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.

NBA free agency has begun and the Celtics have reportedly already been connected to a few free agents.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated tweeted Tuesday that the Celtics are “expected to show interest” in power forward Amir Johnson and former Celtics shooting guard Gerald Green.

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.

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.

In addition, Shams Charania of RealGM reported forward Tobias Harris is looking for a maximum-level offer sheet as he enters free agency Wednesday, noting “several teams are believed to be open to preparing a near-max contract” for him, close to $15 million-plus per year. Charania also wrote that the Celtics and the Pistons are the frontrunners to give it to him.

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.

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Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics are currently waiting to hear whether they will get a meeting with free agent power forward Kevin Love.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics are currently waiting to hear whether they will get a meeting with free agent power forward Kevin Love.

Love played this season with the Cavaliers, averaging 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers swept the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, but Love was injured in the process.

In a tie-up with Celtics 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 NBA Finals.

Last summer, as a member of the Timberwolves, Love was the subject of many trade rumors and the Celtics 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 Rajon Rondo while taking in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park last summer.

In the end, the Timberwolves traded Love to the Cavs for package that included 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

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.

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge introduced the team’s 2015 draft class at a press conference Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in Waltham.

Terry Rozier was selected No. 16 overall by the Celtics. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Terry Rozier was selected No. 16 overall by the Celtics. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge introduced the team’s 2015 draft class at a press conference Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in Waltham.

Ainge sat alongside coach Brad Stevens, team president Rich Gotham and the Celtics’ newest members — Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey and Marcus Thornton.

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 Louisville guard and how he managed to move so far up the C’s draft board.

“It started in my college career, I just got in a lot of work in the gym,” Rozier told reporters. “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. … I’m just excited to be playing for a … great franchise with 17 world titles and just to meet my new teammates and get it started.”

Ainge followed up to Rozier’s answer, saying he was always high on the team’s draft board. Rozier averaged a team-leading 17.1 points per game last year.

“He was always that high on our draft board,” Ainge said. “For the last couple months he’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.”

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’ roster.

“[I bring] a winner’s mentality,” Rozier said. “I’m not really so worried about how many guards we’ve got, [it’s] more about how I can come in and fit for this team, fit for this league and help my team improve. That’s what I’m more worried about, ‘How can I help this team?'”

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.

For more information about Rozier, check out his draft profile.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

The Celtics are expected to inquire about almost every available name this summer, so their rumored interest in Greg Monroe and Al-Farouq Aminu should come as no

Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe

The Celtics are expected to inquire about almost every available name 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.

The 6-foot-11, 253-pound Monroe will meet with the Celtics, Blazers, Bucks, Knicks and Lakers this week, according to The Advocate 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.

Monroe certainly fulfills a rebounding need for the Celtics, ranking among the league’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.

However, Monroe isn’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 Brandon Bass all held opponents to a lower field goal percentage at the rim. Monroe also doesn’t have the floor-spacing ability that Celtics coach Brad Stevens seems to covet, as the big man converted just 34.8 percent of his 92 shots outside of 8 feet.

Similarly, Aminu will sit down with the Celtics, Blazers, Knicks, Pelicans and Raptors, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. 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.

The Mavs’ 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’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 — right around his career 28.6 3-point percentage.

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’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.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Can the Celtics sell LaMarcus Aldridge on Boston? (Getty Images)



ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman appeared on Middays with MFB on Friday to talk about the Celtics and the rest of the NBA draft.