Brad Stevens won’t be giving instructions to Rajon Rondo for too long.
The Boston Celtics come into the 2014-’15 season with similar questions from the end of last year. Will Rajon Rondo, who is a free agent next summer, still be with the team at the end of the season? How will Marcus Smart fare in his rookie season?
The Celtics did not improve their team from the 25-win 2013-’14 squad. Many prognosticators are predicting the Celtics to finish with a similar record this year.
When the season starts on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, Rondo might be on the floor. The All-Star point guard broke his left hand on September 26th. He has missed all of training camp and he just went through his first full-contact workout on Friday.
During a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday night, Rajon Rondo was asked what his favorite NFL team was. He didn’t answer with the Patriots, but instead said the Bruins.
Its a bit surprising he didn’t know the Bruins played hockey considering they play in the same building the Celtics do, but in his defense, the Bruins could probably win more games than the Jaguars! Just give Patrice Bergeron the pigskin, and I’m sure he could find the end zone!
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo added more fuel for his critics with the story of his broken left hand.
As the Boston Celtics prepare to begin training camp on Tuesday, the team issued a press release on Friday night that Rajon Rondo fractured his left hand when he suffered a fall at his home.
Rondo will be out 6-8 weeks. This means that Rondo could miss the first month of the season. Brian Robb of CelticsHub said that Rondo could be out for 10-15 games.
The injury is to Rondo’s non-shooting hand, but this diminishes his trade value. Rondo is entering the final year of his contract and he has made statements that he is willing to test free agency next summer.
Will the 2014-’15 season be Rajon Rondo’s last year with the Boston Celtics?
The Boston Celtics released their schedule for the 2014-’15 season on Wednesday. The Celtics will play only one nationally televised game on January 14th at home against the Atlanta Hawks. This means the Celtics are not a premier team in the NBA.
Their lone star (Rajon Rondo) is in the final year of his contract. Their roster is filled with either players who have been disappointments (Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and Tyler Zeller) and rookies like Marcus Smart and James Young.
The Celtics schedule in November looks to be daunting. They have to travel to Houston (Rockets), Dallas (Mavericks), and Chicago Bulls. The only game where they could be favored is on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers. Then they have a six-game road trip through the Western Conference from January 19th through January 28th.
Here are some notable games for Celtics fans to look forward to.
-October 29th – The Celtics open the season versus the Brooklyn Nets at the Garden. Kevin Garnett could be back with the Nets. This might be Garnett’s final season in the NBA.
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens joined in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week.
The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS has created widespread attention, especially among the professional teams in Boston. New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and Boston Bruins forwards Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand have been shown on the local news completing the Challenge.
On Monday, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens accepted his challenge from WEEI.com’s Ben Rohrbach.
Stevens dedicated his efforts to his friend Matt White and Boston College Sports Information Director Dick Kelley, who died of ALS in 2011. The second-year coach challenged all of the Celtics fans.
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and newly signed Evan Turner participated in the Challenge.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has gained widespread attention for ALS and the Pete Frates #3 Fund. Frates was a former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012. The ALS Association has reportedly raised $1.3 million since the end of July.
The Boston Celtics will be Evan Turner’s third team in five months.
The Boston Celtics bolstered their roster with the addition of veteran swingman Evan Turner on Monday. Turner’s deal will be for a portion of the midlevel exception.
The 25-year-old Turner has played in the NBA for four seasons. He spent three and a half years with the Philadelphia 76ers where he was taken with the 2nd overall pick in 2010. Turner was shipped to the Indiana Pacers in February. He has averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. While the 6-foot-7-inch Turner is talented, but mercurial. He got into a fistfight with fellow Pacers teammate Lance Stephenson (he has his own demons) before Game 1 of the Pacers’ first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
This summer, the Pacers refused to give Turner an $8.7 million qualifying offer, thus making Turner a free agent. Turner is looking to reinvent his career after a tough few months with the Pacers. The guard played limited minutes with the Pacers in their run to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Celtics have a crowded back court since they drafted Marcus Smart and James Young in June. They also resigned Avery Bradley and traded for Marcus Thornton. Rajon Rondo is entering the final season of his contract. Also, the Celtics have 18 players committed to $80 million, which is over the luxury tax threshold. The Celtics have three non-guaranteed contracts that could push them below the threshold. They also could be using Turner or one of their other guards to acquire future assets like they did with MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford last year.