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Celtics reportedly have ‘deep interest’ in Suns F P.J. Tucker 02.19.17 at 6:24 pm ET
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The Celtics are reportedly interested in Suns F P.J. Tucker. ( Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

The Celtics are reportedly interested in Suns F P.J. Tucker. ( Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

It remains to be seen whether or not the Celtics will make a huge splash at the deadline, but if they don’t it’s possible they look to improve their team with a few smaller moves.

A smaller move could be acquiring Suns wing-man P.J. Tucker.

According to the Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, the Celtics have “expressed deep interest” in Tucker.

He’s averaging seven points and six rebounds this season with the Suns, and has an expiring contract.

Obviously, this wouldn’t be a huge move, but would still improve the roster by adding depth at a position that needs it, as well as being able to hold on to larger assets.

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Sacramento reportedly engaging in trade talks involving DeMarcus Cousins, could Celtics be interested? 02.19.17 at 6:02 pm ET
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The Kings could trade DeMarcus Cousins this week. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

The Kings could trade DeMarcus Cousins this week. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Another trade deadline, another week of DeMarcus Cousins trade talks.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Sacramento has been engaging in trade talks on All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins in recent days.

Wojnarowski notes New Orleans and the Kings have had recent discussions, but the Kings are still debating Cousins’ future internally.

If they are inclined, the Celtics certainly have the assets to make a trade happen with all of their draft picks, but it’s a matter of would the Celtics actually want to swing a deal to land Cousins. Cousins does not have a good reputation across the league when it comes to his attitude.

The 26-year-old is signed through the end of next season and is averaging 27.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season with the Kings.

When it comes to the Celtics, this is certainly a player that is worth monitoring as Thursdays trade deadline nears.

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Celtics-Bulls reportedly have engaged in talks in potential trade involving Jimmy Butler 02.19.17 at 11:00 am ET
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Could Jimmy Butler be coming to Boston? (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports)

Could Jimmy Butler be coming to Boston? (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports)

Will the Bulls trade Jimmy Butler? If so, could the Celtics be able to land the Bulls’ star?

The answer could be yes, and yes as the NBA trade deadline fast approaches.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the two teams have engaged in preliminary talks on a potential deal, but “have not gotten far down the road on it.”

Wojnarowski notes the Bulls organization needs to be fully in agreement that they want to rebuild and thus trade such a good player in Butler.

If the Bulls do indeed want to trade Butler, the Celtics have a number of high draft picks, which is what the Bulls would want, but then it would be a question of exactly what picks it would take to get a deal done.

Butler is 27 years old and is averaging 24.5 points per game this season. The guard is signed through the 2019-20 season.

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Mike Petraglia, Josue Pavon recap more history from Isaiah Thomas, great play from Marcus Smart in win over Sixers 02.15.17 at 11:03 pm ET
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More Celtics history Wednesday night from Isaiah Thomas in a win over the Sixers at TD Garden. Mike Petraglia and Josue Pavon have the details.

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Celtics Midseason Report 02.08.17 at 8:08 pm ET
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Feb 3, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) reacts on the bench during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics will look to finish out the regular season as a top-tier team in the East and make a deep run in the playoffs (Bob DeChiara/USA Today)

With 51 games through the regular season, the Celtics (33-18) have the second-best record in the East and will look to finish strong and make a deep run in the playoffs. WEEI.com’s Josue Pavon and Logan Mullen recap the highs and lows of the 2016-17 season, and make predictions for how far the C’s will go and what needs to happen for them to get there in this Celtics midsesaon report.

Biggest surprise

(Josue) Isaiah Thomas averaging 30 points per game

When the Celtics signed Al Horford over the summer, guys like Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley were destined to see a bump in their scoring average. However, Thomas becoming the NBA’s second-best scorer (29.9) isn’t what I had in mind.

According to basketball-reference.com, he’s averaging 43.2 points per 100 possessions this season and his fourth-quarter scoring has made him an MVP candidate behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Thomas is averaging a league-leading 10.7 points in the fourth quarter and is easily the biggest surprise of the season for the Celtics. 

