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Celtics Circuit: Celts Acquire Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas can create shots for himself and his teammates.

Isaiah Thomas can create shots for himself and his teammates.

The Boston Celtics were very quiet until the closing minutes of the NBA Trade Deadline on Thursday. The Celtics traded Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns for guard Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas is a 5-foot-9-inch guard who is currently in his fourth season. He was drafted with the 60th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, where he spent his first three seasons. The 26-year-old provides instant scoring as he is averaging 15.2 points per game this season. He is shooting 39.1 percent on three-pointers and he is a great at the pick-and-roll. Thomas is in the first year of a four-year, $27 million contract he signed last summer.

When the Celtics played the Suns at the TD Garden on November 17th, Thomas told reporters that Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge called him during the summer. Ainge expressed interest in Thomas and he was the first person to call Thomas. The Celtics had a crowded backcourt at the time with Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart, and Avery Bradley was in the process of resigning with the Celtics. Since the Celtics unloaded Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in December, they had a need for a guard.

Thornton’s contract was expiring after this season. The first-round pick came from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the three-team deal between the Celtics, Cavaliers, and Brooklyn Nets last summer. The Celtics essentially turned the trade exception from the Nets into Tyler Zeller and Thomas.

In a separate deal, the Celtics shipped forward Tayshaun Prince to the Detroit Pistons for Jonas Jerekbo and Luigi Datome. Jerekbo’s contract expires this summer and its unclear of the Celtics’ plan with Jerekbo past this season. Prince was headed into a buyout so the Celtics acquired a couple of potential assets for him.

Breaking Down The Celtics Draft Picks

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He is a hard nut to crack. He’ll say one thing with conviction, and then do the exact opposite, because Danny Ainge. He is the most interesting GM in the world. He’s built up draft picks and assets, capped off with the recent trades of Rajon Rondo & Jeff Green. The man will never tip his hand, but we can speculate his long-term plan. First, let’s review all of the celtics draft picks:

  • Celtics first-round pick, 2015
  • Celtics second-round pick 2015
  • 76ers first-round pick (2015 or ‘16) Top-14 protected pick. If the first-round pick isn’t conveyed then it turns into second-round picks in 2015 and 2016.
  • Clippers first-round pick, 2015 Unprotected
  • Mavericks first-round pick (2015, ‘16, ‘17, ‘18, ‘19 or ‘20) Protected for picks 1-3, 15-30 in 2015. Protection changes to picks 1-7 in 2016-2020.
  • Timberwolves first-round pick (2015, ‘16 or ‘17 & ’18) Top-12 protected pick in both 2015 and 2016, and if it isn’t conveyed by then it becomes second-round picks in both 2016 and 2017.
  • Celtics first-round pick (2016)
  • Celtics second-round pick (2016)
  • Nets first-round pick, unprotected (2016)
  • Cavaliers first-round pick, protected (2016) This pick is top-10 protected
  • Celtics first-round pick, 2017
  • Celtics second-round pick 2017
  • Nets first-round pick (2017) Celtics can swap picks with the Nets, if the Nets’ pick ends up being higher in the draft than Boston’s. The Celtics would give up an additional second-round pick if they choose to make this swap.
  • Celtics first-round pick, 2018
  • Celtics second-round pick 2018
  • Nets first-round pick, Unprotected (2018)

Hard to be mad when you have those assets. The question remains, what will Danny do with these picks?


When asked about why he acquired so many draft picks, he replied, “picks are always tradable, players are not”, which gives us a feel for what he may do. I have to say, I like where his head is at. It’s fastest way to the top. If Ainge made a trade at the right time to bring in an all-star or two, with Sullinger, Bradley and/or Smart, we are back in business. However, I don’t always trust Danny’s judgement when it comes to player evaluations, which leaves me with an unsettling feeling. If he screws this up, then all we have done here is just waste precious time. So, in summation – big risk, big reward with this rebuild.

Let’s pray it pays big.


Side note: Great win tonight. Hard to believe we’re still in Playoff Contention. Lol @ the Eastern Conference..


Celtics Trade Brandan Wright; Jeff Green Likely On Way Out

Jeff Green appears like he will be soaring into Memphis to play for the Grizzlies.

Jeff Green appears like he will be soaring into Memphis to play for the Grizzlies.

Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge continues to live up to his nickname, “Trader Danny.”

The Celtics shipped forward/center Brandan Wright to the Phoenix Suns on Friday evening for a conditional first-round pick. The selection initially came from the Minnesota Timberwolves so the choice is lottery-protected in 2015 and 2016. If the Celtics don’t receiver the pick, then the Celtics will second rounders in 2016 and 2017.  Also, the Celtics picked up a $5 million trade exception. Since the Suns are already under the salary cap, they were able to trade for Wright without having to send any players in return.

