Kyrie Irving says he will be 100 percent for training camp

Kyrie Irving says he will be 100 percent for training camp

When it comes to offseason injury reports, so far it’s been good news for the Celtics. After Gordon Hayward’s recent update, showing the forward putting his injured ankle to the test, Kyrie Irving has weighed in with some positive news. The guard, who is coming off of knee surgery, passed on the good news to basketball insider Jeff Goodman: “Kyrie Irving just told me he hasn’t played 5-on-5 full contact yet, but worked out this morning with his trainer and…

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Reports: Celtics, Jabari Bird finalizing two-year deal

Reports: Celtics, Jabari Bird finalizing two-year deal

 The Celtics have signed restricted free agent Jabari Bird to a two-year deal worth a combined $3 million, according to multiple reports.  Bird, a 2017 second-round pick, had been on a two-way deal with the team during a rookie campaign where he played in 13 total games. He averaged 3.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.6 assists. The 24-year-old is coming off a Summer League performance where he shot 57 percent from the floor and averaged 16.8 points, six rebounds, three assists and…

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Ex-Celtics guard Shane Larkin is going back to the EuroLeague

Ex-Celtics guard Shane Larkin is going back to the EuroLeague

While it’s been an uneventful offseason for the Celtics, the back of their bench will look different next season. Reserve guard Shane Larkin signed a one-year offer sheet with Turkish basketball club Anadolu Efes, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $1.8 million. Larkin, 25, has been open about his willingness to return to Europe. He played basketball in Spain prior to linking up with the Mavericks for the 2013-14 campaign. “A lot of NBA guys are afraid to go…

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NBA insider Jeff Goodman: Not all players liked playing with Isaiah Thomas in Boston

NBA insider Jeff Goodman: Not all players liked playing with Isaiah Thomas in Boston

“If the opportunity is there, I would just like to let you know that I’d love to come back.” That’s what Isaiah Thomas told Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge on the possibility of coming back to the C’s this offseason. The problem is, there’s a chance not everyone wanted him back. NBA insider Jeff Goodman discussed Thomas’ time in Boston on the “Good N’ Plenty” podcast on CLNS Media. According to Goodman, the point guard’s playing style may have…

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Report: Celtics offered slew of high draft picks for Kawhi Leonard

Report: Celtics offered slew of high draft picks for Kawhi Leonard

The Celtics were persistent in their pursuit of Kawhi Leonard last season. That continued through the offseason until the Spurs sent the superstar to the Celtics’ division rival, the Raptors. While the Celtics refused to include any of the team’s starting five in the deal, Danny Ainge was willing to part with several of the team’s prized draft picks. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics offered “most” of their valuable picks, including a top-one protected pick from the Kings or Sixers….

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Cris Carter said some really dumb things about Gordon Hayward

Cris Carter said some really dumb things about Gordon Hayward

Maybe Cris Carter should actually watch Gordon Hayward play basketball before talking about him on national TV.  On FS1’s “First Things First” Tuesday, Carter and his co-host, Nick Wright, spent some time talking about Hayward’s importance to the Celtics. It’s a worthwhile topic, since Hayward missed all of last season after injuring his ankle on Opening Night. But it’s apparent Carter’s only knowledge of Hayward comes from the quick glance the NFL Hall of Famer probably gave Hayward’s basketball-reference page…

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Shane Larkin sees 'unlimited' potential, future Top-5 talent in Jayson Tatum

Shane Larkin sees 'unlimited' potential, future Top-5 talent in Jayson Tatum

Like many, Shane Larkin thinks there is something special about Jayson Tatum’s game. The former Celtic back-up guard recently spoke to The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach about what it was like spending last season as the 20-year-old rookie’s teammate. Larkin and Tatum have become close friends, but even as a guard who has played for four different NBA teams, Larkin told Himmelsbach there’s only so much advice he can give Tatum. Larkin thinks the Rookie of the Year finalist has a lot figured out…

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NBA skills coach Drew Hanlen discusses Gordon Hayward’s recovery, Jayson Tatum’s development

NBA skills coach Drew Hanlen discusses Gordon Hayward’s recovery, Jayson Tatum’s development

Drew Hanlen is the CEO of the basketball training company Pure Sweat and an NBA strategic skills coach and consultant who works with elite NBA talent on a daily basis. Some of this talent just so happens to be the Celtics’ own Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum. Hanlen joined Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype podcast to discuss the progress the Hayward has made in his recovery and the developments Jayson Tatum is making ahead of his sophomore season in the…

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Celtics have nothing to fear about Cavs extending Kevin Love

Celtics have nothing to fear about Cavs extending Kevin Love

The Cavaliers have spent the money they had targeted for LeBron James on Kevin Love. The All-Star forward signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension with Cleveland Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst. The agreement, which nullifies Love’s player option at the end of next season, is worth a total of $145 million over five years. With Love on board for the foreseeable future, the Cavs are positioning themselves to at least contend for one of the…

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Former Celtics forward Jared Sullinger believes he blew his chance in NBA

Former Celtics forward Jared Sullinger believes he blew his chance in NBA

Former Celtics forward Jared Sullinger is pondering what could have been. In an interview with The Athletic, he said he messed up his chance to play in the NBA. “I wasn’t an NBA basketball player when I left the gym,” Sullinger told Baptist. “I was still a kid and I really [expletive] it up.” Sullinger was once considered a lottery pick prior to the 2012 draft. He averaged 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in 74 career games with Ohio State. But questions regarding his…

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