|07.06.16 at 1:33 pm ET|
When the Celtics selected French forward Guerschon Yabusele with the No. 16 pick in last month’s draft, it came as a surprise — and it didn’t sit well with some Celtics fans who were hoping the team would draft a more recognizable name.
Yabusele didn’t help his cause in the Celtics’ summer league opener on Monday, tallying just five points and six rebounds and looking uncomfortable on the court. But on Tuesday he showed why the C’s considered him worthy of a mid-first-round pick.
Starting at center, the 6-foot-8, 240-pounder scored on Boston’s first possession, catching the ball at the 3-point line, driving right and then finishing with a nifty left-handed reverse against second-year Jazz center Tibor Pleiss, who at 7-foot-3 stands almost a half-foot taller than Yabusele.
Yabusele finished with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and eight rebounds in 24 1/2 minutes. He had a memorable stint late in the game when he pursued Jazz point guard Marcus Paige from behind and blocked his layup bid, then ran down the court and got a layup.
He was one of four Celtics in double figures as Boston posted an 89-82 victory.
“Everybody came in and gave us a big lift,” Celtics summer league coach Micah Strawberry said. “Guys made big shots when they were called upon, and it was good to see. It was fun to see the bench cheering each other on, the guys that are out there.”
|07.06.16 at 9:57 am ET|
The Celtics did not pull off the major trade many fans were hoping for prior to last month’s draft, but they still might have a chance to make a splash. According to a report from the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett, the C’s have been continuing their attempts to improve their lineup by landing a big-name player — namely Bulls guard Jimmy Butler or 76ers center Jahlil Okafor.
The report notes that the C’s may have hurt their chances with their surprising selection of Jaylen Brown at No. 3.
Wrote Bulpett: Sources tell us the C’s are still holding the line on their offers from prior to the draft. They will make trades if teams come around to their price.
Jimmy Butler and Jahlil Okafor are said to be still available, but getting them now won’t be as easy as on draft night when Chicago and Philadelphia, respectively, both coveted the No. 3 overall pick so they could take Providence’s Kris Dunn.
The Celtics helped their cause with the acquisition of free agent forward/center Al Horford but clearly need to do more to compete with the best in the East.
|07.06.16 at 9:38 am ET|
The Warriors are looking to fill out their roster with low-cost options as they have to make changes following their huge financial commitment to free agent Kevin Durant. It remains to be seen if Ray Allen will be one such addition.
According to an ESPN report, Allen is considering making a comeback after sitting out the last two seasons, and his representatives reached out to Golden State to see if there was a possibility he could join the Bay Area powerhouse. However, the Warriors were not sure if they would have interest.
The report also states that Allen would consider joining the Cavaliers, Spurs and Clippers if he decides to go through with a comeback attempt. Although he is known as a player who kept himself in top shape throughout his 18-year playing career, Allen turns 41 on July 20 and has not played in the league since averaging 9.6 points for the Heat in 2013-14.
A 10-time All-Star, Allen won his first title in 2008 with the Celtics. He left as a free agent in 2012 for the Heat and won another ring the ensuing season, hitting a huge, game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Spurs to keep his team alive. Miami went on to win that game in overtime and secure the title in Game 7.
Allen, who also played for the Bucks and SuperSonics, averaged 18.9 points in his career, hitting 40 percent of his 3-pointers.
|07.05.16 at 12:36 pm ET|
According to reporters in Utah for the NBA summer league, Celtics No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown is day-to-day with a knee injury and he will miss Tuesday night’s game.
This is just a precaution as he’s expected to play Thursday, so Celtics fans can breath a sigh of relief.
Jaylen Brown hyperextended his knee and is out tonight.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 5, 2016
Brown injury does not sound serious. Micah says he will likely play Thursday, only precautionary.
— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) July 5, 2016
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|07.04.16 at 11:46 am ET|
Kevin Durant is not coming to Boston.
Despite the Celtics’ best effort, even sending Tom Brady to the Hamptons to meet with him, Durant announced on the Players’ Tribune Monday morning that he will sign with the Warriors.
Here is what he wrote: This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life. I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution as a player and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices. What I didn’t truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process.
The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction. But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.
I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.
It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.
I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.
|07.04.16 at 7:32 am ET|
According to a report from Oklahoma City-based ESPN.com NBA writer Royce Young, Kevin Durant is deciding between the Thunder and Warriors, which would mean the Celtics’ efforts to land the marquee free agent have fallen short.
Young tweeted Sunday night: From what I understand, it’s Thunder versus Warriors for Durant.
That apparently did not sit well with Celtics followers eager to see Durant head to Boston. Tweeted Young early Monday morning: Celtics fans went to my Instagram and spent the night making fun of my wife and kids. Really awesome you guys.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Monday morning that the Celtics “still believe that they’re in this.”
Durant is expected to make his decision Monday, apparently via a write-up in The Players’ Tribune. The Thunder reportedly made a final push in a meeting in the Hamptons early Sunday evening.
|07.03.16 at 5:44 pm ET|
Tom Brady, David Ortiz and now Julian Edelman.
The Patriots wide receiver was the latest Boston sports star to try and urge Kevin Durant to sign with the Celtics as he tweeted a picture wearing a No. 35 jersey with the caption: From the fans, to the history, to the amazing city itself, Boston is best place to play hands down @kdtrey5 🍀35🍀
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) July 3, 2016
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