(Logan) Fourth-quarter Isaiah Thomas

Even the biggest flag-waving Isaiah Thomas supporter probably wouldn’t have guessed that he could do what he has in the fourth quarter. But it’s a good thing he did, having bailed the Celtics out of numerous potential losses.
 
While a big season was absolutely on the docket, his fourth quarter performances alone blast everything else out of the water.
 
Biggest disappointment
 
(Josue) Team defense

After finishing last season as one of the best defensive teams, the Celtics entered the 2016-17 season with lofty expectations. Adding big man Al Horford certainly had a lot to do with those assumptions, however, the slippage falls on the entire roster.

Last year, the C’s were great defensively because it was a group effort and made the difference in narrow victories against last season’s top-notch teams. Although scoring is up across the league this year, it still doesn’t prove why there’s been such a dramatic drop off. It could be a combination of Amir Johnson having a down year compared to last season, Jae Crowder not being the same lock-down defender he was a season ago or the fact that the small-ball lineup – while it’s effective offensively – welcomes mismatches that favor their opponents.

One of the biggest differences between last season’s team and this year’s is their decline in forcing turnovers. The Celtics finished second in forced turnovers last season – averaging 16.3 per game. This year, they’ve dropped to 14th in that department.

(Logan) Marcus Smart’s offense 

The discussion has become an offseason staple: will Marcus Smart ever become an offensive threat? It has gotten better, but not much mind is required with the ball in Smart’s hands.
 
With defense as his calling card, it is not so much an issue that Smart struggles offensively, but his shot selection is what is most concerning. At times it seems he has trouble discerning whether he is hot or not, leading to wasted possessions with plenty of time on the shot clock. He’s shooting a rough 35.6 percent from the field on nine attempts.
 
He asserted constantly over the summer that he’s working on his offense, and while at times his playing validates that, on many occasions it hasn’t. He’s proven his value to the team countless times this season, but if only his offense could consistently stay at a high level he would be entering a whole new strata of NBA players.

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Mike Petraglia recaps Isaiah Thomas’ return (26 points), Al Horford’s presence (5 blocks) in win over Hornets 12.16.16 at 10:51 pm ET
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Isaiah Thomas made his return after a four-game absence due to a groin injury Friday night. And the Celtics needed his 26 points and Al Horford’s 18 points and five blocks to help beat the Charlotte Hornets to end a three-game losing streak. Mike Petraglia has your recap inside TD Garden.

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Report: Celtics boss Danny Ainge ‘wants to do a deal,’ eyes Gordon Hayward, but overvalues players like Marcus Smart 12.15.16 at 10:35 am ET
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Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge’s hunt for a superstar continues.

Noted NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said on his Vertical podcast (fast-forward to 35-minute mark) on Wednesday that Ainge is itching to pull the trigger on a deal for a star, but as usual is finding the going rough.

One name to keep an eye on: impending free agent swingman Gordon Hayward of the Jazz, who played for Celtics coach Brad Stevens at Butler and has emerged as a potential All-Star this year.

“Danny’s wanted to strike and, like everybody else, get that big star, get that big player,” Wojnarowski said. “[Al] Horford was a big play and a great get in free agency. They can still keep their eye on Gordon Hayward from Utah who’s an unrestricted free agent this summer who played for Brad Stevens at Butler. I think there’s still strong hope in Utah that he’ll want to stay there.”

One problem hamstringing Ainge, according to Wojnarowski, is that he’s overvaluing players in trade talks, particularly misfiring guard Marcus Smart.

“Boston’s interesting in that (they have) some good young players, they have draft picks they can put in deals and they have some veterans that hold some interest in places,” Wojnarowski added. “I do wonder sometimes if Boston might overvalue some of the players they have compared to what the rest of the league sees in them. I think Marcus Smart might be starting to fall into that category. His name’s been in some talks previously, and they’ve been pretty careful about who they’d give him up for.”

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