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April 30, 2015 Updates

Midseason additions such as Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome, along with veteran forward Brandon Bass, will be on the short list of Celtics hitting the free agent market. Ainge did not dismiss the possibility of bringing back any of them next season. "Rather than going individual by individual," Ainge said when asked about his interest in the free agents, "I would just say that we like all of them to some degree. Some of it's going to be dependent on numbers and roster spots and draft and trades and everything else. So you just can't emphatically say anything about anybody, other than I can emphatically say that we will definitely qualify Jae Crowder, which I think is pretty obvious. But other than that, the unrestricted free agents, it's uncertain. But we do like each one of them and would welcome any one of them back at the right price and in the right role." Boston Globe

April 29, 2015 Updates

The Celtics also could look to bring back several free agents. The highest priority figures to be Crowder, who helped reshape the team’s identity with his physical play. The Celtics likely will extend Crowder a $1.1 million qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent. His strong performance in the playoffs should increase his asking price, but look for the Celtics to do all they can to match other offers. Boston Globe

April 28, 2015 Updates

Brad Stevens can’t get enough of this energized forward. He’s willing, improving, and he’ll guard anyone. The Celtics, with a mere $1.1 million qualifying offer, can match any offer for him this summer. Crowder’s heightened play will draw interest, and some teams may be willing to overpay, but the Celtics want him back, and the feeling is mutual on Crowder’s part. Boston Herald

April 27, 2015 Updates

The Celtics also have the option to restrict the free agency of Jae Crowder with a $1.1 million qualifying offer, something they are expected to do. Crowder may not command a huge contract this summer, but he will likely get a sizable raise over the $915,000 he earned last season. Word is the Dallas Mavericks may get into the bidding on Crowder so things may get interesting. Basketball Insiders

Jay King: Celtics announce left ACL sprain for Crowder. @Mark Murphy says surgery will not be necessary. Twitter @ByJayKing

He and Crowder briefly scuffled, with Perkins extending a push that made contact with Crowder’s face. For the first time in his NBA career, Perkins heard boos at the Garden. And that’s OK. He knows how they really feel. “Yeah, that was surprising, but I know they still love me,” Perkins said. “When it first happened and I went to the free throw line I could sense it was kind of iffy — do we boo Perk or do we not boo him, but they had to, so I just smiled at it.” Boston Herald

“It wasn’t nothing,” Perkins said. “I went out to set a screen, a hard pick. It was an offensive foul, things happen, guys get tangled up, have some words exchanged and move on. K-Love got hurt, and a couple of minutes were there for me to just go in and play. I didn’t go in with the intention of sending a message. I’m just playing my game.” Boston Herald

April 26, 2015 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith was called for a flagrant-2 foul for striking the Celtics' Jae Crowder in the face and subsequently ejected with 10 minutes, 27 seconds left to play in the third quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series. Crowder fell to the floor after the collision and had to be helped up by his teammates and ushered to the locker room for evaluation. On his way off the court Crowder exchanged words with several members of the Cleveland bench. ESPN.com

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