|NBA Rumors: 50-50 chance Kings trade star DeMarcus Cousins, according to report||11.07.16 at 12:50 pm ET|
The NBA season may only be a week old, but it’s never too early for the rumor mill to start churning with news that could impact the Celtics.
First up: According to NBA insider Sam Amico, at least one Western Conference exec believes the Kings are “50-50” to trade center DeMarcus Cousins this season.
“If not, it’s not necessarily because they want to keep him,” the exec added.
The Kings are off to a 3-5 start after Cousins scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Sunday’s victory in Toronto. However, according to Amico’s sources, Cousins is such a problem in the locker room, the Kings may eventually have no choice but to move him to a team with strong veteran leadership.
Whether the Celtics could be that team, with Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford, remains to be seen, but they’re in a position to be linked to any high-profile player who becomes available, thanks to two more potential lottery picks from the Nets this year and next.
There’s no questioning Cousins’ talent. The seven-year vet and two-time All-Star has averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game for his career, but he has also been suspended multiple times for everything from accumulated technical fouls to insubordination.
“They’ll never get what they want in return,” an East GM told Amico of the Kings. “They think Cousins is worth more than he actually is. He hurts you every bit as much as he helps you. He’s like a cheeseburger, or booze. Too much and you’ll pay a price.”
|Photos: Celtics hold on, beat Nets in season opener||10.27.16 at 8:47 am ET|
Coming off a 48-win season, the Boston Celtics looked shaky in their season opener but pulled off the win, defeating the Brooklyn Nets 122-117. Check out photos from the game here.
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|Mike Petraglia, Josue Pavon talk about Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown, Celtics holding on for win||10.26.16 at 11:18 pm ET|
The Celtics open with a win over the Nets at TD Garden. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot to work on afterward. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Josue Pavon have your report inside TD Garden.
|Report: Celtics offering R.J. Hunter or James Young for 2nd-round pick||10.21.16 at 1:48 pm ET|
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Celtics are trying to use a trade in order to find their final piece on the roster.
As cutdown looms, the Celtics continue to offer James Young or RJ Hunter for a second-round pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 21, 2016
The decision to finalize the Celtics’ roster is Oct. 26. Hunter and Young are considered the two candidates vying for the one spot. For more on that battle, click here.
|Report: C’s draftee Guerschon Yabusele agrees to contract with Shanghai||07.21.16 at 12:52 pm ET|
Forward Guerschon Yabusele, who was taken by Boston with the 16th overall pick in last month’s NBA draft, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to a report from The Boston Globe.
A 6-foot-8 forward, the 20-year-old Yabusele averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds last year for Rouen Métropole Basket in the French A division.
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|Report: Bulls pull Jimmy Butler off trade market, hope to build contender||07.12.16 at 4:15 pm ET|
The Celtics have had their eyes on Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler since last season, but for now, anyway, it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere.
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the retooling Bulls have decided to retain Butler and have taken him off the trade market “for now.”
It has been a busy offseason in Chicago, where the Bulls have said goodbye to former MVP Derrick Rose, as well as rugged frontcourt stalwarts Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. They have replaced them with former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, as well as longtime Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade.
But the star of the team remains Butler, the 6-foot-7, 26-year-old All-Star who has emerged as one of the best two-way players in the league. Butler averaged a career-high 20.9 points a game last year, along with 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
The Celtics were rumored to be in on him all offseason, but couldn’t convince the Bulls to swing a deal. With Chicago signing veterans, it becomes harder to try to pry Butler with draft picks.
Now it looks like he’s not going anywhere, at least for the time being.
|Spurs great Tim Duncan announces retirement after 19 seasons||07.11.16 at 10:45 am ET|
There was no retirement tour for Tim Duncan, who called it quits on Monday in appropriately low-key fashion.
The 15-time All-Star and five-time champion wrapped up a Hall of Fame career via an announcement on the team’s official web site that didn’t even include a quote.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 11, 2016
Duncan, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft, compiled a .710 winning percentage over his 19 seasons, the highest in any pro sport over that time, according to the Spurs, and just percentage points ahead of the Patriots (.704).
The Celtics had hoped to land Duncan in the ’97 lottery, but the ping-pong balls bounced the way of the Spurs and everything else is history.
Duncan finishes his career having averaged 19 points and 10.8 rebounds a game. The Spurs made the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons, and he’s the only player in history to start for champions in three different decades.
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