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Draft Lottery Reform Does Not Pass; Boston Celtics Voted In Favor

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At today’s Board of Governors meeting, owners voted down NBA draft lottery reform. Proponents of changing the system to discourage losing as much as possible got just 17 votes — more than half, but not enough to meet the required 23 necessary to make the switch midseason.

This was a shocker.

Yesterday, both Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe — arguably the two most reliable reporters in the game at the moment — both had sources telling them that the lottery reform was a done deal. The only teams who were allegedly supporting the current system weren’t much of a surprise: Philadelphia and Oklahoma City. Philadelphia, of course, wants to keep its draft lottery odds in the short term as high as possible. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, has had a ton of success tanking and is potentially looking ahead to a future without Kevin Durant.

Everyone else, it seemed, was fed up with Philadelphia’s crap. Apparently, though, they weren’t fed up enough to make such a quick decision on the change. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celtics Rank 24th in NBA League Pass Rankings

1200_brad_stevens-9971Get excited boys and girls…the Celtics rank 24th in NBA League Pass rankings! That’s the “honor” old friend and CelticsHub alumnus Zach Lowe joined forces with Bill Simmons on Tuesday to hand to Boston as they released Part I of their annual League Pass column on Grantland where they decipher the most enjoyable teams to watch on a regular basis throughout the season. Seeing as both are very informed Celtic observers, the back-and-forth on Boston is certainly worth our attention. Here’s the exchange:

Simmons: Our most shocking League Pass Rankings moment other than us nearly getting into an online fistfight about Charlotte — you gave the Celts more League Pass points than I did! I gave them 21, you gave them 23. I lost some major homer cred here.

Lowe: This is called “Bill comes to his senses.” You rated Boston above the Spurs last year.

Simmons: You promised me you’d never bring that up again.

Lowe: Honestly, it was hard to forgive you. But, hey, Boston looks kind of feisty in the preseason, with all the perimeter defense, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk gunning 3s, and some other fun things! Add Rondo, a great court, and the right dose of Tommy Heinsohn, and they could be watchable, right? Read the rest of this entry »

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Celtics Waive Tim Frazier, Christian Watford, Erik Murphy and Rodney McGruder

The Celtics locker room just got a little bit less crowded ahead of the team’s opener next week. Brad Stevens told reporters today in Waltham that the team will let go Tim Frazier, Christian Watford, Erik Murphy and Rodney McGruder.

Frazier might actually be sticking around for an extra day to play some minutes since Stevens plans on holding back the starters from a full night of work against Brooklyn.

“We’re going to keep Tim through tomorrow night,” Stevens explained, “And he knows that, because of potential minutes tomorrow night. But all four of those guys will be waived and they’ve been great. I wish I didn’t have to waive them, they’ve been great teammates, they’ve put in extra work, they’ve come back in small groups and worked. But a couple of them had made mention that they’ve gotten better and that makes me feel good. They were all real professionals about it. I will root for them for sure.”

That brings the Celtics roster down to 16 players. With Will Bynum likely to be the odd man out in an upcoming trade this week, rookie Dwight Powell’s roster spot appears to be safe for the time being.

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Brad Stevens Says Rajon Rondo Could Return For Opening Night

We’ve pretty well established here on Celtics Hub that our hopes are not high for Boston being a playoff team in 2014-15, but as fans and writers, we are still going to have to suffer through 82 games, no matter how many are wins and losses.

For those of you who, like me, plan to watch every minute of the Celtics season, the news out of practice today was fantastic: Rajon Rondo is progressing well and might even be ready to go on opening night.

Here’s CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely:

There’s a legitimate possibility that the four-time All-Star will be healed in time to play in the Celtics’ season opener against Brooklyn on Oct. 29.

Rondo recently had additional tests taken on his hand, with the results showing the broken bone was continuing to heal properly.

“He won’t do any contact before the end of the week, but there’s a chance he could be cleared to do some stuff by the end of the week,” said coach Brad Stevens.

This would be awesome. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three (Abbreviated) Things We Liked/Disliked from Boston’s 95-90 Preseason Win Over Brooklyn

In honor of the 44-minute game experiment Boston and Brooklyn participated in on Sunday, this recap has been adjusted accordingly.

Three Things We Liked

1. Jared Sullinger was DESTRUCTIVE around the.

We know that if Sully can knock down 3-pointers this season, opposing defenses will struggle to guard. If he can continue to mix in his penchant for offensive rebounds with long-range shooting, he’ll be deadly both in the paint and behind the 3-point. That kind of versatility will be.

