Will Bynum (Turner.com)

The Celtics may not win many games in 2014—15, but when it comes to getting rid of dead money, nobody in the NBA does it better than Boston general manager Danny Ainge. On Friday, the Celtics shipped little-used veteran center Joel Anthony and his $3.8 million salary to Detroit in exchange for point guard Will Bynum, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Anthony came to Boston from Miami in January as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Warriors. The two-time NBA champion played in just 21 games for the Celtics, averaging a point and 1.5 rebounds, but he was able to exercise a player option to extend his contract for one more year. Anthony was reportedly unhappy about his lack of playing time, and will now compete for a rotation spot behind Andre Drummond in the Motor City. Continue reading Danny Ainge Strikes Again with Will Bynum Trade »

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For Sunday's preseason game between the Celtics and Nets, the game clock will read 11:00 at the start of each quarter for an experimental 44 minute game. (Queen City Hoops)

There’s a Neil Young song called “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” and another titled “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).”

This is what this experimental 44 minute preseason game between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets feels like: an NBA decree completely out of the blue as the Celtics venture into both the Jay-Z inspired black of the Barclays Center and the complete unknown that is the 11 minute quarter.

Continue reading Celtics, Nets to Play Experimental 44 Minute Game in NBA Preseason »

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While the majority of us New Englanders have primarily devoted our attention to the roller coaster ride that are the Patriots’ and Bruins’ seasons, some of us, including myself, have been watching Brad Stevens’s young Celtics team enjoy a somewhat enjoyable preseason. While these games essentially have no consequence, they do offer us a peek into the Celtics’ future and their young players. Perhaps the most intriguing member of the young core is the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, Marcus Smart.

When the Celtics drafted the point guard out of Oklahoma State with their highest draft pick since 2007, it seemed to be a clear sign that a Rajon Rondo trade was inevitable before the season began. Now in mid-October, as we edge closer to the start of the season, it appears to be less and less likely that Rondo will be traded before opening night on October 29th. Smart, then, will spend much of his rookie year coming off the bench. Continue reading What Can We Expect from Marcus Smart This Season? »

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Marcus Smart made his debut for the Celtics last night with 6 assists

A Celtics team without Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo would typically get blown out by 20, and not blow out another team by 20. On Monday night the Celtics did in fact win by 20 points, in a game where their starting five had a combined 10 years of NBA experience.  The Celtics were trailing at the half, and by the end of the third period manifested themselves into a fast-paced, offensively formidable yet defensively-capable squad squared against an unsuspecting away team.

Luckily for the Celtics, that team was the unapologetically-tanking Philadelphia 76ers, who were also without perhaps their two best players, Michael Carter-Williams and the third overall pick in this year’s draft, Joel Embiid. Additionally, their best healthy player, Nerlens Noel, has not played a regular season NBA game yet, seeing as he was sidelined for the entire last season with an ACL tear. To provide some perspective into just how pedestrian this Philly squad is, their two leading scorers were Tony Wroten and Hollis Thompson. Continue reading Celtics Show Up in Second Half in First Preseason Game: Player Report Cards »

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Evan Tuner looks to create a shot

As we learned last week, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo injured his hand allegedly falling in his shower, leaving him injured for up to 10 weeks, meaning he’ll miss the first few games of the 2014—15 season and the Celtics will now have to find another starter to begin the season. Boston has grown accustomed to finding players to fill in for Rondo, considering the Celtics have been short on point guard depth since his ACL injury on January 27, 2013.

After that injury, Doc Rivers assigned Avery Bradley to PG duties. In reality, it was more of a platoon among the entire Celtics starting roster that year, with Paul Pierce becoming more of a point-forward in compensation for Bradley’s mediocre passing ability. Bradley, a defensive wizard who excels better off-the-ball, was not the answer. Going into 2013—14, Bradley resumed his ball handling duties, only to be moved back to shooting guard after Jordan Crawford displayed surprisingly competent PG skills. Once Rondo returned and Crawford was traded, undrafted rookie Phil Pressey would start for the Celtics while Rondo received the occasional rest day. Continue reading Who Will Start Opening Day at Point Guard? »

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Evan Turner (8points9seconds.com)

Monday was media day for the Boston Celtics, and in addition to getting to see the players in uniform for the first time in 2014—15, including the injured Rajon Rondo, the Celtics made some roster moves. The biggest one was the signing of free agent small forward Evan Turner, which was reported months ago but hadn’t been made official.

In addition, Boston waived veteran point guard John Lucas III and power forward Malcolm Thomas, who were acquired from Cleveland last week. The Celtics will enter training camp with 20 players after signing undrafted rookies point guard Tim Frazier, shooting guard Rodney McGruder and power forward Christian Watford. Continue reading Celtics Officially Sign Turner, Finalize Training Camp Roster »

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Rajon Rondo (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo fractured a metacarpal bone in his left hand after falling at his home on Thursday night. He underwent surgery at New England Baptist Hospital on Friday and is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Boston opens its regular season on October 29 against Brooklyn, so Rondo could miss anywhere between five and 10 games.

All things considered, the news isn’t as bad as it could have been — perhaps the worst part is that he’ll miss training camp for the second straight season after his ACL tear last year. But Rondo’s injury will also have the effect of reshuffling the backcourt depth chart for the first few weeks of the regular season, thrusting some young players into the spotlight perhaps before they’re ready. Continue reading Rondo Breaks Hand, Will Miss First 2-4 Weeks of Season »

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