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Malcolm Brogdon
Malcolm Brogdon (arm) likely to be ready for camp
Fri, Jun 23, 2023, 12:57 AM
Chris Forsberg on Twitter
Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens said that he's "very confident" that Malcolm Brogdon (right forearm) will be good to go when next season begins.
Analysis: Brogdon injured his arm during the playoffs, suffering a partially torn tendon during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. While his status led to the Clippers deciding not to participate in a three-team trade with the Celtics and Wizards, Brogdon is expected to be available when next season begins. That said, the Celtics and Brogdon are still working to determine whether or not he'll need to undergo surgery. With Marcus Smart now in Memphis, Brogdon has a chance to recoup some of the fantasy value that he lost when asked to come off the bench last season.
Kristaps Porzingis
Woj: BOS finalizing trade for Kristaps Porzingis
Wed, Jun 21, 2023, 10:56 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wizards are finalizing a trade with the Celtics and Grizzlies that will send Kristaps Porzingis to Boston.
Analysis: With the initially reported three-team trade between the Wizards, Celtics, and Clippers falling apart, Washington and Boston were in a race against the clock to get something done. Porzingis opted into the final year of his contract before the midnight deadline, and the Wizards and Celtics are close to finalizing a three-team trade with Memphis being the third partner. Tyus Jones is headed to Washington, an interesting move since Ja Morant will be suspended for 25 games. Porzingis joins a frontcourt that has Al Horford and Robert Williams. Porzingis will figure prominently in the Celtics' plans if the trade is made official, but his fantasy value stands to take a hit due to the presence of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Malcolm Brogdon
Stein: Deal nixed due to Brogdon injury status
Wed, Jun 21, 2023, 9:42 PM
Marc Stein on Twitter
According to Marc Stein, the proposed three-team deal between the Celtics, Clippers, and Wizards was scrapped due to the Clippers' concern regarding Malcolm Brogdon's injury status.
Analysis: Due to a partially torn tendon in his right forearm, Brogdon's production dropped considerably during the Eastern Conference Finals. And that issue, with the guard saying in late May that he was considering undergoing surgery, is what led to Wednesday's proposed trade being scrapped. With the Clippers getting second thoughts, it's worth questioning if this will impact the Celtics' ability to move Brogdon anywhere this summer. Fantasy-wise, Brogdon likely needs a move in order to recoup the value lost when he was asked to come off the bench this past season.
Grant Williams
Teams showing interest in signing Grant Williams
Mon, Jun 19, 2023, 3:49 PM
Boston Globe
According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, multiple teams have reached out to the Celtics regarding the possibility of acquiring Grant Williams via sign-and-trade.
Analysis: Williams, who underwent surgery on his left hand earlier in June, will be a restricted free agent come June 30. While he was in and out of Joe Mazzulla's rotation during the playoffs, the expectation is that the Celtics will re-sign Williams. However, teams have reportedly reached out to the Celtics regarding a possible sign-and-trade. That may not be an option unless Williams signs an offer sheet that Boston is unwilling to match. In that case, the Celtics would be able to recoup some value instead of losing their reserve forward for nothing.
Malcolm Brogdon
Report: Phoenix 'registered interest' in Brogdon
Fri, Jun 16, 2023, 8:51 PM
Yahoo Sports
According to Yahoo Sports' Jake Fischer, the Suns have "registered interest" in acquiring Malcolm Brogdon from the Celtics.
Analysis: Per Fischer's report, the Suns' interest in Brogdon and Hawks forward John Collins dates back to around the trade deadline. Obviously, nothing got done on either front, but the interest remains for a team that needs to strengthen its roster around Devin Booker and Kevin Durant. Boston is considered to be "active" in offseason trade conversations, and Brogdon is a player whose contract could be used to help strengthen the Celtics' frontcourt rotation. If Brogdon can get into a position where he moves back into the starting lineup, that would give his fantasy value a welcome boost. Should he remain in Boston, it'll be tough for Brogdon to return top-75 value playing in a rotation that includes Marcus Smart and Derrick White.
Danilo Gallinari
Woj: Danilo Gallinari exercises player option
Thu, Jun 15, 2023, 2:06 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Danilo Gallinari has exercised his $6.8M player option for the 2023-24 season according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Analysis: It looks like Gallinari is sticking around in Boston for at least one more year. The 13-year veteran missed the entirety of last season after suffering a torn left ACL during a FIBA qualifying game for Italy. Before the injury, he had signed a two-year/$13.3M contract with the Celtics.
Grant Williams
Grant Williams undergoes surgery on left hand
Fri, Jun 9, 2023, 3:27 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Grant Williams underwent surgery on his left hand, but he's expected to be ready for training camp.
Analysis: Williams - who logged a career-high 25.9 minutes off the bench this season - is an unrestricted free agent this summer. His future with the Celtics is unclear, but regardless of the uniform he's wearing in the fall, he's expected to be back in action to prepare for the 2023-24 season.
