Celtics Rumors & News

  • Brad Stevens dishes on Marcus Smart's impact, Jaylen Brown's development

    ESPN "As the Boston Celtics prepare to embark on a 2016-17 season featuring heightened expectations after last year's 48-win campaign, one player who is consistently referenced as a key for the team taking the next step forward is third-year guard Marcus Smart. With the departure of Evan Turner to..." September 25

  • Zeller hopes new contract leads to new role on Celtics

    CSN New England "Tyler Zeller knew when free agency began in July, it might take a while before his cell phone was buzzing with teams interested in signing him. The first week passed and there was nothing of note happening. No big deal. Totally saw this coming, Zeller thought. Another week passed with the..." September 25

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • Celtics Still Looking to Get Better

    CSN New England "The Celtics landed Al Horford, the most coveted free agent this summer not named Kevin Durant. They re-signed head coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to extensions. The good folks in Vegas have them pegged as just one of a handful of teams that should..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • Isaiah Thomas on Horford, Durant, Celtics Contending

    Basketball Insiders "The last year has been a whirlwind for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas. Over the past 12 months, the veteran averaged 22.2 points, 6.2 assists, three rebounds and 1.1 steals, made his first All-Star appearance and then played a major role in the recruitment of stars like Al Horford and..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told ESPN.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • Every NBA team's best and worst player according to NBA 2K17

    Fox Sports "NBA 2K17 officially releases today, and one of the best aspects of playing the yearly basketball sim before the NBA season kicks off is seeing how each team's new arrivals and rookies look on the court. Many of the rookies selected in the 2016 draft didn't get much love from the ratings wizards at..." September 20

  • He made millions in the NBA. Now Darius Miles is bankrupt

    Belleville News-Democrat "Former East St. Louis Flyers basketball standout Darius Miles was a first-round draft pick with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2000 NBA draft with a contract worth $9 million. He starred in a movie with Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds. He landed an endorsement with Michael Jordan’s athletic..." September 17

  • Isaiah Thomas latest to bash his place in SI Top 100 NBA Player rankings

    Larry Brown Sports "Sports Illustrated’s ranking of the top 100 NBA players continues to annoy some of the players themselves. Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is the latest to slam the rankings, as he came in at No. 45 despite being the key cog in the Boston Celtics team that reached the playoffs and made his..." September 16

  • Celtics Sign Jalen Jones, Damion Lee To Camp Deals

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics have signed Jalen Jones and Damion Lee. Jones went undrafted in 2016 out of Texas A&M. Jones appeared in five Summer League games for the Toronto Raptors, averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.9 minutes." September 14

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • Jaylen Brown's trainer believes Boston Celtics rookie could develop 'deadly' mid-post game

    Mass Live "Jaylen Brown's trainer, Chris Johnson, recently spoke with Sports Illustrated about his life as an NBA player development coach. The whole interview is interesting; for example, Johnson shared that All-Star Jimmy Butler, another client, wakes up at 5:30 every morning and already has his whole..." September 11

  • Isaiah Thomas: Iverson said we're 'cut from the same cloth'

    Mass Live "Isaiah Thomas recently appeared at Allen Iverson's gala, which is cool because both guys approach (or approached) basketball like height doesn't matter. Height does matter, of course, but you couldn't always tell while watching Iverson ruin taller guys, and you can't always tell when Thomas does..." September 11

  • The best NBA free agents still on the board

    Today's Fastbreak "Jesus Gomez ByJesus GomezPosted on September 8, 2016 It’s September, which means most NBA teams have largely gone into deep offseason mode. Rosters are mostly set and training camp doesn’t start for a few more weeks. The work that needed to be done over the summer is mostly over in all but..." September 09

  • Cavaliers will reportedly sign recently waived Celtic John Holland

    Today's Fastbreak "According to international reporter David Pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to sign shooting guard John Holland after he was waived by the Boston Celtics at the end of August. He reportedly will have a chance to make the Cavaliers’ roster. After going undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft out..." September 09

