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Celtics rumors: C’s could be in on Jahlil Okafor, but here’s why that makes no sense 02.20.17 at 11:26 am ET
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Jahlil Okafor

Jahlil Okafor

Another day, another NBA trade rumor involving the Boston Celtics. The latest: Jahlil Okafor.

With Joel Embiid blowing up and the 76ers already cursed with more big men than they can find minutes for, Okafor is once again on the trade block. And according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the C’s are interested.

“Okafor is kind of still there,” Stein told ESPN Radio. “He’s been so out there that you tend to think Philadelphia will find something in the next three days where they move him. I’ve heard that Boston has still given that some consideration. Chicago’s another team that’s been said to have shown some Okafor interest.”

All due respect, Okafor makes little sense for the Celtics once you look past the fact that the former No. 3 overall picks is tall. The Celtics can’t rebound, but neither can Okafor. He’s averaging a paltry 4.8 rebounds per game, and his 7.5 rebounds per 36 minutes puts him right in line with Celtics Avery Bradley (7.1) and Al Horford (7.2).

Neither is Okafor a rim protector (1.1 blocks per game) or floor spacer (1-for-6 on 3-pointers lifetime). He’s considered slow defensively, he’s a throwback post scorer, and he doesn’t take opposing big men away from the basket, like Horford or Kelly Olynyk do, which means he’d just be clogging the lane for Isaiah Thomas, who needs space to operate.

So yeah, I’m not buying the C’s having any interest in Okafor. He fills exactly zero of their needs. Don’t let last year’s 17.5 points a game fool you — the Sixers were terrible, and someone needed to score. Now that they know Embiid represents their future, alongside injured No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, once he gets healthy, Okafor’s numbers will continue to suffer.

He’s not a fit in Boston, and certainly not if the price is one of the Nets picks.

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Report: Celtics did not try to acquire DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday 02.19.17 at 11:43 pm ET
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The Celtics reportedly did not try and land DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

The Celtics reportedly did not try and land DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

It was an eventful Sunday with DeMarcus Cousins and ended with him being traded.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojanarowski, the Kings were fully engaged in trade talks centered on Cousins throughout the day.

Some thought the Celtics could have been one of those teams, considering the assets they have, but that was not the case. The Celtics were not one of the teams speaking with the Kings on Sunday about a potential Cousins deal, according to the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett.

Wojanarowski reports the Lakers were turned down by the Kings and late Sunday night the Kings agreed to trade Cousins to the Pelicans in a deal that includes Buddy Hield and a 2017 first-round pick.

Even though it doesn’t look like the Celtics were in on Cousins, they still likely will try and make a trade before Thursday’s trade deadline.

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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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Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis crying about ‘overrated’ Doc Rivers 02.17.17 at 12:22 am ET
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Glen Davis

Glen Davis

You would think Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis would have a certain amount of appreciation for Doc Rivers.

It was the former Celtics head coach who brought Davis into the NBA via the 2007 draft, and then brought him over to the Clippers for the 2014-15 season. Evidently, those turn of events don’t matter much to the current free agent.

There are definitely some hard feelings coming from Davis.

Appearing on Chris Broussard’s podcast, the former Celtic called Rivers “lucky as hell” and “overrated” when asked about his former coach.

According to FoxSports.com, this is how the exchange went …

Davis: Because what Doc had in ’08 was special and he was lucky as hell … Lucky as hell. The year before that they was wearing trash bags … But then the next year they win it, now he is one of the best coaches ever? I’m just not feeling that. You know what I mean? You give credit to KG. You give credit to Paul Pierce. You give credit to Ray Allen. Those are the guys who made sure whatever Doc needed to be done, got done.

And see now it’s easy for Doc to do his job. And then you give credit to Danny Ainge. That’s the one you give credit to. Because I know multiple times [Ainge] had to talk to Doc, just to say ‘Hey Doc, leave em alone. Hey Doc, ease up.’

“I’m off that Doc tip. He’s a great guy but as far as that basketball stuff but I try to …”

Broussard: Is he overrated as a coach?

Davis: I think so.

Broussard: Really?

Davis: Yea.

Despite brutal call in loss to Chicago, Celtics show just how much they have moved on from Rajon Rondo 02.16.17 at 10:32 pm ET
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Feb 16, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives past Chicago Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams (7) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas (4) drives past Chicago Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams (7) during the second quarter at the United Center. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports)

Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart keep coming up huge when it matters most. 

But unfortunately for the Celtics the officials decided Thursday’s game. 

Jimmy Butler hit two free throws with 0.9 seconds left when Marcus Butler was called for grazing the right elbow of the shooter by referee Zach Zarba on the baseline. The two free throws were the difference in Chicago’s 104-103 win at the United Center. TV replays showed Smart didn’t make contact. 

A brutal call by Zarba at the worst time. Butler and Thomas each finished with 29 points. 

After a timeout trying to inbound, Al Horford missed a 16-foot shot at the buzzer as the Bulls were bailed out. 

“We not going to be derailed by that,” a tight-lipped Brad Stevens told reporters after. Stevens was irate at the moment the call was made. 

“Yeah, we thought we won the game,” said Kelly Olynyk, who had 17 points and seven rebounds. “A rollercoaster of emotions. It’s tough.”

Thomas and Smart stayed on the court for nearly a minute after the final buzzer and stared down Zarba. Before the call, the Celtics were poised for another clutch win in the fourth. 

There was a mindset and thought as recently as three years ago in Brad Stevens’ first year in Boston that the Celtics still needed Rajon Rondo to be apart of their next charge at a title.

But in that 2013-14 season, he missed the first 40 games recovering from an ACL injury the year before. He was named the 15th captain in team history. One year later, the disenfranchised Rondo was traded away to Dallas and the Celtics haven’t looked back. The Celtics made the playoffs that year, Stevens’ second as head coach. After 48 wins last season, the Celtics are making a run at the No. 1 seed this year.

Rondo has played for Sacramento and now Chicago.

It’s somewhat appropriate that Thomas – the man that helped the Celtics move on from the Rondo era – set a new franchise mark with his 41st straight game of at least 20 points Thursday night in the loss to the Bulls at the United Center in the final game before the All-Star break. The Celtics head into the break with a 37-20 mark, three games behind Cleveland for the top spot in the East.

For a full box score and statistical recap of Thursday’s game in Chicago, click here.

Rondo twisted his left ankle badly with three minutes left in the second quarter but in the time he was on the court, he clearly was inspired to prove he could hang with and defend Isaiah Thomas. To an extent, he was successful, holding Thomas to just two points over the first 15 minutes of the game. Rondo, coming off Chicago’s bench, was held scoreless in 20 minutes, missing all five shots from the floor, dishing out eight assists with seven rebounds. 

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