Avery Bradley (left) shows off his tenacious defensive skills against All-Star James Harden. (AP)

Avery Bradley (left) shows off his tenacious defensive skills against All-Star James Harden. (AP)

The Celtics confirmed Tuesday what had been known for over a week – Avery Bradley is coming back to Boston.

Before the Celtics headed to Florida to take part in the Orlando Summer League, the restricted free agent and the team came to terms on a four-year deal worth a reported $32 million. On Tuesday, the team made the signing official, but did not disclose the financial terms.

‘€œWe see Avery as a key part of our chase of Banner 18,’€ Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations, said in a statement. “He keeps getting better and is still far from reaching his ceiling. We’re ecstatic to have him back.”

The Philadelphia 76ers were among the teams rumored to be interested in the defensive shutdown specialist, likely driving up his price. The other factor that also figured in the $8 million per season pricetag was the uncertain future of Rajon Rondo with the Celtics. If the Celtics come to an agreement to deal Rondo, they did not want to be left without an established guard in the backcourt. Bradley and Rondo currently lead a backcourt group that also includes Marcus Smart, Phil Pressey and Chris Johnson.

The 6-foot-2 guard, considered the top defender on the team and one of the best defensive guards in the East, is coming off a breakout 2013-14 season where he recorded career-highs in points per game (14.9), rebounds per game (3.8), minutes (1855), field goals made (361), three-pointers made (79) and free throws made (90).

Bradley matched a career-high with 28 points against Brooklyn on March 21 and led the Celtics in scoring in 17 games and recorded 20 or more points in 16 contests. He recorded his first career double-double when he recorded 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against New York on Dec. 8.

Selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, Bradley recorded his 1,000th career point in the opening game of the season against Toronto on October 30.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

The Kris Humphries era is over in Boston.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Washington Wizards will sign the big man to a three-year, $13 million deal after the two teams complete a sign-and-trade deal.

Kris Humphries has agreed to a three-year, $13M deal with Washington, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Team option on third year.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014

The Kris Humphries era is over in Boston.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Washington Wizards will sign the big man to a three-year, $13 million deal after the two teams complete a sign-and-trade deal.

Humphries and Jared Sullinger were Boston’s most consistent low-post threats last season. Humphries averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 69 games. The Celtics limited his time to only 19.9 minutes per game, looking to give younger players like Kelly Olynyk more playing time.

On Monday, Humphries told WEEI’s Rob Bradford that he “could definitely return” to Boston after becoming a free agent this summer.

Humphries came to Boston in June 2013 as part of a trade between the Brooklyn Nets and Celtics. The Celtics received Humphries, Gerald Wallace and three future first-round picks in exchange for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry.

In June, 2013, the Brooklyn Nets and Celtics and four other players (plus three future draft picks) to Boston in exchange for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry.[19] The deal was finally completed on July 12, 2013.

Prior to his time in Boston, Humphries was most famous as the one-time husband of Kim Kardashian.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Minneapolis native Kris Humphries makes an appearance at the MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota. (@bradfo)

Minneapolis native Kris Humphries makes an appearance at the MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota. (@bradfo)

As the MLB All-Star Game festivities began Monday, Minnesota native Kris Humphries showed up to Target Field, and resident Red Sox expert Rob Bradford caught up with the Celtics free agent.

While a recent Boston Globe report suggested the C’s were “backing off” from attempts to re-sign the 29-year-old big man, Humphries claims he’s still open to returning to Boston next season.

“I could definitely see it,” Humphries told Bradford. “My agent handles most of the stuff with free agency. We’ll see what happens. I definitely could see it. I played out last year and didn’t look to jump to a playoff team before the end of the year, so I definitely enjoyed my time there, and we’ll see what happens.”

Humphries’ expiring $12 million contract helped make the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade to the Nets possible, but he wasn’t always sold on Boston.

“When I first went there, I never thought I’d ever play in Boston,” he said. “That was like the last place where I ever thought I’d be putting on a jersey, but the fans were great. They embraced you if you played hard, and the coaching staff and everyone was awesome.”

