CELTICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Who Could the Celtics Land if They Traded Down?

Just outside of the Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram range, the Boston Celtics still own a very valuable pick. It’s a pick that could lead to Dragan Bender, Buddy Hield or Jamal Murray – just to name a few. It could also be the main piece in a trade for an established veteran like Jimmy Butler or Jahlil Okafor. […] Who Could the Celtics Land if They Traded Down? - Hardwood...
Via Hardwood Houdini
2 hours ago

Celtics choice: DeMarcus Cousins vs. Blake Griffin

As the days pass leading up to June’s NBA Draft, we want to encourage the debate regarding what the Celtics should do with the No. 3 overall pick. In that spirit, we present, “Celtics choice.” Today: Using the No. 3 pick to trade for Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins or Clippers superstar Blake Griffin The case for Cousins DeMarcus Cousins. (Ed Szczepanski/USA Today Sports) ...
Via Green Street
5 hours ago

A Celtics trade for Jahlil Okafor would make sense — but not for the most obvious reason

COMMENTARY I’m not sure that what follows here counts as an outright epiphany. But I figure it at least passes for an original thought at a pivotal time for the Celtics when so much of the dialogue about their present and future consists of familiar caterwauling about why Kevin Durant will never come here. Yes, Durant is […] The post A Celtics trade for Jahlil Okafor would...
Via Boston.com
12 hours ago

Danny Ainge provides some insight on where he’s headed with No. 3: Be the best ‘without selling out’

Danny Ainge has lots to consider before the June 23 draft. (Russ Isabella/USA Today Sports) If you’re wondering what Danny Ainge is thinking heading into June 23, think long-term instead of short-term.  Appearing on WBZ-TV’s Sports Final Sunday night, the president of basketball operations for the Celtics suggested that there’s a lot to consider when weighing trading the...
Via Green Street
20 hours ago

Could Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram still be available for the Celtics at No. 3?

In an ESPN Insider piece published this morning, Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton discussed the NBA draft prospects of Dragan Bender.  For Celtics fans wondering if Boston will take Bender with the No. 3 pick, it's a great read that's sure to peak your intrigue about the 7'1" 18-year-old from Croatia.However, the final quote from Pelton is potentially even more exciting:Bender's consensus...
Via Celtics Life
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Eye on the Draft: Zhou Qi, a draft and stash prodigy?

The Boston Celtics have eight draft picks in the 2016 draft, more than any other team and the most any one team has ever had in a single draft. And while such a plethora of picks bodes well for the Celtics chances of finding a diamond in the rough, there is a clear logistical issue at hand: with at least nine players holding roster spots (along with two unguranteed contracts in Jonas...
Via Celtics Life
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Celtics choice: Bradley Beal vs. Gordon Hayward

As the days pass leading up to June’s NBA Draft, we want to encourage the debate regarding what the Celtics should do with the No. 3 overall pick. In that spirit, we present, “Celtics choice.” Today: Using the No. 3 pick to trade for Wizards guard Bradley Beal (assuming he re-signs in Washington or somewhere else) or Jazz guard Gordon Hayward. The case for Beal Bradley Beal...
Via Green Street
1 day ago

Free Agency: Top Five Rim Protectors

The Boston Celtics enter the off-season with two big needs: a rim protector and outside shooting. While they have some of the best wing defenders in the league – Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart – the Celtics were burned a lot by their defense in the paint. The Celtics were the shortest team in the NBA this […] Free Agency: Top Five Rim Protectors - Hardwood...
Via Hardwood Houdini
1 day ago

Boston Celtics 2016 Starting Lineup Prediction

2015 was a largely successful season for the Boston Celtics. Now, with the money and assets they need in their hands, they need to do something big to get into actual contention for a Finals appearance. Here is my prediction for their starting lineup next season: Point Guard: Isaiah Thomas Thomas was clearly the most talented player on the Celtics this past season. He led the team...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: Later first round picks to target

It is well established at this point that the Boston Celtics have a wealth of first round picks in the 2016 NBA Draft. The third pick overall that the Celtics own is certainly an important pick, but we should not discount the 16th and 23rd picks that the Celtics also own. It is normally with picks like those that teams are able to find talented contributors who bring skills to the...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Need Inside Scoring, Not Only a Rim Protector