  • Celtics' Brad Stevens on Gerald Green: 'I've been scared of him'

    ESPN "oston Celtics coach Brad Stevens spent the August doldrums thinking about ways his team can utilize new personnel, such as free-agent signee Gerald Green. Stevens is simply glad to not have to game plan against the nine-year veteran for a change. "I’ve been a big Gerald Green fan because I’ve..." September 09

  • NBA revenue expected to hit $8 billion in 2016-2017

    Today's Fastbreak "ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Thursday that the NBA’s revenue for next season is projected to hit the $8 billion mark. The league reportedly earned $5.2 billion during the 2014-2015 season, which was a record at that time. In February, Forbes estimated that the New York..." September 08

  • Doc Rivers: Paul Pierce Will Retire As A Celtic

    CBS Boston "When he does decide to call it a career, Paul Pierce is going to retire a Celtic. That’s according to Doc Rivers, Pierce’s current coach and the man calling the shots for the L.A. Clippers. Rivers was back in Boston on Tuesday for the ABCD Hoop Dreams fundraiser at the TD Garden, an event comes..." September 08

  • Shaquille O'Neal: I Only Played 30 Percent Of My Real Game

    Real GM Basketball "Shaquille O'Neal will enter the Hall of Fame this week as one of the most dominant big men in basketball history. “I only played 30 percent of my real game,” O’Neal told The Vertical. “I had a great career, but I didn’t get a chance to showcase what I can really do. That’s because the double-..." September 07

  • Doc Rivers Is Adamant That Paul Pierce ‘Has To’ Retire As A Member Of The Celtics

    Uproxx "Paul Pierce spent the first 15 seasons of his NBA career as a member of the Boston Celtics, so it would make some sense that the All-Star swingman would enter retirement, whenever that may come, as a member of that organization. However, Pierce’s former head coach and current Los Angeles Clippers..." September 07

  • Celtics Waive John Holland

    Real GM Basketball "John Holland has been waived by the Boston Celtics. Holland signed a two-year deal with the Celtics late last season. Holland didn't appear in any games with the Celtics." August 31

  • Celtics’ Avery Bradley on defense: “Kyrie Irving, none of those guys scare me”

    Mass Live "Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley has long been considered one of the league's best on-ball defenders. It's a reputation he began building in his early years playing with the trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and harassing opponents the entire way up the floor, and it's one he..." August 28

  • Phil Jackson could've traded for Jae Crowder in 2014

    Barstool Sports Chicago "From the latest Phil Jackson chronicles on Today’s Fastbreak:“I don’t consider hiring Fish a mistake because he worked hard and got the guys to stay as positive as possible while the losses piled up. I think the biggest mistake I made was actually this…One of the first deals I engineered when I..." August 26

  • Celtics Renounce Draft Rights To Colton Iverson

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics have renounced the draft rights to Colton Iverson. Iverson didn't figure in the Celtics' plans and this gives him the opportunity to try to make an NBA roster elsewhere." August 25

  • R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland, Ben Bentil To Compete For Final Celtics' Roster Spot

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics will have R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland and Ben Bentil will compete for their last roster spot. Young and Hunter have guaranteed deals, Bentil has a partial guarantee, and Holland is non-guaranteed. Young and Hunter are former first round picks. Hunter is the..." August 24

  • Celtics’ second-round pick Abdel Nader spurns European offer

    Today's Fastbreak "It appears that the Boston Celtics will be able to see Abdel Nader develop under their watch after all. The second-round rookie will sign a contract with the franchise’s D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, after spurning a lucrative offer from a European team, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports’..." August 23

  • Celtics Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To Camp Deal

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics have signed Marcus Georges-Hunt to a camp deal. Georges-Hunt played for the Brooklyn Nets in Summer League." August 22

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • Celtics' Thomas: 'Nobody can guard me'

