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Celtics Believe Possibility Of Trading For LeBron James Is 'Unlikely'

Jun 15, 2018 6:18 PM

A league source called the possibility of the Boston Celtics signing LeBron James as "unlikely".

The Celtics would need James to opt-in to be traded for one of Kyrie Irving, Al Horford or Gordon Hayward.

The source reiterated that the Celtics are always interested for ways to acquire superstars.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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Source: Celtics Believe Kyrie Irving Remains Happy In Boston

Jun 15, 2018 6:12 PM

The Boston Celtics believe Kyrie Irving is happy being with their franchise, according to a league source.

The source also contends that Irving wants to be with the franchise long-term though they did acknowledges there are no certainties. 

Irving revealed that he won't sign an extension with the Celtics before becoming a free agent in 2019 as it is financially advantageous for him to wait.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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Celtics Made Trade Offer To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard At Deadline

Jun 13, 2018 8:16 AM

The Boston Celtics made a trade offer to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard before the February trade deadline but it was rejected. The Spurs never made a counterproposal to the Celtics.

San Antonio wasn't willing to even discuss trades for Leonard in February and they remain resistant to trades so far this spring.

Since then, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have become more proven NBA players while still on rookie contracts. They appear now more likely to keep their young core together than dealing for Leonard.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers also have interest in trading for Leonard.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kyrie Irving Confirms He Won't Sign Extension With Celtics This Offseason

Jun 12, 2018 7:10 PM

Kyrie Irving confirmed he won't sign a contract extension with the Boston Celtics this offseason

Irving can sign a significantly bigger contract if declines his player option for 19-20 and becomes a free agent.

“No,” he said. “Contractually or financially, it just wouldn’t make any sense.”

Irving was asked whether essentially being on a one-year deal could have an impact on the Celtics.

“The focus is solely on winning a championship next year. I don’t think it’ll necessarily have an effect. I’m doing my best to kind of deflect all that and focus on what’s in front of us.”

Irving asked his hope for the future.

“My hope is that maybe we could limit it to maybe one question a day about what I’m doing next year. That’s my hope. But obviously I can’t really control that. But I think you guys can feel my attitude is really just redemption next year — really integrating myself with our team again and really focus on winning a championship. That’s the only thing I’m really worried about. Until I get to that point, then I can’t really answer any questions. I’m pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won’t happen now.”

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Some Front Office Members Encouraged Bryan Colangelo To Consider Passing On Markelle Fultz

Jun 8, 2018 3:22 PM

Markelle Fultz reportedly struggled in his workout with the Philadelphia 76ers last June, which league sources say caused some members of the front office to take a second look at drafting Jayson Tatum or Lonzo Ball. The 76ers were in the process of finalizing their trade with the Boston Celtics for the No. 3 overall pick, but Fultz struggled badly with his jumper during the workout.

Fultz's struggles during his workout with his shot were a precursor to the issues he struggled with throughout what was effectively a lost rookie season.

The idea of reconsidering Tatum or Ball was shot down by Colangelo, according to sources.

The 76ers were convinced they wanted to draft Fultz.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Lonzo Ball, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Mike Zarren, David Griffin, Kiki VanDeWeghe Considered Candidates For 76ers' GM Job

Jun 8, 2018 3:13 PM

Mike Zarren, David Griffin and Kiki VanDeWeghe have been identified as potential candidates for the Philadelphia 76ers' general manager job.

Zarren was a finalist for the job and turned down an offer for it before it went to Sam Hinkie. Zarren is a longtime executive with the Boston Celtics and is considered a top candidate.

Griffin is also expected to be interviewed.

VanDeWeghe's name has also been floated as a candidate.

The 76ers parted ways with Bryan Colangelo on Thursday and Brett Brown is running their basketball operations department on an interim basis.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Have Concerns About Kyrie Irving Re-Signing In 2019

Jun 7, 2018 4:18 PM

Kyrie Irving can be a free agent in 2019 and the Boston Celtics may retain Terry Rozier until they receive a commitment from Irving.

Rozier is scheduled to be a restricted free agent in 2019 as well.

"I think they're scared," said Chris Mannix. "I think they're scared and should be scared to some degree of Kyrie Irving walking in 2019. I know he had a great year, but you know there are people in Cleveland that will tell you that the Knicks should be considered a real threat for Kyrie Irving. Because Kyrie had talked about it, about playing with the Knicks with some players in that Cleveland locker room from what I was told.

"You know things can change. Obviously you go to Boston and you become the face of the franchise. You're on a winning team. Maybe the mindset has changed significantly?"

