The Celtics roster currently sits full with the NBA limit 15 players under contract. Barring any surprise major moves, the team the Celtics would field on a basketball court today, is likely the one they’ll strut out on opening night.
In part one of the Celtics roster breakdown, we looked at the Celtics backcourt. In part two we look at the Celtics imbalanced frontcourt: Continue reading State of the Celtics Roster: Frontcourt »
Tags: Brandon Bass, Fab Melo, Gerald Wallace, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Keith Bogans, Kelly Olynyk, Kris Humphries, Vitor Faverani
The schedule for the upcoming NBA season has been released, most of the top free agents are off the market, and the Celtics haven’t done much at all since the blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn. The lack of activity further suggests that Danny Ainge is looking to the future, and won’t mind a historically bad 2013-14 season if it means having the opportunity to draft a superstar next year. Boston currently has 15 players on its roster, excluding unrestricted free agent Chris Wilcox, who hasn’t signed with any team yet.
Let’s take a position-by-position look at the Celtics’ roster, analyzing where they need help and what they’re likely to do going forward in the back court.
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The 2013-2014 NBA schedule was released Tuesday evening and, for Celtics fans, there are a few important games to highlight.
The Celtics and first year head coach Brad Stevens kick-off the season on October 30th in Toronto against the Raptors who will be looking to capitalize on a weakened Eastern Conference and make a run at the playoffs. Two nights later the Celtics are at home for the first time facing the Milwaukee Bucks, who like the Celtics, were a playoff team last season but will sport a new-look roster this year. Continue reading First Look at the Celtics 2013-2014 Schedule »
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The Celtics announced this week that they have signed both undrafted point guard Phil Pressey and Brazilian center Vitor Faverani to multi-year contracts. Faverani’s deal is thought to be somewhere in the three-year, $6 million range, while Pressey’s is for the rookie scale minimum.
Faverani is a 6’10″ big man who spent last season playing in the premiere spanish basketball league, where he averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds per contest. Faverani is known in Spain as, “El Hombre Indestructible” (The Indestructible Man). The Celtics roster now has two traditional centers on it, Faverani and Fab Melo, and both happen to be of Brazilian descent.
Continue reading Celtics Offseason Notes: Faverani, Pressey Signed, Iverson Heads to Turkey »
Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Fab Melo, Kevin Garnett, NBA Preseason, Paul Pierce, Phil Pressey, Rajon Rondo, Shavlik Randolph, Vitor Faverani
Paul Pierce took to instagram yesterday to share his favorite moments as a member of the Boston Celtics, and to thank Celtic fans for standing by his side for the last 15 years. It was a thoughtful gesture and a graceful exit for one of the most beloved Boston athletes of recent history.
Pierce didn’t leave on his own terms, he let the team dictate his future. That’s the thing about Pierce’s time in Boston, sure he was a 10-time NBA All-Star, an All-NBA Second Teamer, an NBA Finals MVP, but first and foremost, he was a Celtic. Thank YOU, Number 34.
Check out Pierce’s Instagram account here. Below is a video slideshow of the pictures he posted:
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According to ESPN.COM, Metta World Peace is heading to New York to play for the Knicks. World Peace cleared waivers late Sunday afternoon after being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers. Artest said he wanted to join the Knicks because he wanted to win ” I don’t care if I’m starting or sweeping the floors. You hear me? I want to win,” World Peace went on to tell one reporter.
Terms of the deal have been confirmed, World Peace is set to sign a 2 year deal worth $1.6 million per year according to NBA.COM. The Lakers also owe Artest $7.3 million next year due to the current amnesty provision that the NBA has, this provision allows a team to release certain players without having their salaries count against the salary cap. World Peace should be able to help the Knicks on both ends of the floor, with his lock down defense and scoring. The biggest question is: Can World Peace keep it together for another two seasons?
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The Orlando Summer League came to a close on Friday, with the Oklahoma City Thunder winning the first-place game on “championship day.” The Celtics finished in seventh place with a 3-2 record after defeating the host Magic, 102-83. The best takeaway from Summer League was the play of first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk, who finished second among all participants with 18 points per game, behind the Thunder’s Reggie Jackson.
Olynyk showed good offensive moves in the low post and tremendous ball-handling skills for a seven-footer. He also displayed an impressive shooting touch, going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first two games before cooling down the rest of the week. Olynyk also shot 13-for-19 from the free throw line, including a perfect 7-for-7 in the first two contests. Olynyk was better on the defensive end than his reputation suggested, and averaged 7.8 rebounds per game (fourth in the league) and 1.8 steals. Olynyk led the Celtics in scoring in three of their five games, and had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday’s loss to the Rockets.
Continue reading Kelly Olynyk Impresses Celtics at Orlando Summer League »
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