The Abdel Nader era is reportedly over

The Abdel Nader era is reportedly over

The Celtics continue to make moves, albeit a relatively small one this time around. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics have waived forward Abdel Nader. Nader was set for his $1.4 million contract for the 2018-19 season to be guaranteed on Aug. 1. A second-round pick of the Celtics in 2016, Nader played for a year with the Maine Red Claws before inking his rookie deal with the C’s last season. The 24-year-old played in 48 games,…

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Watch: Gordon Hayward is actually playing basketball

Watch: Gordon Hayward is actually playing basketball

Gordon Hayward recently said that he believes the Celtics can make a run at the championship next season. Now we have somewhat of an idea why the forward might have so much confidence. He’s able to actually play basketball again. Hayward took to Twitter Saturday morning to post an Instagram video of his workout. The images certainly did nothing to suggest that there shouldn’t be some optimism regarding his return. Working with @drewhanlen and the @puresweat guys to get back!…

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Celtics assistant said to have taken bribes at Penn

Celtics assistant said to have taken bribes at Penn

A Celtics assistant coach might be in some hot water. According to Bloomberg, Jerome Allen is named in a criminal case alleging he took bribes from a Miami-area businessman in order to help gain his son admission to the University of Pennsylvania.  The report states that while the current Celtics assistant, and former Penn head coach, isn’t named specifically in the government’s indictment of Philip Esformes, Allen is the person referred to as “Coach 2” in the filing. Allen, who joined…

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Gordon Hayward says he's 'confident' Celtics can make championship run

Gordon Hayward says he's 'confident' Celtics can make championship run

Gordon Hayward says the Celtics are ready to become kings of the East. During media appearances Thursday at a “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” event in Cambridge, Hayward expressed confidence in his team, while also playing up the strength of the Eastern Conference. “The East is still going to be a tough conference; I think a lot of people are writing the East off,” he told reporters, per ESPN. “There were some surprises last year in the East, and…

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Where does this lineup rank in Celtics history? Potentially right near top

Where does this lineup rank in Celtics history? Potentially right near top

By Danny Dragin The history of the Celtics is magical. From Bill Russell to Kyrie Irving, the Celtics are about winning, as their record 17 championship banners attest. When you think of Celtics greats, four players come to mind, and they perfectly reflect their respective championship generations: Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Larry Bird, and Paul Pierce. If we’re talking purely winning, Bill Russell is maybe the most dominant ATHLETE of all time. Russell’s Celtics won eight straight championships and 11…

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Marcus Smart reportedly signs 4-year deal to return to Celtics

Marcus Smart reportedly signs 4-year deal to return to Celtics

After a few weeks of back-and-forth, it appears Marcus Smart officially will be back with the Celtics. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania, Smart has agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal to stay with the Celtics, which comes out to $13 million a season. He was a restricted free agent. The Celtics extended a $6.05 million qualifying offer to Smart on June 29, but the guard was reportedly hurt he didn’t get more interest from the team and a new deal then….

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Celtics were wise to stay away from Kawhi Leonard, says Glenn Ordway

Celtics were wise to stay away from Kawhi Leonard, says Glenn Ordway

At long last, Kawhi Leonard is leaving San Antonio. Leonard played just nine games last season with the Spurs before requesting a trade this offseason, with the Lakers being his preferred destination. San Antonio instead sent Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick. Leonard has reportedly let it be known he has no desire to play for the Raptors, which is why Glenn Ordway believes the Celtics were…

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Report: Danny Ainge, Marcus Smart's agent 'seriously engaged' in contract talks

Report: Danny Ainge, Marcus Smart's agent 'seriously engaged' in contract talks

Marcus Smart may not be “hurt and disgusted” much longer. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is “seriously engaged” in contract talks with Smart’s agent, Happy Walters. The potential deal, according to Wojnarowski, would be in the range of four years and $46-50 million, which comes out to $11.5-12.5 million per season. Smart told Jackie MacMullan in May that he believed he was worth “more than 12-14 million,” but it doesn’t seem like he’s gotten any offers for…

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Raptors trade for Kawhi Leonard, who doesn't want to play for them, per reports

Raptors trade for Kawhi Leonard, who doesn't want to play for them, per reports

The Raptors are reportedly on the verge of acquiring one of the best all-around players in the NBA. Under usual circumstances, that would be concerning for the Celtics. But it could just lead to chaos and turmoil for their rivals north of the border. Toronto is on the brink of netting disgruntled forward Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs for guard DeMar DeRozan, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal reportedly contains other pieces, with San Antonio’s Danny Green also heading to…

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4 takeaways from Celtics Summer League

4 takeaways from Celtics Summer League

The NBA summer league doesn’t draw much, if any significant viewings. But the audience who does keep tabs on it can familiarize themselves with the names of either the flashy prospect who went in the lottery, or the talented underdog player who displays signs of promise. For the Celtics, as a high-powered Eastern Conference contender, the team was, for the most part scouting for players who could contribute off the bench, whether that’d be this season, or a couple of…

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