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Revisiting the Gordon Hayward to Boston Celtics Conversation

May 15th, 2014 at 9:59 AM
By Sean Melia

"Gordon Hayward to Boston"  was a hot topic during the season, which makes sense considering the Brad Stevens connection. The Boston Celtics need a scorer badly, and Gordon Hayward could potentially be that guy.

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Bleacher Report broke down the top five free agents the Celtics should pursue this summer. Hayward was #3 on the list. Here's the article.

Hayward's talents could mesh well with the Celtics team, especially with the addition of a potential top five pick in the draft (or higher… finger crossed). Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, Gordon Hayward, Jared Sullinger, and their two draft picks could be a nice collection of players. Toss in Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass and the lack of talent in the Eastern Conference the Celtics could find their way back in the playoffs.

Adding Hayward would give the Celtics another 16 point scorer, replacing Avery Bradley who would probably not get an offer from Boston if Hayward came aboard. Jeff Green and Hayward would be the shooting guard and small forward combination. Throw in Rajon Rondo and Dante Exum (projections!) and that's a pretty fantastic group of four guards. It would take pressure off Jeff Green, who has proven he is not a born leader. That's OK, we just all need to accept it.

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Revisiting the Second Half of the Last Ten NBA Drafts. Danny Ainge Will Have Some Talent to Choose from, He Just Needs to Find It

May 13th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Sean Melia

The Boston Celtics will have a choice to make with the 17th pick in the NBA Draft this June. A lot has been made of the lottery pick that will be announced on May 20, but that 17th pick is already set in stone. 

We took a quick look back at the last ten picks in that 17 slot. Here is what we found:

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2013: Dennis Schroder

2012: Tyler Zeller

2011: Iman Shumpert

2010: Kevin Seraphin

2009: Jrue Holiday (Ty Lawson and Jeff Teague next two picks)

2008: Roy Hibbert

2007: Sean Williams

2006: Shawne Williams

2005: Danny Granger

2004: Josh Smith

Besides the fact that two guys with the same name were picked 17th overall in back-to-back years, there other thing we noticed was that this spot seemed to be a 50/50 type pick. Celtics fans would be happy with Shumpert, Holiday, Hibbert (maybe…), Granger, or Smith on the team for the next four years. 

The other thing we noticed was the fact that there were some talented players taken after the 17th pick. We looked at the 18-30 picks and here are the guys that we found:

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Four Teams That Could Be Interested in Avery Bradley During Free Agency

May 10th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
By Sean Melia

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Avery Bradley is garnering a lot of discussion since the end of the Boston Celtics' season. The shooting guard, entering restricted free agency this summer, could have a few suitors if the Celtics allow him to test the waters. Bradley turned down a four-year $24 million dollar offer this winter, Bradley will probably not make that much now after an injury plagued second half of the season has brought up more questions about his health.

However, there will be a market for Bradley this summer because he plays excellent defense and showed he is capable of shooting the ball from various spots on the floor.

Let's look at some teams (in no particular order) that could make Bradley an offer the Celtics can't match:

Chicago Bulls

Looking at the Bulls' salaries for next season, they have two guards on the books: Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. DJ Augustin and Kirk Hinrich are both free agents and could potentially return to Chicago. Carmelo Anthony is the prize possession of this summer's market (assuming LeBron James stays in Miami). Bradley could be a nice addition if the Anthony sweepstakes doesn't go Chicago's way.

Philadelphia 76ers

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Where Does Boston Celtic Avery Bradley Stand Among His Shooting Guard Peers as He Seeks a New Contract

May 7th, 2014 at 1:07 PM
By Sean Melia

After a 25-57 year, anything can happen to the Boston Celtics roster. Trades, free agency, and the draft promise to alter the look of the fourth worst team in the NBA last year. 

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Avery Bradley is one of those players that could be on the way out, he is a restricted free agent with an injury history. The Celtics had floated out a 4-year $24 million dollar deal this winter while Bradley was in the middle of a successful stint of health. He had returned to his 2011-12 form, shooting the ball better from the field and scoring more points than ever. He didn't bite, instead deciding to test the restricted fee agency waters. 

Now, Bradley's future is in question. Mark Murphy wrote about the possibility of Bradley resigning with the Celtics. Here is the link.

Murphy wrote, "Bradley's ongoing brittleness considered, the C's are unlikely to return to the four-year, $24 millions extension that was previously offered. The injury issue may also limit what he finds on the market this summer."

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Would Dante Exum Be the Right Choice Even with Rajon Rondo on the Roster?

May 4th, 2014 at 1:22 PM
By Sean Melia

The Boston Celtics do not need a point guard. They have an All-Star championship winning one already: Rajon Rondo. However, this June the draft could force Danny Ainge to decide on whether he should choose a player based on need or based on talent.

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Enter, Dante Exum. The 6’6” point guard and mystery man could end up slipping to the Celtics at the #5 pick.

Exum is a mystery because he plays basketball on the other side of the world in Australia. 

Exum is a point guard, or at least a combo guard, and if Ainge picked him it could rock the boat just a little bit this summer. Rajon Rondo has already asked that he is involved in the team building process and he’d like to know what is going on during the off-season.

Could the Celtics go for the talented Mr. Exum and expect Rondo to remain happy? That’s unclear.

Could drafting Exum send a signal to Rondo? Sure. The Celtics could be saying they are prepared to move on from Rondo after next season or even possibly trade him before he hits free agency. Rondo didn’t only say he wanted to be involved this summer, but he has also said he is intrigued by the free agency song and dance.

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