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Celtics Exercise 15-16 Options On Olynyk, Sullinger, Zeller

The Boston Celtics have exercised its third-year option on forward Kelly Olynyk, and its fourth-year options on forward Jared Sullinger and center/forward Tyler Zeller. 

Olynyk appeared in seven games for the Celtics this preseason and averaged 8.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game. He is averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game through 70 career contests.  

Sullinger appeared in eight preseason matchups for the team and averaged 14.9 points, including shooting 15-30 (.500) from beyond the arc, 10.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 21.9 minutes per game over that span.  

Zeller appeared in eight preseason games for the Celtics and averaged 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game off the bench. He is averaging 6.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.7 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game on his career. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Ainge: Everybody Wants To Build Around Three Max Players

The Boston Celtics have a fairly even roster as they look to rebuild out of their Big 3 era.

“If everybody were designing an NBA roster, I think they would probably suggest that you have three max [salary] players that are All-Star players like we’ve had in the past,” Danny Ainge said. “Like Miami had, like Cleveland has now. That would be ideal because it’s pretty clear-cut who’s going to play and then you build players around them. We don’t have that right now.

“Not being able to have the 10 or 15 franchise players that exist in a 30-team league and with one team having maybe three of them and another having two, there’s not that many of them to go around. That probably is a good thing that some nights your bench will be better than your starters.”

The Celtics have amassed a considerable number of first round picks over the past two years.

“We don’t really look at it as rebuilding or changing direction, we’re trying to build a championship,” said Ainge matter-of-factly. “We have some really nice players and I know Brad is really understanding the NBA game and all the things that come from making the transition to coaching in college. I couldn’t be happier with Brad and his staff. I think he’s done a great job of communicating to all the players.”

The Celtics were interested in Kevin Love this offseason and hope to eventually attract a franchise-caliber player.

“Players will want to come to Boston, but not all players will and we understand that,” Ainge said. “Right now my focus is on Opening Night. I’m excited how this team comes together on the court. We don’t even know who’s going to be free agents. We don’t know who’s going to sign contract extensions. We don’t know who is going to decide who is going to stay with their own teams. We’ll be ready for that when the time comes.”

 

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Rajon Rondo Likely To Return From Broken Hand For Celtics' Opener

Rajon Rondo will practice on Monday and will check for the doctors' final clearance on whether he can return for the Boston Celtics' season opener on Wednesday.

Rondo said he has a "79 percent" chance to play Wednesday. The guard will receive one more X-ray. If cleared, he will play.

"I'm still optimistic," Rondo said. "I don't know. I don't think (it's) realistic but a lot of rest and more treatment you never know."

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Celtics Claim Jarell Eddie Off Free Agent Waivers

The Boston Celtics have claimed free agent forward Jarell Eddie off NBA waivers, a league source told RealGM.

Eddie was recently released by the Atlanta Hawks, and he drew multiple waiver bids before the Celtics were awarded his rights. Eddie, who has a non-guaranteed contract, could be being signed to be released as part of Boston’s allocated players to Maine in the NBA D-League.

Eddie scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in 39 minutes over four preseason games for the Hawks.

Eddie, a standout at Virginia Tech, went undrafted in the June NBA Draft. He played in the summer league for the Washington Wizards. 

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

76ers, Knicks, Lakers, Celtics Each Have Only One Player In ESPN's Top-100

The Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics each have just one player ranked in ESPN's top-100 list of NBA players.

Michael Carter-Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo represent their respective teams in the top-100.

The 76ers are the only team with only two players ranked in the top 250, while the Knicks, Lakers and Celtics each have at least three other players in the top 150.

Via John Smallwood/Philadelphia Daily News

Celtics Likely To Waive Will Bynum

The Boston Celtics will likely waive Will Bynum.

Danny Ainge was set to meet wth Bynum on Saturday.

The Celtics acquired Bynum on Friday from the Detroit Pistons for Joel Anthony.

Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists per game last season.

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Celtics Trade Joel Anthony To Pistons For Will Bynum

The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons have traded Joel Anthony for Will Bynum.

The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind. The Celtics have 16 fully guaranteed contracts on their books and must trim that down to 15 before the start of the regular season.

If the Celtics ultimately elect to waive Bynum, the $900,000 savings from the trade would give them additional flexibility with the goal of staying under the tax line this season.

Via Chris Forsberg/ESPN

NBA To Experiment With 44-Minute Game

The NBA will experiment with a 44-minute game when the Brooklyn Nets host the Boston Celtics on Oct. 19 in the preseason.

The league wants to examine the flow of a shorter game as compared to the standard 48-minute game.

"At our recent coaches' meeting, we had a discussion about the length of our games, and it was suggested that we consider experimenting with a shorter format," said NBA President, Basketball Operations Rod Thorn. "After consulting with our Competition Committee, we agreed to allow the Nets and Celtics to play a 44-minute preseason game in order to give us some preliminary data that will help us to further analyze game-time lengths."

Application of the experimental 44-minute game will involve quarters being reduced from their typical 12 minutes each to 11 and a reduction in mandatory timeouts in the second and fourth quarters. 

"When this idea came up at the coaches' meeting, I thought it was a unique experiment that was worth participating in," said Lionel Hollins. "I'm looking forward to gauging its impact on the flow of the game. Since there is a shorter clock, it affects playing time, so it'll be interesting to see how it plays into substitution patterns."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Celtics Could Waive Vitor Faverani As Part Of Roster Crunch

Including the partially guaranteed deal of Dwight Powell, the Boston Celtics currently have 16 guaranteed contracts. The Celtics will have to release a player and eat a contract since teams can only carry 15 players.

Vitor Faverani may be the player who is waived as he has yet to practice during training camp due to soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Faverani is owed $2.09 million this season, but he has yet to recover seven months later from a car accident that led to his arrest.

Powell, meanwhile, has impressed his teammates with his versatility and work ethic, and it may be difficult for the Celtics to pass on a player with such potential. 

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Boston Celtics Archives

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

Rajon Rondo could command a max contract as an outright free agent next summer, something he admitted during the teamís annual media day that he believes he deserves.

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

Evan Turner wasnít the only thing that didnít go Indianaís way in the second half, but he quickly became one of the faces of the Pacersí demise.

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

Rondo's return timetable is six to eight weeks.

Christian Watford To Re-Sign With Celtics After Release

Christian Watford has agreed on a new training camp contract to re-sign with the Celtics on Monday, league sources told RealGM

Celtics Release Chris Babb, Chris Johnson

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

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

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

Ainge Undecided On Celtics' Plan With Rondo

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

Celtics To Formally Complete Evan Turner Signing Before Camp

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

RealGM Radio: On The Atlantic Division With Kharpertian, Weiss

Daniel Leroux, 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.

Tyler Zeller More Likely To Start For Celtics Than Be Traded

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

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.
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