Celtics 2014-15:

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:11 am

Don't try to guess C's rotation

DEDHAM, Mass. -- Fielding the first of what will be an endless stream of rotation and lineup questions leading up to the start of the 2014-15 regular season, Boston Celtics second-year coach Brad Stevens attempted a preemptive strike. "The funny part is that I’m sure most [reporters] will be put in a position where you have to name our starting lineup and our rotation. Put it down in pencil," Stevens cautioned Tuesday when asked how the team's center depth chart is shaping up. "If you go through it, like really go through it and put yourself in my shoes, there’s about 150 different variations of [five-man lineups] that you could go with -- more so than last year and I thought last year we were pretty hard to figure out. It’s been a fun puzzle to think about and it’s going figure itself out when we start practice."...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:50 am

Sources: C's send Bogans to Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers have swung a trade on the eve of LeBron James' official return to work with his home-state team. With media day Friday and the first day of training camp Saturday, Cleveland on Thursday night completed a deal with the Boston Celtics to acquire veteran guard Keith Bogans. The Cavaliers surrendered the non-guaranteed contracts of John Lucas, Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas -- as well as a player Boston intends to keep in forward Dwight Powell -- to acquire Bogans and his trade-friendly contract, which holds great appeal to Cleveland...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:51 am

Celtics waive Babb, Johnson

On the heels of Thursday's swap with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics waived Chris Johnson and Chris Babb. Both Johnson and Babb, D-League call-ups last season, had nonguaranteed minimum contracts and were victims of Boston's overstocked roster, which essentially ballooned to 23 players after finalizing the Cleveland deal. The Celtics must still waive two more bodies before being able to formally sign Evan Turner and stay at the 20-man maximum for the start of camp next week...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:52 am

Rapid Reaction: C's shuffle roster

Rapid reaction after the Boston Celtics shipped Keith Bogans to the Cleveland Cavaliers, then waived Chris Johnson and Chris Babb while shuffling their roster before the start of training camp next week:

• Shuffle 1: Bogans to Cleveland: The Celtics sent the long-since-excused Bogans and his bloated $5.3 million nonguaranteed contract, along with a pair of second-round picks they were never going to see (top-55 protected picks from Sacramento in 2015 and 2017), to the Cavaliers in exchange for Dwight Powell, Erik Murphy, John Lucas III and Malcolm Thomas, along with Cleveland's 2016 and 2017 second-round picks. What exactly did Boston get out of the deal?

1. A new $5.3 million trade exception for Bogans. The Celtics absorbed Powell, Murphy and Thomas via minimum salary exceptions and thus needed only to use a small traded-player exception to take on Lucas' nonguaranteed $1.6 million deal. The guess here is they used a $2.1 million exception generated...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:03 am

Source: C's waive Watford

The Boston Celtics waived training camp invite Christian Watford Friday in order to trim to the league maximum of 20 players, according to a league source. The Celtics' roster ballooned to 23 players following a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. The team initially released Chris Babb and Chris Johnson, then followed by releasing Watford to get to 20 players. Additional moves still need to occur in order to open another spot to sign Evan Turner before the start of training camp on Monday...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:04 am

Rondo out 6-8 weeks after hand surgery

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo underwent surgery to repair a broken left hand and will miss the start of the regular season, the team announced Friday. The Celtics announced that Rondo underwent a surgical fixation of a left metacarpal fracture on Friday morning at New England Baptist Hospital after injuring himself during a fall at his home on Thursday evening. A source told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that Rondo slipped in the shower and broke a bone in the back of his hand. Rondo is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, leaving the Celtics without their starting point guard for the start of the season. Rookie Marcus Smart and Phil Pressey, who started 11 games in his rookie campaign last season, are the top backup ball-handlers currently on the Boston's roster...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:06 am

Rapid reaction: Rondo's broken hand

Reaction after Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo underwent surgery on his left hand Friday and the team announced he will miss 6-8 weeks:

• A head-shaking setback: While attempting to downplay the persistent buzz about Rondo's uncertain future in Boston, Celtics officials have maintained that Rondo has looked great this offseason and the oft-repeated line is that he is poised for the best season of his career. After missing 95 games over the past two seasons, most of them because of an ACL tear, there was hope that a healthy Rondo could go a long way toward helping Boston take the next step in its rebuilding process after winning only 25 games last season. Rondo will now be off the court for another training camp and will miss the start of the regular season.

• Smart in focus: If Rondo misses eight weeks, he'll sit out as much as the first full month of the season and the team's first 14 games of...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:44 am

Celtics likely just got Smarter

With Boston Celtics starting point guard Rajon Rondo sidelined six to eight weeks following surgery on his left hand, rookie Marcus Smart is likely to get tossed even further into the NBA fire next month. Fortunately for the sixth overall pick, he's had some time this summer to pick Rondo's brain, and Smart raved recently about Rondo's diligence in tutoring him before his first season. "I expected [Rondo] to be like, 'Rookie' -- kinda shunning me off, putting me to the side, and kinda learn on my own," Smart said earlier this week. "It’s nice. [The veterans], they try to help you -- until we start playing, then obviously they are trying to beat you. When we’re working out, they are trying to help and trying to make sure you know everything before you go out there and do it." ...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:59 am

Snapshots: Pierce back in green

Former Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce donned the green again on Sunday when he appeared at Fenway Park to help the Boston Red Sox salute Derek Jeter.

Clad in a Celtics jacket, Pierce was among a collection of Boston sports stars on hand to greet Jeter during the final game of his career. Pierce, who was traded to the Brooklyn Nets last summer, signed with the Washington Wizards this offseason...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:00 am

W2W4: Media day for Celtics

The Boston Celtics will formally welcome the 2014-15 season on Monday when the entire squad convenes at the team's training facility in Waltham for media day. The eve of training camp is a station-to-station shuttle where Celtics players don their home white uniforms and bounce between media outlets while answering questions, reading promos, posing for pictures and often goof around. It's a dizzying three hours with every player and team official typically available to reporters. There will be an awful lot to digest when the dust settles on Monday afternoon, but here are some of the areas of interest heading into the event:

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