|Not so fast on Paul George — Pacers star reportedly ‘hell-bent’ on joining Lakers||02.23.17 at 2:45 pm ET|
Well this should throw some water on those Paul George rumors.
According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, George wants to either win a title in Indiana or head home to join the Lakers when he hits free agency after next season.
I repeat: Paul George – barring a title chance in Indy – is hell-bent on heading for Laker Land. This message has been sent throughout NBA.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 23, 2017
George grew up in Palmdale, California and played at Fresno State. He can opt out of his contract after next season and has reportedly always been enamored with playing for the Lakers.
That makes a trade by the Celtics that much more difficult, because they don’t want to surrender Nets picks and players from their current roster, only to have George bolt in free agency after next season.
|Celtics Rumors: Are Pacers attempting to clear roster spots so they can send Paul George to Boston?||02.23.17 at 1:33 pm ET|
OK, now the rumor mill is getting good.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Pacers are calling around trying to clear roster spots. Why, you ask?
Pacers involved in talks with teams potentially to clear roster spots, sources say. Teams suspect might be related to Celtics talks
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 23, 2017
Note the language: teams “suspect” the flurry of activity “might” be related to Celtics talks. That’s by no means definitive, but with Woj already reporting that the C’s are willing to include this year’s Nets pick for George, perhaps these talks are actually heating up.
What say you, Celtics fans?
For more on the trade deadline, by the way, check out this running diary.
|Isaiah Thomas on emoji madness: ‘I didn’t mean to do that to y’all’||02.23.17 at 1:06 pm ET|
Speaking to reporters at Celtics practice Thursday, guard Isaiah Thomas laughed off the controversy surrounding his eyeball and hourglass emojis, which had Celtics fans trying to discern meaning with the trade deadline rapidly approaching.
Thomas explained to reporters (including the ProJo’s Scott Souza) that he wasn’t tweeting about the trade deadline, and only realized the uproar after the fact.
“I didn’t mean to do that to y’all,” he noted mischievously.
Thomas pointed up at the basketball offices, where the curtains were drawn, and wondered if Danny Ainge and Co. were hard at work making a trade. He joked that they were busy. But he also turned serious when asked about his current team.
“I will roll with the guys inside this locker room until something changes,” he told reporters.
Asked if the Celtics believed they could catch the Cavs for the top seed in the East, he was equally confident.
“That’s the plan,” he said.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters that zero players were held out of practice because the trade deadline. Rookie Jaylen Brown is expected to return when the team opens the second half in Toronto on Friday. Gerald Green missed practice with a heel injury, while Avery Bradley was a limited practice participant as he attempts to return from an Achilles injury.
|Celtics rumors: Sixers acquire Andrew Bogut from Mavericks for Nerlens Noel, look to flip him||02.23.17 at 12:32 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, the Dallas Mavericks have traded center Andrew Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel, but this by no means closes the door on Bogut coming to Boston.
According to ESPN, the Sixers are looking to find “a landing spot” for Bogut in another trade before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
Bogut has drawn some interest from the C’s because the 7-footer would help shore up deficiencies on the glass, where the Celtics have taken a beating.
It’s also worth noting, however, that Bogut has been limited by injuries throughout his career, including this season. He has been limited to 26 games this season because of knee and hamstring maladies, and could only be acquired to play a part-time role.
|Celtics rumors: Add Memphis forward JaMychal Green to list of possible targets||02.23.17 at 10:37 am ET|
Tucked within this Steven Bulpett story on potential Celtics trade targets with Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline rapidly approaching is a new name — Memphis forward JaMychal Green.
The 6-foot-9 Alabama product would fill a number of rotational needs for the Celtics. He’s considered an above-average defender who is averaging nine points and 7.3 rebounds a game while shooting .368 from 3-point land.
If the Celtics fail to land a big fish like Chicago’s Jimmy Butler or Indiana’s Paul George — and consensus seems to be growing that Celtics boss Danny Ainge intends to keep his Brooklyn picks — then they’ll turn their sights to the next tier, which includes players like Phoenix forward P.J. Tucker and Green.
Both can defend, rebound, and shoot 3’s, which seem like prerequisites to fit Brad Stevens’ system. Less of a fit in that sense would be a traditional center like Dallas’s Andrew Bogut, who would at least beef up the team’s subpar rebounding.
There’s no word on how available Green is, or what the Celtics would surrender to acquire him
|Celtics rumors: Isaiah Thomas tweets an hourglass emoji, someone notes it looks like Paul George’s shoe logo, world ends||02.22.17 at 3:27 pm ET|
Today’s installment of “Emoji’s with I.T.” is an hourglass.
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas set Twitter atwitter earlier this week when he posted an eyeball emoji, which some took to mean a Celtics trade was imminent. Thomas was up to more mischief on Wednesday, posting an hourglass and then leaving us to our own devices.
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) February 22, 2017
Could he simply mean that the clock is ticking to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline? Nah. More than 8,000 retweets later, we have a better theory:
— Johnny Nup (@_jnup) February 22, 2017
As observant tweeter Johnny Nup notes, if you turn a pair of Paul George shoes sideways, the Pacers star’s logo looks remarkably like an hourglass.
Ipso facto, the Celtics must be close to a deal for Indiana’s All-Star.
Right? Right?!? RIGHT?!?!?!?!
About 24 hours remain in silly season.
(By the way, for more on Thomas’s mystery tweet, check out Alex Reimer on the Mashup Blog.)
|Celtics rumors: C’s reportedly not closing door on acquiring Carmelo Anthony from Knicks||02.22.17 at 1:33 pm ET|
The Celtics haven’t ruled out bringing Melo to Boston.
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the C’s remain in contact with the Knicks over superstar small forward Carmelo Anthony.
The 32-year-old 10-time All-Star is on the block as the Knicks contemplate rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis. Anthony has a no-trade clause, and there are reports he’d exercise it just to stick it to New York hoops boss Phil Jackson, but earlier reports pegged the Celtics as a contender he’d consider joining.
Any deal for Anthony would start with Celtics big men Tyler Zeller and Amir Johnson, whose contracts would be required to make the money work. The C’s would then be attempting to entice the Knicks with non-Brooklyn draft picks that will probably be in the 20s.
If the Celtics land Anthony, they’ll be taking themselves out of the free agent market this summer, when players like Utah swingman Gordon Hayward could be available. Anthony is in the third year of a five-year, $124 million contract that includes an early termination option that he could exercise to become a free agent after next season.
I wrote about Anthony recently and why I’d love to see him in Celtics green, despite his issues as an aging ball-hog.
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