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November 20, 2014 Updates

These are the questions that may come to define the Celtics' season, or at least the period between now and the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Rival executives say that Ainge has been firm in his stance that Rondo will not be dealt. But many of those same executives believe that Ainge has to trade Rondo, to avoid losing him for nothing next summer. "They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said one general manager, who nevertheless added, "I definitely think it's the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it." Bleacher Report

November 10, 2014 Updates

Marcus Smart’s early development is second only to Rajon Rondo’s contract year push as this season’s most compelling C’s storyline. An increasing number of league officials are also applauding Danny Ainge’s decision to draft the tough, defense-minded point guard. One league scout also buys into the theory that Smart — once he returns from his ankle injury — won’t fully develop as long as he plays behind Rondo. “I think they’ve got to get rid of Rondo because they drafted a good, young point guard,” the scout said. “Marcus Smart is a franchise-type point guard or can be, I think, who needs to play to be good. He’s fast and he defends. And you don’t say that about rookies.” Boston Herald

Wallace’s selflessness is also connected to that surgically repaired knee. He remarkably made it through 13 seasons without once requiring surgery, and his recovery from last summer’s clean-out procedure has been slow. It’s easier to embrace mentorship and a reduced on-court role when your body isn’t right. “For me right now it’s not as bad, because I’m still struggling with trying to get myself back to 100 percent where I feel comfortable playing,” he said of taking a back seat now. “So the minutes right now aren’t as important as doing my strengthening and rehabbing.” Boston Herald

A healthy Wallace may not have been so amenable to Stevens’ requests. But Wallace isn’t healthy enough to protest. “I don’t feel mentally or physically like I can go out and play 40 or 45 minutes a game,” said Wallace. “That would totally destroy my body as it is right now. The main thing is to get focused and healthy, try to get stronger.” Boston Herald

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The key, Rose said, is that looming decision with Rondo. “I think it’s going to be crucial what happens with Rondo,” Rose said. “They have to turn him into a player [through trade] and/or a few players that are going to be multi All-Stars. Once you’re able to do that and you’re a winner again then people always want to try to play for a winner.” Boston Globe

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Eric Pincus: Looks like the Boston Celtics trade w/ the Detroit Pistons was a little more complicated than originally thought re: use of trade exceptions. The Celtics used their Humphries TPE to take in Will Bynum - was $4.25 mil, now $1.3 mil remaining @BBallInsiders basketballinsiders.com/boston-celtics… Twitter @EricPincus

Eric Pincus: Boston also attained a new TPE for Joel Anthony, for $3.8 mil, expiring in Oct 2015. Basically Boston sacrificed $450k of Hump TPE, expiring July - to have $3.8 mil Anthony TPE til Oct @BBallInsiders basketballinsiders.com/boston-celtics… Twitter @EricPincus

October 19, 2014 Updates

But, truly, this is all just distraction from the fact the Celtics continue, for now, to occupy a rental unit in purgatory. Assuming the additions of Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, Evan Turner, Dwight Powell and two very promising first-round draft picks don’t have you scouting out positions on Boylston Street for a parade next June, why didn’t what Grousbeck hoped would transpire happen? According to multiple NBA sources, it wasn’t from lack of effort. “Boston was in the game,” said one opposing general manager. “Danny (Ainge) can get hard-headed about some things, but he was open to talking. He was active.” Boston Herald

October 18, 2014 Updates

Any player worth his contract naturally believes that with the right amount of work and chemistry, any team he’s on is playoff-worthy. When Rondo looks at all of the C’s’ incongruous parts, and factors in the Stevens effect, he believes the postseason is a realistic goal for this team. “I believe in Danny (Ainge) and I said it a month ago. I’ve been through it. One year we were the worst team in the league and the next we were the best,” he said of the wild swing between his rookie season and the 2008 Celtics championship team. “Anything can happen. Injuries are a big factor in your success. The trade deadline is a big factor. That’s what makes the NBA exciting. “But if you give me four guys who are going to compete and play as hard as possible, then I feel like I can win every game.” Boston Herald

October 17, 2014 Updates

Bynum, 31, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.9 million this season, while Anthony, 32, also in the final year of his contract, will earn $3.8 million. It is unclear exactly what role, if any, the Celtics envision for the veteran guard, who joins a roster that's already stuffed with perimeter players. "Right now, we're just going to take a deep breath and let the trade go through," said Mark Bartelstein, Bynum's agent. "Danny [Ainge] and I, I'm sure we'll talk and see what makes the most sense for everybody. We're gong to keep an open mind right now and not jump to any conclusions." CSNNE.com

Chris Forsberg: Story coming, but the move appears to be related to roster flexibility. Team saves $900,000 in swap. Anthony was on roster fringe. Twitter @ESPNForsberg

October 2, 2014 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CELTICS HISTORY

How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.

   

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