Monday, July 20, 2015

Marcus Smart's injured right fingers expected to heel soon
Celtics guard Marcus Smart dislocated his right index and middle fingers last week but could be back in action by mid-August, according to a league source.

According to CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely, mid-August is the latest Smart can resume all basketball-related activities. Smart dislocated both fingers against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Las Vegas summer league after he dove for a loose ball.

Celtics make Jordan Mickey the richest rookie second-round pick in NBA history

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The Celtics have signed second-round pick Jordan Mickey to a four-year, $5 million deal, according to the Boston Globe.

According to league sources, only the first two years of the deal are guaranteed. The last two years of the contract are team options.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Spurs buzzer-beater knocks off Celtics in Summer League Quarterfinals, 95-93

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After a dramatic Celtics fourth quarter comeback, the Spurs only needed 2.5 seconds to hit a game-winning jumper to advance to the NBA Summer League semifinals.

Terry Rozier's dramatic off the dribble fade-away three pointer tied the game for the Celtics, capping off a 9-2 Celtics run but left just enough time for Spurs guard Shannon Scott to hit a one-handed game winning floater at the buzzer.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Celtics acquire Perry Jones from Oklahoma City

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According to Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, the Celtics have landed forward Perry Jones from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rondo believes the 'sky's the limit' in Sacramento

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Fresh off his trip to Las Vegas where he met up with some of his new teammates and coach during an NBA Summer League game, Rajon Rondo is ready to begin the next chapter of his life and professional career.

The former Celtics captain, who was met by a cluster of media on Monday afternoon made one thing very clear when asked about the Sacramento Kings and their potential heading into this upcoming season.

"Sky's the limit," Rondo said without hesitation. [ESPN]

Report: Celtics Trade talks for Danilo Gallinari with Denver could be 'revived'

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The Celtics are looking to add a perimeter shooter at the small forward position, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald; the C's are interested in 6-foot-10 forward Danilo Gallinari.

Bulpett reported earlier this week that discussions between the Celtics and the Nuggets have ended but 'could be revived.'

Phil Pressey's tenure with Celtics may be over

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As the Celtics head towards the end of their Summer League play, they will need to decide by the end of today if they're going to keep guard Phil Pressey's contract for next season or let him go.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summer League Game 4: Celtics open up Las Vegas Schedule with a Win, beat Blazers, 85-76

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The Celtics kicked off their Las Vegas Summer League schedule on a high note, beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 85-76.

Marcus Smart continues to dominate offensively for the Celtics this summer. Smart was sinking in three-pointers early on, he went 4-for-4 for 12 points in the first quarter and finished the game with 19. Jordan Mickey, who started the game at power forward, put together his first double-double of the summer. Mickey scored 15 points, snagged 10 rebounds and had 3 blocks.

Friday, July 10, 2015

DeAndre Jordan - Dallas Mavs fallout could pay dividends for the C's

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DeAndre Jordan's decision to stay in Los Angeles after committing to the Dallas Mavericks could help the Celtics in the near future.

The Celtics own Dallas' first-round pick in the 2016 draft, a pick that was sent to the Celtics as a part of the Rajon Rondo swap, could become a valuable pick depending on where Dallas finishes next season in the Western Conference standings.

Summer League Game 3: Smart, Rozier & Hunter lead comeback against Spurs, Celtics win 85-71

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The Celtics back court shot their way out of an 11-point first half deficit in the second half to beat the Spurs, 85-71.

After going scoreless in the first 12 minutes, Marcus Smart got it going early by scoring 15 points in the second quarter. Smart finished with 22 points and shot 4-for-6 from three. Rookie Terry Rozier came off the bench and chipped in 9 of his 14 points in the second half, and dished out 7 assists.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer League Game 2: James Young struggles, Sixers knock off C's, 76-62

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In the second game of their summer league schedule at Utah, the C's gave their starting point guard Marcus Smart the night off to take a closer look at the rest of their young roster.

Three of the Celtics' four draft picks were in the starting lineup alongside undrafted power forward from Texas Jonathan Holmes, and last season's first round pick James Young. The Celtics' 2015 first round draft pick Terry Rozier, who made the majority of his points from the charity stripe, continued to show his explosiveness and ability to get to the hoop. Rozier scored 14 points but was just 4-for-11 from the field.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BREAKING: Celtics acquire Warriors forward David Lee

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According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Celtics have agreed to trade forward Gerald Wallace to the Golden State Warriors for forward David Lee.

Jazz top Celtics in Summer League debut, 100-82

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The Celtics lost their Summer League opener last night to the Utah Jazz, 100-82. But Monday's night game gave us a first look at this year's draft picks, and another glance at second-year guard/forward James Young, who hopes to make an impact for the Celtics next season.

Celtics second-year guard Marcus Smart led the way for Boston by doing a little bit of everything against the Utah Jazz last night. Smart scored 26 points, had 8 assists and 3 rebounds. His tenacious defense led to 2 steals, and Marcus was playing with the same intensity we saw back in April against Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs. Diving for loose balls, hustling up the floor, and taking the ball to the hoop, Smart hasn't lost a step and will be using Summer League play as a chance to improve his game.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Celtics' History of Signing Free-Agents

After what seemed like the busiest first day of NBA free-agency on Wednesday, when we saw the likes of Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Kevin Love and even Paul Millsap agree to deals, the Celtics made their first move of the offseason (ready for this one?) by inking 10-year veteran Amir Johnson to a two-year contract, worth $24 million...(phewww what a relief).

Celtics re-sign Jae Crowder to 5-year deal

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According to Shams Charania of RealGM, Celtics have re-signed forward Jae Crowder to a five-year, $35 million deal.

Crowder, who was dealt to Boston as a part of the Rajon Rondo trade to Dallas, emerged as one of the Celtics' best wing defenders last season and became a fan favorite in Boston. Known for his hard work and tenacity, re-signing Crowder was a no-brainer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Amir Johnson agrees to 2-year deal with Celtics

Free agent forward Amir Johnson has agreed to a 2-year, $24 million deal with the Celtics. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Johnson has already signed the contract, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports. 

Johnson averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds for Toronto last season. His Raptors 5-year deal expired this summer, they've decided to move on next season without the 10-year veteran. Although Johnson has played 10 seasons in the NBA, he's only 28 years-old.

On to Free Agency: C's will most likely sign second-tier FAs

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After an underwhelming draft, the Celtics head into free agency hoping to sign any player who can improve their roster.

Historically, the Celtics have never been able to sign marquee free agents. But Danny Ainge, Celtics president of basketball operations, is looking to sign players who can make the Celtics a better team next season, even if those players are not all-star caliber guys.