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Keith Bogans ‘excused’ from team activities with Celtics

Jan 15, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

Keith Bogan AP

Keith Bogans is a veteran playing in his 11th NBA season, and as such, isn’t exactly thrilled to be riding the bench as part of a rebuilding situation with the Boston Celtics.

Bogans vented publicly and extensively a couple of weeks back about his role with the team, and while it was viewed as nothing more than that initially, his attitude at some point became toxic to where he was excused from all team activities.

The future, at least in Boston, remains extremely cloudy where Bogans is concerned.

From Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston:

The Boston Celtics excused veteran guard Keith Bogans indefinitely on Tuesday due to personal reasons, but coach Brad Stevens wouldn’t elaborate much on his status before Wednesday’s game.

“I don’t really want to get into too many specifics,” said Stevens. “He’s obviously been excused from the team for now. He’s still under contract here. I personally like Keith and that’s where I’ll leave it.”

Does Stevens expect Bogans back with the team?

“Undecided, unknown,” he said.

The Celtics were involved in a three-team trade on Wednesday that saw them ship out Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to Golden State. There’s no reason to think they wouldn’t consider similarly dealing Bogans in the right situation, for the right price.

Bogans appeared in 74 games for the Nets a season ago, and and started in 23 of them, averaging 4.2 points in 19 minutes per contest. He’s known for his defense and for his ability to fill minutes on the court without making mistakes, so a team in need of a veteran role-player may come calling for his services, since they’re clearly no longer needed in Boston.

  1. 1historian - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    DA is stockpiling draft picks and at some point there will be some major deals made, maybe not this year, PROBABLY not this year, but sometime in the next few years you have to anticipate something.

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Uh, I get your point and we know Danny isn’t afraid to pull the trigger when he finds something he likes…

      But when you say “but sometime in the next few YEARS you have to anticipate something.” well of course you do. There isn’t an NBA team that doesn’t do something, make trades etc… over the course of several years.

      Of course the Celts will do something “in the next few years” and so will all the other NBA franchises too.

  2. dinofrank60 - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Stevens has to quell any uprising to maintain control.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      He kind of has that “quiet, calm, but then again, you have no idea how creepy I am in my spare time” kind of persona that a lot of dictators and drug lords pertain in order to tame the herds. The second a sheep gets out of line, he’s taken care of and “excused”. Brad will have this team.. and more creepy interviews that make him seem like a robot that yells at his kids when their glued spaghetti poster projects for homework aren’t’t quite up to par.

      • dinofrank60 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        You got me scared of him; Rondo better watch out!!

      • peterjohnjoseph - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        Watch out? They’re like best buddies. They have dinner together. Brad shares coaching theory with him. Its always the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        Yeah. Whenever I first saw Stevens at Butler the first thing that popped in to my head was “this guy seems dangerous. Like a pyschopath drug lord. He seems to have a lot in common with Pablo Escobar.”

  3. bigmeechy74 - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    How could Bogans be that dumb? Doesn’t he realize how precious it is to have a spot in the NBA? There are guys busting their asses playing in the D-league and overseas. People are struggling all over the world. Less than 0.00000000000000000000001% of people have a better job and lifestyle than he does. All he has to do is go to practice and hang out and sit on the bench and he collects a ton of money? But he throws that away? Why????

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    If his heart ain’t in it, I’d rather have him not teaching the youth how to be a disinterested veteran, making toom uch money and not getting their way, too early in their career.

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