Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Kyrie Irving said that he's aware that he's been linked to Jimmy Butler in rumors regarding a mutual desire to play together in NY, but said he's had no such discussions with Butler.

The prospect of Kyrie and Butler teaming up together in New York, or in another city, made the rounds earlier this summer. However, Irving says that's is not in the cards. Per ESPN's report, Irving says the last time he talked to Butler at length was when they were both playing with USA Basketball back in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 1:34 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) believes he is the healthiest and strongest he's been in three years.

Irving had surgery to remove a tension wire in his knee in March and then had a second surgery to remove two screws from his left patellar tendon due to an infection. He says he finally feels healthy. "Now when I go to the rim," Irving explained, "I'm able to maintain my strength and athleticism, so when I get under there I have all sorts of options. No limitations. I can pick my spots. It's a lot better." Irving has a chance to finish this season ranked inside the top-15 overall in nine-cat leagues if he can stay healthy all year.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 9:26 AM

Gordon Hayward (leg) said he understands that the team and the trainers want to monitor how much he's actually playing.

"We want to make sure that I’m getting the work that I need, but we don’t want me to overdo it, and then hurt something else or hurt my ankle because I’m trying to do too much," Hayward added in his blog. he added that he was told "last thing to come is that explosion off my left foot." While the Celtics say they don't have a plan to rest Hayward yet, it certainly sounds like Hayward is aware of that possibility.
Sep 21 - 3:25 PM

The Celtics currently have no plans to rest Kyrie Irving (left knee) or Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) in back-to-back situations this season.

"I’m not sure I anticipate [resting in back-to-backs] with either of those guys from everything I’ve been told thus far," Stevens said on Wednesday. "I think they’ve really made great strides, they’ve been working out, playing in small groups and playing 5-on-5 for over a few weeks now." It was recently reported that Kyrie won't have a minute-limit to begin the season, either, giving prospective owners another reason for optimism.
Sep 19 - 9:45 PM

Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) is expected to be "full-go" for the Celtics' first practice of training camp.

Brad Stevens said there's no current plan to rest Hayward in back-to-back sets, and added to the optimism about his recent workouts. "From my eye and anybody else that may have watched him work out, he looks like he’s looked before," Stevens said on Wednesday. Hayward hasn't shied away from contact either, "jumping and landing even against another guy," and he's said that regaining explosiveness is the final step in his recovery. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of camp.
Sep 19 - 9:31 PM

Daniel Theis (knee) is back to playing some 5-on-5 action.

He was getting close earlier this month, but now the Celtics are expected to have the full roster ready for camp. Theis is going to be a weapon in coach Brad Stevens' frontcourt arsenal, but he'll be used situationally.
Sep 19 - 6:09 PM

Kyrie Irving (left knee) won't be under any minutes restrictions when the regular season begins according to David Aldridge of The Athletic.

Irving has been cleared for basketball activities since July and this comes on the heels of Danny Ainge's comments that Irving will be ready to go at "full speed" in training camp. Irving was the 14th best player in 9-category leagues on a per-game basis last season, but his durability issues are a red flag.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 8:20 PM

Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) has been playing full-court, 5-on-5 basketball since the start of September.

Hayward added that he's been playing with "pretty much no restrictions ... the last step for me, as far as from a physical standpoint, is just the little explosion, that little last juice [and] bounce." He's not concerned about cutting or jumping, which is encouraging, and he'll be one of the most-watched players throughout the preseason -- Boston's first preseason game is on Sept. 28.
Source: Boston.com
Sep 13 - 3:04 PM

The Knicks plan to make Kyrie Irving their No. 1 target in free agency next summer, according to A. Sherrod Blakey of NBC Sports Boston.

Here's the full quote from Blakey: "I can tell you right now, the New York Knicks, [Irving] is their No. 1 target. I’ve spoken with people within that organization. They have made it absolutely crystal clear to me that, if they had their pick of guys that are going to be in the free agent market this summer, Kyrie would be their first, second, third and fourth choice." The Knicks will likely have max cap space available and apparently plan to make a hard push for Irving.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 13 - 1:21 PM

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Celtics are "deeply disturbed" by allegations against Jabari Bird and are working with the NBA and local authorities in assisting the investigation.

Bird was arrested last weekend and is facing charges for an alleged assault. Boston police said that Bird was being guarded at a local hospital for an evaluation after a domestic incident and that complaints will be sought against the suspect for assault & battery 209A, strangulation and kidnapping. At this point, it appears highly unlikely that Bird will be on an NBA roster this season.
Sep 13 - 12:58 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) reportedly looked "amazing" at a recent workout in Miami, scrimmaging without restrictions for two days straight.

The star-studded scrimmage at the Miami Heat facility included Kevin Durant, James Harden and several other Heat players, and Irving appeared to be going full-bore. Irving underwent a minimally invasive knee surgery back in March, but it looks like he'll be 100% heading into camp. Still, the knee issues will make him a risky early-round investment.
Sep 11 - 3:05 PM

Jonathan Gibson has signed a deal to play for the Qingdao Eagles in China next season.

Gibson appeared in four games for the Celtics last season. He played a total of 40 minutes and scored 34 points.
Sep 11 - 1:20 PM

Jabari Bird has been arrested and is facing charges for an alleged assault

Per the report from CBS News in Boston, Bird was taken into custody early Saturday morning at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, and the BPD Domestic Violence Unit is involved. The Celtics issued the following statement: "We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously. We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time." In their statement, Boston police say that Bird is being guarded at a local hospital for an evaluation after a domestic incident and that complaints will be sought against the suspect for assault & battery 209A, strangulation and kidnapping.
Sep 8 - 9:11 AM

Robert Williams said he's been focusing on working on strengthening his knee.

He said he's learning the Celtics system and has been "just hammering in the calls, all the play names, all the nicknames for things" with the staff. Things haven't gone well for Williams to start his career and the alarm-clock jokes won't be going away anytime soon, but at least he's been trending up with the staff. He's only a very deep sleeper in dynasty, so most fantasy owners can hit the snooze button here.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 6 - 7:38 PM

Gordon Hayward (left leg) was "moving great" at the Celtics' practice facilities on Wednesday, according to teammate Terry Rozier.

This adds to the positive narrative around Hayward's recovery, and Brad Stevens said earlier this week that Hayward will begin 5-on-5 workouts "very, very, very soon." Boston will likely ease him back but we haven't heard about specific medical restrictions, which is encouraging. He'll be one of the most-watched players in camp and throughout the preseason.
Sep 6 - 4:44 PM


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