Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Marcus Smart has agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal to return to the Boston Celtics, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Smart averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 54 games last season. However, his value is not measured by standard counting stats alone. He brings a defensive intensity and overall tenacity to the court that the rest of the Celtics feed off. From a fantasy perspective, he will likely see slightly reduced playing time and production next season, assuming Kyrie Irving returns healthy.
Jul 19 - 10:24 AM

Marcus Smart and his agent will meet with Celtics officials in Boston on Thursday in hopes of finalizing a deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Smart and the Celtics were "seriously engaged in contract talks," and that the two sides were discussing a four-year deal in the $46-$50 million range. It sounds like we could see this deal wrapped up by the end of the day.
Jul 19 - 9:10 AM

Restricted free agent Marcus Smart is now "seriously engaged in contract talks" with the Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Now that Kawhi Leonard has found a new home, we should see some of the smaller dominos fall in free agency. Woj reports that the two sides are discussing a four-year deal in the $46-$50 million range, so it sounds like we could see a deal come to fruition soon. Smart could see a slight reduction in minutes with the Celtics at full strength next year, and with his noted efficiency issues, he won't be the most attractive standard league target on draft day.
Jul 18 - 12:06 PM

The Celtics have agreed to sign Walter Lemon Jr. to a two-way contract.

Lemon Jr. made five appearances for the Pelicans last season, but made a name for himself at the Summer League with 14.0 points and 6.3 assists. He has no path to minutes on a loaded Boston roster and will spend most of his time in the G-League.
Jul 16 - 11:28 AM

The Celtics have guaranteed Semi Ojeleye's contract for the 2018-19 season.

Ojeleye was rested for Sunday's Summer League action and may not play vs. the Lakers on Monday, assuming Boston won't risk injury in a meaningless game. He gives the Celtics a versatile defensive option off the bench and could maintain a role in the rotation, but is unlikely to earn enough minutes for fantasy value.
Jul 15 - 10:24 PM

Guerschon Yabusele sank four 3-pointers on Sunday, going 6-of-13 from the field overall for 16 points with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

The Dancing Bear did commit five personal fouls during his 29 minutes, but the biggest takeaway was his confidence shooting from range. He could make a case for minutes if that carries through into training camp and the preseason, but isn't a likely fantasy option while Al Horford, Marcus Morris, Aron Baynes, Semi Ojeleye and Daniel Theis are all healthy.
Jul 15 - 10:01 PM

Semi Ojeleye (rest), Jabari Bird (rest) and Robert Williams (left knee) will all sit out Sunday's game vs. the Blazers.

It appears the Celtics have seen enough from Ojeleye and Bird, and they'll take every precaution with Williams since he's also dealing with an artery condition in his legs. Ojeleye's salary for 2018-19 is only partially guaranteed through midnight on Wednesday, so we'll know very soon if Boston plans to keep him around.
Jul 15 - 7:19 PM

Jaylen Brown says Jabari Bird is a "really, really good player" and that he'll "show everyone."

He's had a good summer league and will probably make the Celtics roster, but he's worked to get here. According to A. Sherrod Blakely, Bird drove an hour for 6 a.m. workouts in San Francisco earlier this summer and would break down the 400 or so shots he would take in those workouts afterward. Trainer Packie Turner, who has also coached Steph Curry said, "He has always wanted to be in the gym." Adding, "but you could tell, he could see how close he was and came in committed to doing everything he could to make it happen, now." Maybe we'll see his work pay off this season with the C's.
Jul 15 - 1:55 PM

The Celtics will release Kadeem Allen, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

The Celtics will pursue another player to go as a two-way deal. We saw some spot action of Allen during the season when the Celtics were banged up, but Allen only scored 3.0 points per game with 2.0 assists.
Jul 14 - 6:45 PM

Semi Ojeleye scored 21 points with six rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in an 82-75 win over the Knicks on Thursday.

Not surprisingly, Ojeleye's defense was the highlight as he made life tough on Kevin Knox. Coach Brad Stevens recently talked up Semi's defense, as well. "His ability defensively to keep the ball in front of him is excellent – it’s highest-level," Stevens said. Offensively, he has taken on what the coaches call a more featured role, and he's fared well in that situation. As good as he's looked, the Celtics are loaded the forward, so it will be tough for him to get big minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 12 - 6:28 PM

Jabari Bird scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three turnovers in 31 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

The Celtics probably have a spot for him on their roster, but of course they still have to sign him. Bird's offensive arsenal is among the best in Vegas, but the team wants him to improve on defense. Bird could emerge as a ninth or 10th rotation guy, especially if Marcus Smart doesn't come back.
Jul 12 - 6:23 PM

Robert Williams (legs) will not play Thursday against the Knicks.

It's been a really rough start for Williams. He has overslept for events, he hurt his knee, he has an artery condition in both of his legs per MassLive.com, and Williams also reportedly has lost his wallet twice since he joined the team. Hopefully, his luck turns around soon.
Jul 12 - 4:17 PM

The contract discussion with Marcus Smart and the Celtics "may drag on for quite a while," according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

One of the team's most experienced beat reporters adds that the Celtics would like to sign Smart to a deal that keeps him in Boston for the next few years, but, "that kind of security seems less important to Smart right now than getting what he thinks is fair." Additionally, the two sides could take a break after Vegas before they start negotiations again, per Bulpett. We'll see if Smart can get a short-term deal with big money from other teams.
Jul 12 - 4:05 PM

Robert Williams has an artery condition in both of his legs according to Fred Katz of Masslive.com.

In addition to some character concerns, this may explain why he dropped on draft night. Williams has Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome, a vascular disease that is found most often in athletes. It can lead to cramping and calf pain during exercises, but Williams' condition is "not too serious" according to one of Katz' sources. Williams admitted that he has been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee since last year, and he's already missed a pair of games in Vegas with a knee contusion. If you add the durability concerns on top of the crowded frontcourt in Boston, his fantasy outlook for 2018-19 isn't ideal by any means.
Jul 12 - 10:30 AM

President Danny Ainge said signing restricted free agent Marcus Smart is a "top priority."

There is some talk that the Kings could throw money at Smart, or a team like the Hawks could sneak in there with some of their cap space. Smart was reportedly upset with the Celtics for not reaching out enough, and he was seen with the Nets front office in Vegas, per Michael Scotto of The Athletic.
Jul 11 - 4:18 PM


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