With the Boston Celtics entering the off-season with eight total picks in the draft and the cap space to sign two players to max deals, there is a lot of focus on them finding a rim protector. Boston lacked an anchor down low who struck fear into opposing players driving the lane. Their only protection down […] Celtics Need Inside Scoring, Not Only a Rim Protector - Hardwood Houdini...
Via Hardwood Houdini
1 day ago

Brad Stevens talks NBA draft following lottery and the process the Celtics will take

Brad Stevens had a lengthy interview on WBZ NewsRadio this week following the lottery drawing (Listen to the audio below). My belief is that Stevens is really about just coaching the guys he has and making them better. So while I'm sure he would have liked to get one of the top two guys, he's not going to be less excited to coach who we draft at #3“I’m just starting to watch...
Via Celtics Life
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rank the Boston Celtics’ trade assets part 2

Now on to the Celtics’ two most valuable player assets, to see Part One click here. Jae Crowder Crowder has four years/$29 million left on the contract he signed at the beginning of last season. The big question in these rankings was who to put at number two: Crowder or Smart.  Smart has the youth and the potential that NBA teams, especially rebuilding teams love.  Potential...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons predicts Celtics will trade for Jahlil Okafor

The Boston Celtics have the No. 3 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, and it seems like a foregone conclusion that they are going to trade it. The only question is how much they can get for it in what is considered a two-player draft. Bill Simmons believes the Celtics will trade the No. 3 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jahlil Okafor. “I think the guy they’re going to trade...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kris Dunn’s agents trying to avoid teams with young, established PGs

Projected top-five pick Kris Dunn won’t have to wait long to hear his name called on draft night, but his agents would prefer he not go to a team with young, established point guards. As reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Dunn’s camp did not submit their client to get a physical at the NBA combine, so they will control which teams have access to his medical records...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics would need to surrender No. 3 to trade for Jimmy Butler

The Boston Celtics have the pieces in place to form the NBA’s next great superteam. One problem—they might not want to. Danny Ainge and the Celtics just landed the third pick in the 2016 draft via the lottery. While not a bad slot, it puts the team out of the running for both Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, meaning a guy as savvy as Ainge might just decide to up and trade the...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s A List Of Every 2016 NBA Draft Pick The Celtics Own — For Now

Danny Ainge has a busy month ahead of him. There will be no shortage of decisions for the Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations to make leading up to the June 23 NBA draft. Ainge and the Celtics learned Tuesday night they’ll select No. 3 overall at the draft by way of the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick they acquired in the trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge Presser after NBA Draft Lottery - Full Version

Full Press Conference with Danny Aigne and Boston Celtics Media, following the NBA Draft Lottery 2016
Via YouTube
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Draft Lottery Recap… Celtics land at three and Dikembe Mutombo is an oracle

I always wondered what it would be like to head into the “top three” commercial break with visions of the number one pick dancing in my head. The Celtics envelop had not been pulled and personally, I spent the next two and a half minutes envisioning Brandon Ingram raining threes or Ben Simmons playing point forward under Brad Stevens. It didn’t take long for those dreams to...
Via Red's Army
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics' Olynyk undergoes successful shoulder surgery

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics say Kelly Olynyk has undergone successful surgery on his injured right shoulder which bothered him late in the season. The team said Tuesday that the 7-footer had arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder on Monday. The procedure was for recurrent subluxations, or when the shoulder partially slips in and out of the socket. He aggravated a previous injury to...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Olynyk had shoulder surgery yesterday

Kelly Olynyk (left), file photo. BOSTON, MA – The Boston Celtics announced today that Kelly Olynyk yesterday underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy for recurrent subluxations. He will begin an immediate rehabilitation program and the time frame for his return to basketball activities has not yet been determined. Boston Celtics Yesterday, while many of us were speculating...
Via Red's Army
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Revisiting Boston Celtics’ Luck In NBA Draft Lottery History

When it comes to the NBA Draft Lottery, the Boston Celtics haven’t had much luck. After winning 16 titles through 1986, Boston endured a string of bad luck and misfortune on and off the court, and the draft lottery has been a major part of that. The C’s have another shot at the No. 1 pick on Tuesday night, when the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery takes place. Boston has a 15.6 percent...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NBA Draft Lottery: Complete Breakdown Of Boston Celtics’ Odds

The Boston Celtics have a 15.6 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft when the draft lottery takes place Tuesday night. Boston hasn’t owned the top pick since 1980, when it traded the selection, as well as No. 13, to the Golden State Warriors for center Robert Parish and the No. 3 pick, which turned out to be power forward Kevin McHale. Parish and McHale...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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