jae Crowder and the 16th overall pick for Butler.

Gar Forman downplayed the reports of Butler trade talks and said he doesn't feel the need to reassure him about his future with the Bulls.

"We appreciate Jimmy," Forman said. "We value Jimmy. It's our job to listen about any player on our roster when there's interest. And obviously we call teams and express interest in players that they have."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Celtics Acquire Clippers' 2019 1st Rounder From Grizzlies

Jun 23, 2016 10:59 PM

The Boston Celtics have traded the 31st and 35th overall picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for the draft rights to the Los Angeles Clippers' pick in 2019.

The Grizzlies acquired the Clippers' first rounder as part of the Jeff Green for Lance Stephenson trade.

Memphis selected Deyonta Davis out of Michigan State with the initial second round pick.

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Jaylen Brown Didn't Expect To Be Picked By Celtics, Excited For Playoff Basketball

Jun 23, 2016 10:41 PM

The Boston Celtics were the most mentioned team in trade rumors leading up to Thursday’s NBA Draft, but all of the discussions didn't result in a trade. The Celtics held onto the selection and took Cal’s Jaylen Brown, who they worked out twice.

“I had no idea. I promise you, I had no idea,” Brown said when asked if he knew the Celtics would take him. “I was actually sweating bullets when the final five seconds came in. But I knew they were heavily interested when they asked me to come back for a second workout, but you hear different things every day. I mean, it changes every day, so I was not sure at all. I’m glad to be here, I think it’s the right fit.”

While meeting with the media on Wednesday, Brown expressed a desire to involve himself in the culture of his new city — specifically mentioning Boston and New Orleans (who had the sixth pick) as interesting possibilities.  

“I know Boston has a lot of history, a lot of tradition, and I want to add to that,” Brown said. “I know it’s a playoff team, so I love playoff basketball, and I can’t wait to win. Boston is a great city full of culture, full of life, education, things that mean a lot to me. I’m super excited. I cannot wait to get there and can’t wait to get everything started, can’t wait for the season to start, and I’m happy to be a part of the family.”

Brown left Cal after just one season, but has been adamant about his interest in learning. 

“It took me a while to make a decision [on leaving early] because education is very important to me,” he admitted, “but this was the right thing for me to do, and Boston has a great history of education and some great universities like Harvard, MIT. I’ve done my research."

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Tags: Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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76ers Offering Nerlens Noel, 24, 26, Robert Covington To Celtics For No. 3

Jun 23, 2016 7:33 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are offering Nerlens Noel, the No. 24 and No. 26 overall picks and Robert Covington to the Boston Celtics for the third overall pick.

The Celtics have been shopping the third overall pick for weeks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Celtics, Bulls Continue To Discuss Jimmy Butler Trade

Jun 23, 2016 7:28 PM

The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls continue to discuss a trade centered on Jimmy Butler.

The Celtics have a number of assets to offer the Bulls for Butler including the third overall pick.

Chicago has already traded away Derrick Rose this week in a deal for Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant.

Both Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley have been included in talks at various points, according to K.C. Johnson.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Increase Efforts To Acquire 3rd Overall Pick From Celtics

Jun 23, 2016 11:53 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have increased their efforts to acquire the third overall pick from the Boston Celtics.

The 76ers already own the top overall pick and will select Ben Simmons.

Philadelphia has been described as the most active team and a deal involving Nerlens Noel is looking increasingly likely.

Bryan Colangelo has been trying to balance out the 76ers' roster this offseason and trading away either Noel or Jahlil Okafor has appeared to be his top priority. 

The 76ers will choose between Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn and Jamal Murray with the third overall pick if they can acquire it from Boston.

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76ers Offering Either Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel To Boston For 3rd Pick

Jun 22, 2016 12:12 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have been trying to acquire the third overall pick from the Boston Celtics.

The 76ers already own the top overall pick and plan on selecting Ben Simmons.

The 76ers have been offering Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel as part of a package to the Celtics for the pick, but those pitches have so far been resisted.

Okafor and Noel have struggled in their minutes together so far and Philadelphia is encouraged by the progress Joel Embiid has made coming back from multiple foot surgeries.

For their part, the Celtics have been trying to trade the third overall pick for a veteran wing.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Shopping No. 3 Pick For Butler, Hayward, Parker, Middleton

Jun 22, 2016 12:04 AM

The Boston Celtics have been pursuing a number of established veterans, building a trade package around the third overall pick in Thursday's draft.

The Celtics have been working to put together a package for either Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, Jabari Parker or Khris Middleton.

