Celtics Rumors & News

  • Kevin Durant adds meetings with Celtics, Heat, Clippers

    ESPN "Kevin Durant and his representatives have added free-agency meetings with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers, a league source confirmed to ESPN's Chris Broussard. The three additions join previously reported plans for face-to-face talks with the Golden State Warriors, San..." June 27

  • Boston Celtics Lowballed Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler

    Hardwood Houdini "It was madness leading up to the Boston Celtics selecting Jaylen Brown with the third pick in Thursday’s draft. Reports of the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls or Philadelphia 76ers trying to hash out a deal were in full gear. It ended up not getting done, however, K.C. Johnson, a Chicago Bulls..." June 27

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

    NBA.com "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Where Will Kevin Durant Sign? Ranking Six Contenders For NBA Free Agent Superstar

    NESN "It isn’t quite The Decision, but it’s close. Roughly six years after LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has the chance to alter the NBA landscape when he enters unrestricted free agency July 1. As expected, there are suitors aplenty for the..." June 27

  • Shaq: My Fam's the Next Kardashians ... In a Good Way

    TMZ "Shaquille O'Neal has changed his mind -- and officially given the green light for a bunch of his kids to star in a brand new reality show ... TMZ Sports has learned. It's been a work in progress for years. Our sources say Shaq was initially a little chilly on the idea -- but things have..." June 26

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • Celtics reportedly make Kevin Durant’s initial list of free-agent meetings

    Boston "The Kevin Durant sweepstakes does not officially get under way until July 1, but the Boston Celtics will reportedly be one of the teams with a chance to pitch the superstar forward in person. After spending the first nine seasons of his career in Oklahoma City, the seven-time All-Star is hitting..." June 25

  • Durant reportedly choosing between these six teams

    Yahoo! Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is planning to host free-agency meetings at a singular location starting July 1, league sources told The Vertical. Durant’s representatives at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles..." June 25

  • Celtics owner calls trade offers 'a collection of rip-off attempts'

    Celtics Blog "The Boston Celtics selected Jaylen Brown with the third pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Thursday evening. After weeks of intense speculation and smoke screens about making a trade for Jimmy Butler or Nerlens Noel, they ended up holding on to their prized pick for the time being. The pick was first..." June 24

  • Celtics Made Strongest Push For Jimmy Butler, Not Timberwolves

    NESN "Despite ongoing talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler still is a Chicago Bull. And it turns out the Timberwolves didn’t even make the strongest push for the shooting guard. The team that actually made the most enticing offer for Butler was the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s..." June 24

  • Didn't expect Guerschon Yabusele at No. 16? Neither did he

    ESPN "The Boston Celtics surprised some observers when they drafted Guerschon Yabusele with the No. 16 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. They surprised Guerschon, too. After crashing the stage at the Barclays Center from the crowd, Yabusele, who was ranked 30th overall on Chad Ford's big board and..." June 24

  • Celtics select Jaylen Brown with No. 3 pick in 2016 NBA draft

    SI "The Celtics selected California small forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Brown earned McDonald's All-America honors coming out of high school and was considered by some to be the No.1 player in his recruiting class. He chose to attend California over Kansas,..." June 23

  • Report: Sixers in talks with Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings for lottery pick

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers are working hard to land a second lottery pick. The Sixers have recently had "significant engagement" with the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick), Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 5), and Sacramento Kings (No. 8), sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski." June 23

  • 76ers ‘ramping up efforts’ to acquire No. 3 pick from Celtics

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics have been working hard to find a team that will trade them an impact veteran player for the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, and they may ultimately strike a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. ESPN NBA insiders Chad Ford and Marc Stein are reporting that the..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Celtics rebuffed in bid to swap No. 3 pick for established vet

    ESPN "The Boston Celtics have been pursuing a number of established veterans in the buildup to Thursday's NBA draft, offering trade packages built around the No. 3 overall pick, according to league sources. But sources told ESPN that the Celtics, to date, have been rebuffed in their efforts to..." June 22

