The Boston Celtics still haven’t been able to open their facilities due to Massachusetts regulations, and a few other teams in markets hit hard by the coronavirus are in the same boat. Meanwhile, players around the country are getting back into their buildings for voluntary workouts, and the NBA is hoping to have teams practicing…NBA Rumors: Celtics Asking To Report Straight To Campus Site For Return — NESN.com
It’s almost hard to remember that before the COVID-19 outbreak shut the NBA season down in March, the Boston Celtics were a blast to watch. Of course, Jayson Tatum was on an absolute tear, putting himself in the conversation as one of the league’s young superstars. But all the while, teammate Jaylen Brown quietly was…Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Is Sneaky One Of NBA’s Most Efficient Scorers This Season — NESN.com
Grant Williams is giving back to Boston from afar. The Boston Celtics forward started mentoring high school kids last month as a way of making a positive contribution to his new community, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. From his hometown of Charlotte, N.C, where he has been living with Celtics teammate Kemba Walker during the…Celtics’ Grant Williams Launches Virtual Mentoring Program During Pandemic — NESN.com
Danny Ainge shares the same hope of every NBA fan. The Celtics president of basketball operations joined ESPN’s Zach Lowe’s “The Lowe Podcast” on Thursday to talk all things basketball, including how he hopes Boston’s practice facilities will re-open next week if Massachusetts loosens the stay-at-home restrictions. “Massachusetts has been one of the slowest in…Celtics’ Danny Ainge Hopeful NBA Will Finish 2019-20 Season, Open Practice Facilities — NESN.com
Enes Kanter already knows what he wants to do once his NBA career is over. The Boston Celtics center spoke with The Athletic’s Shams Charania about his life after basketball — and he apparently already has an offer on the table. “Oh, I’m definitely becoming a WWE wrestler, for sure,” Kanter told Charania. “I actually…Celtics’ Enes Kanter ‘Definitely Becoming’ WWE Wrestler After NBA Career — NESN.com
There’s no telling when the NBA will make its comeback, or if, but there is a general consensus of what it will look like when it does. Commissioner Adam Silver said he hopes to have a decision in two-to-four weeks, and reports came out yesterday that the owners are feeling positive about momentum towards finishing…Jaylen Brown Said It’s ‘Understood’ That NBA Would Restart Into Playoffs — NESN.com
There’s no telling when the NBA will make its comeback, or if, but there is a general consensus of what it will look like when it does. Commissioner Adam Silver said he hopes to have a decision in two-to-four weeks, and reports came out yesterday that the owners are feeling positive about momentum towards finishing the season. And after the league’s players association polled its members yesterday, it’s clear players want to get back, too. Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown on Wednesday gave an interview with CNN, revealing that in a private player call, some of the NBA’s most influential athletes find it important to finish the year, and they all have the understanding that the league rolls right into the playoffs upon its return. “I think that is kind of, like, understood already, in a sense,” Brown said, transcribed by the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmeslbach. “I don’t want to jump the gun. But I think the playoffs is what makes the league most of its money, and I think if we all agree to come back and play in the playoffs, I think it can regenerate (the income) so that we’ll be able to have a pretty solid salary cap going into next year. So the playoffs are what’s important.” What that playoff format will look like is to be determined, but it would be easier than cramming the remainder of the regular season into a shorter time and is likely to be held in a campus-type centralized location. Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/05/jaylen-brown-said-its-understood-that-nba-would-restart-into-playoffs/ Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/05/jaylen-brown-said-its-understood-that-nba-would-restart-into-playoffs/
There are three things that are guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and the Boston Celtics getting wrapped up in trade rumors. We’re 60 days removed from the last NBA basketball game, but that doesn’t mean the rumors have to end. The report that’s going around now is one that’d shake the NBA if it were […]Giannis Antetokounmpo to Boston Rumors Have Already Started —
The Warriors have been targeting Giannis Antetokounmpo for years. They’re hoping to place him alongside the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Since Kevin Durant left Golden State for Brooklyn, it’s no surprise that the Warriors would be targeting another superstar small forward to take his place. The Warriors tried experimenting with D’Angelo Russell but ended up trading him to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins and a valuable draft pick.
The Warriors have what it takes to land the superstar, but the question is, why are the Celtics involved in this? Why would the Celtics trade for a superstar forward when they already have one? It’s the same song and dance, except this time it involves the reigning MVP.
Let me start with this: the Celtics aren’t trading for Giannis Antetokounmpo. It doesn’t make sense for either side, and the Celtics wouldn’t have enough to pull it off, in my opinion. They two trades that were proposed don’t include the one player Milwaukee would covet the most from Boston: Jayson Tatum.
The good news is that Danny Ainge isn’t trading Jayson Tatum, so there’s that. If Milwaukee is going to trade Giannis, they aren’t going to trade for pennies on the dollar. They would get a haul back for Giannis, including many draft picks and several young players.
The Bucks wouldn’t accept a trade of Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and picks for Giannis. I’m sure they’d be fine taking Brown in return, but they wouldn’t want Hayward. Why take on all that money for a player that has an injury history and is five years older than the player they’re trading away?
Substituting Marcus Smart for Hayward makes it more enticing, but the picks included in these trades would be worthless to Milwaukee. These aren’t even lottery picks Boston is sending out. If they wanted to match or make a better offer, the Celtics would have to trade 5/6 first-round picks, as well as including valuable players like Jaylen Brown.
The Celtics have draft picks and players to offer, but gutting an entire roster for one player isn’t worth it. We’ve talked about this before when trade rumors with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Anthony Davis came up. Why trade a collection of valuable players for one who might leave in free agency?
The thought of Giannis Antetokounmpo even coming to Boston is ridiculous. Both the Celtics and Bucks aren’t in a position where they need to make a blockbuster trade to take it to the next level. Boston’s missing key bench pieces and veteran leadership. They don’t need another star player. Milwaukee doesn’t need to make any trades. They just have to hope they continue to compete at the highest level in order for Giannis to want to stay. If not, then they’ll have to deal with that when the time comes.
Let me know what you think of these trade rumors, and tell me who you would include in a trade package for the reigning MVP.