celtics http://www.weei.com/taxonomy/term/2/all en Report: Celtics’ pursuits of Tobias Harris, Corey Brewer have ended http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/report-celtics%E2%80%99-pursuits-tobias-harris-corey-brewer-have-ended <!--paging_filter--><p>For the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a>, Wednesday was particularly busy. Boston reportedly agreed to terms for new contracts with Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko, in addition to Amir Johnson formerly of the Raptors.</p> <p>The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> were also reportedly in talks with Tobias Harris and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/corey-brewer.htm">Corey Brewer</a>, but <a href="http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/07/amir_johnson_big_catch_for_celtics" target="_blank">Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported &#8220;those pursuits have ended.&#8221;</a> Talks for Harris fell through when the Magic made it apparent they were prepared to match any offer given to their small forward, so Boston was out.</p> <p>Following bringing back Crowder for a five-year, $35 million contract that&#8217;s fully guaranteed with no opt-outs on either side, the C&#8217;s lost interest in Brewer.</p> <p>Reportedly, Jerebko will be back at $10 million over two years while Johnson&#8217;s deal is worth $24 million through two years.</p> <p>For more <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> news, check out <a href="http://www.weei.com/teams/celtics/home">weei.com/celtics</a>.</p> Blog celtics Other Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:50:17 +0000 1324876 at http://www.weei.com What now? Examining the 2015-16 Boston Celtics roster http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/what-now-examining-2015-16-boston-celtics-roster <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_70979" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jerebko_Jonas-Pistons-head-14.jpg" data-id="70979"><img class="size-full wp-image-70979" src="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jerebko_Jonas-Pistons-head-14.jpg" alt="Jonas Jerebko" width="150" height="216" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jonas Jerebko</p></div> <p>With Wednesday&#8217;s reported signings of Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko to a combined annual average value of $24 million, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> have pushed right up against the projected $67.1 million salary cap for 2015-16.</p> <p>Using Basketball Insiders cap guru <a href="http://www.basketballinsiders.com/boston-celtics-team-salary/">Eric Pincus&#8217; projections</a>, the C&#8217;s now have roughly $66.1 million committed to 14 players, and that <em>doesn&#8217;t</em> include either of their second-round picks or non-guaranteed deals for Phil Pressey and Chris Babb.</p> <p>On draft night, <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> coach <a href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm" class="r_lapi">Brad Stevens</a> gave us an idea of how he views a roster, which helps explain why the organization coveted versatile forwards Johnson, Crowder and Jerebko into the fold this week.</p> <p>&#8220;Everybody starts with ones, twos, threes, fours and fives when they&#8217;€™re looking at a basketball team,&#8221; said Stevens. &#8220;I look at ball handlers, wings, swings and bigs. I&#8217;ve only got four categories. The more guys that can play the more positions the better. Right now when you look at our roster, I think we&#8217;€™ve got three of the four categories with a lot of depth. That swing area &#8212; where you can go three/four and play that way &#8212; that&#8217;€™s the area we&#8217;€™re going to have to address as we move into the next few weeks.&#8221;</p> <p>With that in mind, let&#8217;s take a look at the Celtics roster as currently constructed.</p> <p><span id="more-72987"></span></p> <ul> <li><strong>Ball handlers</strong>: <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm" class="r_lapi">Isaiah Thomas</a> ($6.91 million), Marcus Smart ($3.43 million), <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/evan-turner.htm" class="r_lapi">Evan Turner</a> ($3.43 million), Terry Rozier ($1.82 million)</li> <li><strong>Wings</strong>: <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/gerald-wallace.htm" class="r_lapi">Gerald Wallace</a> ($10.11 million), <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm" class="r_lapi">Avery Bradley</a> ($7.73 million), James Young ($1.75 million), R.J. Hunter ($1.15 million)</li> <li><strong>Swings</strong>: Amir Johnson ($11.75 million), Jae Crowder ($6.10 million), Jonas Jerebko ($4.82 million)</li> <li><strong>Bigs</strong>: Tyler Zeller ($2.62 million), Jared Sullinger ($2.27 million), Kelly Olynyk ($2.17 million)</li> </ul> <p>It&#8217;s interesting to note that Johnson is currently the highest-paid member of the Celtics, and the team&#8217;s longest term commitment is now to Crowder, who is signed through the 2019-20 season.