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Former Celtic PJ Dozier signs one-year deal with Denver Nuggets

Former Celtic PJ Dozier signs one-year deal with Denver Nuggets

The Boston Celtics have undergone an offseason of roster upheaval and have made quite a few changes to their squad. That has included some move on the back-end of their roster and it appears that another member of the 2018-19 team will be working elsewhere for the upcoming NBA season.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, PJ Dozier signed a one-year deal to join the Denver Nuggets on Monday. Dozier had spent last season on a two-way contract with the Celtics.

Dozier played in only six games with the Celtics while on that contract averaging 3.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in limited action.

However, while playing in the G League with the Maine Red Claws, Dozier shined, averaging 21.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game in 46 appearances. And as Wojnarowski mentioned, he was selected as a G League All-Star.

The Nuggets are taking a chance on Dozier because of the upside he displayed in the G League last year. Meanwhile, the Celtics won't mind seeing Dozier walk. After adding so many young players to their roster, including four rookie draft picks and undrafted fan-favorite Tacko Fall, the Celtics simply didn't have room for Dozier. So, letting him walk makes sense.

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Danny Ainge clarifies 'not accurate' report on Jaylen Brown extension talks

Danny Ainge clarifies 'not accurate' report on Jaylen Brown extension talks

The Boston Celtics have until Monday to offer Jaylen Brown a contract extension. And they're working hard to make it happen.

That's according to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who said Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" that negotiations with Brown are "going well."

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Wednesday that Boston had offered Brown a four-year, $80 million extension that the 22-year-old didn't accept as he holds out for more money.

Ainge called that report "not accurate" but confirmed the team has made several offers to Brown, who recently hired a new agent.

"We are working to come to some result by Monday as our deadline, and the negotiations have gone well," Ainge said. "It's just not an accurate report, that's all.

"We've given him numerous offers. We've been negotiating for a little while. So, that's all."

If the Celtics can't extend Brown by Monday, he'll become a restricted free agent following the season and could seek close to a maximum contract in a relatively weak free agent class.

Ainge said neither the Celtics nor Brown are losing much sleep over his future, though.

"Jaylen doesn't seem to be too stressed about it," Ainge added. "He seems to be good and playing well and in good spirits and working hard.

"It's hard not to think about it at all. I think every player would. But I think that we're in a good place, and we'll see what happens over these next few days."

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Bradley Beal no longer a Celtics trade option after Wizards extension

Bradley Beal no longer a Celtics trade option after Wizards extension

The Bradley Beal pipe dream has officially ended.

The All-Star guard has agreed to a two-year, $72 million contract extension with the Washington Wizards, his agent confirmed to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday morning.

Beal's extension, which begins in the 2021-22 season and includes a player option for 2022-23, makes him ineligible to be traded until after the 2019-20 season.

The Boston Celtics were among several teams rumored to interested in Beal last summer and reportedly considered him a "prime" trade target.

The 26-year-old was entering the second-to-last year on his contract for a Wizards team stuck in NBA purgatory, so teams were hopeful Washington would deal Beal to kick-start a rebuild.

Yet Beal seems committed to the Wizards for at least two more seasons, after which he has two options: sign a "supermax" contract with Washington worth $266 million over five years or a four-year, $198 million deal elsewhere.

The Wizards also could trade the two-time All-Star following the 2019-20 season if things go south, although his agent told Wojnarowski that Beal's ideal scenario is to "never leave Washington."

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