Report: Celtics likely to open season versus 76ers

The Boston Celtics were underdogs upon entering the 2018 playoffs despite holding the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics were bogged down with injuries and it even seemed like some teams were trying to fall into the No. 7 spot to match up with them, expecting they could pull the upset with Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, and Daniel Theis out. Instead, Boston shocked just about everyone. They battled with the Milwaukee Bucks, eventually taking them out in seven games to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What is going on with Marcus Smart?

The Boston Celtics have had a pretty mundane offseason so far. They stayed pat at No. 27 in the NBA Draft and came away with Robert Williams. The Celtics have also re-signed Aron Baynes to a multi-year deal and extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Marcus Smart. Boston's roster is all but finalized for the 2018-19 season and they're essentially just waiting on Smart. Keith Smith reported earlier this week that the Celtics and Smart had some positive talks on a new deal but that neither side was in a big rush

Report: Jaylen Brown NOT included in Kawhi Leonard talks

The Boston Celtics have the luxury of patience after spending the years since Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Brooklyn Nets retooling themselves into a championship contender. Boston has three all-stars on their roster in Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford. They've also got two blooming young prospects that look like they could grow into potential stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The bench is stacked with quality role players who now have the experience to contribute at the NBA level. And the treasure cove is stacked with a ton of tantalizing options in future drafts.

Boston makes easiest move of offseason in bringing back Daniel Theis

The Boston Celtics haven't dealt with much drama during the 2018 offseason, especially after they replaced 11 players a year ago. Sure, rookie Robert Williams missed the first practice of summer league and suffered an injury after just six minutes of floor time, but it's been relatively quiet outside of that. Boston re-signed Aron Baynes and seem like their inching closer to doing the same with RFA Marcus Smart. But the easiest move that the Celtics are going to make all offseason is one that happened earlier this week.

Jaylen Brown wanted to play in summer league, Brad Stevens declined

Jaylen Brown might be the hardest working player on the Boston Celtics. He's already considerably altered his career-arc through just two years in the NBA. Coming out of California, Brown was labeled as an athletic slasher who may never develop a consistent jumper. Now, he's turned himself into an elite defender while also improving his deep ball. Brown took 102 three-pointers during his lone season at Cal and made just 29.4% of them. He took 306 treys during his second season in the league while knocking down 39.5% of them. The labors of the grind have truly paid off for the athletic wing thus far in his career.

Celtics guarantee improving Semi Ojeleye for 2018

The Boston Celtics have made a lot of no-brainer moves this offseason. Earlier this week they got to make another when Semi Ojeleye's contract was up for guarantee. This was an easy decision for the Celtics because Ojeleye can provide so much for so little. He's an excellent defender who Boston used to stall Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ben Simmons in the postseason. And though he averaged just 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds on .346/.320/.610 shooting percentages, Ojeleye could improve his shooting considerably over the course of his contract.

Is Jabari Bird too expensive for Boston to retain?

The Boston Celtics roster is basically all but set for the 2018-19 season. The Celtics have 15 players under contract (not including two-way deals) following Marcus Smart's re-signing earlier today. However, Abdel Nader is guaranteed just 450K if he is waived on or before August 1. That could bode well for Boston if they want another player to bolster their bench. And they just might. Second-year guard Jabari Bird was arguably the most impressive Celtic on the floor during the Las Vegas summer

Brad Stevens was robbed for Coach Of The Year

The Boston Celtics were represented quite well at the NBA Awards. Hall of Famer Bill Walton, Aron Baynes, and Jayson Tatum made up the bulk of the Celtics table. Tatum, Brad Stevens, and Kyrie Irving were each nominated for awards. Irving won handle of the year, Tatum lost ROTY to Ben Simmons (who he outplayed in the conference semis), but the worst of all was Stevens. The mastermind who's improved the Celtics record every year, who lost 11 players from last season and guided them back to the conference finals despite losing their top two players prior to the playoffs even beginning lost the Coach Of The Year award to Dwane Casey. Yeah, the same one who was fired after being swept by Cleveland. Blasphemy.

Celtics intend to re-sign Aron Baynes

The Boston Celtics stood pat on draft night and they were rewarded immensely for their patience after Robert Williams fell all the way to No. 27. The former Texas A&M center was projected to be selected from anywhere in the late lottery to the middle of the first round However, there were some concerns about his work ethic and conditioning during the pre-draft process. Those concerns, coupled with questions about his knee, resulted in Williams slide during the draft.