</p> <p>Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge added on draft night: &#8220;We&#8217;€™ll finish our roster this summer, and obviously there are holes in the big spots. Our roster isn&#8217;€™t complete. If you&#8217;€™ve learned anything, that&#8217;€™s one thing you should know. What you see today is not what you&#8217;€™ll see tomorrow or next month. We&#8217;€™re a team that&#8217;€™s building for a championship, and we&#8217;€™ll continue to do that by trying to find the best players we can.&#8221;</p> <p>While it would seem the Celtics are now all but done in free agency, the team has maintained its flexibility on the trade market. With a bevy of draft picks and trade exceptions, <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/gerald-wallace.htm" class="r_lapi">Gerald Wallace</a>&#8216;s expiring $10.1 million contract and a roster full of affordable deals, the C&#8217;s would be able to make any trade work on their end. The question is whether another team covets what the Celtics have to offer &#8212; a group of good but not great players and draft picks.</p> <p>Otherwise, the C&#8217;s are banking on last year&#8217;s roster developing in order to improve from a borderline playoff team to one that can compete for the division crown. Will Sullinger be in shape? Did Young&#8217;s game mature as much as his body, which has an extra 20 pounds of muscle this summer? Can Smart, Olynyk and Zeller further develop? Will the success down the stretch carry over with the added benefit of a training camp together? We shall see.</p> Blog celtics Other Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:41:08 +0000 1324881 at http://www.weei.com Report: C's re-sign Crowder; 5-year, $35M deal http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211323891/report-celtics-re-sign-pf-crowder <!--paging_filter--> <p>According to Shams Charania of RealGM, the Celtics have re-signed forward Jae Crowder to a five-year, $35 million deal.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211323891/report-celtics-re-sign-pf-crowder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> celtics Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:04:26 +0000 WEEI 1323891 at http://www.weei.com Report: Celtics re-sign Jae Crowder to 5-year, $35 million deal http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/report-celtics-re-sign-jae-crowder-5-year-35-million-deal <!--paging_filter--><p>According to Shams Charania of RealGM, the Celtics have re-signed forward Jae Crowder to a five-year, $35 million deal.</p> <p>Crowder, who made a name for himself this past postseason, was traded to the Celtics from the Mavericks as part of the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm" class="r_lapi">Rajon Rondo</a> deal last season. In 57 games with the Celtics, he averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds.</p> <p>The Marquette product has averaged 5.8 points over his first three seasons in the league.</p> <p>For more Celtics news, check out <a href="http://www.weei.com/teams/celtics/home">weei.com/celtics</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">RFA Jae Crowder has reached agreement on a five-year, $35 million deal with the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Boston Celtics</a>, league sources tell RealGM.</p> <p>&#8216;€” Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/616454014784413696">July 2, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Blog celtics Other Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:01:44 +0000 1323896 at http://www.weei.com Report: Celtics agree to deal with Amir Johnson http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211322976/report-celtics-agree-terms-amir-johnson <!--paging_filter--> <a data-id="72432" href="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Johnson_Amir-Raptors-head-14.jpg"></a> <p>The <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> reached an agreement with free-agent forward Amir Johnson on a two-year, $24 million deal, <a href="https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/616328872146042880">according to Yahoo&#8217;</a></p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211322976/report-celtics-agree-terms-amir-johnson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> celtics Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:51:36 +0000 Ben Rohrbach 1322976 at http://www.weei.com Report: Celtics agree to two-year deal with Amir Johnson http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/report-celtics-agree-two-year-deal-amir-johnson <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_72432" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a data-id="72432" href="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Johnson_Amir-Raptors-head-14.jpg"><img src="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Johnson_Amir-Raptors-head-14.jpg" alt="Amir Johnson" width="150" height="209" class="size-full wp-image-72432" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Amir Johnson</p></div> <p>The <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> reached an agreement with free-agent forward Amir Johnson on a two-year, $24 million deal, <a href="https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/616328872146042880">according to Yahoo&#8217;s Adrian Wojnarowski</a>.