Boston Celtics News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Celtics Life: Report: Kyrie Irving and Brooklyn Nets have mutual interest
Sources tell SNY that Kyrie Irving and his camp are strongly considering Brooklyn if he decides to leave Boston. Irving's camp has kept a close eye on the Nets as the season progressed and the team got better, with the playoffs only helping their case.
SNY also learned recently that the Nets would not shy away from signing Irving even if they re-sign point guard D'Angelo Russell. The ideal scenario would be to pair two max free agents, such as Kevin Durant and Irving, but sources say the Nets would be open to pairing Irving and Russell in the backcourt together.
Celtics Life: Video: Marcus Smart highlights 2018-19 season
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Fansided: The Boston Celtics should resign Marcus Morris
The Boston Celtics have several major decisions this summer, as has been well documented on this very site. We know the big names hitting the free agent market in Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Terry Rozier.
The Boston Celtics also have some smaller decisions to make as well in regards to their roster heading into next season. It goes beyond just the superstars. Boston has some talented role players who can skip town.
Marcus Morris happens to be one of them. Morris came over in a highly scrutinized deal in 2017 that saw longtime Celtics fan favorite Avery Bradley sent to the Detroit Pistons.
Fansided: Kyrie Irving and D'Angelo Russell on the Brooklyn Nets would be a problem
Kyrie Irving seems ticketed to return to his roots in New York's tri-state area. The current odds have the Brooklyn Nets being a slight favorite over the New York Knicks. That comes despite rumors that the Knicks have a "95% chance" of pairing Irving and Kevin Durant.
Today news came out that makes Las Vegas oddsmakers appear to be in the know. Bleacher Report came out with news that those in the Nets organization want to pair Irving and D'Angelo Russell to comprise its backcourt. That would be terrifying thought for Boston Celtics fans.
Irving and Russell would form a backcourt that could instantly be considered a top-5 backcourt in the league.
Fansided: Boston Celtics: three potential replacements for Aaron Baynes
Aaron Baynes proved to be a perfect compliment to Al Horford for the Boston Celtics in the front-court this past season. When the two shared the court, opposing defenses we're being held to a pace of under 90 points per game.
Baynes served his role as an intimidating presence in the paint. The burly Australian has been a good find for the Celtics after carving out his niche in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Baynes has a 5.5 million dollar player option for the 2019-20 season, but he may look to seek out more money on a longer-term deal this offseason.
Red's Army: Your Morning Dump... Where Al Horford wouldn't leave the Celtics ... would he?
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big story line. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
Horford's future is a little murky. He must decide by June 18 if he will trigger a $30.1 million option or wade into free agency. Horford, who will turn 33 before that decision deadline, could opt out, even if simply to seek a longer-term deal (say something like a new three-year deal that pays him $70 million). It would ease Boston's salary burden and give Horford the sort of security that might bring him closer to the finish line of his career.
Boston.com: This week in Celtics news: The offseason is underway
This week in Celtics news...
1. Center Aron Baynes attended a carnival at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, where he helped celebrate the hard work of 2,000 selected students from 26 local public middle schools. Baynes showed no mercy as he made his way through the variety of games, dominating in everything from dodgeball to "Tip-A-Troll."
Aron Baynes on his approach to the carnival games: "Always competitive. I think I told them I lost a couple games, but I didn't. I have to keep their confidence up, too. They don't know if I beat every one of their classmates.
CelticsBlog: Gordon Hayward and the Paul George roadmap to recovery
In early March, the Boston Celtics were cooking. After a well-feted flight to California, they went 3-1 on a trip through the Western Conference. Hayward looked solid. He went super efficient from the field against Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. He hit a game-winner to take down the frisky Sacramento Kings.
But Gordon Hayward was tired, not physically, but mentally. An inconsistent season was eating away at him. And the binary narrative--Is he finally back? Yes or no?--was taking its toll.
"The most frustrating part is that I'm constantly being asked if I'm 'back.
Celtics Life: Aron Baynes: " heart's still here", but wants "to be in the right situation"
Lost by some in the concern over where Kyrie Irving and Al Horford might re-sign next season is the fact that big man Aron Baynes has the option to walk as well.
Baynes, who has a player option on the 2019-20 season of his contract (for $5.5 million next season, if he chooses to opt-in), is just starting to think about his future plans (per NBC Boston's Justin Leger):
" haven't really thought too much about that .
Red's Army: Your Morning Dump... Where it feels like August already
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
Yep. It feels like August-and not because it's hot outside:
It feels like August because I'm sitting here trying to come up with a story worth writing about.
And since there's not much to write about, it's time to fall back on the old standby: Kyrie "news" and rumors.
First: Did you know Kyrie was in LA yesterday? Yes. It's true. He went to a shoe store.
CelticsBlog: Aron Baynes says his heart is 'still in Boston'
Aaron Baynes loves being a Boston Celtic.
But even the dedicated Australian big is choosing his words carefully when fielding questions about the offseason. At an event for the Shamrock Foundation, Baynes offered comments on his player option and the disappointment of the 2018-2019 season. MassLive's John Karalis had the story.
"I know my heart's still here in Boston. I love Boston. It's been great to my family," Baynes said. "There's no better place to play than TD Garden during the playoffs or when you're in the middle of a comeback. So if I'm thinking of that, I know where I want to be.
Fansided: Boston Celtics: Four Possible Terry Rozier Sign-and-Trade Options
This sign-and-trade will work particularly well if the Knicks end up landing Anthony Davis and if Kyrie Irving signs with a team that is not the Celtics or the Knicks. If Irving does go to a team such as Brooklyn or a wild card team and the Knicks still trade for Davis, this sign-and-trade will be a no brainer.
Getting Davis would be a big piece to this, and if they are able to somehow land Durant, the trade makes even more sense. With two big superstars in New York, a relatively cheap starting point guard would be necessary.
Celtics Life: Ainge looking healthy; plans to stay on as Cs head after heart attack
Danny Ainge is out and about after a scary reminder we all need to watch our health -- even former NBA stars -- as we get older, having had a minor heart attack during the Boston Celtics' losing series vs. the Milwaukee Bucks in the East Conference Semis.
Perhaps more importantly, Ainge feels well enough to continue in his duties as the Cs' head honcho, switching to an entirely plant-based diet in the hopes of relaxing the stress on the ole' ticker; as fans of Danny as well as his work, we hope it works.
Celtics Life: John Havlicek's Memorial Service & 6th-Man-of-the-Year trophy
There were many familiar faces rendering a final goodbye to John Havlicek at his memorial service yesterday. One of them was Tommy Heinsohn who told listeners, "You never thought he'd (Havlicek) wear down." Add me to the list of those that thought he was indestructible.
I am truly surprised how horrible I feel about the death of a man I never met. 6th-Man-of-the-Year award needs to have John's name attached to it. I will never, ever forget watching you, Russ, and John playing together at the Old Garden.