Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari

The Celtics aren’t content with their current roster. That much we know. They’re stocked with good players, but fresh out of great ones, and team president Danny Ainge has openly discussed the C’s need for star power.

But is Nuggets wing Danilo Gallinari the answer? Ainge explored a trade with Denver, and while nothing resulted from the discussion, sources told the Boston Herald a deal for the 26-year-old “could be revived.”

His versatility as a 6-foot-10 wing whose shooting can stretch the floor certainly fits Celtics coach Brad Stevens‘ system, but Gallo was hardly a star even before an ACL tear cost him more than a year of his prime.

After missing the entire 2013-14 NBA season, Gallinari regained form after the All-Star break in 2015, averaging 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range over his final 24 appearances. Those numbers would make him an upgrade over any other wing on the C’s roster, including newly signed Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson. His defense when healthy has also steadily improved since his early days on the Knicks.

And while Gallinari would be an upgrade in the short term, his expiring $11.6 million contract would also maintain the Celtics’ flexibility for the long haul, as is the case with soon-to-be C’s forward David Lee, whose expiring $15.5 million deal comes off the books next summer.

Because the Celtics landed Lee for Gerald Wallace‘s expiring contract, they surely would be looking to make a similarly lopsided deal for Gallinari, which is likely where the talks stalled.

Even if the Gallinari discussion is dead and gone, though, Ainge’s interest at least offers an indication of the team’s thinking. For the time being, it does not appear there is a star available on the trade market, so the Celtics are looking for players who will improve the roster now and not limit their ability to land a better one at the trade deadline or in free agency next summer.

Either that, or the Celtics were simply interested in fulfilling their Italian stallion quota with the dearly departed Gigi Datome signing with Euroleague power Fenerbahce overnight.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Heads were turned over the weekend when guard Isaiah Thomas revealed that he had offseason wrist surgery, but the Celtics played down the seriousness of the procedure.

Heads were turned over the weekend when guard Isaiah Thomas revealed that he had offseason wrist surgery, but the Celtics played down the seriousness of the procedure.

Thomas tweeted a reference to the surgery Saturday. Coach Brad Stevens then explained that the it was done sometime last month in an effort to clean up the wrist, on which Thomas had surgery the previous year as well — which apparently led to the development of a cyst.

“I don’t know exactly what the deal was, but just had a little cyst removed from his wrist,” Stevens told reporters Sunday (via MassLive.com). “It was something that we knew at the end of the year they would have to [remove it]. It’s a small, minor thing, so they had to take care of it.”

Contacted by The Boston Globe, Thomas said he hopes to be healthy in 2-4 weeks, and Stevens said he expects Thomas to be ready for training camp.

“He’s well, well, well ahead of schedule,” Stevens said. “There’s no long-term ill effects or anything like that.”

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Jerry Spar

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters in Salt Lake City Thursday night that he doesn’€™t feel that Danny Ainge is done making moves this offseason.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters in Salt Lake City Thursday night that he doesn’€™t feel that Danny Ainge is done making moves this offseason.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters in Salt Lake City Thursday night that he doesn’€™t feel that Danny Ainge is done making moves this offseason.

Thomas, who was acquired at last season’€™s trade deadline, played 21 games for the C’€™s last regular season and all four games of the team’€™s sweep at the hands of the Cavaliers.

Since then, the C’€™s have agreed to terms with Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko and Jae Crowder while trading Gerald Wallace for David Lee.

“For the most part, I like the moves we have made, and I know Danny is probably trying to make more to get better or more players to fit whatever he’s trying to do,” Thomas said, according to MassLive. ‘€œI’€™m down for what he’s doing and I like the new guys.”

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Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

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[0:25:24] ... for anybody. It's what you think about I'm not trying to turn David Lee into some. You all MBA player he's a guy you can go to who does a lot of scored and how to defend elect but he can't score. And he can rebound and Amir Johnson can rebound so those are critical areas where he needed help when you got it. Yeah it will there was three critical ...

