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Celtics Circuit: Five Bold Predictions For Summer

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will be the first chip to fall this summer.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will be the first player to come to Boston.

The Boston Celtics finally finished their 2013-’14 season with a 25-57 record after their 118-102 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Celtics tied the Utah Jazz for the fourth worst record in the NBA. On Friday, the Jazz won the coin toss for the fourth spot in the NBA Lottery.

Before the season began, I predicted the Celtics would finish with 28 wins. There were many games where the Celtics had a chance to win. I also believed that the Celtics would look to trade veterans like Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace. They kept Humphries and Wallace, but the Celtics sent Courtney Lee to the Memphis Grizzlies and Jordan Crawford to the Golden State Warriors. I thought the team would play better when Rajon Rondo returned to the lineup in January, but the Celtics actually were better without Rondo in November and December. At the end of December, the Celtics were 13-18.

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said there would be “fireworks” this off-season. Danny Ainge will attempt to upgrade the Celtics roster. With the Lottery on May 20th, the Celtics will find out where they pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Here are my bold predictions for the summer:

1. Celtics won’t get a top-5 pick in the Draft. The Celtics poor luck will continue in the Lottery. In 1997, the Celtics lost the Tim Duncan sweepstakes  Like in 2007, this misfortune will lead the Celtics to complete a trade.

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Celtics Tweets of Interest: Kelly Olynyk Watches Boston Bruins; Jerryd Bayless Disappointed Over “Boardwalk Empire”

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There are only 11 games left in the regular season for the Boston Celtics. While some Celtics fans’ attention shifted towards the NCAA Tournament, the Celtics were routed in Brooklyn by the Nets on March 21st. The Celtics then fell to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, 99-90.

There were some fans who tuned into the Tournament this weekend so they could see how some of the highly touted players performed on a grand stage, including Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Duke’s Jabari Parker. Both players did not fare well as their teams were unable to make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Duke was upset by an experienced Mercer squad in the second round last Friday and Kansas fell to 10th-seeded Stanford in the third round on Sunday. Parker scored 14 points, but he took 14 shots and only made four from the field. Wiggins was a rather pedestrian 1-of-6 from the floor.

The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn pointed out in a story from Monday’s edition that neither Parker, Wiggins, or any other young athlete should be expected to “Carmelo-ize” a school or NBA team. Washburn was referring to Carmelo Anthony’s immediate success when Anthony led Syracuse to the national championship in April of 2003 as a freshman. Three months later, Anthony became the third overall pick in the NBA Draft for the Denver Nuggets. Danny Ainge even discussed that while the 2014 draft class is talented, this is not the best class.

I was a huge fan of Parker this season with both his ability and competitiveness. He played for an undersized Duke team, but he battled on the glass and displayed a versatile skill set. None of the games has swayed my opinion, but I understand that Parker could have bumps along the road in the NBA. If the Celtics do draft Parker, he will need time to acclimate himself into the NBA. Every superstar has dealt with some kind of adversity early in their careers because they either play for rebuilding organizations (after all there’s a reason why that franchise holds a top-five selection) or they suffer an injury. LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder) competed for teams with losing records in their first few seasons. Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers missed his entire rookie season due to surgery on a broken left kneecap.

The Celtics will not regain instant success with their rebuilding process, but Ainge and the Celtics’ ownership have a proven track record. They will work on drafting and developing their young talent as well as dealing for critical pieces. The Celtics have a list of possibilities this summer when they are able to clear money off their books.

Olynyk was watching the Boston Bruns play the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. Olynyk is a hockey fan because he grew up in Toronto. Unfortunately, the Bruins’ 12-game winning streak ended in a shootout loss. The Bruins clinched a playoff berth last week and they currently own the best record in the NHL.

In another sad note, Bayless sent a tweet expressing his disappointment that next season will be the final season of the hit series, “Boardwalk Empire.” This was a truly entertaining show, but the fifth season will bring forth many intriguing questions about what will happen after last season’s thrilling conclusion.

