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    Getty Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics The Kevin Durant saga officially ended when he rescinded his trade request from the Brooklyn Nets. With him staying put with the Nets for the time being, that means Jaylen Brown will be doing the same with the Boston Celtics until further notice. Shortly after Durant took back his trade request, Celtics’ President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens gave fans an update on where the team sees Brown long-term in Boston in an interview with the radio show “Merloni, Fauria, and Mego.” “He is a huge core piece of what we’re doing and has been for six years now. We’re excited to hopefully put our best foot forward to have him here for a long time.” Brad on potential to offer Jaylen extension in October: "He is a huge core piece of what we’re doing and has been for six years now. We’re excited to hopefully put our best foot forward to have him here for a long time." — Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) August 23, 2022 Brown has two years left on the...
    Getty Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics. After a month of trade rumors and reports, the Boston Celtics are now free of the Kevin Durant saga. It was announced by the Brooklyn Nets that Durant will be re-joining the team and that they are focused on winning a championship next season. In turn, Celtics fans can rest easy knowing that the team they currently have is (more than likely) the one that they will head into next season with. For those who are fans of Jaylen Brown, this is a dream come true, as he was the main piece involved in most rumors. But now that things are over, Celtics GM Brad Stevens revealed that he’s spoken to Brown recently. They’ve had transparent conversations about the rumors, and even though the young star has been constantly thrown in rumors, he’s good to go and will head back to Boston for training camp soon. “Jaylen’s been through this from the standpoint of listening, and the noise has been around him for a long time,” Stevens told Merloni, Fauria and...
    Getty Brad Stevens, Celtics The Celtics have several traded-player exceptions they can use this NBA offseason, though there is, of course, one big one looming: the $17.1 million exception from the Evan Fournier trade with the Knicks last season. The trick is, how can they actually get a player who checks all the boxes that using that exception will require? The boxes are something like this: Someone team president Brad Stevens wants to bring in, who will fit, chemistry-wise. Someone with two-way ability, whom Ime Udoka will actually put on the floor. Someone another team wants to give away without Boston having to give up much by way of assets. It won’t be easy to find all three. The third aspect could be the most difficult, because the Celtics have already given up their first-rounders in the past two drafts and Stevens is wary of giving up another first-round pick.  The Celtics are not loaded with second-round picks, either. They have two next season, but have just one in the subsequent four drafts. One name that has emerged...
    BOSTON (CBS) — During the broadcast of Game 2 between the Celtics and Bucks on Tuesday, the cameras caught Celtics president of basketball operations chatting in a suite with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Duke women’s head coach Kara Lawson. It was quite the collection of coaching experience and acumen. On Thursday, Stevens was asked during his weekly radio interview what the conversation was about. Stevens ended up speaking at length about his relationship with the coaching legend. Here’s what Stevens said on Toucher & Rich: I’ve gotten a chance to know him pretty well over the years, and he’s been nice enough to let me come down to several practices and some OTAs. And we’ve spent some time at our games as well back when I was coaching, he would pop his head in before the game and then a couple games this year, he’s come up and spent a quarter with us. It’s really nice of him to do that. He had a number of his staff over there the other night, watching the game and...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Danny Ainge has returned to the NBA, with the former Celtics president of basketball operations hired by the Utah Jazz to be the franchise’s CEO and alternate governor. Ainge has been rumored to be looking for a new gig since he stepped down from his job in Boston back in June following a disappointing 2020-21 season from the Celtics. It ended an 18-year run as the man in charge of Boston basketball, and most expected Ainge to be back in the game sooner rather than later. READ MORE: Danny Ainge Hired By Utah Jazz As CEO, Alternate GovernorYou can include the man who took his job — former Celtics head coach and current president of basketball ops. Brad Stevens — in that mix. During his Thursday morning chat with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich, Stevens said that he had heard in recent weeks that his former Celtics boss was getting “antsy.” “I anticipated him being in a role, but I didn’t know what they were going to call it. That’s great news,” Stevens said of Ainge...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Robert Williams had his best season as a pro in 2020, and was rewarded for it with a new four-year deal from the Celtics on Friday,. Williams reportedly signed a four-year, $54 million extension with the Celtics, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Boston is clearly betting that the man known as Time Lord will live up to his seemingly endless upside, as his new salary will be in the top half of all NBA centers. READ MORE: Celtics Second-Round Pick Juhann Begarin Returning To Paris Williams started only 13 games for the Celtics last season, but averaged 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over 52 games. He provides loads of energy on both ends of the floor, whether it be with his emphatic rejections or highlight reel dunks, and is poised to have an even better season in 2021-22 — if he can remain healthy. READ MORE: Brad Stevens Wants To See A Gritty, Tough Celtics Team That Boston Can Really Get Behind Health has always been the biggest concern with Williams, but Brad Stevens is...
