No more handshake agreements, cap maneuverings, or wink-wink endorsements of players they can’t technically talk about; the Celtics officially announced all of their summer work today in a short-but-sweet press conference.
Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko were present to show off their shiny new contracts, while Amir Johnson, David Lee, and Perry Jones finally revealed their new uniforms and talked about various topics, including details of their recruitment and what they hoped to bring to the team this year. Johnson will wear 90 while in green (another defensive lineman!), while Lee grabbed 42 and Jones elected for 38.
Danny Ainge and Wyc Grousbeck were also in attendance today to give their blessings. Brad Stevens was away in Africa on a coaching trip for the NBA.
Many Celtics fans have been somewhat underwhelmed by a “firework” free offseason thus far, but a new projection from Sports Illustrated is probably making some of those fans think twice about the team’s offseason improvements.
The projection used win shares and it predicts Boston’s second-half turnaround will continue for the majority of the 2015-16 season, with Boston piling up 47(!) wins to move into the fifth spot in the East. Here’s the snippet on the Cs:
The rebuilding job at the Garden continues to zoom along without a hitch. The Celtics will be a ton of fun to watch in 2015-16, and should expect to improve on their playoff seeding from last season.
Acquiring Lee gives Boston some much-needed scoring down low, as well as a respected, team-first veteran with championship experience. And it’s somewhat of a miracle that Danny Ainge was able to convince Johnson to sign for two years and $24 million after the power forward had earned himself a more ludicrous deal in Toronto. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer league is drawing to a close, bringing with it a number of interesting storylines for the Boston Celtics and the newest crop of rookies. Meanwhile, James Young is scheduled to work out with a certain super-star, and Paul Pierce is a little too happy in LA. We have a lot to discuss; lets get started.
Summer League for the Boston Celtics is over despite Terry Rozier’s best efforts to be a hero in the final minutes of the Celtics’ quarterfinal against the San Antonio Spurs. Now that we’ve taken everything in and developed #hot #takes on each of the Celtics’ prospects, let’s take a look back. Here are 10 things — some important, and some simply information you learn hanging around the team for eight consecutive days — we learned from the Boston Celtics Summer League.
1. It’s probably best to reserve judgment about the Terry Rozier pick.
At this point, we don’t know what Terry Rozier is going to be, and that goes both ways. Rozier could still be a bust. He isn’t a great shooter, and he was more of a two-guard than a point in college. There are a lot of excellent lead guards in the NBA, and with players like Bobby Portis and Justin Anderson on the board, both of whom showed out in Las Vegas, it’s worth wondering whether Ainge’s reach on Rozier was a moment of sheer panic that could come back to bite the Celtics.
Still, there are things to like about Rozier. The “burst” Brad Stevens and the rest of Boston’s front office keep trying to sell is real, and it gets him where he wants to be on the court. His vision and his feel for the game are both higher than pre-draft evaluations placed them, and as his shot develops, he has the potential to become a solid scorer. As a defender, he’s already learning how to be a pest in the passing lanes and on ball-handlers, which is encouraging.
There’s still no guarantee Rozier will pan out, and if he doesn’t, Ainge will be rightly questioned for selecting a player few projected so high. But while Rozier wasn’t 100 percent consistent in his Summer League debut, he showed flashes — and in Summer League, flashes are enough to postpone judgment about the wisdom of the his selection.
Thursday night Celtics point guard Marcus Smart fell to the floor in pain with an apparent injury to his right hand during a Summer League game against Portland. Smart was visibly shaken up by the play, and even as team doctor Ed Lacerte tended to him on the team bench. It was a pretty brutal scene.
A few minutes after the initial injury, the team’s official twitter account issued the following:
The following is a guest post written by Jeremy Gottlieb
Do you like Marcus Smart?
I do. He’s a solid, young player who looks like he has the tools to become a potential All-Star. If you’ve been paying attention to the Celtics’ Summer League exploits in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, you know that Smart is being portrayed as the Celts’ next captain, a leader in the making who routinely awes all observers, from teammates to fans to reporters.
Smart’s development these past couple of weeks – which should be taken with a grain of salt because, of course, Summer League – presents the Celtics with something of a dilemma, albeit an interesting one.
The move came on decision day for the Celtics — if they didn’t waive Pressey today, his contract became fully guaranteed for the upcoming season.
Pressey’s time in Boston appeared limited as soon as the Celtics selected Terry Rozier with the No. 16 pick — and, to a lesser extent, Marcus Thornton in the second round. Pressey impressed with his speed, handle and passing ability, but his lack of size and a consistent shot made him a difficult fit with the team going forward. With entirely too many players under contract for next season, the Celtics had few options for the tiny point guard. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday afternoon, the Boston Celtics announced a minor trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, acquiring Perry Jones III, a 2019 second-round draft pick via Detroit, and cash in exchange for a protected future second-round pick.
Just when we think the rumor mill might be finally coming to a halt, a Danilo Gallinari trade possibility comes along to give it another kickstart. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported earlier today that the Celtics and Nuggets have had discussions centering on Danilo Gallinari. Via Bulpett:
Celts/Denver discussed Gallinari deal, but nothing doing as of now. Some conflicting talk from sources, but may want to keep an eye on this.
- These discussion apparently took place before the draft, and they didn’t really get much past the “Hey, what if…” stage. Since then, David Lee was acquired, the draft didn’t go as planned, and Summer League has shown us some major good (Jordan Mickey) and not-so-good (James Young). This is all to say a lot has changed – who knows if either team’s interest in making a deal has changed or stayed the same. Read the rest of this entry »
New Celtics addition Amir Johnson held court with the media for the first time as a Celtic on Saturday evening in the midst of the Boston summer league game. Here’s a few of the highlights from the Q-and-A session, including details on Johnson’s free agency period, what he expects in Boston, and how he fits into the team’s plans.
What did you see in Boston? I love the way they approached me during free agent time. Nine o’clock pacific time, Boston was the first one to call. Danny Ainge called me first then coach Stevens. They approached me well. They respect the type of player I am. And they gave me a number and it was a no-brainer from there.
What was the Celtics message to you? They like the way I play. And the way I fit into their system, the way the offense is run. I just love the way they approached me. They knew what kind of player I was. They respect my game. Just a no-brainer. Read the rest of this entry »