Jaylen Brown
Brad Stevens: 'We want Jaylen Brown to be here'
Thu, Jun 1, 2023, 2:15 PM
Celtics on NBC Sports Boston on Twitter
During his end-of-season press conference, Celtics team president Brad Stevens stated that the team wants Jaylen Brown to remain a Celtic for the long haul.
Analysis: While Stevens made it clear that he was not allowed to discuss contract details during the press conference, the desire to keep Brown in Celtics green was evident. "I can say without a doubt that we want Jaylen to be here, and he's a big part of us," Stevens said. "We believe in him, and I'm thankful for him." With Brown earning All-NBA honors, he's eligible for a max contract worth up to $285 million over five seasons. However, the salary cap changes brought about by the new collective bargaining agreement could make it difficult for teams to have two stars on max deals. Jayson Tatum, who also earned max contract eligibility (Boston will have until the fall of 2024 to get something done with him), said after the Celtics' Game 7 loss to Miami he wants Brown re-signed.
Malcolm Brogdon
Malcolm Brogdon (right arm) considering surgery
Tue, May 30, 2023, 4:31 PM
Jared Weiss on Twitter
Malcolm Brogdon (right arm injury) said after Monday's loss to the Heat that he will consider undergoing surgery this summer.
Analysis: While the Celtics continued to list Brogdon's injury as a strained right forearm, he confirmed media reports that he was dealing with a partially torn tendon. The injury, which was suffered during Game 1 of the conference finals, had a significant impact on Brogdon's shooting and ballhandling abilities. The veteran guard played just eight minutes in Game 5 before being held out of Game 6. And in Game 7, Brogdon played seven ineffective minutes. Possible surgery could impact his availability for the start of next season. From a fantasy standpoint, the move to Boston may have improved Brogdon's chances of winning a title, but his value took a hit. The NBA's Sixth Man of the Year finished the regular season just outside the top 100 in 8- and 9-cat formats, which was in line with his Yahoo ADP of 111.7.
Derrick White
Derrick White (left leg) to undergo MRI Tuesday
Tue, May 30, 2023, 4:25 PM
Derrick White will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the left leg injury he suffered during the second half of Monday's Game 7 loss to the Heat.
Analysis: White was Boston's best player for the first three periods of Monday's season-ending defeat, as Jayson Tatum was hampered by a sprained left ankle and Jaylen Brown struggled with turnovers and poor shooting. Unfortunately for the Celtics, their chances of a late rally were extinguished when White limped back to the locker room after injuring his leg. While it was announced by the team that he was available to return, White did not play another minute. From a fantasy standpoint, the question now is whether or not the issue is bad enough to keep him out for the beginning of next season. Despite a Yahoo ADP of 141.5 in 8-cat, per-game value, White finished the regular season as a 10th-round player (8th-round in 9-cat, per-game value).
Robert Williams
Shams: Robert Williams battled stomach virus in G7
Tue, May 30, 2023, 1:48 PM
Shams Charania on Twitter
Robert Williams played in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals while battling a stomach virus according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Analysis: The report on Williams playing through Game 7 with a stomach virus might explain why the Celtics center only saw 14 minutes of game action Monday night. Time Lord was reportedly "throwing up during timeouts" and when he subbed out of the game. He had been averaging a little over 19 mpg entering Game 7, putting up five rebounds and just under 10 points per game.
Jayson Tatum
Injured Tatum limps his way to 14/11/4 in Game 7
Mon, May 29, 2023, 10:08 PM
Jayson Tatum turned in 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a triple Monday in a 103-84 loss to the Heat.
Analysis: Tatum shot 5-of-13 from the field and committed two turnovers. He turned his ankle on the first play of the game, and didn’t look the same the rest of the evening. The superstar forward could be seen grimacing in pain after multiple shot attempts and rebounds, and he limped down the court for most of his 42 minutes on the court. Notably, Tatum went 15-of-15 from the charity stripe in Game 6, but he attempted only four free throws in this one, showing his lack of aggression, likely due to the early injury. It’s a terrible ending to the series after Boston rallied to win three straight, and fans will never truly know what the outcome would have been had Tatum been healthy. The Celtics now face an offseason that will be riddled with questions surrounding the head coach and the star pairing of Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Jaylen Brown
Clock strikes midnight: Brown turns into a pumpkin
Mon, May 29, 2023, 9:58 PM
Jaylen Brown finished Monday’s loss to Miami with 19 points on 8-of-23 shooting and added eight rebounds, five assists, a steal, two blocks, a triple and eight turnovers.
Analysis: Brown led the Celtics in scoring, but the point total came from volume rather than efficiency. He was just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc and finished -17 in the final box score. In one of the biggest games of his career, Brown committed the most turnovers he’d ever committed in a regular season or postseason appearance. Jayson Tatum injured his ankle less than 30 seconds into the contest, and Brown picked the wrong moment to completely disappear. Derrick White (18 points on 5-of-12 shooting) did his best to keep Boston in the contest, but the Celtics shot a frigid 9-of-42 from three, and the bench scored 16 points on 16 shots. The blame can’t be squarely placed on Brown in this one, but star players need to deliver in the biggest moments. The Celtics have some major questions this offseason, and there’s a chance we’ve seen the last of Tatum and Brown as teammates.