</p> <p>The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Johnson averaged 9.3 points (60.3 true shooting percentage), 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26.4 minutes for the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/toronto-raptors.htm" class="r_lapi">Toronto Raptors</a> last season, producing a 15.4 player efficiency rating. The 28-year-old shot 41.3 percent on just 46 3-point attempts in 2014-15. Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 22.6 minutes a night over a 10-year career for the Raptors and <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/detroit-pistons.htm" class="r_lapi">Detroit Pistons</a>.</p> <p>While the $12 million price tag may seem steep, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> have struggled luring free agents to Boston, and the short-term nature of the deal as well as the looming salary cap increase make it a bit easier to accept the fact the C&#8217;s just made Amir Johnson the highest-paid member of the team.</p> <p>The signing also brings into question whether the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> would still be in the market for Tobias Harris and/or Jae Crowder, who fill a similar role.</p> Blog celtics Other Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:43:40 +0000 1323261 at http://www.weei.com All they need is Love: Celtics should make push for star forward http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/john-tomase/2015/07/01/all-they-need-love-celtics-should-make-push- <!--paging_filter--><p><em>(UPDATE:&nbsp;This story seemed like a good idea. And then two minutes later, Love announced on the Player's Tribune that he's staying in Cleveland. So . . . on to Plan B. We'll leave the story up for posterity).</em></p> <p>Celtics fans have spent the last week coming to grips with the reality that their team isn't, in fact, popular.</p> <div class="columnist_subtitle_bottom"> <div class="social-option"> <script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"></script> <div class="fb-share-button" data-href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/john-tomase/2015/07/01/all-they-need-love-celtics-should-make-push-" data-width="50" data-type="button_count"></div> </div> <div id="twitter-button" class="social-option"> <a href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-count="horizontal" data-via="weei">Tweet</a> </div> <div id="plus-one" class="social-option"><g:plusone size="medium"></g:plusone></div> <div id="email" class="social-option"> <a href="mailto:"><img src="/sites/all/themes/weei/images/social/mail.png" />&nbsp;Email</a> </div> <div class="social-option bubble left"> <a href="#comments"><fb:comments-count href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/john-tomase/2015/07/01/all-they-need-love-celtics-should-make-push-" /></a> </div> </div> <div class="columnist_newsletter_block"> <iframe width="100%" scrolling="no" height="220" frameborder="0" src="/sites/all/modules/bullpen/bullpen_navigation/templates/tabs/daily-mash-large.php"></iframe> </div> <div id="related_container"> <div id="related_main"> <h3>You might also like...</h3> <div class="OUTBRAIN outbrain-MB_1" data-src="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/john-tomase/2015/07/01/all-they-need-love-celtics-should-make-push-" data-widget-id="MB_1" data-ob-template="entercom" ></div> <div class="clb"></div> </div> </div> <style> .node .outbrain-FT_1{ position:absolute; } #related_main .MB_1 .strip-img {width:100%;} #related_main .MB_1 .ob_container_recs .item-container {width:138px;} #related_main .MB_1 .ob_container_recs .item-container.ob-recIdx-3 {padding-right:0;} #related_main .MB_1 .ob_what {padding-top:25px;} #outbrain_widget_0 { clear: both; padding-top: 0 !important; } </style> <div class="OUTBRAIN outbrain-FT_1" data-src="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/john-tomase/2015/07/01/all-they-need-love-celtics-should-make-push-" data-widget-id="FT_1" data-ob-template="entercom" ></div> <p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/john-tomase/2015/07/01/all-they-need-love-celtics-should-make-push-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> celtics Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:34:57 +0000 John Tomase 1322796 at http://www.weei.com We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/we-love-anthony-davis-are-celtics-doomed-7-1-15 <!