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Terry Rozier, Celtics Discussing Extension

Oct 10, 2018 11:04 AM

The Boston Celtics and Terry Rozier have remained engaged on extension discussions ahead of the Oct. 15 deadline.

Rozier emerged as a starting caliber NBA point guard while Kyrie Irving was out injured. But Irving plans on re-signing with the Celtics in 2019, which would limit Rozier to a bench role.

"That's something I'm really going to have to sit down and think about," Rozier said about his potential future as a Sixth Man.

The Celtics have resisted including Rozier in trades at various points of his career.

Brian Robb/Boston Sports Journal

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Kyrie Irving Relieved Not To Answer More Questions About Free Agency

Oct 5, 2018 7:51 PM

Kyrie Irving told fans of the Boston Celtics at an event at TD Garden that he planned to re-sign with the team in his 2019 free agency.

Irving explained the timing to reporters the next day.

“I thought it was a perfect time to let everyone know I have every intention to sign back and now I don’t have to answer any questions like, ‘What are you looking for? It was time,” Irving told reporters Friday morning. “I’m glad I can move past it and be with my teammates and we can move forward.”

 

Irving can sign a five-year, $180 million contract with the Celtics, and just a four-year, $139 million deal with any other team.

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Gordon Hayward Feels Good Physically But Not Yet Comfortable On The Floor

Oct 5, 2018 9:17 AM

Gordon Hayward is just 5-for-20 from floor and has committed eight fouls in 59 minutes in preseason since returning from his leg injury.

"Physically, I feel pretty good," Hayward said. "But I don't feel comfortable on the floor yet. It's one thing to be physically able to do everything. It's another to be a basketball player -- the timing and the rhythms. When you've been playing a long time, you just know. But not after you take a huge break, and come back to a new system. The second surgery was such a setback. I was really looking forward to playing 5-on-5 the whole summer. What I'm going through now is what I wanted to do in the summer, but it didn't work out that way."

Hayward had an unexpected second surgery in late May to remove a plate and screws from around the left ankle he shattered. Hayward wishes he had undergone the second surgery earlier.

"I was miserable," Hayward said. "To go back into a walking boot after all that progress -- back on crutches. That was my lowest moment."

"I felt terrible for him," said Danny Ainge.

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Kyrie Irving Says He Plans To Re-Sign With Celtics In 2019

Oct 4, 2018 7:02 PM

Kyrie Irving informally announced he plans on re-signing with the Boston Celtics next offseason as a free agent.

“I’m planning on re-signing here next year,” said Irving.

Irving will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

Irving had previously been linked to exploring his options in free agency.

Shams Charania of The Athletic also reports Irving has privately communicated his plans to re-sign with ownership of the Celtics.

Tom Westerholm/Boston Herald

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Kyrie Irving Talks About His Love For Boston

Oct 2, 2018 8:41 AM

The future of Kyrie Irving will be one of the NBA's most critical storylines as he enters the final season of his contract and his second with the Boston Celtics.

“This is probably one of the few times I’ve been happy playing basketball and being in Boston has made it a lot easier, having a great environment, great organization so it’s been awesome,” said Irving.

Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017.

“Coming to Boston, I was thinking of all the teams that were looking to trade [for] me, Boston just swooped in as Danny Ainge does, he just swooped in and it’s like ‘No, we got you.’ And I just started thinking about it and I was just so grateful because my dad went to school at BU, my mom and dad met at BU, I had been at BU for Elite camps but I had no idea I’d come to Boston but when I had the opportunity.”

Irving also touched upon his impending free agency.

“To be in a position to even be considered a franchise free agent is pretty awesome,” he said. “At this point in my career, it’s not so much about the money, it’s not so much about the extra curricular things, it’s like OK, where am I happy? Where am I most comfortable? Who’s going to give me that [atmosphere] where I would love to grow as a human being? I spent more time with my teammates than I do with my family and you want to be in a place where thinking about starting over again, obviously that’s what the thing you think about.

“You think, ‘what about a new location?’ and it’s just like I want to be comfortable and what’s better than being in Boston? This year has felt much different because of the environment that has been created for me and by me and going to the new practice facility. There’s nothing like playing at TD Garden.

“I didn’t say that to appease you guys. I actually love Boston.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Celtics Finalizing Camp Deal With Marcus Georges-Hunt

Sep 28, 2018 5:51 PM

The Boston Celtics are finalizing a camp deal with Marcus Georges-Hunt.

Georges-Hunt played with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic during the past two seasons. Georges-Hunt also previously played for the Maine Red Claws.

The legal issues of Jabari Bird and his status with the Celtics remains unresolved, which impacts their available roster spots.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Kyrie Irving Discusses Intention To Re-Sign With Celtics

Sep 26, 2018 5:41 PM

Kyrie Irving discussed his intention to re-sign with the Boston Celtics during his 2019 free agency in an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN.