    Getty Images Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics The 2021 NBA offseason could spell the end for Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics, as the seven-year veteran is reportedly on the trade block. According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the Celtics are in the market for an upgrade at the starting point guard position and are expected to look past Smart, along with every other internal candidate. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Report: Celtics Uncomfortable with ‘Point Guard Depth Chart Topped By Marcus Smart’“Unsurprisingly, Boston’s brass isn’t too comfortable opening the season with a point guard depth chart topped by Marcus Smart and Payton Pritchard,” Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix wrote. “There’s internal interest in Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, though acquiring Dinwiddie — who told SI’s Howard Beck that he is seeking a contract in the five-year, $125 million range — gets financially complicated.” Mannix also mentions a potential target that’s been floating around in connection with Boston, of late...
    Getty Images Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens opens up about former Celtics point guard Kemba Walker Following a recent report that suggested former Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens and Kemba Walker maintained a “tension-filled” relationship throughout 2020-21, Stevens, who is now the team’s president of basketball operations, opened up about his two-year stint with the four-time All-Star guard. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! According to The Athletic’s Jared Weiss, per team sources, the Celtics’ coach-turned-president and Walker’s relationship soured, last season. “Several team sources felt Stevens was more aggressive with certain players this season, which included Walker who was criticized for his defensive mistakes,” Weiss wrote. “Those sources said Walker and Stevens began to butt heads, though the pair were considered to have a productive working relationship and mutual respect for one another.”Brad Stevens On Trading Kemba Walker: ‘This Was Not The Ideal’During Monday’s press conference, Stevens, who wasn’t asked about the specific report, Monday, shared just how difficult...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Brad Stevens is now at the head of the table for the Boston Celtics. But he’s still pretty green as the president of basketball ops. for the franchise, so he does still check in with his old boss, Danny Ainge. Stevens spoke with the media on Monday to discuss his first major move as head honcho of the C’s, which he pulled off last Friday, sending Kemba Walker and a first-round pick to Oklahoma City for Al Horford and Moses Brown. Stevens said the move, which shed Walker’s contract, gave Boston more financial flexibility, sounding a lot like Ainge in the process. READ MORE: Brad Stevens: Kemba Trade Was Difficult To Make, But The Right Move For Big Picture Of Celtics That’s probably because he’s still reaching out to Ainge for some career advice in his new role. “I talk to Danny all the time. I called him the other day, he was out on a golf course. The day before he was with his family. I still bug him, unfortunately for him,” Stevens said Monday. “He...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Jared Weiss of The Athletic painted a picture of the culture within the Celtics organization. It’s not pretty. The story, which relies upon several inside sources, noted a level of dysfunction over the past season — a situation that helps to explain the trade of Kemba Walker and the shifting of Brad Stevens from head coach to the front office. It also poses some serious questions for the state of the team going forward. Among the most notable aspects of the story: One Celtics Player Told Blake Griffin To Stay Away According to the report, Blake Griffin asked a Celtics player if he should join the team in the event that a trade scenario offered him the opportunity. The Celtics player told Griffin to not come to Boston, “because of the apparent dysfunction.” Griffin ended up getting traded to Brooklyn. The Relationship Between Brad Stevens And Kemba Walker Was Strained The report said that Gordon Hayward told Brad Stevens that the coach needed to “establish a stronger voice” with players if the Celtics were going to win....
