Ainge knows Celtics work is not done this offseason

Ainge knows Celtics work is not done this offseason

SALT LAKE CITY –  The Kevin Durant ship has sailed for the Boston Celtics, and is now docked in the Bay Area as a member of the Golden State Warriors.

While the Celtics came up short in acquiring their number one target, Boston’s offseason shopping is far from done according to Danny Ainge.

“We’ll continue to look for ways to better our team,” Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, said on Thursday.

Former Celtic Evan Turned signed a four-year, $70 million contract with Portland. Losing him will have a noticeable impact on the roster for this season.  Finding players to help fill that void will be among the chief challenges for the Celtics this offseason.

Ainge said the position could be addressed internally; specifically by Terry Rozier who led the Celtics summer league team in Salt Lake City to an undefeated 3-0 record.

But Ainge didn’t rule out addressing it through free agency or a potential trade, either.

That’s just one of the areas Ainge would like to improve the roster this offseason.

“We need to improve our shooting,” Ainge said. “We have some guys that are versatile, can play center, can play four (power forward). I think we could use a stronger center. I think those are probably the two biggest things, maybe another ball-handler.”

The pickings among free agents is getting extremely slim.

Among those players still available is Golden State’s Mo Speights.

The Warriors had initially expressed interest in bringing him back, but the addition of Zaza Pachulia and then David West makes a return for Speights unlikely.

He’s a 6-foot-10, 255-pound center with good size, strength and can score with his back-to-the-basket or from the perimeter. has played a reserve role throughout most of his career. In addition, he is a former teammate of recently acquired Al Horford when the two played at Florida and won a national title in 2007.

Celtics should get word Friday on Irving's status

Celtics should get word Friday on Irving's status

BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving has had a second opinion on his sore left knee, and a decision on what the next step will be is expected to be made within the next day or two, according to a league source.

 The medical officials involved in the initial evaluation will meet with those who examined him today, to compare notes and determine what’s in the best interest of Irving going forward.

 While surgery is a possibility, the source indicated that the current course of treatment, which consists primarily of rest, remains a consideration. 
The concerns regarding Irving’s knee are to be of the short-term variety, with the source indicating reports that there are long-term concerns with the knee are “just wrong.” 

 In his first season with the Celtics, Irving has appeared in 60 games in what has been one of his most efficient seasons as a scorer. 
He’s averaging 24.4 points per game while shooting a career-high 49.1 percent from the field. The five-time all-star is shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range this season in addition to dishing out 5.1 assists along with grabbing a career-high 3.8 rebounds.


Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

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Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

BOSTON – The first member of the Brad Stevens’ coaching tree is about to take off. Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty is expected to be named head coach at Evansville University.

McCarty, an Evansville, Ind. native, was selected over a field of candidates that included former Indiana University standout Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland who, like McCarty, is an Evansville native.

The 6-foot-10 McCarty, a 10-year NBA veteran with seven-plus spent with the Celtics, has been part of Stevens’ coaching staff since 2013. The former Celtic has been a college assistant coach at Louisville (2007-2010) in addition to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers (2010-2011).