Shams Charania replied to Mannix's assertion with the expectation from Irving that he would be with the Celtics over the long-term.

"I know Kyrie Irving's mindset when the trade happened was 'Boston is my home for the foreseeable future.'"

Chris Mannix/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs Veteran: We'd Be Up 3-0 If Kyrie Irving Was Still Here

Jun 7, 2018 1:58 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers trail the Golden State Warriors 0-3, but it's not inconceivable that they could have won both Games 1 and 3.

Game 1 went to overtime and they held a lead for most of Game 3 with the result decided in the final minute.

The Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics last August after he requested a trade. At least one player on the Cavaliers believes the Finals would be different if Irving remained on the team.

“We’d be up 3-0 if Kyrie was still here. I have no doubt. Do you?” said one veteran after Game 3.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Gordon Hayward Has Screws Removed, Will Resume Basketball Activities In 6-8 Weeks

May 30, 2018 9:31 PM

Gordon Hayward today underwent successful surgery to remove the plate and screws that were implanted following the broken fibula he suffered on October 17.

Hayward’s ankle and fibula are both structurally sound, and the removal of the plate and screws was necessary as they were causing irritation to his peroneal tendons.

Hayward is scheduled to return to basketball activities in six to eight weeks, and is expected to be at full strength for the start of training camp.

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Celtics Interested In Trading Up For Mo Bamba

May 30, 2018 1:10 PM

The Boston Celtics are interested in moving up to select Mo Bamba, according to sources.

The Celtics would likely need to trade up to the No. 3 through No. 6 range in order to select Bamba.

The Celtics have a need for a defensive center and Bamba projects as a potential All-Defensive caliber player.

Boston owns the No. 27 overall pick and have multiple other assets available.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

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Celtics Hope Gordon Hayward Can Resume Basketball Activities In Summer
Gordon Hayward is recovering from a dislocated ankle suffered in the season opener.

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Kyrie Irving Skipped Game 7 While Recovering From Nasal Surgery
Kyrie Irving wanted to attend the game but couldn't fly because of the surgery.

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Simmons, Mitchell, Tatum, Kuzma, Markkanen On 2018 NBA All-Rookie Team
Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell headline the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Teams as unanimous selections.

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Suns Win 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, Kings At No. 2, Hawks At No. 3
The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery results will be published here once they are announced.

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Jay Larranaga Meets With Bucks On Head Coaching Position
Jay Larranaga has also interviewed with the Hornets and Hawks this offseason.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Herald

LeBron James: I Have Zero Level Of Concern After Game 1
The Cavaliers were blown out by Boston in Game 1.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Brad Stevens: Al Horford Is Our Rock
Al Horford had 20 points, four rebounds, six assists and two blocks in the Celtics' 108-83 Game 1 win.

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Brad Stevens Told Celtics To 'Expedite Learning Curve', Not Use Youth As Excuse
Brad Stevens called a meeting shortly after Gordon Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle.

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Jay Larranaga Considered Strong Candidate For Hornets
Jay Larranaga had a long playing career in Europe before going into coaching in 2008.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hawks Interview Jay Larranaga
The Hawks are searching for a replacement for Mike Budenholzer.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Playoff Rest Hasn't Had Impact In First Game Of Next Series
Much was made about the difference in time off between the Celtics and 76ers entering Game 1.

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Knicks Receive Permission From Celtics To Interview Jay Larranaga
Jay Larranaga met with the Knicks last week.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Marcus Morris Fined $15,000 For Criticism Of Referees
Marcus Morris made his comments to the media following the Celtics’ 116-92 loss to Bucks.

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 17): Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks, Pelicans/Blazers
On Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks and Pelicans/Blazers.

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules
The ranking in the three efficiency metrics for all eight playoff matchups.

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Kyrie Irving Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery
Kyrie Irving had two screws in his left patella removed.

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Celtics Sign Jonathan Gibson For Remainder Of Season
Jonathan Gibson averaged 33.7 points per game this season in China.

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Kyrie Irving Out 4-5 Months With Knee Surgery
The procedure will remove two screws implanted in Kyrie Irving's left patella after the patellar fracture in the 2015 Finals.

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Gordon Hayward Begins On-Court Jogging
Brad Stevens stressed that Gordon Hayward is still a "long, long way away" from basketball activities.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Celtics Sign Xavier Silas To 10-Day Contract With Hardship Spot
Xavier Silas averaged 18.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.21 steals in 43 games in the G League.

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