Boston Celtics Rumors
Asked about reports that he has been approached by representatives from Olimpia Milano — imagine Datome on the other side when the Celtics open their exhibition season in Milan against that team on Oct. 6 — Datome dismissed the talk as premature. “It’s very early because (NBA) free agency is so (early),” Datome said via phone from his home in Sardinia last week. “My agent told me that first the big players will sign, and then you have to wait. I’ve waited more than two months to get here, so I can wait two more.” “My agent is listening to proposals from European teams, and right now we’re not saying no to anyone. But I still want to see if anyone in the NBA wants to sign me.”
“I want to thank the Celtics and Coach Stevens because they gave me the opportunity,” Datome said. “I think I showed that I can play at this level. But if I play another year in the NBA, I would like to be one of those guys who plays every night.” Datome understands that he has to wait for these opportunities to take shape. His calls will come later this month. He admits that he can earn more money playing in Europe, where a nightly 35-minute role would be guaranteed. “There are some real opportunities in Europe,” he said. “But right now I am thinking about nothing.”
So far, so encouraging in the Celts’ workouts. “I’m more comfortable being at the point guard position and treading the defense and kind of just running the whole offense,” Smart said. “They definitely expect a lot more out of me. I expect a lot out of myself. But with that territory comes a lot of responsibility, so I’m just trying to get better.”
Smart is 21 years old but speaks as if he is 30 because of his many life experiences. He recalls the impact of being mentored and being the young, impressionable kid at basketball camps vying for his one-in-a-million shot to reach the NBA. “I probably speak for the older guys that are way older than me — I think [participating at the camp] makes them feel younger,” Smart said. “But for me you see yourself in these kids because at one point in time, that was you. You just remember all the things that you went through and all the adversity that you went through to get to where you’re at. You’ve got to stay humble and keep working.”
Another intriguing player will be Rozier, the Louisville product who drew a mixed reaction from Celtics fans after being selected with the 16th overall pick. Rozier is likely to share point guard duties with Smart as the Celtics have a crowded backcourt that also includes Hunter, Young, Pressey, and Thornton. “I don’t want to overdo it on anybody, we’ve played 18 total minutes of scrimmaging; his speed is at the highest level,” Stevens said of Rozier. “Once we started going up and down the full court, he did a lot of things that kind of took you aback. But, at the same time, he’s got a lot to learn and a lot to work on. I know he’ll do that. I’ve got no question about that.”
Jay King: Pressey admitted he’s concerned about his nonguaranteed deal. Stevens said he loves Pressey. Still, numbers are tight right now.
Jae Crowder did take a bit of time to see if the grass was greener elsewhere, but he didn’t take long to decide to stick with the capital “G” Green. According to league sources, Dallas and New York were the other main suitors for the 6-foot-7 winger, but after finally finding a team that was willing to play to his strengths, he wasn’t about to leave the Celtics. The restricted free agent’s return was secured with a five-year, $35 million deal.: 4 more rumors
Steve Bulpett: Crowder’s deal is a straight $35 million for five years. Fully guaranteed, no opt-outs for either side.: 4 more rumors
Shams Charania: RFA Jae Crowder has reached agreement on a five-year, $35 million deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell RealGM.: 4 more rumors
Alex Kennedy: Amir Johnson’s deal with BOS will officially be two years worth $24,028,750 (and I love the signing). He’s the highest-paid Celtics player.: 2 more rumors
Mark Medina: I’m told Carlos Boozer got interest from Clippers, Spurs, Blazers, Mavs, Rockets, Celtics, Wizards, Heat & Lakers bit.ly/1gbRdaL: 3 more rumors
Sources from other teams and within the player rep community say the C’s are also in play for Tobias Harris and Corey Brewer, but in those cases the club is said to have its limits. There are salary and length-of-contract parameters for each that Boston will not exceed.
Gary Washburn: Can confirm from Amir Johnson camp that he’s headed to Boston. Overshadowed because he played so long in Toronto. Solid rebounder, defender
Chris Mannix: While Wizards wait on Pierce, familiar dark horse lurks: Boston. Pierce wants to work for C’s someday. Would he want to finish career there?: 15 more rumors
Brian Robb: Amir Johnson will be the highest-paid player on the Celtics at $12 million, just edging out Gerald Wallace at $10.1 million.
Jeff Goodman: Boston Celtics have agreed to a 2-year, $24 million deal with free agent forward Amir Johnson, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Chris Forsberg: Move over Gerald Wallace, new highest paid Celtics. Source confirms Amir Johnson to Celtics for 2 years, $24 million.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Amir Johnson has agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics, league source tells Yahoo Sports.: 2 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Amir Johnson’s agreement with Boston will pay him $24 million over two years, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.