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.

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.

The forward has been around the league quite a bit as in his 12 years in the league he’s played for eight teams, most recently the Wizards last season where he averaged 6.4 points per game.

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WEEI

Let free agency begin.

After it was reported by ESPN.com Marc Stein that the Celtics would be meeting with free agent forward Kevin Durant Saturday in the Hamptons, news comes that the get-together is just part of what figures to be a busy weekend for the Celts.

Al Horford

Al Horford

Let free agency begin.

After it was reported by ESPN.com Marc Stein that the Celtics would be meeting with free agent forward Kevin Durant Saturday in the Hamptons, news comes that the get-together is just part of what figures to be a busy weekend for the Celts.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that Al Horford is slated to meet with the Celtics Friday, with the power forward also slated to hear a pitch from Houston the same day.

Wojnarowski goes on to report that Atlanta is prepared to offer Horford a five-year deal, but not at max contract money. Multiple teams, he reports, are willing to give Horford four-year deals at max money.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard also reports that Dwight Howard will be meeting with four teams, two of which will be Atlanta and Boston, both Friday and Saturday.

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ROXBURY – Whether it’s Kevin Durant, Al Horford or Dwight Howard, Isaiah Thomas is just hoping Danny Ainge can work his magic to improve his team’s chances of getting past the first round and contend for a title. 

Isaiah Thomas speaks at the Roxbury YMCA on Thursday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Isaiah Thomas speaks at the Roxbury YMCA on Thursday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

ROXBURY – Whether it’s Kevin Durant, Al Horford or Dwight Howard, Isaiah Thomas is just hoping Danny Ainge can work his magic to improve his team’s chances of getting past the first round and contend for a title. 

“I just hope we get a few more pieces. I think that’s what we need,” Thomas said Thursday while speaking to kids on a Celtics CommUNITY stop at the Roxbury YMCA.

“I think that would be the next steps for us, and then we go from there. I’ve got a lot of trust in Danny and those guys in the front office because that’s their job, that’s what they do. And they know what they’re getting themselves into. So I’m just trying to do my part with telling people how special Boston is. And then hopefully they listen.”

Despite a report from Marc Spears that a source indicates Durant has nearly made up his mind to return to Oklahoma City, the Celtics will meet with Durant’s representatives on Saturday.

“I don’t know if you can say anything to convince him. He’s his own man,” said Thomas. “I don’t know if he even has his own decision already and he just wants to hear people out. But we just have to be as real as possible. He’s a fan of the game. He knows the game of basketball. He’s talked to me about how exciting it is to watch us on NBA LeaguePass and things like that. So he knows. And we’re just going to do what we can to try to seal the deal. And hopefully we can get in his ear. And maybe he’s a Celtic. Maybe he’s not. But we’re going to try. And I’m going to try.”

Thomas left the YMCA to head back to Waltham to meet with Danny Ainge and the Celtics to see if he could be of any further assistance in a last-ditch effort. 

“It’s a crazy feeling just because years ago that didn’t even come close,” Thomas said. “I was worried about making the team the next year. So it’s a good feeling knowing that they I guess trust my word or anything, and they come to me for things that they need or they want me to do. Knowing that you have trust in the organization, that’s a great feeling.”

Does Thomas have a gauge on what Durant might be looking for?

“No. I read comments he said he just wants to have fun playing basketball,” Thomas said. “I think it’s fun playing over here. For the most part when I do communicate with him I try not to talk about it. He actually brought it up to me one time just saying how much he loves the city and it seems like a really nice sports town.”

Then there’s Al Horford. 

“I just reached out to him. I got his number and reached out to him saying, ‘I’m interested in playing with you. I just want to put that in your ear. I know the Celtics would love if you came and are a part of the organization. Good luck with the process.’ And things like that,” Thomas said. “And then he texted me back, he said, ‘I’m a fan of how you guys play. I’m a fan of your game and would love the opportunity, but we’ll see what happens.’ The time is crazy for those type of guys right now so you never know what would happen but guys know about Boston. Guys are definitely talking Boston. And that’s a good thing.”

There is one player already on the roster that has impressed Thomas. Jaylen Brown played one year at Cal, a Pac-12 rival of Thomas’ alma mater Washington, before being drafted third overall by the Celtics. 

“A really good player. I think he’s slept on a lot by a lot of people,” Thomas said. “I watched California play due to them being in the Pac-12, and I’ve seen his highlights. He’s very athletic. He can play multiple positions. And hopefully he’s just ready to work. Get to work and put your hard hat on, and go from there. I’m excited to be able to get to meet him and get to know him.”

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Mike Petraglia

Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas joined Glenn Ordway and Lou Merloni Thursday afternoon to discuss Kevin Durant and being a part of the Celtics organization. For the full interview, visit the OMF audio on demand page.

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas joined Glenn Ordway and Lou Merloni Thursday afternoon to discuss Kevin Durant and being a part of the Celtics organization. For the full interview, visit the OMF audio on demand page.

With the Celtics reportedly meeting with Kevin Durant Saturday, Thomas was unsure if he was going to be a part of it, but is ready if called upon.

“I’m going to call Danny today and see what he needs me to do, but if that’s what he wants me to do I’ll be there,” said Thomas.

Despite 48 wins and a first-round playoff exit, when asked how he would pitch the Celtics to Durant, Thomas had very much thought through what he would say.

“48 wins without a so-called superstar I guess they say, in the best city in the NBA, the best fans in the NBA, the history of Boston is self-explanatory,” Thomas said. “… If I am in that meeting on Saturday or whatever day it is, or I’m able to talk to Kevin Durant face-to-face I’ll just be as real as I possibly can and tell him how I feel about Boston. How I felt Boston before I got before I got here and how I feel about it now and that’s all I can really do. In this predicament in this situation everybody is going to try to sell him the world, or sell any free agent the world, and my job is just as a player to keep it as real as possible and try to get him to a great city and get situation and try to get him to Boston to where with him or with any other superstar we can give us that muscle to raise the 18th banner.”

A week removed from the NBA draft, Thomas expressed the utmost faith in the organization’s decision making.

“[Jaylen Brown is] a talented basketball player, somebody that I think will help us,” Thomas said. “I know Danny and the guys in the front office have done their background checks on all the guys that they worked out. So I guess they thought that was the best fit for us as a team. I’ve got all faith in the front office in the Celtics organization and Danny Ainge and what they’re doing because they’ve been through it, that’s their job. And they know the in’s and out’s of the draft and free agency and all those types of things. My job is just to go out there and play. But I’m excited, hopefully Jaylen Brown is ready to contribute and ready to get to work. I’m excited about the future and hopefully we can get a few free agents this summer and build on what we have.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics

On if he believes the Celtics are close to being legitimate contenders: “We definitely have to take steps forward. You’re right, we’re not as close as maybe people thought, but we’re there. We only need another piece or two then you can put us as a contender for a championship, and I mean that.”

On being undervalued: “Nobody ever gives me my credit. There’s always some excuse or some reason why I succeed why I do,” said Thomas. Numbers don’t lie. Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. It just ticks me off for people to continue to say stuff when all I’ve done is produce. And not to make this an individual thing because I’m definitely a team guy and I’m all about team. But when I’ve done my job, you should give me my credit.”

On if the history of the Celtics organization means anything to free agents: “I think that the big basketball heads like the basketball junkies care about that. I think the biggest thing might be the weather. That’s the only thing I can say that people aren’t attracted to Boston for. Until you’re here and until you’re in it every day you don’t see how great this organization is, you don’t see how great this organization is. You don’t see how great this city is you don’t see how great the people around this city are.”

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Logan Mullen