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Jaylen Brown Guarantees Celtics Will Reach 2019 NBA Finals

Aug 9, 2018 9:45 AM

Jaylen Brown is guaranteeing the Boston Celtics will reach The Finals this year.

The Celtics were one win away from The Finals last year before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7.

"Oh, we're getting to the Finals. No question about it," Brown said on CJ McCollum's "Pull Up" podcast.

Brown rejected the suggestion that the Celtics will advance because of LeBron James' departure from the conference.

"I hate how everybody is like, 'Oh, LeBron's gone in the East,'" Brown said. "I know he did have a strong hold on the East for the last seven years, but he barely got us out of there this year. And our mindset was like, 'Man, he's not beating us again.'"

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Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris Sign With Klutch Sports

Aug 6, 2018 2:48 PM

Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris have signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.

Both Morris twins will enter free agency next summer.

The Phoenix Suns signed the Morris twins to contract extensions in 2014 in which they earned a cumulative figure of $52 million over four years. Lon Babby negotiated the deal with Leon Rose.

Marcus Morris now plays for the Celtics while Markieff Morris plays for the Wizards.

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P.J. Dozier Signs Two-Way Contract With Celtics

Aug 3, 2018 8:24 PM

P.J. Dozier has agreed to sign a two-way deal with the Boston Celtics.

Dozier played for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the G League.

Dozier went undrafted in 2017 out of South Carolina.

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Tags: P.J. Dozier, Boston Celtics, Maine Red Claws, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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RealGM Radio: Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss On The Atlantic Division

Aug 1, 2018 4:15 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post (@TimBontemps) and Jared Weiss of The Athletic (@JaredWeissNBA) go in-depth on the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

They discuss how the Celtics, Raptors, 76ers, Knicks and Nets fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, RealGM Radio

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Celtics Waive Rodney Purvis

Jul 30, 2018 6:21 PM

The Boston Celtics have waived Rodney Purvis.

Purvis was on a fully non-guaranteed deal and was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Abdel Nader.

The Celtics will try to stay below the luxury tax.

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Kyrie Irving Expects To Be Ready For Training Camp

Jul 29, 2018 8:33 PM

Kyrie Irving said he is relieved to have his left knee infection behind him.

Irving went through one-on-one drills with his trainer Thursday and said he expects to be fully ready for Boston Celtics training camp.

Irving said Thursday that the infection discovered on the metal wiring and screws in his knee could have evolved into a staph infection but that it was caught and treated early enough to avoid that outcome. 

"I mean, you ask anybody with an infection, they will probably try to downplay it," Irving said when asked how scary the infection was. "It's a personal thing because your body is going through it. I was fighting an infection in a specific place in your body where you can't necessarily reach with your hands. You got to go in there and kind of see what's going on, and what happened for me was, the metal wiring and the screws that I had in there, the infection was on that, so I had to remove that and then be on antibiotics for about two months.

"It could have evolved to staph, but good thing we caught it early. I am glad that is done. That was a long, long f---ing two months."

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Jabari Bird To Sign Two-Year Deal With Celtics

Jul 26, 2018 12:07 PM

Jabari Bird and the Boston Celtics are close to agreement on a two-year deal.

Bird spent his rookie season with the Celtics on a two-way contract.

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Shane Larkin Agrees To One-Year, $1.8M Deal With Anadolu Efes

Jul 26, 2018 9:36 AM

Shane Larkin will sign a one-year, $1.8 million deal with Anadolu Efes.

Larkin returned to the NBA in 17-18, appearing in 54 games with the Boston Celtics.

Larkin played in Spain for Laboral Kutxa Baskonia in 16-17.

David Pick

Tags: Shane Larkin, Boston Celtics, Anadolu Efes, NBA, International Teams

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Celtics Reportedly Offered Several Of Their Best Draft Assets To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard

Jul 24, 2018 7:03 PM

The Boston Celtics appeared to be on the periphery of the Kawhi Leonard trade talks as they didn't have the type of package the San Antonio Spurs were looking for. 

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.