Celtics Tweets of Interest: Rajon Rondo Recommends “RoboCop;” Jared Sullinger Supports Alma Mater


The Boston Celtics have won four out of their six games in the month of February. They are entering the All-Star break on a sour note after their 104-92 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.
With a week until the trade deadline, the rumors are swirling. Earlier this week, there were reports from the New York Daily News that Danny Ainge was shopping Jeff Green to the Atlanta Hawks. Sam Amick of USA Today mentioned the New York Knicks are willing to take Green or Gerald Wallace in a package that included Rajon Rondo. In the exchange, the Celtics would receive Amar’e Stoudemire and young players. Some Celtics fans are running a swap of Rondo for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook in the ESPN Trade Machine.
The most likely scenario is Ainge will look to unload some of the bigger contracts such as Brandon Bass, Green, Kris Humphries, and Wallace for future draft picks or veterans on short deals. In New York, the Knicks are desperate to add another star next to Carmelo Anthony and they are still holding out hope that Ainge loses his mind. The Knicks do not have any first-round picks to offer unless they swap choices with the Celtics. While fans would like to dream of Westbrook and Kevin Love (reunite UCLA stars) in a Celtics uniform, it would not make any sense for Thunder General Manager Sam Presti to ship his injury-riddled point guard for another point guard who just returned from ACL surgery last month. This does not even take into account that the Thunder extended Westbrook’s contract last year while Rondo will become a free agent in the summer of 2015. While Ainge has been known to make bold moves, my prediction is if he does trade Rondo, then it will come this off-season. The Celtics still have a trade exception from the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce deal this past summer. There is a possibility that multiple moves could happen from the Celtics, but the team is looking to take unwanted money off their books.
The Celtics signed guard Chris Johnson to a contract for the rest of the season. Johnson will cost $320,000 and a non-guaranteed season for next year. This will give the Celtics time to develop Johnson or use him in a trade. The Celtics have one roster spot open and they have less than $1 million to use in a trade before the deadline on February 20th.
Here a couple of tweets while everyone enjoys All-Star Weekend:

Rondo wants his followers to go see the remake of “RoboCop.” The original film with Peter Weller and Joan Allen was great, but Hollywood doesn’t have any unique ideas. This new movie opens on Friday. Hopefully, Rondo is correct and this new “RoboCop” is just as good as the first one.

Sullinger is showing his support for his high school Alma Mater. The 6-foot-8-inch forward played for Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio.They are competing in the Ohio state tournament. Sullinger’s teammate was Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz.

Celtics Tweets of Interest: Jeff Green Shops With Children; Jared Sullinger Sends Christmas Greeting

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The Boston Celtics are enjoying their extended Christmas break this year. In the past five seasons, the Celtics had been showcased as part of the NBA’s Christmas package of games on national television. Since the Celtics lost Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce, the team has no star power. Also, Rajon is Rondo sidelined because of his torn right ACL.

While most pundits and fans believed the Celtics were in a rebuilding stage, the Celtics have surprised everyone. New head coach Brad Stevens has received the most out of his players’ ability. Through 29 games, the Celtics are 12-17 and they are competing for a possible playoff berth. In most years, the Celtics would be considered mediocre, but the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks have been major disappointments. This has left the Celtics to compete with the Toronto Raptors atop the Atlantic Division.

Avery Bradley has emerged as confident outside shooter. Bradley is shooting 41 percent from three-point range this season. Jared Sullinger is proving why he should have been a lottery pick. After undergoing back surgery last February, the second-year forward is averaging 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game. Jordan Crawford was seen as a volume shooter and a malcontent after he lost minutes to John Wall and Bradley Beal with the Washington Wizards, but he has become a capable point guard with the Celtics. While Jeff Green can disappear at times, he is leading the team with 16.1 points per game and has been successful defending players like Carmelo Anthony late in games. Green also made the game-winning three-pointer to beat the Miami Heat on November 9th.

Here are tweets from the players who enjoyed taking time away from their families to support their community and were in Christmas spirit:

On December 18th, Green shopped at Macy’s with 19 children. He attached a picture through Instagram. Green was a proponent of the NBA Give BIG program through social media. He spread holiday cheer to many people, especially children.

Sullinger sent Christmas wishes to his Twitter followers on Wednesday. He also reminded everyone about the religious aspect of Christmas. The 6-foot-9-inch forward’s avatar is a picture with him in a Santa Claus hat. Apparently, Sullinger enjoys the Holiday season like most people.

Celtics Tweets of Interest: Jeff Green Hosts Gucci Event; Phil Pressey Provides Key Plays


The Boston Celtics have won two straight home games over the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves. Four of their next five games are at TD Garden where the Celtics have won five of their previous six games.

