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Seven years ago, your average market NBA team could be purchased for a “mere” $250 million or so. Ever since the morally questionable relocation of the beloved Seattle SuperSonics to the puzzling destination of Oklahoma City, things haven’t been quite the same. This move did not set the benchmark for small market teams, as one would think, for two primary reasons: Kevin Durant was part of the deal and now Seattle has become leverage for the NBA in future negotiating deals.

See, the NBA, under David Stern, became infatuated with the notion that each team should have a new, state-of-the-art arena, equipped with cutting-edge restaurants, absurdly accommodating and expensive luxury boxes and multi-functional layouts, all at the cost of taxpayers and owners, for the sake of upping league revenue. When owners of small market teams could not meet Stern’s demands for new stadiums, he would use the threat of relocation of their team to Seattle as a bargaining chip. Continue reading Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck Received Two “Serious” Offers to Purchase Team »

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Beloved ex-Celtic and current Celtics’ assistant coach Walter McCarty was arrested this week on larceny charges. He pleaded not guilty in a Framingham court Thursday, and is now due to show December 11 for a pretrial hearing at the Massachusetts District Court.

In the wake of a recent and embarrassing streak of athlete and ex-athlete arrests, we can be thankful that McCarty’s is far less serious than the majority of cases coming these days from high-profile names. Apparently his arrest stems from several checks bouncing that he paid out to a contractor who was installing cabinets in his Wayland home. Continue reading Walter McCarty Arraigned on Larceny Charge »

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The Celtics will waive four players to cut the roster all the way down to...16. (NESN.com)

The Boston Celtics invited everyone who had ever picked up a basketball to their preseason training camp, so it comes as no surprise that they had to make some cuts with a week to go before the start of the NBA season.

Four players will be waived by Danny Ainge before the start of the season, including invitees Erik Murphy,  Christian Watford, Tim Frazier, and Rodney McGruder. None came with any expectations of cracking the 15-man NBA roster.

Continue reading And Then There Were 16: Celtics to Waive Four Players, Bynum Next? »

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Jared Sullinger has always had a knack for rebounding. This can certainly be attributed to his oversized derriere, which effectively allows him to carve out space and grab loose rebounds which, on the offensive end, can turn into easy points. Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers recognized Sullinger’s talents on the boards early on, and primarily assigned him to maneuver around the block beneath the basket.

Brad Stevens, in his first training camp with the Celtics, hosted a drill in which all the players were encouraged to practice shooting three pointers. While most of the team’s bigs continued to refrain from long-distance shooting, Sullinger, who only took five shots beyond the arc in the previous year, upped his total to 208. Stevens employed three of the team’s bigs — Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Vítor Faverani — in a pick-and-pop role in an effort to space out the floor. However, more times than not the defense would allow Sullinger the space to shoot, due to his mediocre percentage, and he ended up only shooting 26.9 percent from three. Continue reading Can Jared Sullinger Become a Legitimate Deep Scoring Threat? »

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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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