Celtics waive Mickey as they clear cap room to officially sign Hayward

Celtics waive Mickey as they clear cap room to officially sign Hayward

As expected, the Celtics have officially waived forward Jordan Mickey as they free up salary-cap space to officially sign and introduce Gordon Hayward.

Mickey, 23, 6-8, 235, a second-round pick from LSU in 2015 (33rd overall), totaled just 41 games in his two seasons with the Celtics, including 25 last season when he averaged 1.5 points, 1.4 rebounds and 5:38 minutes per game.

With the Mickey move clearing $1.5 million of cap space and the Avery Bradley-for-Marcus Morris trade official, the Celtics now need to officially sign Hayward, free agent center Aron Baynes, German forward Daniel Theis and 2016 first-rounder Guerschon Yaubsele.

The C’s also need to make a decision on guard Demetrius Jackson before Saturday, when the 2016 second-round pick from Notre Dame’s $1.35M deal becomes fully guaranteed.
 

Isaiah Thomas diligently studying film at midnight on Friday

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Isaiah Thomas diligently studying film at midnight on Friday

Isaiah Thomas appears to be channeling the New England Patriots' "No days off" slogan.

The Boston Celtics guard spent Friday night, in the middle of the NBA offseason, studying film. He was up past midnight to take a look at Boston Celtics' game tape, according to ESPN.com's Chris Foresberg, who posted a picture on Twitter of Thomas hard at work.

Thomas finished the 2016-17 season with 28.9 points per game, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 33.8 minutes. He helped the Celtics earn the NBA Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, and contributed a handful of clutch performances as Boston charged to the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the series, 4-1.

Jaylen Brown tweets his Drive-By Dunk Challenge

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Jaylen Brown tweets his Drive-By Dunk Challenge

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown joined in the Drive-By Dunk Challenge and tweeted a video that captured his thunderous slam.

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We're thinking that's not a regulation height rim.

And the All-Star dunk contest next year might have to be sanctioned by NASCAR.