--paging_filter-->How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward. Audio celtics Other Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:23:00 +0000 1322801 at http://www.weei.com Reports: Celtics showing interest in Amir Johnson, Gerald Green, Tobias Harris http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/reports-celtics-showing-interest-amir-johnson-gerald-green-tobias-harris <!--paging_filter--><p>NBA free agency has begun and the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> have reportedly already been connected to a few free agents.</p> <p>Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI/status/616077525618454529" target="_blank">tweeted Tuesday</a> that the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> are &#8220;expected to show interest&#8221; in power forward Amir Johnson and former <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> shooting guard <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/gerald-green.htm">Gerald Green</a>.</p> <p>Johnson spent this past season with the Raptors, averaging 9.3 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks while posting a 57.4 field goal percentage and a 41.3 three-point field goal percentage.</p> <p>Green, who played for the Suns in 2014-15 totaled 11.9 points per game, 2.5 boards and 1.2 assists. He also recorded a 41.6 field goal percentage and an 82.5 free throw percentage.</p> <p>In addition, Shams Charania of RealGM <a href="http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/238420/Tobias-Harris-To-Pursue-Near-Max-Deal-With-Pistons-Celtics-Among-Leading-Suitors" target="_blank">reported forward Tobias Harris is looking for a maximum-level offer sheet</a> as he enters free agency Wednesday, noting &#8220;several teams are believed to be open to preparing a near-max contract&#8221; for him, close to $15 million-plus per year. Charania also wrote that the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> and the Pistons are the frontrunners to give it to him.</p> <p>Harris, who is just 22, put up 17.1 points per game for the Magic last season with 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The small forward registered a 46.6 field goal percentage, 36.4 three-point field goal percentage and a 78.8 free throw percentage.</p> <p>For more Celtics news, visit <a href="http://www.weei.com/teams/celtics/home">weei.com/celtics</a>.</p> Blog celtics Other Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:41:59 +0000 1323266 at http://www.weei.com Report: C's awaiting possible meeting with Love http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211322386/report-cs-awaiting-possible-meeting-love <!--paging_filter--> <p>According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> are currently waiting to hear whether they will get a meeting with free agent power forward <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-love.htm">Kevin Love</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211322386/report-cs-awaiting-possible-meeting-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> celtics Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:05:57 +0000 Josh Slavin 1322386 at http://www.weei.com Report: Celtics awaiting word on Kevin Love meeting http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/report-celtics-awaiting-word-kevin-love-meeting <!--paging_filter--><p>According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> are currently waiting to hear whether they will get a meeting with free agent power forward <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-love.htm">Kevin Love</a>.</p> <p>Love played this season with the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/cleveland-cavaliers.htm">Cavaliers</a>, averaging 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/cleveland-cavaliers.htm">Cavaliers</a> swept the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> in the first round of the playoffs, but Love was injured in the process.</p> <p>In a tie-up with <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> center Kelly Olynyk, Love suffered a dislocated left shoulder that required surgery. The injury knocked Love out for the remainder of the playoffs, as the Cavs won the Eastern Conference before losing to the Warriors in the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-finals.htm">NBA Finals</a>.</p> <p>Last summer, as a member of the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/minnesota-timberwolves.htm">Timberwolves</a>, Love was the subject of many trade rumors and the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> were reportedly in the mix to land the All-Star. Boston was sent into a frenzy when Love was seen with then-Celtics point guard <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm">Rajon Rondo</a> while taking in a <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> game at <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm">Fenway Park</a> last summer.