Malcolm Brogdon
Spears: Malcolm Brogdon (arm) expected to play
Mon, May 29, 2023, 11:42 AM
Marc J. Spears on Twitter
According to Andscape's Marc Spears, Malcolm Brogdon (right forearm strain) is expected to play in Monday's Game 7 against the Heat.
Analysis: After playing eight minutes in Game 5, Brogdon was held out of Boston's Game 6 victory on Saturday. His expected return means that the Celtics will have an eight-man rotation for the series decider. Sam Hauser was technically the eighth man on Saturday, but he only played two minutes. Even with Brogdon available, look for starters Marcus Smart and Derrick White to play most of the minutes at the guard positions.
Malcolm Brogdon
Malcom Brogdon (arm) questionable for Game 7
Sun, May 28, 2023, 4:25 PM
Anthony Chiang on Twitter
Malcolm Brogdon (right forearm strain) is questionable for Game 7 against the Heat on Monday.
Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown delivers big 26/10 double-double
Sat, May 27, 2023, 10:58 PM
Jaylen Brown finished Saturday’s close win over Miami with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three dimes and two steals.
Analysis: Brown missed all four of his three-point attempts, but he was an efficient 9-of-16 from the floor overall and finished behind only Jayson Tatum for team lead in scoring. The points were certainly needed, but Brown’s biggest impact was his rebounding, as he seemed to fly in from nowhere to crash the glass throughout the contest. The 10 rebounds were his most since Game 1 of the first-round series against Atlanta, and Brown led his team in offensive rebounds with five. Jayson Tatum’s 31/12/5/1/2 line was monstrous, and Marcus Smart delivered a second straight 20-point outing, but Brown was arguably the team’s best player in this one. He and his teammates will look to keep the momentum going in a home Game 7 on Monday.
Derrick White
Derrick White's game-winner rips out Miami's heart
Sat, May 27, 2023, 10:25 PM
Derrick White finished Saturday’s win over Miami with 11 points, six assists, four rebounds, a steal, three blocks and three triples.
Analysis: White’s scoring total won’t get anyone out of their seats, but his final two points certainly will. Miami went on a furious rally to close out the final minutes of the game, culminating in Jimmy Butler sinking three clutch free throws with just three seconds to play to put Miami up 103-102. On the ensuing inbounds play, Marcus Smart’s desperation three rattled out, and White rushed in on the baseline to tip in the rebound and win the game at the buzzer. For a few seconds, it appeared that Miami had done the unthinkable and punched its ticket to the NBA Finals, and Jimmy Butler could clearly be seen on the sidelines saying “One stop.” The Heat came within that one stop of wrapping this series, and this one has got to be gutwrenching for team morale heading back to Boston for Game 7. The fact that Boston won three straight has given the team all the momentum, but winning Game 6 in this fashion should give the Celtics a ton of confidence. Boston has a chance to be the first team in NBA history to overcome an 0-3 playoff series deficit, and it’s thanks to an all-time classic played Saturday.
Malcolm Brogdon
Malcolm Brogdon (arm) officially out Saturday
Sat, May 27, 2023, 6:37 PM
Keith Smith on Twitter
Malcolm Brogdon is out for Saturday's matchup with the Heat due to a right forearm strain.
Analysis: Brogdon averaged 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 triples across 27.0 minutes in 17 playoff games prior to Thursday's early exit. Grant Williams and Derrick White should both be more involved in Boston's rotation while the 2023 6MOY is on the shelf.
Malcolm Brogdon
Malcolm Brogdon (arm) questionable for Game 6 Sat.
Fri, May 26, 2023, 3:58 PM
Boston Celtics on Twitter
Malcolm Brogdon (right forearm strain) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Heat.
Analysis: While Brogdon's list injury is a strained forearm, it was reported ahead of Game 5 that he's dealing with a partially torn tendon in his right arm. Either way, he's officially questionable for Game 6 after only playing eight minutes Thursday night. Brogdon needing to sit during Game 5 limited the Celtics to a seven-man rotation, with Grant Williams playing 27 minutes off the bench and starter Derrick White logging 37. Look for a similar split should Brogdon not be cleared for Game 6.
Derrick White
Derrick White strokes six shots in win vs. Heat
Thu, May 25, 2023, 10:22 PM
Derrick White came through with a game-high 24 points to go with three rebounds, an assist, two steals and six triples Thursday in a 110-97 win over the Heat.
Analysis: White was back in the starting lineup for a third straight contest, and he was feeling it in a big way. The former Spur led all scorers in the contest and stroked six shots from beyond the arc while racking up a full line in the process. White should be expected to remain with the starters Saturday in Game 6, and he'll look to parlay this strong performance into another Celtics victory.


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