Celtics Rumors & News

  • Celtics interested in trading up in draft, maybe for Willie Cauley-Stein

    CSN New England "Two league sources told CSNNE.com Friday that the Boston Celtics are “very open” to moving up in next month’s NBA draft. And while the sources did not indicate which player Boston was targeting, there are growing signs that they have their sights set on trying to draft Kentucky big man Willie..." May 21

  • Could Celtics sign JaVale McGee?

    CSN New England "The Boston Celtics were close to signing JaVale McGee back in March when the Philadelphia 76ers released him and thus made him a free agent. Could a second go-around be the charm? Despite the failed efforts by both sides to hammer out a deal earlier, the door hasn’t been totally slammed..." May 21

  • Gary Payton -- I Don't Like Basketball Anymore

    TMZ.com "He's in the Basketball Hall of Fame ... but Gary Payton tells TMZ Sports he doesn't like the sport anymore -- essentially saying he's completely burned out when it comes to hoops. The Glove was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills when we asked who he's got in the NBA playoffs. But..." May 21

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • C's reportedly interested in free agent Koufos

    WEEI Boston "Kosta Koufos is exactly the type of player the Celtics need to target this summer. Given their history of failed free-agent pursuits and the unlikelihood of landing a center of Marc Gasol’s caliber, the C’s are forced to pursue under-appreciated options, so the latest ESPN.com report that team..." May 20

  • Celtics have rooting interest in lottery: Minnesota

    Boston Globe "When the Celtics stumbled through a slow start this season and traded away guard Rajon Rondo and forward Jeff Green, they seemed destined for the NBA draft lottery. But then they uncoiled their surprising run to the playoffs, meaning they will not be counting Ping-Pong balls Tuesday night. If..." May 19

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them

    Forbes.com "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

  • Celtics have growing interest in Willie Cauley-Stein

    CSN New England "Two league sources told CSNNE.com Friday that the Boston Celtics are “very open” to moving up in next month’s NBA draft. And while the sources did not indicate which player Boston was targeting, there are growing signs that they have their sights set on trying to draft Kentucky big man Willie..." May 17

  • Celtics put talent above all needs at combine

    Boston Herald "Lord knows the Celtics have needs. As the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, they barely squeaked into the postseason and enter today’s draft combine with as many holes as a lottery team, maybe more. As evidenced by the way Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson dominated the offensive glass..." May 14

  • Report: Celtics looking to pursue LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews as package deal

    Pro Basketball Talk "If LaMarcus Aldridge leaves the Trail Blazers, where would he go? The Spurs are reportedly at or near the top of his list, and the Cavaliers could factor. The Lakers and Knicks will push for him, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mavericks and Rockets also pursue the native Texan. A..." May 14

  • Boston Celtics rumors 2015: LaMarcus Aldridge and Wes Matthews both possible targets?

    MassLive.com "CSNNE.com's A. Sherrod Blakely believes the Boston Celtics could target a pair of Portland Trail Blazer free agents this summer, including star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. During an episode of Celtics Talk TV (below), Blakely said, "My understanding is the Celtics are going to be open to..." May 12

  • No detail is too small for Celtics coach Brad Stevens

    Boston Globe "Celtics coach Brad Stevens is just like you in that he despises traffic jams. So last spring, at the conclusion of his first year in the NBA, he mostly hunkered down at his Wellesley home and began meticulously preparing for a new season. The Celtics went 25-57 in 2013-14. It certainly wasn’t..." May 11

  • Kevin Love admits he's been dodging Kelly Olynyk's calls

    USA Today "Kevin Love was knocked out of the NBA playoffs during their Round 1 series against the Celtics when Kelly Olynyk grabbed his arm, a move that caused Love’s shoulder to separate and labrum to tear. Olynyk maintains that he had no intent to injure Love, and he doesn’t really have any history of..." May 07

  • Cavaliers’ Kevin Love apparently refuses to accept apology for injury from Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk

    Washington Post "Boston Celtics star Kelly Olynyk might want to try flowers, chocolates or maybe even an Edible Arrangement if he wants to get in the good graces of Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love. Per Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk and his representatives have continued to..." May 07

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Report: Ty Lawson Could Still Be Trade Target For Celtics This Offseason

    NESN "The Boston Celtics appear to be set at the point guard position, but they reportedly would not be opposed to adding another this offseason. Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, whom the Celtics pursued at this year’s trade deadline, still is a candidate to end up in Boston, according to..." May 06