    Naya Rivera’s Son Josey Graduates Pre-School: ‘Next Up Kindergarten!’ 5 smart ways to shift your investments as the Fed gets ready for a big move © Provided by Sports Illustrated Blake Griffin was deterred from signing with the Celtics earlier this year due to the franchise's dysfunctional locker room, per The Athletic.View the original article to see embedded media.The Celtics' locker room was reportedly dysfunctional throughout the 2020-21 NBA season for a myriad of reasons stemming from friction between head coach Brad Stevens and the players, per The Athletic's Jared Weiss.  It was reportedly so dysfunctional that when former Pistons forward Blake Griffin asked a Celtics player if he should join the team earlier this season, he was advised not to because of the tension.  Kemba Walker, who was traded to the Thunder Friday, was rumored to be on the move during the offseason. However, once Walker heard of the Celtics' effort to trade him, it was evident he would not be there long term.  Video: The Crossover: Can the Nets Win this Series without James Harden and Kyrie Irving? (Sports...
    Getty Images In the midst of deciding which new head coach is destined to guide the 2021-22 Boston Celtics and preparing for July 29’s NBA Draft, president of basketball operations Brad Stevens has a busy summer ahead of him. Evaluating mid-to-late first-round talent should come easy for a veteran NBA coach like Brad. However, deciding how to finesse the remaining $11 million left from Gordon Hayward’s Traded Player Exception into a low-risk, high-reward kind of player is an entirely separate matter. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Stevens, who still has plenty of time to try to squeeze out an additional player from the Celtics’ TPE that was acquired via the Hayward deal with the Charlotte Hornets, should aim to cash in on swapping out first-round or second-round draft picks in exchange for a player who could potentially boost Boston’s bench ahead of free agency. Here are three potential options for the Celtics.Memphis Grizzlies’ Kyle AndersonThe Celtics have had eyes on Grizzlies utility-man...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Brad Stevens is now the man in charge of the Boston Celtics, leaving the bench to take over for Danny Ainge as the team’s president of basketball ops. following a massive leadership shuffle earlier this week. Many are wondering how Stevens will be able to handle the transition from head coach to team president, considering he has zero experience in a front office. But Bill Belichick is not among them. The Patriots head coach expressed his confidence in Stevens on Friday, saying that the coach-turned-president should have no issues transitioning to his new role. READ MORE: Bill Belichick Praises Bruins For Great Game 3 Win Over Islanders: Go Bs “When you’re part of a sport like Brad is or like I’ve been and many others, there are a lot of lines that run together. You can’t be a head coach and not be aware of contracts, acquisition, things like that. I don’t know exactly how they’re set up, and each situation is a little different, but Brad has enough experience in basketball, with the Celtics and in...
    BOSTON (CBS) — When the clock hit zero on the Celtics’ Game 5 loss to the Nets on Tuesday night, Brad Stevens knew he had just spent his final night as head coach of the Boston Celtics. He just couldn’t tell anyone. That came Wednesday morning, when Danny Ainge announced his retirement as Boston’s president of basketball ops., and Stevens was named his successor. Much like Stevens’ hiring back in 2013, it was a pretty well-kept secret by the Celtics. READ MORE: You Dont Get To Behave This Way, Cole Buckley, Celtics Fan Accused Of Throwing Water Bottle At Kyrie Irving, Ordered To Stay Away From TD Garden And just because he’s now the man in charge of Boston basketball, it doesn’t mean Stevens is any less humble than he was just 24 hours ago. During Ainge’s retirement press conference, which also served as Stevens’ introduction as the new president of basketball ops., Stevens made sure that the spotlight remained on Ainge as much as possible. “I’m not the story so Ill let this be a great, great celebration from...
    Getty Jaylen Brown and Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics react to a call during the 2018 NBA Playoffs. The hammer has been dropped; Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has made clear exactly what has to happen if the team hopes to return to form next season. Changes have to be made. “I think that we will definitely be looking to make some changes in the offseason,” he told Toucher & Rich on Thursday. “How significant? I don’t know yet — we’ll see.” Ainge’s proclamation is hardly a hot take. After coming just two wins shy of an NBA Finals berth last season, the Celtics currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a head-scratching 35-35 record. This is the result despite the fact that the team’s frontcourt stars, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, both had career years. One day after Ainge made his offseason intentions known, a well-known NBA analyst offered his opinion on what must occur in order to right the ship. It was a proposal that would require a massive sea change...
