May 15, 2019, 9:30 amKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Frank Isola of The Athletic is reporting that the Celtics believe Kyrie Irving will stay if they are able to trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis.
AD requested a trade back in January and it’s no secret that the Celtics intend to make a run at him this summer. The Pelicans won the draft lottery and the right to select Duke star Zion Williamson but multiple reports suggest that won’t cause Davis to back off his trade request. And while the Celtics supposedly aren’t on Davis’ list of preferred destinations, that rarely matters to Danny Ainge. The Celtics own multiple first-round picks and those, along with Jayson Tatum, may be enough to pry Davis away.
Source: The Athletic
May 14, 2019, 10:00 amTerry Rozier - G - Boston Celtics
Multiple league sources tell NBC Sports Boston that not only are the Knicks interested in Kyrie Irving, but they are expected to also pursue other Celtics like Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier in the upcoming free agency.
New York’s interest in Rozier has been steady, while it picked up during his strong showing in the playoffs last year. Because Rozier will be a restricted free agent, the Celtics will have an opportunity to match any offer sheet he signs this offseason. Meanwhile, Morris averaged 13.7 points on 51.9 percent shooting from the field and 45 percent shooting from 3-point range in nine playoff games, while also grabbing 8.1 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game. The Celtics will try and find a way to keep him in the fold this summer, but he’s likely to get a bigger-money offer from another team. The Knicks expressed some interest in Daniel Theis as well, but they’re not anticipating making much if any pitch for him this summer with Theis set to be a restricted free agent.
Source: NBC Boston
May 11, 2019, 2:22 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford wants a longer-term deal with the Celtics.
Horford has a player option he can pick up for next season for $29 million. According to a source of the Boston Herald, he said that he would be willing to accept a more team-friendly deal if they were to add two more seasons. Fantasy-wise, Horford showed no signs of a decline this year at 32 years old, putting up third round value and playing in 77 games.
Source: Boston Herald
May 10, 2019, 7:04 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving reportedly “had discussions” regarding signing with the Lakers this summer.
After a second round flame out as the lead gun for the Celtics, it’d be no surprise to see Irving rejoin LeBron James in pursuit of another title, especially since they appeared to bury the hatchet this season. The Lakers will have the cap space to sign Irving but as an unrestricted free agent, he’ll have other suitors as well. It’ll be a fun off-season this year.
May 9, 2019, 6:09 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
The Knicks would be a strong candidate to land Kyrie Irving if he does decide to leave the Celtics this offseason.
The Knicks are rumored to be very interested in making big splashes this offseason. Kyrie Irving is just one name that the Knicks are looking at adding. There are also many in the organization that like Kemba Walker as a future Knick. It'll be quite an offseason for the most valuable franchise in the NBA. Keep tuned in to the rumor mill to see which All-Stars have different uniforms come next season.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
May 9, 2019, 2:17 pmTerry Rozier - G - Boston Celtics
Terry Rozier didn't hold back on how he feels in his presser saying, “I don’t give a f— what nobody say, I sacrificed the most out of anybody. I’m a top point guard in this league. I feel like it's a fresh start, whether it's here or whether I'm gone."
Rozier was blunt with his distaste about how the season went and what he expects entering free agency. As a restricted free agent the Celtics can match any offer that Rozier gets from another team, and with the rumors circulating about Kyrie Irving departing, they may be more inclined to do so.
Source: NBC Sports
May 9, 2019, 1:58 pmGordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward said he is, "looking forward to attacking it," when talking about the offseason and how his ankle injury is fully behind him this summer.
Hayward understandably took a bit of time to get going this season, but he started to look more and more like himself as the season rolled on. With a full offseason and the uncertain futures of some of his teammates, Hayward has the chance to return to a featured role in the 2019-2020 season.
May 9, 2019, 10:27 amKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
According to Vincent Goodwill, Kyrie Irving looked like someone who already had his eyes set somewhere else after this playoffs defeat against the Bucks.
It will be a wild free agency to remember and Irving will be in the thick of things, especially with Boston's season not going as planned. There will be non-stop speculation from both the media and the fans as they try to follow what team Kyrie will be looking to join if he feels that he's already done with Boston.
Source: Yahoo Sports
May 8, 2019, 10:39 pmMarcus Morris - F - Boston Celtics
Marcus Morris double-doubled in Wedneday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes of action.
Brad Stevens mixed up his lineup to start the game, relegating Morris to the bench in favor of Aron Baynes. He quickly reversed course on this decision, however, starting Morris in the second half. He looked like the only Celtic who still cared for stretches of this one, and though he had his ups and downs this season, his tenacity and willingness to play hard will be sorely needed next year for a Celtics team who struggled with both of those qualities.
May 8, 2019, 10:33 pmJayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum finished Wednesday's 91-116 loss in Milwaukee with 14 points (3-of-10 shooting), six rebounds and two assists.
During last year’s playoffs Tatum electrified and lead many to believe that he was in for a star-turn heading into his next season. His second trip to the postseason, unfortunately, did not leave the same impression, as he failed to be much of a factor in the gentleman’s sweep he and the Celtics suffered through. The talking heads will have much to say about this Celtics team moving forward, but expect Tatum to be a guy that will be looking to silence them as he readies for his third campaign.
May 8, 2019, 10:31 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford was quiet in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks, finishing his night with nine points (3-of-14 shooting), seven rebounds, six assists and a steal in 36 minutes of action.
Horford had turned in a really good series before this clunker, shooting-wise. The versatile big-man heads into the offseason solidified as an essential piece of both Boston’s defense and culture. His leadership and veteran presence will be all the more important next season if Kyrie Irving bolts in free agency.
May 8, 2019, 10:27 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving finished Wednesday's Game 5 blowout loss with 15 points (6-of-21 shooting), one assist and one 3-pointer.
It was a listless performance for Irving in what could very well be his last as a Celtic. Appearing disengaged from the tip, Irving was never able to get others involved and failed to find his own shot. It will be an offseason of non-stop speculation for the top free agent PG on the market and after all of the turmoil that centered around him and the Celtics this year, a breakup could be mutually beneficial.
May 8, 2019, 7:02 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (left oblique tear) will continue to be on a minutes limit in Wednesday's Game 5 vs. the Bucks.
Smart is coming back from a very serious injury and will continue to see reduced minutes in tonight's must-win game for the Celtics. Smart only played 15 minutes in his first game back and is likely to play near that amount in tonight's game.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
May 7, 2019, 6:42 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving, who is mired in a career-worst three-game playoff shooting slump, intends to keep on being aggressive and shooting right through the slump.
The man they call "Uncle Drew" seems unfazed by his recent slump, and that's a good thing for the Celtics as they try to claw back into this series. Shooters go through slumps, and Irving isn't letting that affect him as he attempts to put it all behind him by staying mentally ready to continue to play his game.
Source: NBC Sports