Danny Ainge does it again: Boston's 2019 draft situation

It's hard to argue that the Boston Celtics are primed for one of the more successful futures in the NBA. They've got a starting lineup filled with stars, Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford. And they're more than capable off the bench with talents like Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart (pending re-sign), Marcus Morris, Semi Ojeleye, Guerschon Yabusele, Robert Williams, and Daniel Theis, among others. However, the future could blossom into something even brighter with the assets inside GM Danny Ainge's treasure chest.

Why the Celtics should acquire a second-round pick

The Boston Celtics currently hold just one selection (No. 27) in the 2018 NBA Draft. That's the fewest picks the Celtics have had in a draft in recent memory. Last year they had four draft picks, in 2016 they had a whopping eight picks, and in 2015 they also had four. In fact, it's been half a decade since Boston held just one selection in the 2013 draft. That puts GM Danny Ainge in quite a precarious situation. Restricted free agent guard Marcus Smart could potentially receive an offer that Boston simply can't match. Kyrie Irving and Al Horford can opt out of the final year of their respective deals in 2019.

Report: Celtics interested in Euro star Brad Wanamaker

We're two days away from the 2018 NBA Draft and rumors from around the league are at an all-time high on the cusp of one of the biggest free agency periods in recent history. The Boston Celtics have continually been linked to players such as LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. We're inching closer and closer to seeing if those whispers will come to fruition. Boston is stacked at the wing position with developing stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Head coach Brad Stevens also hinted that he expects Gordon Hayward to be fully recovered and playing pickup by August. Barring a trade, the Celtics have Marcus Morris and Semi Ojeleye under contract as well for 2018-19.

Did the Celtics make the right decision to trade Avery Bradley?

The Boston Celtics pulled off a shocking move early on July 7. The Celtics made the tough decision to part ways with longtime Celtic Avery Bradley as they shipped him off to Detroit. In return, Boston received forward Marcus Morris. The trade allowed Boston to open up the necessary cap room to sign Gordon Hayward to a maximum contract while also allowing them to sign stashed forward Guerchon Yabusele. Bradley had played in Boston since the Celtics selected him with the no. 19 pick in the 2010 d

Boston Celtics 2017 NBA Summer League Preview

The Boston Celtics begin summer league play tonight in Utah. They’ll take on Markelle Fultz and the Philadelphia 76ers to begin their Utah Summer League tilt. The Celtics will participate in the Utah Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer League for the second consecutive season. The Las Vegas Summer League playoffs will begin on July 12. Coincidentally, I wrote about Brown’s debut this time last year before he made Celtics fans fall in love with his game as a rookie. Brown showed off raw athl

How Does Jayson Tatum fit in with the Boston Celtics?

The Boston Celtics made the most shocking deal of the 2017 NBA Draft when they traded down from the No. 1 selection. The Celtics elected to trade the top pick for the No. 3 pick and a conditional first-round selection in 2018 or 2019 from the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston will get the Lakers pick in 2018 if it falls between 2-5 or they will get the Sacramento King’s pick in 2019 as long as it isn’t No. 1. Boston moved down after reports surfaced that Markelle Fultz didn’t exactly impress them when

It's a great time to be a Boston Celtics fan

The Boston Celtics may be in the most ridiculous position of any team in NBA history. The Celtics are the youngest No. 1 seed ever with an average age of 26. They defeated Washington in a thrilling game seven on Monday to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. And, they landed the number one pick in the 2017 NBA Draft via Brooklyn during the NBA’s Draft Lottery. Back in 2013, the Celtics made an extremely tough decision to package Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, D

The Celtics need to find their offense amidst runs in game five

The Boston Celtics fell 121-102 in Washington to lose their second straight game. Their second-round playoff series with the Wizards is now evened up at two games apiece. Looking back on it, Boston might call themselves fortunate to be locked in a tie with Washington. Despite winning the first two games of the series at home, the Celtics have shown more bad than good. They’ve yet to lead after the first half in each of the first four games. Boston trailed after the first 24 minutes in games one

Celtics mental toughness on display after series opening win against Washington

The Boston Celtics have traveled quite the tumultuous path this past week. Last Sunday, they handled the Bulls in Chicago to tie up their first-round series at two apiece after dropping the first two games in Boston. The Celtics would go on to dismantle the Bulls in the fourth quarter of game five to win by 11. In game six, Boston took a 13 point lead into halftime before dispatching Chicago by a score of 51-42 in the second half. All in all, the Celtics would win 105-83 to clinch their first p
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