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Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger face contract extension conundrum 09.22.15 at 11:54 am ET
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Tyler Zeller

Tyler Zeller

As anticipated, negotiations between the Celtics and their trio of players entering the final year of their rookie contracts — Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Perry Jones III — haven’t moved beyond an initial discussion.

“I’ve had preliminary conversations with the representatives of those players, and we’ll see how it goes in October,” team president Danny Ainge said from Plymouth, where the C’s hosted their annual charity golf tournament to benefit the Shamrock Foundation. “We have until October to make those decisions, and we’ll see how training camp goes.”

Ainge and the agents for Sullinger and Zeller are expected to be far apart on negotiations. The C’s will seek team-friendly deals for a pair of players who haven’t established themselves as anything beyond role players, while those two — as all free agents will be — are anticipating hefty raises when the salary cap balloons $20 million in 2016. As for Jones, he may not even make the roster, so he won’t be signing an extension for an entirely different reason.

“Obviously, it would be nice to have an extension, just because it’s a little more security, but at the same time you’ve got to approach the year, and you can’t be heartbroken if you don’t get it,” said Zeller, one of two players (Jonas Jerebko) at the charity golf event. “You have to be fully prepared. Either way, I’ve got to do my job this year. I have one more year on my contract, so I’ve got to go out and do as much as I can to help our team this year.”

While Sullinger was not present Tuesday, his father was in a foursome at Plymouth’s Old Sandwich Golf Club. The Celtics brass has not seen Satch Sullinger’s son this summer, as the fourth-year big man is not one of eight players working out in Waltham, but Ainge has followed Jared Sullinger’s training regimen on social media. Sort of.

“My eyes aren’t good enough to see the Twitter pictures, nor do I believe most of the Twitter pictures, but I’m not worried about that,” said Ainge, who has criticized Sullinger’s conditioning in the past. “I know Jared is putting in the work this summer. It’s a big year for him and for us, and I’m confident he’s going to have a terrific year.”

But there’s at least a chance neither Sullinger nor Zeller will earn the starting positions they held at various points last season, since the arrival of veterans David Lee and Amir Johnson presents a logjam in the frontcourt. And that could present a problem for a pair of players who need playing time now to increase their value next summer.

“It’s one of those things where hopefully your play speaks for itself,” said Zeller. “You’ve just got to go and find your little niche and what your team needs, where you fit, and hopefully that will kind of talk for itself and get you playing time. And if it doesn’t, you’ve just got to keep working and keep trying to find a spot for you.”

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 8. Hello, Tony Allen 09.21.15 at 3:49 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 8 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

July 29, 2003: Goodbye, Bruno Sundov.

ARRIVING in Boston

  • Jumaine Jones: One of Ainge’s first orders of business as president of basketball operations, the Celtics acquired Jones in a sign-and-trade, giving the versatile free agent an affordable three-year, $5.1 million deal. During his one season in Boston, Jones didn’t enjoy the same success he did previously on the Cavaliers, if only because his minutes were slashed and his production followed suit.

DEPARTING to Cleveland

  • J.R. Bremer: Signed to an undrafted rookie free agent contract, Bremer performed admirably during his rookie season in Boston, averaging 8.3 points and 2.6 assists in 23.5 minutes a night. But he was not long for the NBA, as he was released by the Cavaliers 31 games into his sophomore season. Outside of a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors a week later, he never returned to the association.
  • Bruno Sundov: The Croatian sensation averaged all of 1.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 26 games while making less than $1 million during his lone year in Boston. His size at 7-foot-2 offered enough intrigue for the Cavs to take a chance, and he played a whopping four games before being waived by Cleveland.
  • Boston’€™s 2005 second-round pick (Ryan Gomes): The loss of this pick might’ve hurt had the Celtics not gotten it back five months later as a throw-in to the trade that brought Ricky Davis to Boston.

Feb. 19, 2004: Hello, Tony Allen.

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Isaiah Thomas, Floyd Mayweather can’t get enough of each other 09.15.15 at 5:02 pm ET
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The relationship between Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. exceeded bromance status when the latter purchased the former a Bentley for his 26th birthday in February.

Seven months later, their bromance seems to have blossomed into a full-scale public display of brofection. We’ll let the C’s pint-sized point guard explain, as he did during an interview with SiriusXM’s Going the Distance that was transcribed by ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg.

“He respects me a lot. A lot of people in his circle, when I’€™m around they are like, ‘€˜Man, you don’€™t understand how much Floyd talks about you when you’€™re not here. He just loves you around.’€™ I think that’€™s the little-guy complex, that we gotta stick together.

“So I think we relate to each other a lot more than any other athlete that he has relationships with or friendship with. Just from that, we kinda bond and we got a close friendship. Just from us being small and doubted our whole lives.”

Considering Mayweather’s history in relationships, perhaps we should be concerned about Thomas, but there’s at least one positive benefit to his friendship with arguably the most brash man on Earth.

“Man, it’€™s done wonders for me,” said Thomas. “Even the first day when I met him five or six years ago when I went to watch him train, it was just like, man, you see why he’€™s the best at what he does. And you see why he hasn’€™t taken a loss in [49] fights. It’€™s just amazing. He’€™s the definition of hard work and dedication, somebody, that, no matter what time of day it is, it can be 4 or 5 in the morning, he’€™s going to go on a six-mile run, or go to the gym and get nine rounds of sparring in with no breaks.

“I just try translate that to the basketball court. If a guy at [39] years old is working that hard, I gotta at least work as hard him on the basketball court — and I’€™m 26 years old. He’€™s a guy that I definitely look up to as an athlete and a guy that really helps me out, not just in basketball, but being the best at your craft. And wanting to be the best and not just saying it.”

While Mayweather is accustomed to declaring himself the best ever in a boxing ring, thankfully Thomas lives in the real world, where he set two goals for the 2015-16 NBA season — winning a playoff series and making the All-Star team — taking careful consideration to mention, “first and foremost it comes with team goals.” Given the finish to last season and their additions this summer, the Celtics should absolutely consider an Atlantic Division title and a second-round playoff appearance within reach. And if Thomas builds on his 19 points and 5.4 assists per game over the final two months of 2014-15, there are certainly All-Star spots to be had in the Eastern Conference’s backcourt.

P.S. I’m with the SiriusXM hosts in wondering how Thomas’ team only defeated Mayweather’s squad by a 3-2 margin in their best-of-five pickup series, even if the rosters were five against five.

And for some reason my favorite part about the Showtime video of their interaction was Thomas saying, “I can’t do a cool move and people like it?” You can do cool moves, Isaiah. People like it.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 9. Hello, Kendrick Perkins 09.11.15 at 1:45 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 9 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

June 26, 2003: Hello, Kendrick Perkins.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 10. Goodbye, Antoine Walker 09.10.15 at 9:31 am ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 10 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Oct. 20, 2003: Goodbye, Antoine Walker.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 11. Hello and goodbye, Jordan Crawford 09.04.15 at 1:05 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 11 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Feb. 21, 2013: Hello, Jordan Crawford.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 12. Goodbye, Jeff Green 09.02.15 at 1:40 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 12 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Jan. 12, 2015: Goodbye, Jeff Green.

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