Thursday, July 31, 2014

All Eyes on Smart & Young

It hasn't been quite the summer of 'fireworks' so far this offseason per-say, but there have been a few 'firecrackers' to cap-off the month of July for C's fans. Besides the announcement of Danny Ainge signing guard/forward Evan Turner last week, Celtics rookie Marcus Smart was invited to team USA's training camp, and James Young was cleared to resume all basketball related activities yesterday.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

C's & Turner Agree on New Deal

In an offseason in which Danny Ainge has quietly been reshaping his roster, he pulled the trigger on yet another low-risk, high reward move yesterday afternoon. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald first reported that the Celtics and free agent swingman Evan Turner had reached an agreement on Monday. The two sides who have been in contact with each other everyday since July 1st, have yet to release the terms of the deal which is said to be worth only a portion of the team's mid-level exception.

Friday, July 18, 2014

C's Offseason Up To This Point

So far the dominoes that were ready to fall in the Eastern Conference have done so since LeBron made his decision a week ago. The Celtics however still remain players in free agency, but with certain limitations in terms of cap space and flexibility. Danny Ainge knows with these restrictions, it won't be easy to create any 'fireworks' when it comes to signing or trading for a big name. It is still early relatively speaking, as July has always been the month were big things happen in an NBA offseason. We've decided to take a look at what the C's have done thus far and what potential moves can still be made considering their current state

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

C's Lose Humphries, Keep Pressey

Kris Humphries said earlier this week that he was very much interested in returning to Boston. The feeling was mutual for Celtics, but it was highly based on Danny Ainge bringing in an impact player this offseason. That most likely would have meant parting ways with Jared Sullinger and or Kelly Olynyk if such a deal were to be made, thus being able to re-sign the power forward. But after just one season in green and exceeding well beyond expectations, Kris Humphries is on the move again. This time to the nation's capital.

In a deal first reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski; The Wizards are set to acquire Humphries via a sign-and-trade with the Celtics. Washington wanted to sign the forward, but that would have put them over the cap. After using their mid-level exception to sign Paul Pierce over the weekend at roughly $5.5 million per year, a trade with Boston was the only way to pay Humphries his reported $4.3 million a year. The deal is estimated to be worth $13 million for three-years.

What We've Learned With The Decision 2.0

It's been a few days since LeBron James' ground breaking announcement heard around the world. Though we've had some time to let in sink in, some still remain shocked. Four years ago, millions of Cavaliers' fans got their hearts torn apart when one of their own had announced he was taking 'his talents to South Beach.' It seemed nothing could be said or done to re-write that 'wrong' in the eyes of many. Two weeks ago no one believed James would ever consider leaving Miami when he and his two brothers, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh had all decided to opt-out of their final two-years of their deals. As Friday afternoon rolled around, it became forever known as one of the biggest days in sports history. LeBron had announced via an essay on Sports that he would indeed return to where it all started, the city of Cleveland.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

C’s Add Zeller, Thornton & Draft Pick

With all this LeBron James decision 2.0 talk, all eyes are on the Cleveland Cavaliers. While they were desperately trying to make room for the free agent, Danny Ainge swooped in to lend a hand in becoming the third team involved to take on an expiring contract, and a draft pick Wednesday morning. The move not only allowed the Celtics’ president to use the $10.3 million trade exception from the Pierce and Garnett blockbuster last summer, but it also meant no members of the current roster were needed to complete the deal.  

According to ESPN the Celtics have acquired center Tyler Zeller and a 2016 first round pick from the Cavaliers, while also receiving guard Marcus Thornton from the Nets. The trade, which was officially announced today brings in a legit seven-footer, a first round draft pick, which is top 10 protected in 16’, 17’ and 18’ (but unprotected in 2019), and the expiring contract of Thornton at $8.5 million. The C’s only had to give up a future second-round pick that could eventually be lost since it is heavily protected for the next few years.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Avery Bradley agrees to 4-year deal

Restricted free agent guard; Avery Bradley is staying in Boston. Bradley has agreed to a four-year/ $32 million contract, according to Boston Globe's Baxter Homes.

Boston wasted no time in signing Bradley. After having extended a qualifying offer of $3,581,302, Bradley agreed to a deal that will pay him in the low $7 million range and rise to nearly $9 million by the 2017-18 season, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.