    SI "SI.com: How have things been going so far with Slim Jim? Isaiah Thomas: We partnered together on their 'Settle The Beef' campaign and I've been interacting with fans via social media. So whatever the fans want to talk about - sports, the Boston Celtics, whatever I’m doing back home - I'm up for..." August 20

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • How not dealing for a superstar may be the Celtics' best long-term plan

    Celtics Life "At this point in the offseason, it appears more than likely that a blockbuster trade isn't happening for the Celtics. Jimmy Butler, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins aren't coming to Boston. As the C's enter Year 4 of their rebuilding process, Danny Ainge continues to be..." August 17

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • Celtics' Thomas: Numbers show I'm one of NBA's best point guards

    The Score "After coming off a year in which he led the Boston Celtics in scoring and was named to his first All-Star team, Isaiah Thomas is confident about where he ranks among the game's elite. "All I'm going to say is men lie, women lie, numbers don't," Thomas told Amanda Pflugrad of celtics.com, as..." August 15

  • Celtics' Isaiah Thomas embraces having Al Horford as new go-to guy

    CSN New England "For most of Isaiah Thomas’ time in Boston, there really hasn’t been much competition in terms of his place atop the team’s pecking order of importance. Indeed, Thomas has been THAT dude! Well THAT dude has some company with four-time All-Star Al Horford a Celtic now after spending his..." August 13

  • Warriors' schedule among NBA's toughest, Celtics face easiest path

    The Score "While the NBA has likely the most balanced schedule of the four major sports, the realities of divisions, travel, rest, and other factors make complete balance impossible. With that said, ESPN's Bradford Doolittle ran the new 2016-17 schedule through a simulator that takes all of those factors..." August 12

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • Nerlens Noel is "Very Open" to Trade, Celtics are Interested

    CSN New England "NBA players tell you all the time about how the league is a business and that you can never get too comfortable. Based on Nerlens Noel’s social media posts recently, it appears he’s taking such sentiments to heart. And if he is indeed on the move, he’s more than open to the idea of playing..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • Brad Stevens Shares How Tom Brady’s Celtics Involvement Went Beyond Recruiting

    NESN "Everyone knows by now that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady helped the Boston Celtics in their ultimately unsuccessful attempt to land former NBA MVP Kevin Durant. Most even know by now that in addition to helping the Celtics court Durant, Brady also shared some of his secrets to success..." August 10

  • Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens: 'I'll be here a while ... Unless they decide they don't want me'

    Mass Live "Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens established himself as a rising star in the NBA coaching ranks quickly after signing with the Celtics in 2013 to replace Doc Rivers, and since then, whispers here and there have dotted the rumor mill about a potential return to the college ranks. Stevens and..." August 10

  • Ray Allen still eyeing NBA comeback, has spoken with Celtics and Bucks

    Larry Brown Sports "Ray Allen is still interested in playing in the NBA next season, and the 41-year-old says the perception that he would only want to join the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers is wrong. In an interview with Dom Amore the Hartford Courant, Allen reiterated that he would not return to..." August 08

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart pushing each other in offseason workouts

    Mass Live "Jaylen Brown's NBA education has already begun and the No. 3 overall draft pick has a fiery teacher: new Boston Celtics teammate Marcus Smart. Over the past week, Brown and Smart have been working out with two Celtics assistant coaches, Micah Shrewsberry and Brandon Bailey, as well as Maine Red..." August 05

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Jaylen Brown could see time at power forward next season

    Larry Brown Sports "Perhaps Brad Stevens really is an unparalleled basketball genius. According to a report by Celtics beat writer A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet, No. 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown could see time at power forward for Boston next season in addition to his more natural small forward position...." August 01

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • No agreement between Colton Iverson, Boston Celtics

    Mass Live "Despite a report Thursday morning, Colton Iverson has not agreed to attend training camp with the Boston Celtics, according to a league source. "There is no agreement," the source said. Iverson, 27, was selected by the Celtics in the second round of the 2013 draft, but has spent the first..." July 30

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