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Former Celtics PF Brandon Bass to sign with Lakers

07.06.15 at 8:53 am ET
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Former Celtic Brandon Bass will sign with the Lakers, the team announced Sunday.

The terms of the contract have not been revealed because they are dependent on other Lakers moves in free agency, specifically their reported trade with the Pacers for Roy Hibbert‘s $15.5 million expiring contract.

A 10-year NBA veteran, Brandon Bass posted 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds after playing all 82 games of the 2014-15 season. Bass also started all four Celtics playoff games.

He became expendable when the C’s agreed to a deal with free agent forward Amir Johnson. The Celtics also selected LSU forward Jordan Mickey in the second round of the draft.

Bass began his career with the Hornets before moving to the Mavericks and the Magic, and then most recently the Celtics. Over four years in Boston, the 6-foot-8 power forward averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per 36 minutes. During the Celtics 2011-12 playoff run, Bass averaged 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 92 percent from the charity stripe.

In 2013-14, Bass earned the Red Auerbach Award, which celebrates the player who best exemplifies what it means to be a Celtic through performance on and off the court.

The Lakers also said they plan to sign guard Lou Williams, who was last season’s Sixth Man of the Year with the Hawks.

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Report: Celtics’ pursuits of Tobias Harris, Corey Brewer have ended

07.02.15 at 8:50 am ET
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For the Celtics, 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.

The Celtics were also reportedly in talks with Tobias Harris and Corey Brewer, but Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported “those pursuits have ended.” 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.

Following bringing back Crowder for a five-year, $35 million contract that’s fully guaranteed with no opt-outs on either side, the C’s lost interest in Brewer.

Reportedly, Jerebko will be back at $10 million over two years while Johnson’s deal is worth $24 million through two years.

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What now? Examining 2015-16 Celtics roster

07.02.15 at 8:41 am ET
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Jonas Jerebko

Jonas Jerebko

With Wednesday’s reported signings of Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko to a combined annual average value of $24 million, the Celtics have pushed right up against the projected $67.1 million salary cap for 2015-16.

Using Basketball Insiders cap guru Eric Pincus’ projections, the C’s now have roughly $66.1 million committed to 14 players, and that doesn’t include either of their second-round picks or non-guaranteed deals for Phil Pressey and Chris Babb.

On draft night, Celtics coach Brad Stevens 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.

“Everybody starts with ones, twos, threes, fours and fives when they’€™re looking at a basketball team,” said Stevens. “I look at ball handlers, wings, swings and bigs. I’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’€™ve got three of the four categories with a lot of depth. That swing area — where you can go three/four and play that way — that’€™s the area we’€™re going to have to address as we move into the next few weeks.”

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Celtics roster as currently constructed.

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Report: Celtics re-sign Jae Crowder to 5-year, $35 million deal

07.02.15 at 12:01 am ET
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According to Shams Charania of RealGM, the Celtics have re-signed forward Jae Crowder to a five-year, $35 million deal.

Crowder, who made a name for himself this past postseason, was traded to the Celtics from the Mavericks as part of the Rajon Rondo deal last season. In 57 games with the Celtics, he averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds.

The Marquette product has averaged 5.8 points over his first three seasons in the league.

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Report: Celtics agree to 2-year deal with Amir Johnson

07.01.15 at 3:43 pm ET
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Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson

The Celtics reached an agreement with free-agent forward Amir Johnson on a two-year, $24 million deal, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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 Toronto Raptors 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 Detroit Pistons.

While the $12 million price tag may seem steep, the Celtics 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’s just made Amir Johnson the highest-paid member of the team.

The signing also brings into question whether the Celtics would still be in the market for Tobias Harris and/or Jae Crowder, who fill a similar role.

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Reports: Celtics showing interest in Amir Johnson, Gerald Green, Tobias Harris

07.01.15 at 11:41 am ET
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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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Report: Celtics awaiting word on Kevin Love meeting

07.01.15 at 10:32 am ET
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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.

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