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Boston Celtics daily links 7/19/18

Boston Celtics daily links 7/19/18

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Marcus Smart, Celtics agree to 4-year deal worth $52 million Globe What experts are saying the Kawhi Leonard trade means for the Celtics Celtics, Marcus Smart agree to four-year, $52 million contract Marcus Smart, Celtics reportedly agree to four-year, $52 million deal What's it like to play for Celtics coach Brad Stevens? Ask Butler Bulldogs. CelticsBlog Marcus Smart, Celtics agree to a 4-year/$52M contract ESPN Why Kawhi Leonard trades didn't happen for the Lakers, Celtics and 76ers Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart...
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Marcus Smart, Celtics agree to a 4-year/$52M contract

Marcus Smart, Celtics agree to a 4-year/$52M contract

Boston’s longest tenured player is coming home. Shams Charania reported Thursday morning that guard Marcus Smart has agreed to a new 4-year/$52-mil contract to re-sign with the Boston Celtics. Restricted free agent Marcus Smart has agreed to a four-year, $52M deal to return to the Boston Celtics, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 19, 2018 Marcus Smart was drafted #6 overall with the Celtics in the 2014 Draft, and he’s currently Boston’s longest tenured player on the roster after last summer’s overhaul that left just 4 returning players...
Jul 18, 2018
Murphy: In Marcus Smart Situation, Danny Ainge Holds All the Leverage (podcast)

Murphy: In Marcus Smart Situation, Danny Ainge Holds All the Leverage (podcast)

Celtics Beat welcomes the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy, the go-to guy on all things Marcus Smart Everybody and their source’s mother has an opinion on Marcus Smart this summer. The Boston Celtics’ longest-tenured player has rapidly become one of the most divisive guys in the NBA. The advanced analytical revolution can’t quantify the VORP of a guy who’s eye-popping winning plays are only outnumbered by stretches head-scratching shot selection. With cases as complex as this summer’s will they/won’t they contract situation with Smart, some opinions matter more than others. Celtics...
Jul 18, 2018
Scal: Celtics Need Marcus Smart to Compete for Championship (video)

Scal: Celtics Need Marcus Smart to Compete for Championship (video)

CLNS’ Alex Barth sat down for a lengthy discussion with Brian Scalabrine on Tuesday. BOSTON — As a guy who has been to the top of the mountain in the NBA, Brian Scalabrine knows what it takes to win an NBA title. And when it comes to the 2018-19 Boston Celtics, Scal says it will take having Marcus Smart on the roster to achieve that goal. Speaking to the media at an event for Dr. Robert Leonard on Tuesday, the former Celtic and current NBC Sports Boston analyst told CLNS’ Alex Barth that defeating the Golden State Warriors in a hypothetical championship series would be a tough task...
Jul 18, 2018
Boston Celtics daily links 7/18/18

Boston Celtics daily links 7/18/18

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Done deal: Leonard goes to Raptors, DeRozan goes to Spurs Globe Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard to Raptors for DeMar DeRozan What the Kawhi Leonard deal means for Celtics, teams involved, and NBA as a whole Talks between Celtics and Marcus Smart ‘going in the right direction’ Spurs, Raptors reportedly agree to trade with Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan NBA free agency: Celtics, Marcus Smart reportedly engaged in contract talks CelticsBlog CelticsBlog roundtable: when will Jayson Tatum be the face of the franchise? How the Kawhi...
Jul 18, 2018
Woj: Celtics seriously engaged with Smart on four-year deal

Woj: Celtics seriously engaged with Smart on four-year deal

The cold negotiations reportedly turned hot on Wednesday as the two sides are gaining momentum toward a four-year contract worth $46-50 million. Wojnarowski reports that talks are ongoing. After frustration, a Summer League visit and weeks of silence on the Marcus Smart front, Happy Walters and Danny Ainge entered negotiation on a long-term deal according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The parameters of a potential Smart contract, which could now be imminent, figure to be between $46-50 million over four years. Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Happy Walters, the agent for restricted free agent guard...
Jul 18, 2018
Woj: Celtics seriously engaged with Marcus Smart on four-year deal

Woj: Celtics seriously engaged with Marcus Smart on four-year deal

The cold negotiations reportedly turned hot as the two sides are gaining momentum on a four-year contract worth $46-50 million. Wojnarowski reports that talks are ongoing. After frustration, a Summer League visit and weeks of silence on the Marcus Smart front, Happy Walters and Danny Ainge entered negotiation on a long-term deal according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The parameters of a potential Smart contract, which could now be imminent, figure to be between $46-50 million over four years. The average annual value of $11-12 million would comfortably allow the C’s to make minor moves to...
Jul 18, 2018
How the Kawhi Leonard deal impacts Toronto and the Eastern Conference

How the Kawhi Leonard deal impacts Toronto and the Eastern Conference

Where do the Raptors and Celtics sit once the dust settles? Early Wednesday morning, the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs finalized a deal that will send Kawhi Leonard to the Eastern Conference. The reigning conference champions will send DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a first round pick (protected 1-20) to San Antonio. Reactions are flying, but what’s this blockbuster deal mean for Toronto and the current state of the East? Here’s the deal laid out in a nice, pretty graphic thanks to ESPN’s First Take. When healthy, Kawhi Leonard is one of the best players in...
Jul 18, 2018
CelticsBlog roundtable: when will Jayson Tatum be the face of the franchise?