  • Gordon Hayward off the trade table for Utah Jazz

    CBS Sports "The Boston Celtics are trying to move the No. 3 pick urgently, according to multiple outlets. They've been pursuing Jahlil Okafor, Jimmy Butler, and other big-name players given that they don't need another rookie and don't need another guard with their having approximately 700 of them. One..." June 22

  • Jahlil Okafor Could Be Headed To The Celtics For The No. 3 Pick In The Draft

    Dime Magazine "Jahlil Okafor’s first season with the Philadelphia 76ers went pretty poorly. After winning the national title with perennial powerhouse Duke, Okafor joined a historically pitiful roster and struggled to adjust to both the basketball and real-life obstacles of an early NBA life. He got into..." June 22

  • Report: Celtics targeting Nerlens Noel in trade with 76ers

    Sportsnaut "With trade talks between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers intensifying, we now have a sense of who Boston is targeting. According to Brian Geltzeiler, the Celtics are in pursuit of Nerlens Noel. Philadelphia had previously let it be known that they wanted to deal Jahlil Okafor, not..." June 21

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Celtics Discussing Khris Middleton Deal With Bucks

    NESN "To this point, the trade rumors surrounding the Boston Celtics and their coveted No. 3 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft have revolved around a small handful of players. It appears you can add another player to that list. The Celtics have had discussions with the Milwaukee Bucks about trading their No...." June 21

  • Danny Ainge reportedly meets with agent of Kevin Love, Harrison Barnes

    Larry Brown Sports "Danny Ainge’s Offseason Exploits Tour 2016 has officially hit the road. According to a report by Andrew Perna of Real GM on Thursday, Ainge, the general manager and president of basketball operations of the Boston Celtics, met in New York City this week with agent Jeff Schwartz, who represents..." June 16

  • Kris Dunn debunks report he doesn’t want Celtics to draft him

    Boston Globe "Former Providence guard Kris Dunn said that reports that he does not want to be selected by the Celtics with the No. 3 overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft are inaccurate. “I mean it would be unbelievable to be selected by the Celtics,” Dunn said in a telephone interview on Thursday morning...." June 16

  • Five potential trade destinations for Kevin Love

    Sportsnaut "There are no concrete suggestions that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be placing Kevin Love on the trade block this summer. However, we can read between the lines here. It’s rather obvious that Love is not that third building block for the Cavaliers. That’s been magnified during the NBA Finals,..." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Free agent Jared Dudley tells Celtics Beat he would come to Boston

    Celtics Blog "The 30-year-old is an anomaly. In an era where athletes are decisively careful about everything they say in the public forum that is the media, Dudley says everything that's on his mind and in a refreshingly insightful way. As he made it known, he sees everything, and instead of doing the planned..." June 15

  • A puzzling Celtics/Lakers trade scenario floated by ESPN

    Reds Army "ESPN’s Chad Ford is floating “5 game-changing NBA draft trades we’d like to see” and one of the scenarios involves the Celtics and rival Lakers: Lakers send: D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle to Boston Celtics send: Picks Nos. 3 and 16 along with Jonas Jerebko, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey to..." June 14

  • Hield nails 85 of 100 threes during Celtics workout

    The Score "The Boston Celtics may need to think twice about trading the third overall pick. Highly-touted prospect Buddy Hield nailed 85 percent of his 100 3-point attempts during a workout with the team on Monday. Hield isn't the first prospect that has impressed from long range, as Kentucky's Jamal..." June 14

  • Dragan Bender scheduled to work out for Boston Celtics on June 21

    Mass Live "Dragan Bender will work out for the Boston Celtics two days before the NBA Draft, according to the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. " June 13

  • Celtics Aggressively Shopping 3rd Overall Pick

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics are hoping to convert the third overall pick into an impact player further along in their career than be patient for a rookie to develop. The Celtics have been a playoff team in each of the past two seasons with a strong overall team that lacks a true star. "[I'm] hearing..." June 13

  • Jamal Murray: ‘I Think I’m The Best Player In The Draft’

    SLAM Online "The Jamal Murray hype train is picking up steam as the 2016 NBA Draft nears. Following a workout with the Boston Celtics, where Murray hit 79 out of 100 3-pointers, the Canadian sharpshooter sat down for a media session and asked if he thought he was the best player in the Draft, to which he..." June 13

  • Isaiah Thomas deserves invite to USA Basketball

    NESN "Team USA basketball candidates are dropping like flies. In the past week alone, we’ve seen LaMarcus Aldridge, Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook withdraw themselves from consideration for one reason or another. Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul all are dealing with..." June 12

  • Does Marcus Smart's reputation for flopping actually matter?

