Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

This will probably come as a relief to plenty of Celtics fans, but Yahoo is reporting that Dwight Howard has signed a three-year, $70 million contract with his hometown Atlanta Hawks.

Howard had been expected to meet with the Celtics in the coming days, but he canceled all of his remaining visits after striking a deal with the Hawks.

Howard, 30, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy by the Magic. He has averaged 17.8 points and 12.7 rebounds for his career, and has also played with the Lakers and Rockets.

He reached the Finals in 2009 by knocking out the defending champion Celtics in the second round after the C’s had taken a 3-2 series lead. He averaged 16.4 points and 17.1 rebounds in that series before losing in the Finals to the Lakers.

Howard had been linked to the Celtics this offseason, but his back-to-the-basket game didn’t necessarily fit Brad Stevens’ system. The C’s are expected to make a hard push for Hawks big man Al Horford, who becomes expendable with Howard now in the fold.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

This will probably come as a relief to plenty of Celtics fans, but Yahoo is reporting that Dwight Howard has signed a three-year, $70 million contract with his hometown Atlanta Hawks.

Howard had been expected to meet with the Celtics in the coming days, but he canceled all of his remaining visits after striking a deal with the Hawks.

Howard, 30, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy by the Magic. He has averaged 17.8 points and 12.7 rebounds for his career, and has also played with the Lakers and Rockets.

He reached the Finals in 2009 by knocking out the defending champion Celtics in the second round after the C’s had taken a 3-2 series lead. He averaged 16.4 points and 17.1 rebounds in that series before losing in the Finals to the Lakers.

Howard had been linked to the Celtics this offseason, but his back-to-the-basket game didn’t necessarily fit Brad Stevens’ system. The C’s are expected to make a hard push for Hawks big man Al Horford, who becomes expendable with Howard now in the fold.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Say goodbye to Evan Turner.

One of the symbols of the resurgent Celtics under head coach Brad Stevens, Turner signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday before taking to social media to thank the Celtics and their fans for two transformative years.

Say goodbye to Evan Turner.

One of the symbols of the resurgent Celtics under head coach Brad Stevens, Turner signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday before taking to social media to thank the Celtics and their fans for two transformative years.

Turner told the Boston Globe that the Blazers told him to sit tight while they negotiated with forward Chandler Parsons, who ended up signing with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Blazers immediately turned their attention to Turner, telling him that he’d be a starter on a team that went 44-38 and won a round in the playoffs before being dispatched by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semis.

Turner, 27, averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists last season. He signed with the Celtics as a free agent before the 2014-15 season, and over the next two years remade himself from bust of a No. 2 overall pick into a solid jack-of-all-trades on a playoff team.

“It’s tough to leave,” Turner told the Globe. “I liked Boston a lot, bro. The organization, and it’s just a sports city and the city is super nice. If you put money and everything aside, I would play in Boston every single day of the week. Seeing all those Hall of Famers come back and everything, that’s a real franchise.

“I was just having fun playing again. When I played in Philly, it was pure hell. But to go to Boston and rock out and play was crazy. And to play in Portland is going to be fun, too.”

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Say goodbye to Evan Turner.

One of the symbols of the resurgent Celtics under head coach Brad Stevens, Turner signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday before taking to social media to thank the Celtics and their fans for two transformative years.

Turner told the Boston Globe that the Blazers told him to sit tight while they negotiated with forward Chandler Parsons, who ended up signing with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Blazers immediately turned their attention to Turner, telling him that he’d be a starter on a team that went 44-38 and won a round in the playoffs before being dispatched by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semis.

Turner, 27, averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists last season. He signed with the Celtics as a free agent before the 2014-15 season, and over the next two years remade himself from bust of a No. 2 overall pick into a solid jack-of-all-trades on a playoff team.

“It’s tough to leave,” Turner told the Globe. “I liked Boston a lot, bro. The organization, and it’s just a sports city and the city is super nice. If you put money and everything aside, I would play in Boston every single day of the week. Seeing all those Hall of Famers come back and everything, that’s a real franchise.

“I was just having fun playing again. When I played in Philly, it was pure hell. But to go to Boston and rock out and play was crazy. And to play in Portland is going to be fun, too.”

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

It won’t just be Isiah Thomas helping the Celtics recruit free agents this weekend, as Jae Crowder reportedly will as well.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Crowder will be present at the meetings with both Kevin Durant and Al Horford.

