October 26, 2020, 2:00 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
The Pacers are interested in trading for Gordon Hayward this offseason, according to Ian Begley of SportsNet New York.
In response to Begley's report, Zach Lowe stated on the most recent episode of The Lowe Post that he's heard increasing noise indicating Hayward won't be on the Celtics next season. Between the Celtics' considerable talent on the wing and Hayward's enormously expensive contract, a trade could be beneficial for both sides if the team sends him to a roster with a less crowded starting lineup. There have been no reports of other teams interested in Hayward, but Lowe suggested the Hawks or the Blazers could make a good fit.
October 21, 2020, 6:28 pmDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Tuesday but is expected to be fully healthy by training camp.
Theis has a non-guaranteed contract of just $5M for next season that the Celtics will most certainly guarantee as Theis was instrumental in their success this past season. This didn't seem to be a major operation so expectations are that Theis won't be slowed down by this once the 2020-21 season rolls along. However, knee procedures are not nothing in basketball so this is something to be aware of come draft season.
Source: Celtics on Twitter
October 13, 2020, 9:42 amEnes KanterC, Boston Celtics
Jared Weiss of The Athletic is reporting that Enes Kanter is likely to opt-out of his contract for next season and test the market.
Kanter played 58 games for the Celtics in the regular season and averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds across 16.9 minutes, his lowest minutes per game since his second year in the league. He has a player option for next season at around $5 million, but he’s happy in Boston and may even be willing to take on a more diminished role in order to stay. The Turkish center has played nine seasons in the NBA on five different teams and it’s likely that he isn’t returning to a starting role anytime soon.
Source: The Athletic
October 1, 2020, 12:30 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Celtics GM Danny Ainge said on Thursday that Kemba Walker was "never right" at any point in the bubble.
Walker was playing without limitations in the playoffs after the Celtics slowly ramped him up to what was thought to be full strength during their seeding games. His knees, particularly his left knee, dogged him for most of his first season in Boston and getting Walker fully healthy should be an offseason priority. Surgery isn't expected to be part of the plan here and it's unfortunate that the issue popped up in his first real playoff run after Kemba put together a few healthy years following three early career knee surgeries.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
September 29, 2020, 10:36 amJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Tim Bontemps of ESPN is reporting that the Celtics are expected to offer Jayson Tatum a max contract extension this offseason.
Tatums is wrapping up a fantastic season where he averaged 23.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.9 triples, on his way to making the 2019-20 All-NBA Third Team. The Celtics clearly see him as their franchise player and he should remain in Boston for many more years.
September 28, 2020, 1:09 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
ESPN's Tim Bontemps reports Gordon Hayward will likely pick up his 2020-21 $34M player option.
This is a no-brainer considering the amount of money on the line. Despite coming off his best season since joining the Celtics, Hayward also built up a bit of a reputation for being injury prone this year. He missed 19 games in the truncated regular season, then hurt his ankle in the bubble and missed two playoff series. Hayward finished the season as the 44th ranked overall player in 9-cat leagues, averaging 17.3 points on an incredibly efficient 50.2% from the field, along with 1.5 threes, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists. His injury history and playoff performance mean that were he to opt out now there is little chance he'd be able to sign a new deal worth anywhere close to $30M per year, but he'll continue to be a solid fantasy option next year in all formats.
Source: Tim Bontemps for ESPN
September 27, 2020, 11:00 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker dropped 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including three treys, adding two rebounds and five assists on Sunday as the Celtics fell to the Heat 113-125 in Game 6.
Walker scored as usual but his being a defensive liability was on display in key mismatches at points in the game. He and the rest of the Celtics’ young core of players will now have to regroup and hopefully, come back hungrier for that ever-elusive and highly-coveted NBA title.
September 27, 2020, 10:54 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart led the Celtics with four 3-pointers made en route to his 20 points on 8-of-22 shooting in Sunday’s Game 6 loss to the Heat.
Smart, as expected, was a beast on both ends of the floor. He chipped in eight rebounds, two assists and two steals, but his valiant effort was not enough to push his team over the top and force a Game 7. He played extremely well in the playoffs and in this series in particular, emerging as more of a two-way threat than just a defensive stopper.
September 27, 2020, 10:50 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown played well in Sunday's Game 6 loss to the Heat, tallying a team-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting.
Brown left it all on the line, adding eight boards, three treys, four dimes and three steals to the stat sheet in what was a heartbreaking loss to the fifth-seed in the East. The Celtics will now have to take a breath, leave the bubble to go home to their families and regroup. Regardless of tonight's end result, the Celtics are a legitimate ECF contender for years to come.
September 27, 2020, 10:38 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum double-doubled in the Celtics' playoff finalé on Sunday, posting 24 points on 9-of-26 shooting, adding 11 assists, seven rebounds, three triples, two steals and one block as his team fell to the Heat in Game 6.
Tatum played hard and tried his best to get his teammates involved. He was one of four Celtics who scored 20 points or more, so he made it work. Unfortunately, the Heat got solid production from their role-players as well and kept the game just outside of Celtic reach down the stretch.
September 25, 2020, 11:49 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart was a solid performer for the Celtics in Friday's Game 5 win over the Heat, working hard on both ends to finish the night with 12 points (3-of-9 FG, 4-of-4 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists, two 3s and four steals.
Smart continues to play the part of quintessential role-player for the Celtics and it has been paying off in a big way. The fiesty defender has been able to contribute in a plethora of ways and will need to keep on doing so, if the Celtics are to keep their NBA Championship dreams alive in Game 6. His partner in the backcourt, Kemba Walker, played just 28 minutes and was good for 15 points (4-of-11 shooting), three treys, two rebounds, seven dimes and one steal.
September 25, 2020, 11:42 pmDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis double-doubled on Friday with 15 points (6-of-10 FG, 3-of-4 FT), 13 rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 35 minutes on the floor.
Theis was amazing in this game and was arguably the Celtics' unsung hero. He brought the intangibles in spades tonight, setting screens that allowed his teammates to get clean looks at the hoop. As long as he keeps this up, the Celtics will be able to keep this a tight series and hopefully force a Game 7.
September 25, 2020, 11:38 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown went 4-of-10 from downtown on his way to 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting as the Celtics downed the Heat 121-108 on Friday.
Brown sank back-to-back threes in the fourth quarter, making sure that the Heat were unable to muster any sort of comeback momentum. HE also chipped in eight rebounds, two assists and one steal on the night. He and Jayson Tatum played true to form and rose to the occasion as the team's one-two punch to erase a first-half deficit and dominate down the stretch.
September 25, 2020, 11:34 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum scored 17 of his game-high 31 points on 8-of-22 FGs and 12-of-14 FTs in the third quarter on Friday, leading the Celtics to a Game 5 victory over the Heat.
Tatum was the speartip of the Celtics' piercing offense to force a Game 6. He added 10 rebounds, three triples, six dimes and one steal to the box score in this do-or-die game. The Celtics were abusing a lackluster Heat defense in the second half and Tatum's aggressiveness allowed him to punish Miami at the line.
September 24, 2020, 12:43 amGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward played 29 minutes on Wednesday and paired 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and three assists.
Hayward is playing a surprising amount of minutes considering he's only just returned to the lineup, but his per-minute production and shot totals are way down. In his absence Jaylen Brown has really solidified himself as the second-option offensively, pushing Hayward further down the pecking order. As he continues to come off the bench his shot attempts will likely continue resembling those of a fourth or even fifth option. He'll have to make an impact elsewhere if he wants to help his team come back from a 3-1 deficit.