Kelly Olynyk (Photo: NBA.com)

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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Avery Bradley (Getty Images)

On Monday, the Celtics officially announced that they had extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent shooting guard Avery Bradley, the terms of which were not disclosed. The offer is the necessary first step to retain negotiating rights with an RFA, meaning that now Boston can re-sign Bradley by matching the highest bid by another team.

Bradley, the 19th pick in the 2010 Draft out of Texas, has improved by leaps and bounds over the course of his four years in the NBA, going from defensive specialist to bona fide offensive threat, and the offer proves that general manager Danny Ainge rightly considers re-signing him a priority this offseason. Continue reading Celtics Kick Off Free Agency with Bradley Qualifying Offer, Hayward Interest »

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Adam Silver, Marcus Smart (Boston.com)

Prior to Thursday night’s NBA Draft, there was a lot of talk about whether the Celtics should take highly-touted, but injured, Kansas center Joel Embiid, once a candidate for the top pick, if he were available at number six. Soon, the 76ers threw all that discussion right out the window by selecting Embiid with the third overall pick. Three selections later, Boston was on the board with plenty of talent to choose from in one of the deepest drafts in years, including, unexpectedly, Indiana power forward (and Haverhill native) Noah Vonleh, whose stock fell sharply in the last days before the draft.

General manager Danny Ainge, however, took Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart, and later added another perimeter player, shooting guard James Young out of Kentucky, with the 17th pick. While it’s no surprise that Ainge addressed the backcourt considering that the Celtics’ two SGs, Jerryd Bayless and Avery Bradley, are set to become free agents, the selection of Smart ensured that the conversation immediately turned to the future of Rajon Rondo. Let’s take a look at the two newest Celtics, and at what their selections could mean for Boston’s roster over the remainder of the offseason: Continue reading Celtics Address Backcourt in Draft: Analysis and Roster Implications »

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P. J. Hairston (SI.com)

On the morning of the NBA Draft, we take a look at one last prospect the Celtics should consider with their second pick, number 17 overall. Also check out our profiles of point guard Kyle Anderson, center Jusuf Nurkić, small forward T. J. Warren and shooting guard James Young.

Name: P. J. Hairston

Team: Texas Legends (D-League)

Position: Shooting guard

Age: 21

Stats: 6’6″, 230 lbs.

Background

Hairston had a breakout year in 2012-13, his sophomore season at North Carolina, averaging 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Tar Heels. Prior to his junior year, however, Hairston was suspended from the team for accepting improper benefits. When the suspension became definitive in January, Hairston chose to join the D-League, and signed with the Texas Legends, where he became an outstanding scorer in his 26 games, finishing the season with 21.8 ppg on 45.3% field goal shooting. Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: P. J. Hairston »

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Joel Embiid (Greg Nelson/SI)

For other candidates to be taken by the Celtics with the sixth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, read our profiles on Arizona PF Aaron Gordon, Kentucky PF Julius Randle and Oklahoma State PG Marcus Smart.

Name: Joel Embiid

College: Kansas

Position: Center

Age: 20

Stats: 7’0″, 250 lbs.

Background

Embiid, a native of Cameroon, was widely expected to be a top three pick in the Draft until he underwent right foot surgery and had two pins installed in his navicular bone, an injury which is expected to keep him out for at least four to six months, if not longer. The setback has thrown mock drafters, as well as team front offices, off, but his potential when healthy remains unaltered. Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: Joel Embiid »

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James Young (Jamie Squire/Getty Images Sport)

Today we take a look at another player the Celtics should consider with their second pick, number 17 overall, in Thursday’s NBA Draft. For other candidates, read up on Kyle Anderson, Jusuf Nurkić and T. J. Warren.

Name: James Young

College: Kentucky

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 18

Stats: 6’6″, 215 lbs.

Background

Young played in the state of Michigan for his entire high school career; he first played two years at Troy High School, and his last two at Rochester. Young’s numbers at both schools were very similar: at Troy he averaged 25.1 points, 16 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, and at Rochester he recorded 27.2 ppg, 16 rpg, and 5.7 apg. Young was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game, and was rated #8 on the ESPN 100 list last year. Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: James Young »

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"Pro Wrestling," NES

The NBA Finals are over. Miami’s three-peat dreams are dashed, and San Antonio has crushed Miami in five games for some well-earned revenge. Even those who predicted San Antonio as champions didn’t see such a dominant performance coming. And instead of speaking about nothing, Coach Gregg Popovich answered two post-Game 5 questions on the floor with a total of five words; won’t it be great if that catches on?

With such a surprise performance, guessing the winner of the series was the only way to gain points in our Pick ‘Em’s final round. But it was worth four points to do so, which meant plenty. And on that note, the winner of the 2014 NBA Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: NBA Finals Results »

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