    Celtics Blog ""Drawing fouls chiefly requires the ability to provide good, heartwarming drama and to direct it to the right audience. I never forget where the referees are when I go into an act. The most reliable eye-catcher is still the pratfall. Particularly on defense, when everything else fails, I fall..." June 12

  • What are some "realistic" options for the Celtics?

    Celtics Blog "The Celtics have innumerable options available to them this summer. Every offseason provides the team with opportunities to get better, but I've never seen this team have such a vast array of directions they could go. If you were to diagram a typical offseason plan, it would generally look like..." June 08

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • Celtics have 7 or 8 targets for No. 3 pick

    The Score "The Boston Celtics are keeping their options wide open when it comes to the No. 3 pick in the upcoming draft. With Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram the consensus top two picks, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said his team is mulling over a number of options with who they'll take with their first..." June 07

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • Evan ‘Midrange’ Turner Wants Armchair Analysts To Shut Up About What They Don’t Know

    Complex "Evan Turner is comfortable. Which may seem like an obvious thing to say about a well-connected, laid-back 27-year-old multimillionaire in jogger pants, but being comfortable isn’t always synonymous with being wealthy. There are undoubtedly plenty of rich people struggling to find comfort, be it in..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows

    OutSports.com "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Could the Celtics trade for a second lottery pick?

    Celtics Life "The time of asset consolidation is nigh. I mean, it has to be. Right? The Celtics enter the run-up to the June 23rd draft armed with 8 picks, 3 first rounders and 5 second rounders. That's a lot of picks. Especially considering the C's can only roster 15 players during the season and 9..." June 06

  • Jeff Hornacek Pushed Suns to Trade Isaiah Thomas, Suns Foolishly Listened

    Valley of the Suns "In May, there were rumors that Goran Dragic had told Jeff Hornacek he was willing to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns if they didn’t trade him (I detail here why that doesn’t actually mean much). Now, Jeff Hornacek is part of a new rumor, this one concerning the trade of Isaiah Thomas to the..." June 06

  • Isaiah Thomas on Kevin Durant: ‘That’s who I’m trying to get’

    Boston Globe "As Isaiah Thomas sat on his porch at home in Tacoma, Wash., last Monday after watching the Thunder lose Game 7 of the Western Conference finals to the Warriors, he had an idea. The Celtics point guard knows, like everyone else, that Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant will become a free agent..." June 06

  • Brad Stevens on No. 3 pick: Must be 'pretty special' to move it

    ESPN "Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens hasn't been at the NBA level all that long but even he knows that top-3 picks don't come along very often, especially for a team like Boston that has shunned the typical lottery-chasing rebuild. Thanks to the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics own the No. 3 pick in..." June 05

  • Celtics’ Options At No. 3 Include Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn

    NESN "The Boston Celtics didn’t slide back in the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery, which they’ve done in the past. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t move up, either. Boston will pick third in June’s draft, unless it tries to trade the pick in a package for an established star in his prime such as Jimmy..." June 04

  • What companies would be good fits for Celtics jersey ad space?

    Celtics Blog "Midway through May, the Philadelphia 76ers broke the ice by becoming the first kid to get up and groove at the jersey advertisements school dance, paving the way for the rest of the league to nervously shuffle in their wake. Starting in the 2017-18 season, the Sixers will proudly display a Stubhub..." June 02

  • What should Boston do with Jared Sullinger?

    Celtics Blog "Sadly, the 2015-2016 NBA season is now over for the Boston Celtics. However, preparations for 2016-2017 are about to begin! Over the next few months, Celtics brass will need to make decisions about who will stay with the team, who will leave the team, and what new pieces to pursue in the next..." June 02

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

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