</p> <p>In the end, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/minnesota-timberwolves.htm">Timberwolves</a> traded Love to the Cavs for package that included 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins.</p> <p>Love opted out of his contract in June and became a free agent, but many reports suggest that he is likely to re-sign in Cleveland.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Boston Celtics</a> are still awaiting word on whether they&#8217;ll get a meeting with Cleveland free agent <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-love.htm">Kevin Love</a>, league source tells Yahoo.</p> <p>&#8216;€” Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/616088553894731776">July 1, 2015</a></p></blockquote> Blog celtics Other Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:32:38 +0000 1323271 at http://www.weei.com Ainge: Rozier was always high on C's board http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211319691/ainge-rozier-was-always-high-cs-board <!--paging_filter--> <p>Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge introduced the team&#8217;s 2015 draft class at a press conference Tuesday at the team&#8217;s practice facility in Waltham.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211319691/ainge-rozier-was-always-high-cs-board" target="_blank">read more</a></p> celtics Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:45:44 +0000 Justin Pallenik 1319691 at http://www.weei.com Danny Ainge: ‘[Terry Rozier] was always that high on our draft board’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/danny-ainge-%E2%80%98terry-rozier-was-always-high-our-draft-board%E2%80%99 <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_72956" style="width: 360px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-72956" src="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/468035544-terry-rozier-of-the-louisville-cardinals-gettyimages-200x300.jpg" alt="Terry Rozier was selected No. 16 overall by the Celtics. (Elsa/Getty Images)" width="350" height="525" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Terry Rozier was selected No. 16 overall by the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a>. (Elsa/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge introduced the team&#8217;s 2015 draft class at a press conference Tuesday at the team&#8217;s practice facility in Waltham.</p> <p>Ainge sat alongside coach <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm">Brad Stevens</a>, team president Rich Gotham and the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics&#8217;</a> newest members &#8212; Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey and Marcus Thornton.</p> <p>With Ainge and the Celtics taking a lot of heat since the draft about potentially overrating Rozier, who they selected at No. 16 overall, much of the dialogue centered around the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/louisville-cardinals.htm">Louisville</a> guard and how he managed to move so far up the C&#8217;s draft board.</p> <p>&#8220;It started in my college career, I just got in a lot of work in the gym,&#8221; Rozier told reporters. &#8220;I left a lot of coaches with great impressions then I came here. I just work hard and show what I can do, which is toughness, defense, showing I can shoot the ball a little better than my college stats show. &#8230; I&#8217;m just excited to be playing for a &#8230; great franchise with 17 world titles and just to meet my new teammates and get it started.&#8221;</p> <p>Ainge followed up to Rozier&#8217;s answer, saying he was always high on the team&#8217;s draft board. Rozier averaged a team-leading 17.1 points per game last year.</p> <p>&#8220;He was always that high on our draft board,&#8221; Ainge said. &#8220;For the last couple months he&#8217;s been a guy that we had known and looked about and thought was very underrated based on the media and how they perceived him. Terry, because of the quality of player he is, was moving up rapidly in the last few weeks of the draft process as far as the attention he was getting around the league and that started scaring us because we thought we had a diamond in the rough that nobody really was valuing all that much.&#8221;</p> <p>Though many expected the Celtics to emerge from the draft with solid, rim-protecting big men, Ainge surprised many when he selected guards with three out of his four picks. When asked about how he can set himself apart on a guard-heavy roster, Rozier conversely described how he intends to fit in with the rest of the Celtics&#8217; roster.</p> <p><span id="more-72952"></span>&#8220;[I bring] a winner&#8217;s mentality,&#8221; Rozier said. &#8220;I&#8217;m not really so worried about how many guards we&#8217;ve got, [it&#8217;s] more about how I can come in and fit for this team, fit for this league and help my team improve. That&#8217;s what I&#8217;m more worried about, &#8216;How can I help this team?'