In another potential deal, the Celtics have agreed in principle to send forward Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies. This could turn into a three-team trade along with the New Orleans Pelicans, the Celtics will acquire Tayshaun Prince, John Salmons, and a first-round selection. Prince, a 13-year forward, has a $7.7 million expiring salary. Green has a $9.2 million player option for next season, but the Celtics were in danger of losing Green through restricted free agency in the summer so they wanted to obtain assets for their leading scorer. If the Celtics cannot move Green via a three team trade, the Celtics and Grizzlies will consummate the deal by themselves with Prince and a first-round picking coming to Boston.

Green was averaging 17.6 points per game this season in 33.1 minutes per game. The knock on Green was his inconsistency and his lack of taking over games. Like former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, Green showed his capability such as his 43-point outburst against LeBron James and the Miami Heat on March 18, 2013 when the Heat could not prevent Green from going to his right on dribble penetration to the basket. There have been too many times where Green has disappeared in his three-plus seasons with the Celtics.

Green’s disappearing act has shown in the past month when the Celtics traded Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. In 10 games since the Rondo trade, Green has averaged just 12.7 points per game.

These moves free up space for the Celtics to play rookie James Young along with other youngsters such as Marcus Smart, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Avery Bradley.

The Celtics could have 11 first round picks in the next four years. While the Celtics are struggling right now, they are in the process of building a perennial contender.


Celtics Circuit: Rajon Rondo Traded To Dallas

Rajon Rondo will no longer be the floor leader for the Boston Celtics.

Rajon Rondo will no longer be the floor leader for the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics shipped out their final piece of a golden era on Thursday evening as Rajon Rondo seems to be headed to Dallas to join the Mavericks.

The deal is not yet completed, but it appears both sides are close with just the final pieces being discussed. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics will send Rondo and Dwight Powell to the Mavericks for point guard Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, a 2015 first-round pick, and a future second-rounder.

Rondo delighted Celtics fans for the past eight-plus seasons with his precision passes. The mercurial point guard reportedly clashed with former coach Doc Rivers. He is the final member of the 2008 championship team. Rondo said that he was interested in testing free agency next summer.

The ninth-year veteran will join Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, and Chandler Parsons. Rondo can afford to take more chances on defense with Tyson Chandler roaming down low. The Mavericks already have two pick-and-roll guards in Ellis and Jose Juan Barea. Dallas is the best offensive team in the NBA, but they are currently sixth in the loaded Western Conference.

Nelson, who is 32 years old, has struggled in 23 games this season for the Mavericks. The six-foot guard averaged 7.3 points per game with just 4.1 assists. He is shooting just 37% from the field this season. The Celtics could trade Nelson before the deadline since Nelson has just a year and a half on his contract.

Wright is a unique talent with his size and athleticism. The seventh-year veteran had trouble finding a place with the Golden State Warriors early in his career, but he really came into his own for the Mavericks. The 6-foot-9-inch forward is shooting about 75% from the field through 27 games off the bench. Wright’s specialty is scoring off of pick-and-rolls, which would have helped if Rondo was still with the Celtics. Since Wright has an expiring contract at $5 million, the Celtics could flip Wright before the trading deadline in February.

Crowder brings energy on the defensive side of the ball and Brad Stevens could use Crowder to trap opponents. If Crowder can display the talent he showed at Marquette, Celtics fans will be pleased. Despite being undersized, Crowder can ignite the crowd with his athleticism.

The Celtics now have three first-round selections in 2015 and 2016. Although two of those picks in 2015 will come later in the opening round, Danny Ainge has a solid history with those higher picks. Players such as Kendrick Perkins (27th pick, 2003) and Tony Allen (25th, 2004) were part of the rebuilding process and they developed into valuable contributors during the Celtics’ title run in 2008. Also, the Celtics picked up a $12.9 million trade exception, which they have a year to use.

Even though this doesn’t look like a strong move for the Celtics, they added more assets to use in their rebuilding project. The Celtics were able to get something in return for a player who may not be with the team next year.

Celtics Late Game Struggles Continue

As one famous Bostonian put it: “It’s the same old story, same old song and dance, my friends.”

The Celtics can’t seem to snap out of their late game woes, as any win-able game has seemed to slip out of sight. The way they have played, they’ve found a ton of different ways to lose in the fourth quarter of games. Honestly, it wouldn’t be too far off to call them choke artists.

How brutal has the late game play been? Over the last 9 games (1-8), the Celtics have been outscored by 76 points in the fourth quarter alone. In comparison, during the first three quarters the Celtics have outscored opponents by 11 points.