Boston, so far, has been unable to make any progress with the Bulls, Jazz or Bucks, respectively.

The Celtics acquired the third overall pick from their 2013 trade with the Brooklyn Nets, giving them the rare opportunity to be a playoff team with such a high draft pick.

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Tags: Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton, Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Danny Ainge Meets With Jeff Schwartz

Jun 16, 2016 6:33 PM

The Boston Celtics, who have been linked to Kevin Love for at least two years, may not have abandoned their pursuit of him.

Danny Ainge attend a workout with Excel Sports Management clients in New York City recently and met with prominent agent Jeff Schwartz, a league source told RealGM’s Andrew Perna. Schwartz represents Love, as well as Harrison Barnes, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. 

Brandon Ingram, the presumed No. 2 pick in next week’s draft is also a client of Excel, but Ainge is believed to have inquired with Schwartz about whether a trade for Love could be revisited. The Celtics hold the third, 16th and 23rd picks in the draft, as well as five second-round picks. The Celtics have already been linked to Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls in rumors. 

Love, in his second season alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James with Cleveland, has been the odd man out at times. Love has a player option to become a free agent in 2019 and his contract runs through 19-20.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Tags: Kevin Love, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Buddy Hield, Marquese Chriss Work Out For Celtics
Both Buddy Hield and Marquese Chriss are represented by Rob Pelinka.

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Celtics Aggressively Shopping 3rd Overall Pick
The Celtics are hoping to convert the third overall pick into an impact player further along in their career than be patient for a rookie to develop.

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Marquese Chriss Moves Up To Celtics At No. 3 In Latest DX Mock
Marquese Chriss spent one season at Washington averaging 20.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes with a PER of 20.4.

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Celtics Sign Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens To Contract Extensions
The Celtics have signed Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens to contract extensions.

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Dunc'd On: CLE/TOR Game 6, Raptors/Celtics Offseasons
Cleveland destroys Toronto in Game 6 to bring LeBron James to his 6th straight Finals. How impressive is that accomplishment? For Toronto, what is next this offseason (5:30)? Should they re-sign DeMar DeRozan to a max deal, how close are they to beating

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RealGM Radio: Celtics With Jared Weiss
Host Danny Leroux and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and Celticsblog go in-depth on Boston's offseason including how they could use the #3 overall pick and their significant cap space.

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd
The 76ers, Lakers and Celtics are in the top-3 of the NBA Draft Lottery.

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Kelly Olynyk Undergoes Surgery On Right Shoulder
Kelly Olynyk averaged 10.0 points, including shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.2 minutes per game during the 2015-16 regular season.

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Celtics To Target Backcourt If Pick Falls Outside Top-2
Jamal Murray would be the logical pick with his shooting and versatility, but sources say they also like Buddy Hield.

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Evan Turner Appreciates Team Wanting Him Back For First Time In Career
Evan Turner will be a free agent this offseason and the Celtics hold his Early Bird rights, which means they can only offer him a contract that starts around $6 million unless they use cap space.

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Nuggets, Bulls, Celtics Inquired About Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Isaiah Thomas Leaves Game 5 With Sprained Left Ankle
Isaiah Thomas had seven points and three assists before leaving the game in the fourth quarter.

Gary Washburn / Boston Globe

Avery Bradley 'Very Unlikely' To Return In First Round
Avery Bradley said he "felt weird" after landing and collapsed to the ground clutching his hamstring while trying to run back up the court.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Avery Bradley Heard Pop In Hamstring
Avery Bradley will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

John Holland Signs Two-Year Deal With Celtics
The second season of the deal is non-guaranteed for John Holland.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Celtics, Other Teams Called Bulls On Jimmy Butler At Deadline
Several teams are expected to try again on trading for Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Celtics Low-Balled Cavs On Kevin Love Offer At Deadline
The Celtics would be the favorites as they have enough assets to make an attractive offer for Kevin Love without gutting their team.

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Celtics Look For Players With Chip On Shoulder
The Celtics have had success with players like Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Evan Turner, who have played were given up on by prior teams.

Andrew Sharp/Sports Illustrated

Knicks Believe Carmelo Anthony Could Reconsider No-Trade Clause
There are some within the Knicks' organization that believe Carmelo Anthony will change his stance on his no-trade clause if they fail to add talent in free agency.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Celtics To Sign Coty Clarke To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Coty Clarke has averaged 16.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.9 minutes in 40 games this season for the Maine Red Claws of the D-League.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe