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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:46 am

Hayward meets...Summer League Starts Tonight

SALT LAKE CITY — The Celtics are comfortable in the belief they made a strong pitch to free agent Gordon Hayward yesterday, but now comes the more difficult part of the process. Waiting.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star wing left Boston on a 5:30 p.m. flight after his session with the C’s, returning to his home near San Diego. He will host the incumbent Jazz today, finishing up a three-city swing that also saw him in Miami on Saturday.

There are reports Hayward plans to make his decision known by tomorrow or Wednesday, but a source close to the player said he could let teams know his decision as early as tonight.

In any case, each hour can seem like a day for the Celts, who have placed their hopes of adding an All-Star in his basket.

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celt ... best_pitch

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:10 am

Tatum Hits Game-Winner in Summer League Debut; Hayward Decision Looms

If Jayson Tatum's Summer League debut was an indication of what's to come, the Boston Celtics made the right choice with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

The Duke product drilled the game-winning jumper to give his Celtics an 89-88 victory over No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz and the Philadelphia 76ers in Monday's contest:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2719 ... ultz-76ers

Stevens well aware of roster continuity issues
SALT LAKE CITY — The Celtics already have lost one starter with Amir Johnson’s signing in Philadelphia, and they tried to trade away two more in a package for Paul George.

This is, mind you, a 53-win team that went to the conference finals, and yet. . . .

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celt ... ity_issues


Hayward likely to make signing decision Tuesday

Another NBA free agency season and another July 4 declaration it is.

Nearly a year after Kevin Durant made his choice to sign with the Golden State Warriors on Independence Day, a person with knowledge of Gordon Hayward’s situation told USA TODAY Sports that the free agent forward is likely to make his choice to sign with his former Utah Jazz squad, the Miami Heat, or the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of negotiations.

The 27-year-old All-Star small forward met with the Heat in Miami on Saturday, the Celtics in Boston on Sunday and — according to the Deseret News — the Jazz in San Diego on Monday, where Hayward and his wife Robyn have an offseason home.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:07 pm

Thank You, Utah

This has been the toughest decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life. This weekend has probably been the longest weekend of my life. And today … well, today has definitely been one of the craziest days of my life. But I wanted to make sure that I got this right.

As you can see, it’s taken me a while, and thanks to everyone for their patience. I can’t even begin to count the number of conversations I’ve had with my wife, Robyn, and the rest of my inner-circle, since the season ended, and all the way up to this evening — just going through every possible angle, in every potential direction.

My meetings with all three teams during this process — Miami, Boston and Utah — were just unbelievable. They couldn’t have been more impressive. Each meeting left me convinced that the team I’d just met with was the right fit. And even after I slept on it last night, while I was leaning heavily in one direction … I still wasn’t 100-percent convinced about what I wanted to do.

And I guess it’s pretty crazy. Because seven years later, I had to make an even tougher decision — and again, Coach Stevens and I found ourselves at a crossroads together. And again, he was the person I knew I could count on the most.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:09 am

Hayward is both everything the Celtics are and everything they need

Over the past several weeks, the resolve of Danny Ainge has been challenged far and wide. He passed on a deal for Jimmy Butler and possibly missed out with regard to Paul George. He had one last chance to maintain his franchise’s steady upward trajectory.

Then the one of the craziest free agency days in recent memory began, reminiscent of the DeAndre Jordan saga that put the league on pause two offseasons ago.

As fireworks rang out across the nation, a supernova was erupting in Boston. When the smoke cleared, Gordon Hayward was a Celtic, announcing his move in a lengthy Players Tribune column that memorialized his time with the Utah Jazz and declared the start of his hunt for the title with his college coach Brad Stevens in Boston.

For the second straight summer, Ainge picked a 3 at the 3rd pick in the draft and signed one of the top free agents on his board. The march toward contention continues on. The tale of free agents shunning Boston is turned to fable.

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Boston has to clear cap space

The Boston Celtics got their man. Well…kind of. They have an agreement to sign Gordon Hayward. But getting there is going to be almost as interesting as the circus-like day leading up to Hayward agreeing to sign in Boston.