  • Celtics to pursue Greg Monroe

    Detroit Bad Boys "The Boston Celtics will be making a run at Greg Monroe during the offseason, as they are determined to land a marquee bigman at any cost, reports CSNNE.com's A. Sherrod Blakely. Monroe is amongst a small group of big men that Danny Ainge will be making a strong push for. Per Blakely, the..." May 05

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy

    SI.com "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

  • Danny Ainge admits luring big free agents to Boston 'unlikely' this summer

    WEEI Boston "Danny Ainge isn’t pulling any punches about his efforts to go after some big-time unrestricted free agents this summer. But he’s also be very, very realistic about his chances. There is a good pool of free agents available this offseason around the league. And many of those free agents are big..." May 03

  • Brad Stevens set for fresh start

    Boston Herald "Every coach has a wish list once the draft becomes the main focus of his franchise, and Brad Stevens certainly has his. The Celtics’ just-completed first-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers offered some obvious hints. The Celtics were battered on the defensive glass by a Cavs..." May 02

  • Kings not interested in trading Cousins to Celtics

    CSN Bay Area "The Kings want to make a playoff run next season with DeMarcus Cousins as the centerpiece of the franchise, league sources told CSNCalifornia.com. The Celtics reportedly have significant interest in Cousins and are expected to utilize their bevy of draft picks to secure the 6-foot-11 center..." May 02

  • Celtics looking to trade draft picks to Kings for Cousins

    ESPN.com "Five burning questions and answers about the Boston Celtics' immediate future in the wake of their four-game exit from the playoffs and team president Danny Ainge's end-of-season news conference Thursday: 1. Who is the Celtics' dream target in free agency? Kevin Love is the most common..." May 02

  • Danny Ainge: Isaiah Thomas Best-Suited For Bench Role With Celtics

    NESN "Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas spent this entire season as a reserve who wanted to start. The man running the show in Boston, however, has no desire to remove him from the bench. “Right now for our team, I think Isaiah is more suited for a bench role,” Celtics president of basketball operations..." May 01

  • Smart shows growth as player, leader in rookie season

    CSN New England "The final day of Marcus Smart’s first NBA season didn’t go quite as planned. First there was head coach Brad Stevens’ decision to have him come off the bench and be replaced by Jae Crowder in the starting lineup for Game 4 of Boston’s first-round series against Cleveland. That was followed..." April 29

  • Celtics may trade Gerald Wallace with a pick

    Celtics Blog "I've really grown to like Gerald Wallace the last couple of years. He works hard, he's dead-blunt honest, and he's become like another assistant coach on the sidelines. Of course $10M a year is a lot for a glorified assistant coach and end of bench player. But that was the price that Danny..." April 28

  • Kelly Olynyk: 'I don't think I could dislocate someone's arm if I tried'

    CBSSports.com "Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk isn't exactly beloved in Ohio at the moment. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has a dislocated shoulder thanks to an incident involving Olynyk, and Love called it a "bush-league" play after it happened, adding that he had no doubt it was done on..." April 28

  • Jae Crowder Diagnosed With Left ACL Sprain

    Real GM Basketball "Jae Crowder has been diagnosed with a left ACL sprain. Crowder was injured on a play in which he was hit in the face by J.R. Smith." April 27

  • Cleveland Cavaliers sweep Boston Celtics in costly Game 4, 101-93, without Kevin Love and J.R. Smith

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Boston Celtics went down in four games after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-93 on Sunday at TD Garden, but they did some serious damage to the Cavaliers before embarking on their vacation, and the Cavs returned the favor. LeBron James nearly provided a triple-double, producing 27..." April 27

  • NBA suspends J.R. Smith two games, Kelly Olynyk one game

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "The NBA has suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games and Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk for their actions in Sunday's Game 4 in Boston, according to ESPN. Smith punch forward Jae Crowder in the knee while jumping up for a rebound and was immediately ejected." April 27

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • J.R. Smith 'nervous as hell' with suspension looming for decking Jae Crowder

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers literally knocked out the Celtics in a Game 4 101-93 road win that swept the series on Sunday. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith will almost certainly be hit with a suspension following his backhanded, closed-fist punch that connected on the right side of Jae Crowder's chin, decking..." April 27

  • Kevin Love calls Kelly Olynyk's play 'bush-league' and wants league to address it

