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July 8, 2014 Updates

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on draft night that picking Smart means nothing for Rondo, and he’s maintained that stance. Rondo takes a similar position on the matter. “I don’t think nothing of it,” he said, shrugging his shoulders. “I am who I am.” Boston Globe

But Rondo said he doesn’t believe he needs to hear any assurances from Ainge about his role on the Celtics. “No. That’s fine,” Rondo said, adding, “I don’t have too many feelings involved in this business. I’ve played my heart out for the game, but business is business. I can be here today, gone tomorrow. You never know. For me to get bent out of shape, or to feel threatened by the Celtics drafting a point guard, it means nothing.” Boston Globe

The club is still trying to land its most desired prize, Kevin Love, but according to two NBA sources, the Celts and Timberwolves have not spoken in more than a week. What was reported here before the draft when what little discussion there was between the teams broke down is still the case: the only way the talks get revived is if Minnesota changes its stance on what it will accept for Love, or if the Wolves believe the Celtics can get them the players they want in a separate deal. Beyond that, at least as of yesterday, all points connecting the two sides were moot. Boston Herald

What hasn’t changed is that the Celts are still looking for ways to swing a major trade that will get them back into the playoff picture sooner than their current track would suggest. (And, no, according to a source connected with the marketplace, they have not contacted free agent Lance Stephenson or his representative.) Boston Herald

July 7, 2014 Updates

Boston Celtics rookie James Young will not make his NBA debut this week in Orlando. Celtics’ president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told reporters Monday that the swingman will not play with Boston’s summer league team due to lingering health issues following a car accident Young was involved in last month. "He had a little whiplash,” Ainge said of Young’s health issues. “With whiplash comes concussion-like symptoms and dizziness here and there. We're just not messing with that stuff." Boston Globe

It seemed no matter who the opponent, regardless of the location, there was a familiar face - or rather, franchise - at just about every one of Dairis Bertans' games this past season overseas. That's why the Latvian playmaker said despite interest from a couple other NBA teams (Philadelphia and Toronto) to join their summer league teams, choosing the Boston Celtics was a no-brainer. "Probably the only team that was following me, I mean really following me, all season," Bertans told CSNNE.com. "They (Celtics) were at all my games. They knew how I was playing. And they invited me (to training camp). I didn't have to think about it." CSNNE.com

July 6, 2014 Updates

“A lesser man would have fallen to his knees,” said his agent, Mitchell Butler. Butler was alluding to a stretch between August and October last year, when every aspect of Bradley’s life collided. He celebrated the birth of a son, Avery III, mere weeks after his mother, Alicia, died from a stroke at 46. He also broke off negotiations with the Celtics on a contract extension in October — a smart move, as it turned out. Bradley is about to average roughly $2 million more, with an additional year, than the Celtics were willing to offer a year ago. Boston Herald

But by the time Butler and Ainge started negotiating, Bradley was in an emotional cyclone. He was healthy for the first time in four years for training camp after a chain of injuries and surgeries. He was setting up a home, preparing to become a first-time father, and waiting for his mother to fly east from Tacoma, Wash., to join Avery and his fiancee Ashley. “For Avery, with everything he’s had to deal with over the last 18-24 months, getting this done is spectacular,” said Butler. “To have double shoulder surgery, to lose your mom, to go into extension talks and feel you weren’t getting your fair value, to have a son.” Boston Herald

July 5, 2014 Updates


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


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