The Celtics, as currently constructed, do not have the cap space to sign Hayward to a maximum contract outright. Boston has several free agents who have cap holds that will need to be renounced in order to clear space for Hayward to sign. Chief among these is Kelly Olynyk, who as tendered a qualifying offer prior to free agency to make him a restricted free agent. Per several reports, the Celtics are rescinding Olynyk’s qualifying offer and will make him an unrestricted free agent. He’ll join Gerald Green, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson (reportedly agreed to a deal with the 76ers) and James Young as unrestricted free agents.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:59 am

Tatum was outstanding yet again, but the Spurs beat the C's with 3s

Jayson Tatum continues to demonstrate his maturity and poise as a young player by notching a double-double Wednesday night against the Spurs

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HAYWARD SIGN-AND-TRADE OPTIONS

When Gordon Hayward announced that he would be signing in Boston everyone knew that the team would need to clear a few salaries to make enough space for a maximum salary. The initial read on this by most people, including me, was that the salary cap decrease from the projected $101M to $99M meant that they would need to shed someone making at least as much as Marcus Smart, with the obvious choice between he, Avery Bradley, or Jae Crowder.

If the team waived or traded out Jordan Mickey, stashed Guerschon Yabusele out of the NBA, and then traded out Terry Rozier and Demetrius Jackson for no incoming salary they would be left about $300,000 short of the max slot promised to Hayward. The issue in this series of moves was something called an incomplete roster charge. If a team has fewer than 12 players accounted for, a number of incomplete charges up to 12 are assigned each at the value of the league’s minimum salary, currently $815,615.

In the above example, the team would be left with eight players (Horford, Bradley, Crowder, Thomas, Tatum, Brown, Smart, Zizic) meaning they would have four incomplete charges assigned. The problem is that when you sign a free agent the spot that they fill is not accounted for until AFTER they sign, so you still have to count all four holds when signing the player.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:42 am

Olynyk taking his talents to South Beach - will sign with Heat

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Busy summer remains for Danny Ainge as he aims to fill out #Celtics

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:14 am

Ainge probably not done wheeling and dealing

LAS VEGAS — With yesterday’s trade of Avery Bradley to clear cap space for Gordon Hayward and loosen a logjam at shooting guard, the Celtics have pretty much set their roster.

Or have they?

“No, we’re not comfortable yet,” Danny Ainge told the Herald. “We do like our team, but we’re still going to search things out to see if we can find anything that makes us better this offseason.”

Having acquired Marcus Morris from Detroit for Bradley and a second-round draft pick, the Celts can now at least be more patient with their investigations. They don’t have to make another trade, but with desirable players under good contracts and future draft picks aplenty, Ainge can wait for the right deals to present themselves as he sees over the summer and even into the first few months of the regular season how much he can expect from Jaylen Brown and rookies Jayson Tatum, Ante Zizic and Guerschon Yabusele.

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celt ... nd_dealing

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:22 am

Tatum emulates Paul Pierce in Celtics Summer League Win over Lakers

LAS VEGAS — The Paul Pierce comparisons have chased him from Boston to Vegas, but Jayson Tatum is embracing and fulfilling them. With feathery feet and a hawkish wingspan, Tatum put on the defining performance of his summer league tour Saturday in an 86-81 Celtics win over the Lakers at the Thomas and Mack Center.

With a comprehensive mid-post game and a polished step back, summer league coach Walter McCarty experienced some deja vu harkening back to his early days wearing a Celtics jersey.

“He reminds me a lot of Paul Pierce when he was young," McCarty said after Tatum’s 27-point performance. "He has that ability just to be cool. He doesn't get too frantic. He doesn't get nervous. He just lets the game come to him. And he's got a quiet swag about him. It's really fun to watch him when he does it. I get excited just watching him. And we've just got to keep building on that."

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:38 am

The Celtics move to 2-0 in Vegas following their 70-64 victory over the Blazers

Recap: https://t.co/xtvPGiQVvg

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:12 am

Do the Boston Celtics have a rebounding problem?

The Boston Celtics’ offseason isn’t over, but it’s probably mostly complete. Landing All-Star wing Gordon Hayward was clearly the team’s most important move of the summer. It increased the Celtics’ ceiling substantially, and while it may not have made them a front runner for the Larry O’Brien trophy, or even for the Eastern Conference crown, it did inch them ever closer to title contention.

The move also added to Boston’s glut of perimeter players. After agreeing to a deal with Hayward, the Celtics were left with only two traditional big men beyond Al Horford, Ante Zizic and Gerschon Yabusele, both of whom are rookies, and as such they are relatively unknown commodities. The Celtics have been working to rebalance the roster since that point, swapping Avery Bradley for Marcus Morris and signing Aron Baynes in free agency.

Morris is more of a small forward than anything else, but he possesses the size needed to function as a nominal power forward. Baynes is a center through and through. Both players are big, strong, and more than willing to mix it up in the paint—the type of grinders Boston was sorely lacking down low last year.

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