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Celtics Circuit: Not Many Changes From 2013-’14

Brad Stevens won't be giving instructions to Rajon Rondo for too long.

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 camp, the Celtics have had more moving parts than Freshmen bringing their belongings into their dorm rooms on Labor Day. Danny Ainge packed Keith Bogans and his non-guaranteed $5.3 million salary to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the non-guaranteed deals of John Lucas, Erik Murphy, and Malcolm Thomas. Also, the Celtics acquired forward Dwight Powell, who was the only player with a guaranteed contract in the transaction. The Celtics gave up their second-round picks for 2015 and ’17 that are top-55 protected by the Sacramento Kings. The Celtics also received the Cavaliers’ second-round selections in 2016 and ’17. During this month, the Celtics released Lucas, Murphy, and Thomas. They also waived key contributors from last year’s team such as Chris Johnson and Chris Babb. In another transaction, the Celtics shipped Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for guard Will Bynum. Currently, the Celtics have 16 players on their roster, but they are expected to either release Bynum or trade him this weekend.

Fans should expect the Celtics to make more moves during the regular season. Brandon Bass is also in the last year of his contract and the Celtics could move him before the trading deadline in February. Evan Turner could be like Jordan Crawford from last year. Turner is in the first year of a two-year contract that will pay him a total of $6.7 million. The fourth-year veteran was the second pick in the 2010 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. When he was traded to the Indiana Pacers last February, he failed to help the Pacers beat the Miami Heat and he barely played in the postseason. The 6-foot-7-inch swingman does not have a defined position and he has a history of clashing with coaches and teammates. Turner needs to prove the naysayers wrong and build himself into a proven commodity.

The Celtics have a lot of depth at guard and forward. They lack a true center who can protect the rim and they do not have a go-to scorer down the stretch.

Rondo, Smart, and Phil Pressey will be the point guards. When the Celtics drafted Smart with the sixth choice in the NBA Draft, Brad Stevens said that he could use Rondo and Smart on the floor together. Though,neither player can shoot from the perimeter. While Avery Bradley improved his three-point shooting to 36 percent last season, he is not as much of a threat from the outside. Also, Bradley has never been able to play a full season. The most games Bradley has played has been 64 in the lockout-shortened 2011-’12 season. He suffered two broken shoulders in the playoffs. The Celtics’ other first-round pick, James Young, has struggled with injuries throughout training camp and he has hardly seen the floor during the preseason. Young is expected to play very few minutes this year. Marcus Thornton brings instant scoring off the bench, but he is not a very good defender.

The Celtics have Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace, and Turner at the small forward position. Both Green and Turner are high picks who have been maddeningly inconsistent in their careers. Wallace is coming off arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee and ankle in March. Ainge is just hoping that some team will take Wallace (with two years left on his deal) off the books. Bass and Jared Sullinger are both undersized power forwards. Sullinger is still developing his outside game, but he is a tenacious rebounder and he still carries a chip on his shoulder from being overlooked by lottery teams in the 2012 NBA Draft. Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller will be expected to man the center position as Zeller is the only legitimate 7-footer on the roster. Olynyk has an array of offensive skills and the hope is that Olynyk will be a force by being able to stretch the opposing center outside.  The Celtics also do not have an inside scoring threat.

Prediction: The Celtics will finish with 23 wins this year. The schedule in November is a beast and fans will see more of the same from last year. Rondo will be traded during the season and the Celtics will have to take something at less than face value. Bass’ expiring contract will bring back something significant. The Celtics will accumulate more draft picks during this season. Green and Wallace will still be in Boston in April.



Celtics Circuit: Rajon Rondo’s Broken Hand; Keith Bogans Trade

Rajon Rondo

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.

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Celtics Circuit: C’s Release 2014-’15 Schedule

Will the 2014-'15 season be Rajon Rondo's last year with the Boston Celtics?

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.

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Celtics Circuit: Brad Stevens Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens joined in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week.

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.

Celtics Circuit: C’s Sign Evan Turner

Evan Turner Boston Sports Then & Now

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.

Celtics Circuit: Celtics’ Trade Opens Possibilities For Future

Tyler Zeller

Celtics Trading With The Nets Again

For the second time in a year, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets were involved in a trade on Wednesday.

The interesting difference is that this time there was a third team in the mix. The Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to create space in their cap to sign LeBron James.

The Celtics received Marcus Thornton from the Nets. Tyler Zeller and a protected 2016 first-round pick were sent by the Cavs to Boston.

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