    Getty Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens yells during the game against the Miami Heat in the first half at TD Garden. Defensive fortitude has been a staple for the Boston Celtics under head coach Brad Stevens. Since 2017, the Cs have ranked sixth, fourth and second in defensive rating across the NBA, respectively. However, this season their defensive rating rank has plummeted to 18th. On Wednesday — albeit shorthanded (a regularity this season) — the Celtics once again struggled on the defensive end, getting blown out by the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers and their league’s worst-ranked offense over the final 12 minutes of play. The Celtics’ defensive shortcomings had 32-year-old Kevin Love looking like prime Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love on the night.  The five-time All-Star more than doubled his points per game average, dropping 30 points on 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, helping the Cavs snap an 11-game skid while hand-delivering the Celtics an appearance in the play-in tournament. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on...
    Half of U.S. adults now have received at least 1 Covid shot What early fundraising signals about 2022 Senate map Indiana didn't fail to sign Brad Stevens for lack of trying.  The Boston Celtics head coach reportedly turned down the Hoosiers last month before IU eventually hired Mike Woodson as its head basketball coach. Now we know just how much IU coveted Stevens. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Indiana was prepared to make Stevens a 10-year, $70 million offer. He reported the news Saturday night during ESPN's NBA studio show.  [email protected] says that Indiana was prepared to offer Brad Stevens a seven year, $70m contract. Stevens wasn’t interested. @abc6 #bleedgreen pic.twitter.com/ObPRX21DjB— Ian Steele (@IanSteeleABC6) April 18, 2021 Annual salary more than Coach K, Calipari Just how big of a deal is that? It would have made Stevens the highest-paid coach in college basketball by annual salary. More than Duke's Mike Krzyzewski ($9 million, per Forbes). More than Kentucky's John Calipari ($8.6 million per year).  So how much does Stevens make in Boston? That isn't clear. Stevens...
    According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens turned down a $70 million contract from the Indiana Hoosiers.  It’s no secret that the Indiana Hoosiers and countless boosters were dreaming of Brad Stevens taking over as the program’s head coach. One issue? He’s the head man for the Boston Celtics and loves his job. But just how much does Stevens enjoy Boston? According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowksi, Indiana was all set to give Stevens a cool $70 million to leave the Celtics and run the show for the Hoosiers. Stevens told them thanks, but no thanks. Indiana University was prepared to offer Brad Stevens a 7-year, $70M contract to be their next head coach, per @wojespn Stevens turned it down. pic.twitter.com/imYeM49Ecw — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 18, 2021 Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens turned down $70 million from the Indiana HoosiersThat is a massive chunk of change Indiana was putting on the table for Stevens, but it simply wasn’t enough to get him to leave his current role. Stevens, of course, gained so much popularity...
    Getty Images Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens talks with Jayson Tatum #0, Javonte Green #43, Kemba Walker #8, Daniel Theis #27, and Semi Ojeleye #37 The Boston Celtics, amidst a four-game winning streak, will stride into the 2021 NBA All-Star weekend in style with their heads held high and just above the water. The Celtics topped the Toronto Raptors 132-125, Thursday night. Boston’s star duo combined for 48 points, including 5-of-12 attempts from deep while Kemba Walker’s modest 15 points on 4-of-11 attempts marked the first time since February 21 that Kemba didn’t finish with 20+ points; capping off his best five-game span of the regular season. It seems like good times are ahead; a complete 180, in contrast to where this team was a few weeks back. That’s when angry Celtics fans were one long losing-streak away from demanding for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens to be fired.Anonymous NBA Player On Celtics’ Brad Stevens: ‘I Rather Ride With What You Got Right Now’On the latest episode of CLNS Media’s Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman podcast, Godman...