"Rebuilding was just not going to be an option there," said Zach Lowe on his podcast. "They want to remain 'relevant', I think is the word that has been used. They want to remain in the playoff race. They just weren't going to consider offers that were heavy on draft picks and young players.

"And by the way, as all the reporting from this sort of trickled in, I think the Celtics offered most of their best draft picks. I don't think the Celtics just offered (and said) 'You could have a bunch of our picks.' I think some of the picks they're owed, at least two of the picks, if not all of them that they own from other teams, including the Kings, Grizzlies and Clippers. I think those were all in the deal.

"And the Spurs were like 'Nah, we don't want that.'"

The Spurs traded Leonard to the Toronto Raptors for a package centered on DeMar DeRozan.

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Thunder Acquire Abdel Nader From Celtics For Rodney Purvis

Jul 24, 2018 8:52 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired forward Abdel Nader and cash considerations from the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Rodney Purvis.
 
Nader (6-6, 220) appeared in 48 games (one start) for Boston and averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game. Drafted 58th overall by the Celtics in the 2016 NBA draft, the Iowa State product was named the 2016-17 NBA G League Rookie of the Year, after playing in 40 games (all starts) with the Maine Red Claws and averaging 21.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 33.5 minutes per game.
 
Purvis, acquired last week by Oklahoma City, played in 16 games (two starts) last season with the Orlando Magic and averaged 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 18.1 minutes per game.

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Celtics Waive Abdel Nader
Abdel Nader was the Celtics' 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Isaiah Thomas Reached Out To Danny Ainge About Signing With Celtics
Danny Ainge says his mind was open to the idea of signing Isaiah Thomas.

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Marcus Smart Agrees To Four-Year, $52M Deal With Celtics
Marcus Smart was a restricted free agent.

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Celtics Were Unwilling To Trade For Kawhi Without Assurances On Health, Future Plans
The Celtics were unwilling to include any of their core players in trade talks without more information on Kawhi Leonard.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Marcus Smart, Celtics Progressing On Four-Year, $50M Deal
Marcus Smart has had a slow market in restricted free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Wizards Have Also Discussed Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs
Kawhi Leonard is seriously considering attending USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Celtics Agree To Two-Way Deal With Walt Lemon Jr.
Walt Lemon appeared in five games last season for the Pelicans.

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Celtics To Release Kadeem Allen From Two-Way Contract
Kadeem Allen played in 18 games last season with the Celtics.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Celtics Receiving Sign-And-Trade Interest On Marcus Smart From Nets, Grizzlies
The Celtics have had zero communication with Marcus Smart.

Jordan Schultz/Yahoo! Sports

Marcus Smart Open To Deal Worth Less Than $15M Per Season
Marcus Smart and the Celtics haven't made progress on a contract.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Marcus Smart Likely To Take Qualifying Offer With Celtics
The decision would allow Marcus Smart to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

A. Sherrod Blakely/NBC Sports Boston

76ers Considered Only East Team Kawhi Leonard Would Re-Sign With
The Lakers and Clippers are Kawhi Leonard's preferred destinations.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Marcus Smart Frustrated He Hasn't Heard From Celtics In Free Agency
Marcus Smart and his camp are still waiting to hear from the Celtics in free agency.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Celtics Have Top-5 Players Off Limits In Trade Talks For Kawhi Leonard
Boston's top-5 likely refers to Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving Interested In Playing On Same Team
Jimmy Butler has no interested in signing an extension this summer with the Wolves.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Aron Baynes, Celtics Agree Upon Two-Year, $11M Deal With Celtics
Aron Baynes signed with the Celtics last offseason.

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Celtics Unlikely To Execute Blockbuster Move
The Celtics have been mentioned as a possible destination for Kawhi Leonard.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Celtics Tender Qualifying Offer To Marcus Smart
The Celtics and Marcus Smart were unable to agree upon a long-term extension last October.

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Spurs Prepared To Trade Kawhi Leonard
The Spurs have given up hope of keeping Kawhi Leonard.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Gordon Hayward Had Follow-Up Surgery Due To Pain On Outside Of Ankle
Gordon Hayward said he's still on schedule to be ready for the start of next season but dealt with a "complication."

Hayden Bird/Boston Globe