CelticsBlog roundtable: when will Jayson Tatum be the face of the franchise?

How long until Jayson Tatum is the 2nd best player in the Celtics? Follow-up: (gasp) how long until he’s the best? Sam Sheehan: Normally this is where I would step in and tell us to pump the brakes, remind everyone that he is a rookie and that his very likely to regress to the mean. That said, it really looks like he’s just going to keep getting better. With some natural regression from an aging Al and Hayward trying to re-establish a post-injury groove, I really think that it’s possible Tatum could be the Celtics second best player as soon as next year. I don’t think that’s...
Jul 17, 2018
Raptors making “compelling” offer for Kawhi Leonard

Raptors making “compelling” offer for Kawhi Leonard

The drama around Kawhi Leonard continues to unfold slowly. In case you have missed it, there were some additional rumblings about Kawhi Leonard in recent days. It sounds like the Toronto Raptors have emerged as a serious suitor and they’ve apparently made what is being called a “compelling” offer for him. Per Brian Windhorst “It’s way more likely now than it was a couple of weeks ago. If you’ve looked at the moves that have happened out there, the Sixers have tied up some of their cap space — they’ve moved forward. The Lakers have moved forward and used all of their cap...
Jul 17, 2018
Boston Celtics daily links 7/17/18

Boston Celtics daily links 7/17/18

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Take that for data: NBA preps for expanded betting on games Bulpett: Old foe Isiah Thomas impressed by Jaylen Brown’s all-around growth Celts guard Jabari Bird boosts his stock with strong summer Globe All in all, the Celtics got what they wanted out of their roster players in summer league Here are some thoughts and observations on Summer League, the Celtics, and more Here is the latest around Kawhi Leonard and the Celtics Celtics summer league: 5 takeaways CelticsBlog Welcome to deep summer thoughts with...
Jul 17, 2018
Jayson Tatum rated an 87 overall in NBA 2K19

Jayson Tatum rated an 87 overall in NBA 2K19

If only I could point to one play in particular that would explain why. In today’s episode of news that will certainly make some folks mad online, Jayson Tatum was revealed to have a preseason rating of 87 overall in the upcoming video game, NBA 2K19, this year’s installment of the popular NBA 2K franchise, along with an in-game screenshot. 8⃣7⃣ for R.O.Y. candidate and Team 2K player @JayTatum0. Agree or nah? #NBA2K19 pic.twitter.com/pvhcn70PN3— NBA 2K19 (@NBA2K) July 17, 2018 Although he averaged just 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 47% from the field and 43%...
Jul 17, 2018
Should the Celtics decline Yabusele’s 2019-2020 team option?

Should the Celtics decline Yabusele’s 2019-2020 team option?

No. The Celtics saw their Vegas Summer League play come to a close on Sunday after they fell to the Trailblazers 95-80. It was a game where the Celtics seemed to be outmatched from the opening tip, as they only led twice throughout the whole contest. As has been typical of the varsity squad, the summer Celtics hung around through standard scrappy determination. However it was clear by the end of the third quarter that the Blazers were simply too talented. That’s not exactly a surprise, as the Blazers had forged an impressive roster (by summer league standards) of players with NBA talent....
Jul 16, 2018
Welcome to deep summer thoughts with CelticsBlog

Welcome to deep summer thoughts with CelticsBlog

No NBA playoffs and no summer league make me something something. The NBA season is such a blur and the offseason has lately filled up our hours and this blog with tremendous content. We were a game away from the Finals then all of a sudden the draft was upon us and then free agency started and Summer League showed up and my head is still kind of spinning. Leaving Las Vegas tends to have a sobering effect on the offseason though. The scribes gather their things and head home and teams, players, and agents head back home to regroup or rethink their next steps. We’re still waiting on word...
Jul 16, 2018
Celtics Late Night on CLNS: The Summer Show

Celtics Late Night on CLNS: The Summer Show

Call in live at 347-215-7771 with CelticsBlog’s Bobby Manning 8:30-9:30 EST tonight. NBA offseason activity exploded within a week of July 1. Demarcus Cousins is heading to the Warriors. LeBron James is leaving the East. Now the door looks wide open for the Celtics to become kings of the East in 2018-19. First they have to settle the score with Marcus Smart. Then questions remain about their two stars recovering from injury. Is Danny Ainge done? Will he have another blockbuster up his sleeve late in the offseason like the Kyrie Irving trade almost one year ago? We dive into the...