From the moment Humphries arrived early to training camp, he won over fans inside the Celtics organization and out as a stable veteran presence off the court despite inconsistent minutes on it. He averaged 8.4 points (55.2 TS%) and 5.9 rebounds in just 19.9 minutes, leading the team in PER (18.2). In a crowded frontcourt featuring Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass, Humphries made the best of a bad situation on a 25-win team.

“The fans are great in Boston,” said Humphries, who naturally wore a Twins cap in his hometown of Minneapolis. “Really, no matter what team you look at, the support is awesome. Obviously, you want to make the playoffs. That’s obviously a little disappointing, but it was a year where I feel like I got better as a player, working on different parts of my game. Sometimes you’ve just gotta take certain things from a situation where you don’t make the playoffs.”

The Celtics currently have 13 players under guaranteed contract, potentially leaving two open roster spots pending decisions on Keith Bogans, Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb. Further trades could also open up a spot for Humphries. Surely, he’ll be taking a pay cut wherever he ends up, but his future in Boston may depend on the number of suitors phoning his agent Arn Tellem. Regardless, Humphries envisions a bright future for the C’s.

“A lot of free agency is just cap space and a chance to win,” said Humphries, who has played for five teams in his 10 NBA seasons, “so Boston’s always going to have a competitive team, and we’ll see what happens.”

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

The Celtics have expressed interest in free agent swingman Evan Tuner, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Evan Turner has received interest from Boston and Minnesota, a source told ESPN.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 14, 2014

The Celtics have expressed interest in free agent swingman Evan Tuner, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

The second overall pick in 2010, Turner’s value may be at an all-time low since seeing a serious dip in production after being traded from the 76ers to the Pacers this past season. He averaged just 7.1 points (41.1 FG%), 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 27 games down the stretch for the Eastern Conference semifinalists.

Despite Philadelphia’s willingness to dump Turner for little in return (Danny Granger‘s expiring contract and a second-round pick), the Ohio State product has shown flashes of why he was picked behind John Wall in 2010. Turner also has a longstanding friendship with Celtics big and fellow former Buckeye Jared Sullinger.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Having missed out on Chris Bosh in free agency, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey‘s search for a third star to pair with Dwight Howard and James Harden continues with Rajon Rond

Having missed out on Chris Bosh in free agency, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey‘s search for a third star to pair with Dwight Howard and James Harden continues with Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love, per ESPN’s Marc Stein.

The Celtics captain is reportedly a “longtime Houston target” on the trade market.

While the Rockets have created a boatload of salary cap wiggle room, trading both Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in addition to letting Chandler Parsons walk, Morey has few assets remaining to deal for either Rondo or Love, let alone both.

Houston reportedly dealt its 2015 first-round selection in the Lin deal and acquired a protected No. 1 pick from the Pelicans, but because teams cannot complete trades that could leave them without a top pick in consecutive seasons, the Rockets could not offer the Celtics or Timberwolves a first-rounder until 2017.

Likewise, following Parsons’ departure, the Rockets have few players to offer not named Howard or Harden. The newly acquired Trevor Ariza‘s four-year, $32 million deal by way of a three-team trade cannot be dealt for another two months.

While the Celtics and Rockets could both get themselves under the cap to complete a deal, Houston’s offer would have to include some combination of Terrence Jones (12.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 1.1 apg, 57.7 TS%, 19.1 PER), Patrick Beverly (10.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.4 spg, 54.5 TS%, 12.4 PER) and unsigned first-round pick Clint Cappela. None of those names exactly scream equal value for either Rondo or Love.

Still, Rondo will be on the trading block should the Celtics not acquire Love themselves, and Morey is a creative GM capable of involving other teams in a package enticing enough to land the C’s point guard. This isn’t the first Rondo trade rumor you’ve seen, and it won’t be the last, but it may really be the beginning of the end of his Boston tenure.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

According to multiple reports, former Celtic Paul Pierce has agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Wizards with an option to become a free agent after next season.

According to multiple reports, former Celtic Paul Pierce has agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Washington Wizards with an option to become a free agent after next season.

The 36-year-old replaces Trevor Ariza on the Washington roster after Ariza agreed to terms with the Houston Rockets earlier Saturday. Pierce had drawn interest from the Rockets, Dallas and the Lakers before agreeing with the Wizards.

Pierce spent one year with Brooklyn, averaging a career-low 13.5 points per game, having totaled 21.3 points per game for his career.

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