    The Boston Celtics started the season with an 8-3 run. But since then, they have been playing poorly, and after 31 games, they have a losing record. Tonight was their 16th loss of the season as they fell to the Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks. They allowed the Mavericks to score just 110 points, but coach Brad Stevens was still unimpressed with their defensive effort. During the post-game interview, he said, “We’re not as good defensively as we have been in the last few years. … I think we’ve improved in that area, but I still don’t think we’re where you want to be if you want to be good.”  With just 15 seconds left on the clock, the Celtics had a one-point lead. But they were unable to defend back-to-back clutch threes from Doncic, who stole the game away from the Celtics. This extended their poor road record to 7-11, and it was their second road loss in a row. Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens gestures from the bench during the second...
    Jayson Tatum hasn’t grown any taller. He’s still 6-8. You’ll have to let Celtics coach Brad Stevens explain. “I’m pretty sure I said (he’s 6-10) in like July in jest, and I was just talking about it in terms of, he’s long, he’s active,” Stevens said, according to NBC Sports. “And it decided to have legs in early December, which was an interesting media study or social media study of its own, I guess.” Stevens made his comments in August, but the point is that he was exaggerating for effect (whether giving Tatum an extra two inches made Stevens’ point any different is up for debate). Stevens actually referred to Tatum as 6-10 again during training camp, so maybe he’s convinced himself that’s the case.  “Tatum came in the next day and he was just laughing,” Stevens said. “And I said, ‘The good news is, we can pretty much start anything. I just have to say it. So, we had a good laugh about it.'” When the “news” of Tatum’s growth spurt came out, it started quite the buzz on social...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Reading the tea leaves, it looks as though Gordon Hayward’s time in Boston is over. If so, that means his reunion with Brad Stevens — who coached him to stardom at Butler University — is over as well. Yet while all indications point to Hayward either opting out or heading out of Boston in a sign-and-trade, it’s not quite done yet. And in the meanwhile, the Celtics’ head coach said that he’s available to talk — if Hayward wants to call. “I’ve talked to those guys all year long, and so those conversations aren’t unique. And I say ‘those guys,’ even going back years,” Stevens told reporters late Wednesday night, after the draft. “And then as they get closer to these deadlines and these big decisions and everything else, I say, ‘If you need me, let me know.’” Stevens obviously has the longest history of anyone with Hayward. Stevens coached Hayward at Butler from 2008-10, with the Bulldogs losing a nail-biter to Duke in the national championship in 2010. Hayward then left school and was drafted ninth...
    ‘Succession’ Star Jeremy Strong EmmyWrap Portraits (Exclusive Photos) 5 Ways Retirees Can Lower Their Inflation Risk Brad Stevens upset with Joel Embiids flopping Brad Stevens found himself a little irritated by Joel Embiid’s antics during Wednesday’s game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics. © Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports Joel Embiid's alleged flops are irritating Celtics coach Brad Stevens. In the first half of the first-round playoff contest, Stevens, the Celtics head coach, audibly complained to the referees about the Sixers star flopping. “He gets to flop all over. Everything’s a flop,” said Stevens, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN. Embiid, who averaged 8.5 free-throw attempts per game during the regular season, shot seven of them in the first half alone. For what it’s worth, other opponents have also accused the All-Star center of flopping in the past. As for Stevens, some might find the complaint a little hypocritical given that one of his own players is often criticized for doing the same thing. Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The NBA has an elaborate plan to return, hoping that a “bubble season” at Disney World in Orlando will allow the league to finish the 2020 campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic. There are a lot of moving parts to the plan, and one of those parts is not sitting well with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens and other teams around the league. The NBA has 22 teams set to arrive in Orlando between July 7-9, with play resuming July 30. Part of living in the “bubble” in Orlando will require players, coaches and staff members to say goodbye to their families for nearly two months, as families won’t be welcomed to Orlando until after the first round of the playoffs. That is currently scheduled for the end of August. That’s a long time to go without seeing your family, especially in a time of crisis. Having to go upwards of seven weeks before welcoming family to the mix has Stevens throwing out one of his coaching challenges before play even resumes. “A source said Boston coach Brad...
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