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When it happened, Kevin Love knew he was done for the day. Boston forward Kelly Olynyk is the individual responsible for dislocating Love's left arm in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' Game 4 win over the Celtics on Sunday at The TD Garden. The two were fighting for a loose ball and from..." April 27

  • Despite Woj's speculation, Kelly Olynyk didn't cost the Boston Celtics a chance at Kevin Love

    Celtics Blog "Kevin Love could have serious interest in joining the Boston Celtics this summer, according to a report by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA insider said Monday morning that Danny Ainge was waiting until July to "lay out Love's expanded role in the system" and to "sell Love on a vision for..." April 27

  • Cavs' J.R. Smith ejected after striking, injuring Celtics' Jae Crowder

    ESPN Boston "The Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith was called for a flagrant foul 2 for striking the Celtics' Jae Crowder in the face and subsequently ejected with 10 minutes, 27 seconds left to play in the third quarter of Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. The Cavaliers won the game..." April 26

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    Jay King @ByJayKing

    Stevens said he hasn't seen the Smith cheap shot. Crowder will get an MRI today for his leg injury.

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    Mark Murphy @Murf56

    Marcus Smart was late for yesterday's shootaround. Stevens said Crowder would have started anyway. But Smart's appearance may be delayed.

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    Marc D'Amico @Marc_DAmico

    Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) is available to play today for the Celtics.

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    Scott Souza @scott_souza

    #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Jared Sullinger has bruised tailbone, did not practice today, probable for Game 4.

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • LeBron James, Kevin Love guide Cavaliers to a 3-0 series lead after 103-95 win over Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "With their backs up against the wall, the Boston Celtics put together one valiant, aggressive effort in trying to avoid a 0-3 first-round deficit. However, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were too much down the stretch, picking up a gritty 103-95 road win on Thursday night at the TD..." April 24

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    Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach

    Ainge on Crowder in @Toucherandrich interview: "We really did like Jae Crowder, and we feel like he’s a big part of our team going forward."

  • LeBron James, Kyrie Irving lead charge, power Cavaliers to 99-91 win, 2-0 series lead on Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Those pesky Boston Celtics made life miserable for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night, but the fourth-quarter heroics of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving lifted their team to a 99-91 win to take an 2-0 first-round series lead. Boston can't match the Cleveland pound-for-pound in talent, but can match..." April 22

  • Jae Crowder on Cavs: 'Nobody on their team is intimidating'

    CBSSports.com "Despite playing tough in both games, the Boston Celtics are down 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the regular season the Celtics used intelligent hard-nosed play to win and while this effort has carried over to the playoffs, the Cavaliers are just..." April 22

  • How Rajon Rondo's time with the Mavericks turned into a disaster

    SB Nation "The playoffs were always the silver lining with the Dallas Mavericks' acquisition of Rajon Rondo. Maybe the first few months wouldn't go great. Maybe the offense would struggle to find a role for his ball-dominating style. Mybe the team would stumble into the playoffs in the process. But Rondo has..." April 22

  • Evan Turner Blasts Officiating After Celtics’ Game 2 Loss To Cavaliers

    NESN "Evan Turner had some strong words for the referees Tuesday after the Boston Celtics’ Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Turner, who’s know for his candidness in postgame interviews, said his beef with the zebras after Boston’s 99-91 loss centered around one call made late in the fourth..." April 22

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    Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach

    Marcus Smart on approach against LeBron tonight. Said C's will give him some new looks. "I'd definitely like to guard him a little bit more"

  • Celtics' Bradley: 'Expect to see different team'

    ESPN Boston "Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens admitted that game film from Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers showed his team came up short in more areas than was initially obvious. "The positive is hopefully we can improve from it," Stevens said. "But we're going to have to play a lot better..." April 20

  • Avery Bradley needs to solve chilly start

    Boston Herald "The Celtics’ best starts usually involve the same from Avery Bradley. But as the C’s offense grew progressively worse in yesterday’s 113-100 loss to Cleveland in Game 1 of the NBA first-round playoff series, there was a notable absence. Bradley hit one of his first six shots and never found..." April 20

  • Cleveland Cavaliers overcome Game 1 nerves, Big 3 combine for 69 points in 113-100 victory over Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers are 15 wins away from their ultimate goal after winning Game 1 of this first-round series against the Boston Celtics 113-100 on Sunday afternoon. The Q was electrifying. The organization went with a whiteout look as fans sported "All In" T-shirts supplied by the team...." April 20