This team continues to surprise with players stepping up for each other. Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford struggled with their shot in last Friday’s 90-86 win over the Knicks, but Green excelled on the defensive end as he held Carmelo Anthony to 1-of-8 from the field in the fourth quarter. Avery Bradley (13 points), Jared Sullinger (19), and Brandon Bass (10) all scored in double figures. Vitor Faverani contributed to the Celtics comeback with a three-pointer to cut an 11-point deficit to 79-75 and a layup in the final minute. Courtney Lee added 18 points as the bench produced 38 points.

Sullinger led the team with 24 points and 11 boards in the 101-97 win over the Timberwolves on Monday night. He was also part of a defensive effort that held Minnesota to 38 percent from the field. Kevin Love was only 9-of-26 from the field. Sullinger also hit a trey from the top of the key to give the Celtics a 95-92 advantage that they secured in the final seconds.

The Celtics continue to progress with their young core. Sullinger is developing an outside shot to go with his play in the post. Bradley continues to come up with clutch plays on both ends of the floor whether it is an offensive rebound or a steal off his pressure defense. Crawford has emerged as a steady point guard. Brad Stevens keeps his Belichickian approach on the sidelines with his even-keeled demeanor.

Green hosted an event for the Holidays last Thursday. Some of the proceeds went to Boston Children’s Hospital. This is also part of the NBA Give Back program to inspire others to help those in need during this time.

Phil Pressey tweeted this picture with Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Lee. Sullinger is proud of Pressey after Pressey made a couple of key assists to help the Celtics make their comeback in the fourth quarter against the Knicks. The Celtics had trailed 79-68 early in the fourth before the Celtics went on a 22-5 run to close the contest. Pressey helped engineer the comeback with his play at point guard, especially since Crawford struggled.

Celtics Circuit: Analyzing Celtics-Knicks Trade Rumors

Contrary to reports from New York, Rajon Rondo will not be joining Carmelo Anthony in the near future.

The trade deadline is not until February, but rumors continue to swirl around the Boston Celtics.

Earlier this week, there was an absurd story that the Celtics would send All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to the New York Knicks for A’mare Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, and Iman Shumpert. This trade would not even pass the league because the salaries don’t match. Rondo makes nearly $12 million. The contracts of the three Knicks players are double the amount that Rondo is making this season and next year.

This deal does not even make sense from a talent standpoint. Rondo is among the top players at his position and he is a walking triple-double when healthy. Granted, Rondo is currently rehabbing from right knee surgery last February, but he is only 27 years old and has just two years of his below-market contract.

Stoudemire is being paid $21 million and is averaging just 3.2 points per game this season while coming off the bench for the 3-8 Knicks. He is an over-the-hill veteran at 31 years old who would not serve a role on a rebuilding team until next season when he is an expiring contract.

Felton is 29 years old, but by the time that the Celtics are good again, Felton may lose his skills. He is a solid, yet unspectacular point guard in the mold of Devin Harris. They both can shoot, but neither are great individual defenders.

There are reports that Shumpert had secret knee surgery this past summer. Shumpert shredded his knee in his rookie year in 2011-’12. While Shumpert is a decent role player as a swingman, he will never reach superstar status.

Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge rightfully declined these rumors out of New York. You can count the amount of players that Ainge would trade for Rondo. None of those players come from New York. Ainge could turn around and trade someone like forwards Gerald Wallace or Kris Humphries to the Knicks. The Knicks do not have a first-round pick to trade until 2018 because league rules stipulate that teams cannot deal consecutive first-round selections so the Knicks don’t have much to give that would entice the Celtics to pull the trigger on a trade.

There are other reports on Bleacher Report that the Celtics are talking to the Knicks about sending Wallace and Humphries for Stoudemire. This makes more sense because Stoudemire’s contract ends in the summer of 2015 while Wallace’s contract expires in the following season. The Celtics do not expect to undergo a turnaround like the Boston Red Sox went through this season. While the injury-riddled Stoudemire may not have much left in his playing days, the Celtics are able to free up some money a year earlier. The Celtics will not have a logjam at the wing position with Jeff Green and Wallace.

This is water-cooler talk at the moment. The New York media will continue to throw out trade scenarios because the Knicks are in a stage of desperation. Their marquee player, Carmelo Anthony, is an impending free agent after this season. Like LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009-’10, the Knicks are trying anything in the hopes that Anthony will stay in New York because they realize they are not talented enough to compete for a championship. It also does not help that there is another team in New York (Brooklyn Nets) that the Knicks fight with for front-page headlines.

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