Paul Pierce is leaving behind good pal and teammate Kevin Garnett to sign with the Washington Wizards, according to reports. (Bleacher Report)

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.

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Kelly Olynyk (Photo: NBA.com)

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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Marcus Thornton (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

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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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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