"Even if I ever try to think about that thought of going elsewhere, it would be like, 'What are you thinking?'" Irving said in the interview. "We're pretty (expletive) good here."

The Celtics traded for Irving during the 2017 offseason and he has been linked to the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets during this offseason.

Irving declined a contract extension offer this offseason as he can sign for significant more money in 2019.

Rachel Nichols/ESPN

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Gordon Hayward Signs Endorsement Deal With Anta

Sep 26, 2018 5:28 PM

Gordon Hayward has agreed to a four-year footwear and apparel deal with Anta. 

Nike has 10 business days to exercise their match clause.

Hayward's deal with Anta will include a signature apparel collection.

Hayward also received interest from Nike and New Balance.

Nick DePaula/ESPN

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Kyrie Irving Talks Up Celtics' Future, Hasn't Spoken With Jimmy Butler At Length Since 2016

Sep 21, 2018 9:37 PM

Kyrie Irving acknowledged he's aware of rumors centered on the possibility he would like to team up with Jimmy Butler in 2019 free agency, but denied the veracity of those reports.

Irving said the last time he spoke at length with Butler was when both played for USA Basketball and the two engaged in a spitballing sessions along with Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins about what the future held for them.

"And that," Irving laughed, "was in 2016."

Irving spoke up his optimism for the Boston Celtics.

"Who wouldn't want to be a part of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and Al Horford and Gordon Hayward? People keep saying, 'Why won't he commit to Boston?'

"Well, there are financial implications involved."

Irving would have left more than $80 million on the table had he signed an extension this offseason.

"I'm accepting it's going to be a constant story," Irving shrugged. "It's a point in my professional career where it is a big-time decision. I've been away from Cleveland officially for a year now, and I'm finally getting acclimated in Boston.

"Last year it was almost like a trial. There was a lot going on. It was overwhelming at times, to be honest. The focus needed to be directed on getting better and helping my new team win a championship, instead of focusing on all the outside noise [regarding his departure from Cleveland] that affected me personally.

"I was afraid to admit that initially, because I wanted to be prideful and handle everything. So, it's been a matter of figuring it out and growing.

"It only affects me when it affects my teammates. I keep them abreast of everything. We need to be communicating like that, because there are very few years where you get a chance to be a championship team -- unless you are Golden State."

Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders

Sep 19, 2018 1:17 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award numbers for the Hawks (4:41), Knicks (9:40), Bulls (12:44), Cavs (16:02), Magic (28:57), Nets (33:12), Hornets (40:34), Pistons (47:37), Heat (54:34), Wizards (58:45), Pacers (1:02:37), Bucks (1:10:22), 76ers (1:18:16), Raptors (1:31:27) and Celtics (1:41:47).

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Jabari Bird Sought Mental Health Help Before Domestic Violence Incident
Jabari Bird had begun to deal with emotional issues in the weeks leading up to a Sept. 7 incident.

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Gordon Hayward Playing Full-Contact 5-On-5
Gordon Hayward said he's 100 percent and expects to play in Boston's season opener.

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Jabari Bird Allegedly Strangled Victim At Least A Dozen Times
Jabari Bird has entered a not guilty plea.

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Celtics To Work Out Marcus Georges-Hunt
Marcus Georges-Hunt competed for a roster spot with the Celtics in 2016.

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Jabari Bird Arrested For Alleged Domestic Incident
Jabari Bird has been arrested after allegedly assaulting, strangling and kidnapping an unidentified person in a domestic incident.

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Celtics Sign Justin Bibbs, Nick King, Jeff Roberson To Camp Deals
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Suns Have Tried To Trade For Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier
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Woj: Celtics Remain Favorites To Re-Sign Kyrie Irving Over Rest Of Field
There has been speculation that Kyrie Irving might not re-sign with the Celtics in 2019.

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Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward To Begin Playing 5-On-5 Next Week
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Celtics Sign PJ Dozier To Two-Way Contract
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Gordon Hayward Receiving Interest From Nike, New Balance, Anta
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Jaylen Brown Guarantees Celtics Will Reach 2019 NBA Finals
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Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris Sign With Klutch Sports
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P.J. Dozier Signs Two-Way Contract With Celtics
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RealGM Radio: Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss On The Atlantic Division
Host Danny Leroux, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Jared Weiss of The Athletic go in-depth on the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

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Celtics Waive Rodney Purvis
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Kyrie Irving Expects To Be Ready For Training Camp
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Jabari Bird To Sign Two-Year Deal With Celtics
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Shane Larkin Agrees To One-Year, $1.8M Deal With Anadolu Efes
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Celtics Reportedly Offered Several Of Their Best Draft Assets To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard
While Boston wasn't prepared to offer any of their top-5 players, they were willing to part with some of their future draft picks from other teams.

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