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Isaiah Thomas rips DeMarcus Cousins trade 02.20.17 at 3:09 pm ET
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The Celtics acquired Isaiah Thomas at the 2015 trade deadline. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports)

The Celtics acquired Isaiah Thomas at the 2015 trade deadline. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports)

Add Isaiah Thomas to the list of critics who are unimpressed with the package the Kings received in return for DeMarcus Cousins.

Moments after the All-Star Game, the Kings traded Cousins to the Pelicans Sunday night. New Orleans sent over Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder to Sacramento. It’s a weak return, considering Cousins is arguably a Top 10 player in the league. The three-time All-Star has recorded 34 double-doubles in 55 contests this season.

Thomas, who was teammates with Cousins in Sacramento, appears dumbfounded by the move. 

For the record, Thomas is correct. NBA 2K17’s virtual general manager did reject the trade.

The Celtics reportedly didn’t try to acquire Cousins, despite at least two years of rumors linking the two of them. Cousins, 26, is due to be a free agent in 2018. The Pelicans will likely offer Cousins a five-year, $180 million contract in order to keep him in New Orleans.

When asked about Cousins last October, Thomas praised his talented, yet mercurial former teammate.

“If he came to Boston, that would be good, really good,” he told the Sporting News. “The thing is, I’ve got his respect. I’ve always had that.”

With control of the Nets’ next two first-round picks, the Celtics have plenty of assets if they want to give Thomas another running mate before Thursday’s trade deadline.

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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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Sacramento reportedly engaging in trade talks involving DeMarcus Cousins, could Celtics be interested? 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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Jae Crowder stands by criticism of cheering for Gordon Hayward, apologizes for dissing Boston 01.05.17 at 1:35 pm ET
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Jazz forward Gordon Hayward shoots over Celtics counterpart Jae Crowder on Tuesday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Jazz forward Gordon Hayward shoots over Celtics counterpart Jae Crowder on Tuesday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Jae Crowder is apologizing, but he isn’t backing down.

Speaking to reporters before Celtics practice on Thursday, Crowder said he regretted some of his “heat of the moment” comments on Twitter following Tuesday’s victory over the Jazz, when he blasted Celtics fans for cheering potential free agent target Gordon Hayward. But he stood by his assertion that home fans shouldn’t cheer rival players.

“I was really angry after the game, obviously,” Crowder told reporters, including Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston. “I said what I had to say after the game. I probably should have left it right there. I went on Twitter and said what I had to say, and there’s nothing that I regret going back and forth with fans on Twitter — that’s how I was feeling at the time.

“Obviously, I don’t want to leave Boston. Obviously, I love it here. Obviously, the fans have treated me great. No doubt about that.

“I still stand behind what I said about how I felt disrespected when they’re cheering for Gordon Hayward. I live with that. I stand behind that 100 percent as a man, as a basketball player who puts my time away from my family into it.”

Crowder got into a back-and-forth with fans over the intent of his remarks, tweeting — and subsequently deleting — that he’d be happy to leave Boston. He regretted that comment, but still doesn’t understand why Celtics fans would cheer Hayward, who played for head coach Brad Stevens at Butler. Celtics fans have similarly applauded Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in the past.

“I didn’t like that, either,” Crowder said. “I just remember when I got here a couple years ago and we were however many games under .500, the fans cheered for us. Not one time did they cheer for another player when they came into town. Things have changed since then, I’m aware of that. That’s never happened in an arena that I’ve been in. I’ve never been on the road and got cheered for, or even one of my teammates get cheered for by the opposing team.

“It’s just something different for me that really set me off. I don’t like when they cheer for DeMarcus Cousins, I don’t like when they cheer for Kevin Durant. I don’t think you should do that. That’s all I was saying.”

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Celtics podcast: Mike Petraglia, Ben Kichen talk end-of-game woes, Al Horford and DeMarcus Cousins 12.07.16 at 7:18 pm ET
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WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of ‘The Dale and Holley Show’ talk about last night’s disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.

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Full Court Press: Does Brad Stevens really want his team swinging for the fences so much? Depends 12.03.16 at 9:24 am ET
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Nov 30, 2016; Boston, MA, USA;  Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) takes a shot while guarded by Detroit Pistons point guard Ish Smith (14) during the fourth quarter at TD Garden.  The Detroit Pistons won 121-114. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Avery Bradley is one of the Celtics leading the 3-point barrage this season. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The 3-point shot is the home run of basketball. It’s a play that can get you back in a game and one that can close the door just as fast. 

Stevens, who earned three letters apiece in high school basketball and track, also earned on in baseball in his days at Zionsville, Indiana. On Wednesday, he used a baseball metaphor to make his point about shot selection and tempo. 

Brad Stevens, the man who wore No. 31 in high school after idol Reggie Miller, certainly saw the down side of it on Wednesday in a 121-114 loss to the Pistons, during which his team took 42 shots from beyond the arc. The Celtics made a reasonable number (15) and percent (35) but that doesn’t tell the whole story. His team committed just six turnovers and shot 44 percent. 

“I think we’re taking care of the ball, pretty obviously, really well. I wasn’t overly happy with some of our shots. I felt like some of shots were rushed. But again, when we play good offense we’re really good on that end of the floor. But we have a tendency when teams are making runs against us or things aren’t going our way to try to get it all back at once, and you just can’t do that. You have to keep hitting singles.”

The Celtics are averaging 31.1 3-point attempts a game (making 11.3). The 31.1 figure is fifth in the NBA, just behind Golden State. The three other teams ahead of Boston are Houston (37.0), Brooklyn (34.9) and Cleveland (34.3).

The problem Wednesday wasn’t the 42 threes the Celtics took. It was the 27 misses. Long shots usually lead to long rebounds, and that’s a problem for a team that can’t rebound. The Celtics were battered again on the glass Wednesday (52-33) and many of those were Detroit hauling in the long rebounds from the missed shots. 

While Stevens indicated that he wanted more “singles” after Wednesday’s game, he seemed to clarify that before Friday’s game with Sacramento, suggesting the Celtics were taking the right kind of threes.

“They are,” Stevens said. “At the end of the day, we want layups. If we don’t get layups, we want the floor to be shrunk. The defense shrinks in and you’re able to touch the paint and kick it out, in two of our last three games, maybe three of our last four games, two-thirds of our possessions we’ve touched the paint or shrunk the defense with a roll. That’s kind of our objective. Hey, we’re not a team that gets to the foul line a lot, we’re not a team that rebounds at a high rate, and we haven’t scored it in transition so to be able to be sitting where we are, offensively, I think a big reason is because we space the floor.”

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Mike Petraglia recaps Al Horford’s big night, outshining DeMarcus Cousins in Celtics win over Kings 12.02.16 at 10:59 pm ET
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DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings made it a lot more difficult than the Celtics had hoped Friday night but in the end Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas were enough. Mike Petraglia has the recap inside TD Garden.

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