Adrian Wojnarowski: The uncertainty surrounding Jabari Bird’s legal issues, contract and future with Celtics could impact Georges-Hunt’s opportunity to eventually land on regular season roster. There’s no telling the timing or resolution for Bird with Celtics.
Jay King: Marcus Georges-Hunt is indeed headed to training camp with the Celtics, source confirms. Jabari Bird currently holds the team’s 15th roster spot, but the NBA is investigating the domestic violence charges against him.
A number of sources have stated to the Herald that actions leading to Jabari Bird’s arrest on domestic-violence charges seem very much “out of character.” But those close to the situation say the Celtics guard had begun dealing with emotional issues in the weeks prior to the Sept. 7 incident. Bird is charged with kidnapping and assault and battery on his girlfriend, with the police report alleging he choked her at least 12 times, kicked her and threw her against a wall while holding her against her will over a span of some four hours.
People around Bird have been aware that he recently had been experiencing, according to one source close to him, “panic attacks and things like that. It wasn’t a long-term thing, but everyone knew. The Celtics knew there was something going on and he was being treated.” Said another, “This wasn’t one of the domestic-violence situations you usually see where someone gets jealous for one thing and loses control. There was something deeper going on here with (Bird). This was a bad situation.”
Shams Charania: NBA spokesman on allegations surrounding Celtics' Jabari Bird: "The allegations are disturbing and we are conducting a full investigation of the matter. We have been in contact with local authorities since learning of the incident."
Shams Charania: Boston’s Jabari Bird says in statement he is stepping away from the Celtics indefinitely as he deals with his legal and medical issues. He adds: “I do not condone violence against women. I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone’s trust.”
Tom Westerholm: Details in the Jabari Bird case: He is accused of assaulting his girlfriend for four hours in his apartment. He’s accused of strangling her multiple times, including once until she lost consciousness.
A. Sherrod Blakely: A Boston police official tells @NBCSBoston that #Celtics guard Jabari Bird remains under guarded watch at a local hospital. Once released, he will officially be charged for his alleged role in a Friday night incident in Brighton with a court date possibly later today or tomorrow.
Chris Forsberg: Boston police in a statement say Jabari Bird is being guarded at a local hospital for an evaluation after a domestic incident and that complaints will be sought against the suspect for assault & battery 209A, strangulation and kidnapping.
Jabari Bird remains under guarded watch by Boston police at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton, Mass, following an incident in which the Celtics guard was arrested for allegedly assaulting another individual. Bird, who will likely undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being released from the hospital to be booked, will face charges of assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping. What police are calling a domestic incident occurred Friday night in Brighton. The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to a separate hospital for treatment of injuries from the incident.
Anaridis Rodriguez: BREAKING: Sources tell @CherylFiandaca #Celtics Shooting Guard Jabari Bird is under arrest & facing charges for an alleged assault in Brighton. Sources tell our I-Team he's now in custody at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. BPD Domestic Violence Unit is involved. @wbz is LIVE until 8AM.
Jared Weiss: Celtics statement on report by @Anaridis that Jabari Bird has been arrested for assault: “We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously. We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”
August 16, 2022 | 2:22 am EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Minnesota Timberwolves star Rudy Gobert will face the Utah Jazz for the first time on Oct. 21 in Minnesota and will return to Utah for the first time as an opponent on Dec. 9, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Marc Stein: The Knicks are scheduled to be in Dallas for former Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson’s return to Big D on Dec. 27, league sources tell me, two days after New York hosts Philadelphia on Christmas. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Sean Cunningham: The Sacramento Kings will be opening the 2022-23 NBA season on the home court of Golden 1 Center against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 19th, according to sources. @CarmichaelDave first to report.
Windhorst went on to say the Nets aren’t coming off asking for a big return for Durant in a trade. And that Brooklyn has no leverage with other teams, same as Durant has no leverage with the Nets. “I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they’re not making any progress there,” said Windhorst. “Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: ‘Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.’ He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate.”
When it comes to Simmons, his unique skill set is incredibly enticing, but his best ability will be availability. Fortunately, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, that won’t be a problem for Simmons in 2022-23: “You and Kyrie and Ben Simmons — who, by the way, news flash here. I ran into Ben Simmons. He and I had a nice conversation … I support the brother. I had a problem with him not playing. That’s the past. He’s ready to go. He swears he’s ready to go.”