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated appeared on Middays with MFB on Wednesday to talk about the Celtics and the recent acquisition of

David Lee is coming off a championship season with the Warriors. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

David Lee is coming off a championship season with the Warriors. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated appeared on Middays with MFB on Wednesday to talk about the Celtics and the recent acquisition of David Lee from the Warriors. To listen to the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

On Tuesday, news broke that the Celtics had traded Gerald Wallace to the NBA champion Warriors for power forward David Lee. Lee is owed $15.5 million in the final year of his contract next season. Mannix said he expects Lee to contribute and be productive for the Celtics.

“I think that you’re trading a guy in Wallace that gave you nothing last year for a player in David Lee who, in my mind, can still be a pretty consistent 16- to 18-point per game scorer, eight- to 10-rebound guy. He’s arguably the most talented guy right now in that Celtics frontcourt,” Mannix said.

Mannix estimated that the addition of Lee could help the Celtics win as many as an extra three to five games. In earning the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, the team went 40-42 last season.

“You’ve now got some flexibility with those frontcourt positions. You have a guy in Lee who’s proven that he can rebound the basketball and he can score within that 15-foot area,” Mannix said. “I think the Celtics got a little more dynamic offensively with this addition of David Lee.”

Despite the improvement that Lee will bring to the roster, Mannix said that he won’t single-handedly turn the Celtics into a true contender.

“I don’t know if it moves the needle necessarily in making the Celtics any more of a playoff contender than they were last year. They still need help at the small forward position, they still need to find that true center and they still need these young guys to develop into better players in year two and year three of their respective career,” Mannix said.

The Celtics roster now includes a glut of non-rim-protecting bigs, including the likes of Lee, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson. The C’s also own many a combo guard, including Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart and first-round picks Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter. With an abundance of such somewhat-similar players, Mannix expects there to be more roster moves on the way.

“They’ll trade anybody. At this point, no one is safe on the roster. It’s like “Game of Thrones” out there. They’ll dump whoever they have to to make the move they want to make the moves they want to get that All-Star, tent pole type of player,” Mannix said.

While the team as currently constructed isn’t ready to compete with the top tier of the conference, Mannix was complimentary toward the way general manager Danny Ainge has handled this offseason.

“I think what Boston’s done this offseason has been smart,” he said. “They didn’t go out and overspend on fringe players. … Boston got Amir Johnson on a very team-friendly deal, they brought back Jerebko on a really team-friendly deal.”

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Josh Slavin
Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

Before we get to our Celtics scouting reports, a few quick thoughts …

  • Are we ever going to see Colton Iverson in a Celtics uniform?
  • Isn’t it time CSNNE stops advertising its free agency coverage?
  • Has somebody told C.J. Fair to stop shooting yet?
  • Should we be concerned when Marcus Smart, James Young, Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey closed Monday’s loss to the Utah Jazz as a unit, and Rodney Hood was the best player on the floor?
  • How long until Jay Larranaga becomes a head coach in the NBA?

… OK, now to the scouting reports. We’ve seen some good and some bad from each of the young C’s in Monday’s 100-82 loss to the Jazz and Tuesday’s 76-62 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Below are the pros and cons we’ve seen so far.


  • Jazz 100, Celtics 82: 26 points (6-20 FG, 2-10 3P, 12-13 FT), eight assists (2 turnovers), five rebounds, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.
  • Sixers 76, Celtics 62: DNP (rest)


+ Getting to the rim: Using strength to get to basket and draw fouls more often
+ Court savvy: Drawing fouls, posting up smaller defenders, etc.
+ Elite defender: Stopped quick guards Dante Exum and Bryce Cotton in tracks
+ Pick and roll: Improved orchestration of game’s most important offensive play
+ Grit: Constantly fighting for position and not afraid of contact on both ends
+ Court vision: Improved decision-making on interior passes
+ Defensive rebounding: Size and strength helps assist bigs on the glass


Shot selection: Way too many contested long 2’s and 3’s early in the shot clock
Shooting form: Still doesn’t square up his feet enough
Gambler: Can be beat backdoor defensively off the ball
Reputation: Seemingly inadvertent elbow on Jack Cooley earned a flagrant foul


  • Jazz 100, Celtics 82: 12 points (4-11 FG, 1-5 3P, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and one assist (1 turnover) in 30 minutes.
  • Sixers 76, Celtics 62: Nine points (2-11 FG, 1-7 3P, 4-5 FT), one rebound, one steal and zero assists (0 turnovers) in 21 minutes.