The meeting with Horford is reportedly Friday night, while the meeting with Durant is reportedly on Saturday.

It won’t just be Isiah Thomas helping the Celtics recruit free agents this weekend, as Jae Crowder reportedly will as well.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Crowder will be present at the meetings with both Kevin Durant and Al Horford.

The meeting with Horford is reportedly Friday night, while the meeting with Durant is reportedly on Saturday.

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WEEI

WALTHAM – While Danny Ainge and the front office staff is furiously trying to build their roster for next season as free agency is officially underway, the Celtics have set one roster. The group that will head out and compete in the two Summer Leagues were announced Friday. 

Jaylen Brown speaks to reporters in Waltham for the first time. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Jaylen Brown will be getting his first taste of NBA action in Summer League. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

WALTHAM – While Danny Ainge and the front office staff is furiously trying to build their roster for next season as free agency is officially underway, the Celtics have set one roster. The group that will head out and compete in the two Summer Leagues were announced Friday. 

2016 Draft Picks Jaylen Brown, Guerschon Yabusele, Ben Bentil, Demetrius Jackson and Abdel Nader will join current Celtics Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey and James Young as members of the team’s Utah Jazz and Las Vegas Summer League squads.

They will be joined on the roster by 2015 Celtics second round draft pick Marcus Thornton, free agents Malcolm Miller and Corey Walden, who both appeared on the 2015 Celtics Training Camp roster, and JayVaughn Pinkston and Mouphtaou Yarou, a pair of Villanovans, neither of whom played on this year’s national championship squad. Pinkston played this past season for the Maine Red Claws. 

The Celtics continued Summer League practices Friday in Waltham. The team leaves Sunday for Salt Lake City. 

The Celtics’ first game in the Utah Summer League will be Monday, July 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics’ three-game schedule in Utah continues with match-ups against the host Utah Jazz on July 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET and the San Antonio Spurs on July 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Beginning on July 4, all Celtics games for Utah Summer League will be televised on CSN New England.

The Celtics will then travel to Nevada for the Vegas Summer League and compete in three preliminary round games from July 9-12 before being seeded in a tournament that starts on July 13 and concludes with the Championship Game on July 18. Their first game is on Saturday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. ET against the Chicago Bulls.

They will continue their schedule with games against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, July 10 (10:30 p.m. ET) and against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, July 12 (6:00 p.m. ET). The Celtics are guaranteed to play at least five games in the Vegas Summer League. Games between July 13-18 will be announced by the NBA at a later date. ESPN will present all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and WatchESPN.

Celtics Summer League Roster

NO      PLAYER            POS        HT  WT           DOB           PRIOR TO NBA/HOME COUNTRY     YEARS

50       Ben Bentil              F              6-9                235          03/29/95      Providence/Ghana                                         R

9          Jaylen Brown        F              6-7                220           10/24/96      California/USA                                                 R

28       R.J. Hunter             G             6-6                 190          10/24/93      Georgia State/USA                                          1

26       Demetrius Jackson  G             6-1                 201          09/07/94      Notre Dame/USA                                            R

55       Jordan Mickey      F              6-8                 235          07/09/94       Louisiana State/USA                                       1

48       Malcolm Miller     F              6-7                 210          03/06/93      Holy Cross/USA                                               R

51       Abdel Nader         F              6-6                230          11/25/93        Iowa State/Egypt                                             R

52       JayVaughn Pinkston F              6-7                 240          11/27/91       Villanova/USA                                                  R

12       Terry Rozier          G             6-1                 190          03/17/94       Louisville/USA                                                 1

27       Marcus Thornton G             6-4                 190          02/09/93       William & Mary/USA                                      R

46       Corey Walden      G             6-2                 189          08/05/92       Eastern Kentucky/USA                                   R

30       Guerschon Yabusele F              6-7                 260          12/17/95      Rouen/France                                                 R

63       Mouphtaou Yarou    C              6-9                 255           06/26/90      Villanova/Benin                                               R

13       James Young         G/F          6-6                 215           05/16/95      Kentucky/USA                                                 2

Utah Summer League Head Coach: Micah Shrewsberry (Hanover)

Vegas Summer League Head Coach: Jamie Young (Blackburn College)

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Bryan Doo (Messiah College)

Athletic Trainer: Ed Lacerte (Boston University)

 

 

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

According to CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely, the Celtics are discussing bringing back former big man Kris Humphries via free agency.

Humphries spent the 2013-14 season with the Celtics and he played in 69 games averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game.