Report: Celtics passed on giving up Rozier in potential Ibaka deal

Report: Celtics passed on giving up Rozier in potential Ibaka deal

The Raptors acquired forward Serge Ibaka from the Magic, but the Celtics passed on a potential Ibaka deal because of a reluctance to part with second-year guard Terry Rozier, according to CelticsBlog.

Orlando sent Ibaka to Toronto for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick. The Raptors (32-23) have fallen to the fifth spot in the East, four games behind the No. 2 Celtics (36-19), who trail the East-leading Cavaliers (37-16) by two games. 


The knee injury to the Cavaliers' Kevin Love, who'll be out at least six weeks after surgery, has convinced Toronto to go all in, according to the CelticsBlog report. 

The Celtics, according to the report, are not interested in giving up assets, including first-round picks and prospects such as Rozier (averaging 5.6 points, 1.7 assist, 3.1 rebounds and 18.0 minuutes per game), for short-term acquisitions (the 6-foot-10 Ibaka is a potential free agent) that do not clearly put them over the top for title contention.  


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).