+ Improved aggressiveness: Dove for loose balls and battled for rebounds
+ Using picks: Worked himself free along baseline and off curls for open looks
+ Scoring ability: Nice touch on floater, mid-range jumper and 3-point shot
+ Defensive positioning: Defensive issues aren’t for lack of effort


Decision-making: Poor shot selection, lazy passes and driving into traffic
Moving without the ball: Can be lost on offense if plays aren’t called for him
Defensive instincts: Falls for fakes often and can be beat off the dribble
Quickness: Seems to be a step slow despite fluid movement and athleticism
Shot release: Slow deep shooting form leads to easier close-outs for defenders
Setting picks: More interested in creating own offense than freeing teammates
Getting to the rim: Avoids contact at all costs in transition


  • Jazz 100, Celtics 82: Seven points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3P, 0-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists (2 turnovers) and two steals in 29 minutes.
  • Sixers 76, Celtics 62: 14 points (4-11 FG, 0-3 3P, 6-7 FT), two rebounds, two steals and two assists (2 turnovers) in 18 minutes.


+ Defensive quickness: Tremendous on-ball defender with ability to recover
+ Tempo: First instinct is to push the ball in transition and force defense to react
+ Change of pace: Incredible hesitation move allows him to get into the paint
+ Confidence: Appears comfortable with the ball and looking for his shot
+ Scoring ability: Aggressiveness combined with nice floater should lead to offense
+ Decision-making: Sees the floor well and regularly makes the right pass
+ Shooting form: Ability to improve accuracy because of his technique


Halfcourt offense: Picks up dribble too often and defers before creating
Finishing at the rim: Trouble getting his shot off in traffic because of his size
Shooting touch: Missed badly on several shots that led to errant rebounds
Defensive lapses: Lost his man off the ball on multiple occasions
Free-throw shooting: Looked uncomfortable on both misses


  • Jazz 100, Celtics 82: Zero points (0-5 FG, 0-3 3P, 0-0 FT), three steals, two rebounds and one assist (0 turnovers) in 21 minutes.
  • Sixers 76, Celtics 62: Zero points (0-3 FG, 0-3 3P, 0-0 FT), three rebounds and zero assists (1 turnover) in 18 minutes.


Offensive instincts: Constantly moving, finding open spots and calling for ball
+Overall defense: Solid positioning, fights through screens and uses length
Quick release: Gets off his shot with ease
+ Fundamentals: The coach’s kid mentality shows everywhere on the court
+ Transition: Excellent instincts defensively and quick to push the offense


Shooting form: Keeps the ball low and somewhat offsets his quick release
Gunner: Failed to get his feet set before looking for his shot on multiple occasions
Defensive quickness: Can be beat off the dribble by quicker guards


  • Jazz 100, Celtics 82: 16 points (7-8 FG, 0-0 3P, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three blocks, one steal and zero assists (2 turnovers) in 27 minutes.
  • Sixers 76, Celtics 62: Four points (1-7 FG, 0-0 3P, 2-4 FT), three blocks, two rebounds and zero assists (1 turnover) in 26 minutes.


+ Mid-range jumper: Showed beautiful touch on several long jump shots
+ Scoring instincts: Impressive post moves and understanding of pick and roll
+ Pick-setting: Working to get his teammates open with regularity
+ Rim contesting: Redirected a number of shots in addition to his blocks


Defensive understanding: Caught wandering and losing man multiple times
Strength: Outmuscled by bulkier bigs on both ends
— Rebounding: Failed to get position and only corralled boards that came to him

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach