The Celtics completed a deal with Washington on Saturday, re-signing unrestricted free agent power forward Kris Humphries to a three-year, $13 million contract and subsequently trading him to the Wizards in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Humphries was quite solid last year for the Celtics, who acquired him from Brooklyn in the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade, averaging 8.4 points on 50.1% field goal shooting and 5.9 rebounds in 69 games, 30 of them as a starter. He will now play with Pierce in Washington.
Boston also received the Wizards’ trade exception in the deal. The Celtics used the exception they got as part of the Nets’ package last year in the three-team trade that brought Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller to Boston earlier this month. While the Wizards are coming off a trip to the second round of the playoffs and are looking like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference for the 2014-15 season, Danny Ainge and the Celtics seem content to take the rebuilding process slowly, although the possibilities of trading for Minnesota PF Kevin Love or dealing point guard Rajon Rondo to Houston are still reportedly on the table. Continue reading Celtics Send Humphries to Wizards in Sign-and-Trade, Retain Pressey »
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NBA legend Bill Russell, widely considered as one of the 2 or 3 best centers in league history, was hospitalized Thursday after feeling faint while giving a speech in Nevada.
The 80-year-old Russell was taken away from the event on a stretcher and taken to the hospital as a precaution. Continue reading Celtics Legend Bill Russell Hospitalized »
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The 2014 NBA free agency period should be a very busy time for the Boston Celtics, with many questions looming. Questions such as: who are the C’s going to re-sign? Who are the C’s going to let go? Who are the C’s going to trade or acquire? The first one of these questions they answered was the one about Avery Bradley’s future. According to reports, the guard has agreed to a four-year extension worth $32 million. The deal has not been made official yet, but is expected to become official any day now.
Bradley is not even 24 years old, and he is already considered one of the premier on-the-ball defenders in the NBA. Many of the league’s best players now are coming from the shooting guard position, and that is the position Bradley defends night in and night out. His ability to take out the opposing team’s best offensive player is a unique skill that only a few NBA players possess, including former Celtic Tony Allen and 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. Continue reading Celtics Re-Sign Avery Bradley »
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If Celtics fans weren’t used to seeing Paul Pierce in a Nets jersey last season, this year isn’t going to get any easier. In the latest domino to fall since LeBron James decided to return to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, the former Celtic Pierce has decided to join the Washington Wizards, according to an ESPN report.
The contract is reportedly for two years and $11 million, with the second year being a player option that would allow Pierce to re-enter free agency next summer if he so chooses.
Continue reading Former Celtic Paul Pierce Signs With…the Wizards? »
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The Orlando Summer League came to an end on Friday, with the 76ers taking the top honors on Championship Day, while the Celtics lost to the Indiana Pacers and finished with a 3-2 record. For the second straight year, Kelly Olynyk was Boston’s best player, although most of the focus was naturally on the sixth pick in the Draft, guard Marcus Smart, who struggled early but eventually settled down and put up respectable numbers.
Olynyk, who played in four of the Celtics’ five games, ranked fifth in the League with 17.5 points per game and eighth with 7.3 rebounds. He also played 32.5 minutes on average, second only to Sergey Karasev, who was acquired by the Nets in Thursday’s three-team deal with Boston and Cleveland and played just one game. Not surprisingly, none of the eight top scorers was a 2014 Draft pick, as Olynyk and his fellow “veterans” showed off their experience in dominating their younger competition. Continue reading Olynyk Shines, Smart Shows Flashes at Orlando Summer League »
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On Thursday the Celtics completed a three-team trade with Brooklyn and Cleveland that is expected to have much larger implications in free agency and the rest of the offseason. In the deal, Boston received shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the Nets and center Tyler Zeller, along with a future first-round draft pick, from the Cavaliers, while giving up only a future conditional second-rounder to Cleveland.
Thornton, who like current Celtics power forward Brandon Bass was the SEC Player of the Year at LSU, was a second-round pick in 2009 and was named to the All-Rookie second team with New Orleans. The Nets acquired him from Sacramento at last season’s trade deadline, and he averaged 12.3 points in 26 regular-season games for Brooklyn, but his playing time dipped considerably in the playoffs. Continue reading Celtics Acquire Thornton, Zeller, Now Expected to Pursue Love »
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The Celtics on Tuesday announced their roster for the Orlando Summer League, which will take place on July 5-11 at the Magic’s Amway Center with 10 teams participating. The Celtics have traditionally taken part in this event rather than in the 24-team NBA Summer League, which will tip off July 11 in Las Vegas. Teams are made up of players with no more than three years of NBA experience, plus roster invitees.
This year’s edition will feature the Celtics debuts of their two recent draftees, point guard Marcus Smart and shooting guard James Young, who will get their first action together with four of their Boston teammates: last year’s first-round pick, center Kelly Olynyk; undrafted rookie PG Phil Pressey; and SG Chris Babb and small forward Chris Johnson, who joined the C’s mid-season on 10-day contracts before receiving extensions. Continue reading Celtics Set Roster for Orlando Summer League »
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