2. Can Brandon Bass hit corner?

Okay, so the sample size (one 3-pointer with the clock winding down) is limited, to say the. But at media day, Bass said he worked on corner 3-pointers over the summer, and if he can knock them down with any kind of consistency, a contender would really benefit from acquiring. Nobody is going to offer up a first-round pick, but perhaps the Celtics could wrangle something else of value while simultaneously giving Bass a chance to succeed on a better. Read the rest of this entry »

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Takeaways From A 44 Minute Win for the Celtics

Jared-Sullinger-600x354[1]I had a great plan to title this post “44 minutes of Hell” based upon the name of Nolan Richardson’s vaunted full-court press, which doubles as the name my intramural basketball team with fellow contributor Brendan Jackson. However the Celtics had to ruin that bulletproof plan by coming back from a 17-point second half deficit Sunday after night and taking home a 95-90 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Beyond that mild personal disappointment, there was plenty to like in this affair from a Celtics standpoint after an ugly first half where the visitors failed to show up on the offensive end. From that point, a combination of Jared Sullinger (21 points, 19 rebounds), Marcus Smart (impressive defense and some outside shooting off the bench), and Brandon Bass (hello, corner three-pointer) help the Celtics put together their second straight preseason win.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Report: Boston Celtics “Likely” To Waive Will Bynum

Update: Steve Bulpett says Bynum is the odd man out, but that the Celtics will explore a couple of options in an effort to keep him.

The Celtics were never likely to keep Will Bynum, given their massive logjam at the guard positions. Even if they waived Phil Pressey (which would have cost less money in the short term) to keep him, Bynum was going to be gone sooner or later.

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe is reporting that Bynum is likely to be gone sooner.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and guard Will Bynum are expected to meet on Saturday, according to two NBA sources, and the team is likely to waive Bynum, who was acquired Friday from the Detroit Pistons.

Bynum, 31, is in Boston and will take his physical before he and his representatives meet with Ainge. NBA sources said the Celtics are content with their point guard lineup of Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart, and Phil Pressey, leaving Bynum out of the equation.

No surprises here. The Celtics got themselves more comfortably under the tax with the deal that sent Joel Anthony to Detroit, but Bynum has absolutely no practical use for the Celtics. He’s certainly not going to earn a new contract sitting on the bench for the Celtics, so for both parties, it makes a lot of sense for this waiver to happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celtics on Verge of Trading Joel Anthony for Pistons Guard Will Bynum

The end of the Joel Anthony era in Boston is upon us.

The Celtics will be clearing out some of their frontcourt logjam (and adding to their backcourt one) in a pending trade. Our buddy Chris Forsberg over at ESPNBoston.comhas the full scoop:

The Boston Celtics are working to finalize a trade that will send center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for Will Bynum, according to a league source.

The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind. The Celtics have 16 fully guaranteed contracts on their books and must trim that down to 15 before the start of the regular season. Swapping Anthony, who is set to make $3.8 million this season, for Bynum, who will earn $2.9 million, will save the team $900,000.

We will have more on this one in the coming hours, but right now it’s safe to say Bynum’s stay in Boston may be a brief one, unless the Celtics have another move or two lined up. With 16 guaranteed contracts still in play right now, it’s safe to say we will see a trade or two before the regular season begins on October 30th.

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Three Things We Liked/Disliked From Boston’s Grossest Preseason Game Yet

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The good news: Just four more games against the 76ers to go! The bad news: None of them have 11-minute quarters. What. A. Waste.

Three Things We Liked

1. THE 3-POINTERS! ALL OF THE 3-POINTERS!!

Earlier today, I wrote that this team might drive me nuts if they weren’t better at shooting from behind the arc. Tonight, the Celtics came out firing, hitting 15-for-37 from deep and looking confident. Jared Sullinger looked great, finishing 4-for-6 from downtown. Sullinger is now 10-for-21 in the preseason, which is obviously way, WAY more than acceptable.

2. Avery Bradley: One point per minute scorer?

Bradley finished with 20 points in 21 minutes. He knocked down a couple of early 3-pointers and seemed to get in a great rhythm, even knocking down a pretty step-back trey. Is Bradley en route to becoming an elite long-range shooter? Let’s overreact. Discuss.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Bill Simmons: Rondo’s Prime Years Would Be “A Waste” in Boston

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In past episodes of the BS Report, Bill Simmons has made it abundantly clear that when he talks to Jalen Rose about the NBA, they are speculating, not reporting. This is not a sourced report, but just a pair of NBA people talking hoops.

Still, when probably the highest-profile Celtics fan in the world declares that Boston’s best player should be traded, it’s bound to raise some eyebrows.

For those of you who don’t have 15 minutes (or for those of you who are at work and don’t have headphones), here’s the relevant quote:

“I love Rondo. I want him to be on a good team. I don’t want him to be on a rebuilding team…He was a good Celtic. I think he has some prime years left, and I think it would be a waste to do them in Boston. I hope they trade him.” Read the rest of this entry »

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