&#8221;</p> <p>Rozier led the Cardinals in points (17.1), steals (2.0) and free throw percentage (79 percent) last season. He stands undersized for a two-guard at 6-foot-2, however, he has a 6-foot-8 wingspan, which gives him shutdown capabilities on the defensive end.</p> <p>For more information about Rozier, check out his <a href="http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2015/06/16/nba-draft-prospect-profile-louisville-pg-terry-rozier/" target="_blank">draft profile.</a></p> Blog celtics Other Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:42:26 +0000 1323276 at http://www.weei.com Reports: Celtics will meet with Monroe, Aminu http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211316781/reports-celtics-will-meet-monroe-aminu <!--paging_filter--> <a href="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Monroe_Greg-Pistons-head-14.jpg" data-id="72030"></a> <p>The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> are expected to inquire about almost <a href="http://bit.ly/1KisFcx">every available name</a> this summer, so their rumored interest in Greg Monroe and Al-Farouq Aminu should come as no</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211316781/reports-celtics-will-meet-monroe-aminu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> celtics Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:08:50 +0000 Ben Rohrbach 1316781 at http://www.weei.com Reports: Celtics to meet with Greg Monroe, Al-Farouq Aminu http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/reports-celtics-meet-greg-monroe-al-farouq-aminu <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_72030" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Monroe_Greg-Pistons-head-14.jpg" data-id="72030"><img class="size-full wp-image-72030" src="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Monroe_Greg-Pistons-head-14.jpg" alt="Greg Monroe" width="150" height="227" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Greg Monroe</p></div> <p>The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> are expected to inquire about almost <a href="http://bit.ly/1KisFcx">every available name</a> this summer, so their rumored interest in Greg Monroe and Al-Farouq Aminu should come as no surprise in the days leading up to the July 1 free agent frenzy.</p> <p>The 6-foot-11, 253-pound Monroe will meet with the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a>, Blazers, Bucks, Knicks and Lakers this week, <a href="http://theadvocate.com/news/neworleans/12769441-148/big-man-greg-monroe-formerly">according to The Advocate</a> in Baton Rouge. The Louisiana native averaged 15.9 points (54.9 true shooting percentage), 10.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game for the Pistons this past season, producing a 21.2 player efficiency rating.</p> <p>Monroe certainly fulfills a rebounding need for the Celtics, ranking among the league&#8217;s top 20 in both offensive rebound percentage (11.2) and defensive rebound percentage (25.1). He is an adept scorer inside of 8 feet, where he made more than 90 percent of his successful field goals.</p> <p>However, Monroe isn&#8217;t an elite defender, as opponents shoot a robust 55.1 percent at the rim against him. For reference sake, Tyler Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/brandon-bass.htm">Brandon Bass</a> all held opponents to a lower field goal percentage at the rim. Monroe also doesn&#8217;t have the floor-spacing ability that Celtics coach <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm">Brad Stevens</a> seems to covet, as the big man converted just 34.8 percent of his 92 shots outside of 8 feet.</p> <p><span id="more-72948"></span></p> <p>Similarly, Aminu will sit down with the Celtics, Blazers, Knicks, Pelicans and Raptors, <a href="https://twitter.com/daldridgetnt/status/615238878522441728">according to NBA.com&#8217;s David Aldridge</a>. The 24-year-old wing averaged 5.6 points (50.4 true shooting percentage) and 4.6 rebounds in just 18.5 minutes for the Mavericks in 2014-15, registering a 14.4 player efficiency rating.</p> <p>The Mavs&#8217; defense improved by four points per 100 possessions with Aminu on the floor, so he has the defense portion of a 3-and-D wing down. It&#8217;s his 3-point shooting that remains in question. Aminu shot just 27.4 percent on 1.7 3-pointers per game this past season &#8212; right around his career 28.6 3-point percentage.</p> <p>Neither Monroe nor Aminu would transform the Celtics into contenders, although both would help improve the roster. But at what cost? Aminu should be an affordable option, although it appears the C&#8217;s will have to outbid several other teams for his services, and Monroe is rumored to be looking for a short-term max deal that would make him a free agent again in two seasons, which could work well for both sides.</p> Blog celtics Other Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:04:07 +0000 1323281 at http://www.weei.com