Celtics newcomers get first taste of the Garden


Celtics newcomers get first taste of the Garden

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON - Theres a common thing among the new members of the Boston Celtics.

As they suit up to play their first game in green at TD Garden, they are still soaking up everything that has happened to them in the past week.

Take Troy Murphy as an example. He arrived in Boston yesterday and, as a he prepares to make his Celtics debut, is still processing the new stage in his career.

Im not sure, he laughed when asked how he feels to play his first game in Boston. Its kind of a whirlwind the last couple of days.

Murphy, Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, and Chris Johnson are getting used to their new surroundings. And as they settle in to the Celtics locker room, they are all anxiously awaiting their first game under the rafters on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.

I know the crowd is going to be amazing, said Green. Ive played here early in my career and it was great. So Im looking forward to being part of it on the good side this time.

The good side.

The newcomers have quickly embraced their new home, with Green and Krstic making references to being in the visitors locker room as if it were years - not days - ago that they were on the opposing team.

Its great. Ive played here before, obviously against Boston, but never in a Boston uniform, said Krstic. Its really a great feeling, but I can just imagine how its going to be when the game starts with the crowd and the arena.

The game aside, simply being in the Celtics locker room has been a special experience for the players.

Just walking into the practice facility and the locker room, all the history thats here is pretty cool, Murphy told CSNNE.com.

Murphy, Green and Krstic have already experienced an NBA franchise before. It was a little different for Johnson, though. The former D-League Dakota Wizard was lying down after practice in Bismarck, North Dakota when he got the call. Days later, he is sitting in a locker next to Ray Allen.

Theres a lot of legends that played here, a lot of tradition here., Johnson said. Also being with guys who you have posters of on your wall growing up, Im very excited right now.

As the newcomers anxiously await their Garden debuts, they share a common sentiment of excitement.

It feels good, said Green. Im ready to be part of this franchise.

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Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.

"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."

Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.

"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."

Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.

Forbes ranks Celtics as fifth-most valuable NBA franchise

Forbes ranks Celtics as fifth-most valuable NBA franchise

The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA's top teams -- and not just in terms of talent. Forbes has ranked the Celtics as the fifth-most valuable NBA franchise at $2.2 billion.

The Celtics "sport" valuation is one of the highest in the NBA at $674 million. Their "market" valuation comes in as $883 million, their "arena" valuation falls at $341 million and their "brand" valuation stands at $302 million.

Boston is a constant in a continually emerging NBA. Forbes reports the NBA is worth $1.36 billion, which 3.5 times its value five years ago. The league is also on a seven-year collective bargaining agreement that will provide stability in the league for that duration. The NBA also signed a $24 billion deal with ESPN and TNT that began at the start of the 2016-17 season.

The Celtics will continue to play an important part in the growth of the league.