A combination of bad team defense, and careless, sloppy and unexecuted offense plagues this team at the most critical points. You could peg this on inexperience in late game situations (duh). You could make the case they run out of intensity and energy late in games too, sure.

Losing close games is much better for this team compared to last year, when the Celtics would not even be in close games. Still, it is very frustrating to watch games lost so dramatically and so pitifully in the fourth quarter. Tough times are bound to happen when in rebuilding with a young team and second year coach. They should not however, lose large 4th quarter leads in 6 out of the last 9 games. Needless to say, if I am Brad Stevens I am going to back to drawing board.

From this rough patch, the season could play out one of two ways. Before you learn how to win, you need to learn how to lose.. yadi yadi yada. The more close game situations this team faces, the more opportunities this team work out the kinks and find ways to win games. The team will find out their best go-to-players, late-game lineups, out of bounds plays, etc.

Or, they’ll continue to flail down the stretch of games. They won’t figure out how to win close games, which will hurt their confidence, and more so, their record. Marquee players like Green, Bass and Rondo will look to be shipped out of town. Rumors are already surfacing – don’t expect them to go away anytime soon if the Celtics continue to hand over games.

I’m not convinced the 4th quarter woes will subside. The team has not found a go-to player, which is a huge issue. The closest thing they have is Jeff Green. If I were Brad Stevens, I would integrate and test out a few different bench players to play with the starters down the stretch. Particularly shooters and play-makers on offense, like Marcus Thorton, Marcus Smart or even someone like James Young. If they hit a big shot or play well down the stretch, try them out again and see if they can come through for the team.


Marcus Thorton Shot

The Celtics desperately need clutch 4th quarter play. Could a guy like Marcus Thorton be the answer?


The Celtics are a young team, and because they are young, they lack leadership and go-to clutch playing down the stretch. These things need to be a priority for the month of December for coach Stevens.

The schedule gets easier for the C’s in the month of December. That, and the addition of Marcus Smart will solidify this team on both sides of the ball. In short, the Celtics have to dig themselves out of a hole and get close to .500 by the new year.

We will learn a lot about what this team is in the coming month. Their resiliency and mental toughness is being challenged after to a dreadful, heartbreaking month of November. How they play in December will be an indication as to what kind of team they will be for the rest of the regular season.


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Celtics Tweets of Interest: C’s Inconsistent Play Continues

celticsThe Boston Celtics followed up their best win of the season to this point with back-to-back home losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Such is the fate of a young team who cannot play consistently from quarter to quarter.

On November 8th, the Celtics traveled to Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back and held onto a 106-101 over the Bulls. Both teams were without their star point guards. The Celtics’ Rajon Rondo had to get a screw removed from his surgically repaired left hand. Meanwhile, the Bulls’ Derrick Rose sat out with a sore hamstring that has forced him to miss several games early in the season.

In the 109-94 loss to the Thunder, the Celtics jumped out to an 18-3 advantage over a shorthanded Thunder squad. Reggie Jackson and Anthony Morrow (both players scored 28 points) led the Thunder backcourt in a second-half comeback to wipe out the Celtics. The Thunder shot 14-of-19 from the field in the fourth quarter. This was the most frustrating loss of the season because the Thunder have been reeling without Kevin Durant (fractured foot) and Russell Westbrook (broken hand). After a strong first quarter by the Celtics, their play fell off and they failed to show much effort in the second half.

The Celtics fell to the Cavaliers with another poor fourth quarter performance. The Celtics held a 19-point lead in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers were 13-of-17 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving nailed three straight three-pointers to cut the Celtics’ lead to 10 and LeBron James posted 40 points to give the Cavaliers a 122-121 victory. The Celtics had a chance to win the game on their final possession, but Rondo was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded.

The Celtics are 3-5 and the schedule does not get any easier. Their next game is at home on Monday against the Phoenix Suns, who just missed the playoffs last year in the stacked Western Conference.

Here are the notable tweets from this week:

The country celebrated Veterans’ Day on Tuesday. Rondo sent this tweet in support of the United States’ military who protect Americans and the world everyday.

ESPN had another great documentary on Randy Moss on Tuesday. The documentary depicted Moss’ upbringing in Rand, West Virginia. Moss reached stardom at Marshall University as a wide receiver, but he dealt with off-field problems throughout his college and early NFL career. The 6-foot-4-inch wide receiver is considered one of the best players of all-time. He broke Jerry Rice’s single-season record for touchdown catches (23) in 2007 with the New England Patriots. Celtics guard Marcus Thornton was one of the viewers for this special on Moss.

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