Celtics: Running Thread

Posted by: Tom Nolette on Wed Jun 22nd, 2016 7:33 am
[size=120:terxm2cd]Celtics' draft night likely busy thanks to cache of picks [/size:terxm2cd]FOXSports.com - WALTHAM, MA - JULY 5: New Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens (R) is introduced to the media by President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge July 5, 2013 in Waltham, Massachusetts.http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/celt ... cks-062116
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Wed Jun 22nd, 2016 7:35 am
[size=120:3h0bimb1]Can Danny Ainge convert picks into progress?[/size:3h0bimb1]The day Danny Ainge signed on in May 2003 as the Celtics’ basketball operations czar, the doors opened and players started to circulate.Needing a scorer, he traded for the irrepressible Ricky Davis, prompting coach Jim O’Brien to resign, miffed as he was over losing his glue guy, Eric Williams, in the trade. Ainge traded Antoine Walker twice, once for Raef LaFrentz. So there were as many misses as hits in this process.But Ainge’s draft sense quickly progressed, to the point where, five years into the job, he was able to trade assets for a big NBA star.http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celt ... o_progress
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Wed Jun 22nd, 2016 7:36 am
[size=120:ytumjeak]How an NBA Executive Unearths Hidden Gems Around the Globe[/size:ytumjeak]BOSTON — Long gone are the days when international prospects were the stuff of novelty. Kristaps Porzingis putback dunks, Giannis Antetokounmpo coast-to-coast drives and Rudy Gobert contests at the rim further validate the world's place in the NBA.At the start of the 2013-14 season, more than 20 percent of the NBA was foreign-born, according to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, and now you'd have an impossible time finding an all-American roster.It's also hard to find a team better positioned to take advantage of the foreign influx available in the 2016 NBA draft than the Boston Celtics. Boston's front office has accumulated eight of the 60 selections available, which equals 13.3 percent of the entire class. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2647 ... -the-globe
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Thu Jun 23rd, 2016 5:33 am
[size=120:18yf4hb4]The case for Kris Dunn to the Celtics at No. 3[/size:18yf4hb4]Ever since the pingpong balls delivered the Boston Celtics the No. 3 pick in a 2016 NBA draft headlined by two players, most Celtics fans have had two preferred draft-night outcomes. Plan A: Trade the pick for an established talent. Plan B: Draft any of the next-tier players not named Kris Dunn.If there weren't enough angst as the Celtics reportedly struggle to find a willing and desirable trade partner, some Celtics fans cringed when ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Andy Katz both reported on the eve of the draft that Dunn would draw heavy consideration from Boston if it held onto the No. 3 pick.http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/ ... cs-at-no-3
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Thu Jun 23rd, 2016 5:35 am
[size=120:3apchj0r]DeMarcus Cousins to Boston Celtics at the NBA Draft? Playing Danny Ainge to make it happen in a mock draft[/size:3apchj0r]Over the past week, I did my best Danny Ainge impression as part of the Hardwood Paroxysm mock draft, in which internet basketball writers take on the role of general manager of a team and draft and trade for their assigned franchise. In lieu of any big Celtics draft news, here's what I — as faux Danny Ainge — accomplished in the 2016 NBA draft. (Read the full mock here.)The No. 3 pickInitially, the general manager of the Phoenix Suns contacted me, asking to move up from No. 4 to No. 3 with the addition of Alex Len (sending back James Young and a late pick to make salaries work). This was a solid offer: Len, at worst, would be Boston's best big off the bench, and could pair nicely with Olynyk. I was perfectly happy to draft Jaylen Brown instead of Dragan Bender, but it seemed possible as the draft approached that bigger prizes could shake loose.http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.s ... cus_c.html
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Thu Jun 23rd, 2016 5:39 am
[size=120:1ct7vjl8]DRAPER: WORRIED ABOUT DANNY AINGE OVERVALUING CELTICS PLAYERS[/size:1ct7vjl8]http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/dra ... cs-players
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Thu Jun 23rd, 2016 5:40 am
[size=120:2l228l37]Boston Celtics Trade Rumors: No. 3 Pick Offered To Utah Jazz For Gordon Hayward, To Chicago Bulls For Jimmy Butler[/size:2l228l37] There have been a lot of Boston Celtics trade rumors about that first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The top two selections have been pretty easy to predict, as Ben Simmons of LSU is expected to go to the Philadelphia 76ers with the No.http://www.inquisitr.com/3232426/boston ... my-butler/
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Thu Jun 23rd, 2016 6:10 am
[size=120:146iujon]2016 NBA Draft (Thursday, 7 p.m EST, ESPN).[/size:146iujon],,, And this is Simmons, the subject of great NBA interest for many years, a teen sensation in Australia before attending high school in Florida and going to LSU as a mega-recruit standing in a publicity storm. He was a 6-10 freshman who handled the ball on the run, had a high basketball IQ at 19 years old and delivered crisp passes in a pairing of body and style that turned front offices into heretics."He's LeBron James physically with Magic Johnson's passing," one executive told NBA.com. "It's ridiculous.... The way he plays, the game slows down for him."(Said another exec, understanding the burden being dropped on Simmons: "That's not fair.")http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/s ... adlinest3a
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Thu Jun 23rd, 2016 6:16 am
any thought on how this plays out .. top draft pick or bundle for trade.
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Thu Jun 23rd, 2016 6:18 am
let the fun begin in the NBA roster shuffle ....[size=120:o08x262s]REPORT: TEAGUE, HILL, PICK SWAPPED IN THREE-TEAM DEAL[/size:o08x262s]HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks are all trying to solve their point guard issues on the eve of Thursday night’s Draft, engaging in a reported three-team deal that would send Hawks All-Star Jeff Teague home to the Pacers, Pacers veteran George Hill to Utah and the No. 12 pick the Jazz own to the Hawks.The proposed deal, first reported by The Vertical, cannot be finalized until July, for salary cap purposes.Teague’s departure would indicate the Hawks are ready to turn over their starting point guard spot to Dennis Schroder. The Pacers, under new coach Nate McMillan, would have a homegrown product (Teague starred at Pike High School in Indianapolis) to pair with All-NBA forward Paul George. Pacers boss Larry Bird decided the franchise needed a new leader after this season, replacing Frank Vogel with McMillan, and clearly wants a younger and more dynamic floor leader for his team.http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/2 ... :nbahpt16c