|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||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.
|Celtics rumors: Andre Drummond of Pistons addresses Celtics trade speculation, eye emoji tweets||at 10:05 am ET|
Could the Celtics use the second-leading rebounded in the NBA? Definitely. Does the fact that he tweeted eyeball emojis in the style of Isaiah Thomas mean he’s coming here? Absolutely not.
Pistons big man Andre Drummond, a former UConn star, addressed reports that he could be dealt after Pistons practice on Tuesday. Specifically, reporters wanted to know what he was getting at when he retweeted Thomas’s eyeball emojis and then tweeted a pair of his own on Tuesday.
“What’s that got to do with my team?” he asked reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors. I’m a grown man. I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”
Drummond’s fit with the Celtics on the interior would be obvious. He led the league in rebounding last year (14.8) and is second this year (13.8) while averaging 14.6 points per game.
Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy, who is also president of basketball operations, admitted having discussions about Drummond, but wouldn’t characterize them beyond that.
“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre. The rumors don’t mean anything to me.”
The question is how much the Celtics would be willing to part with to acquire Drummond, who signed a five-year, $130 million extension with Detroit last summer. The Nets’ first-round pick, which could be No. 1 overall, would almost certainly be off the table.
|Celtics trade rumors: C’s reportedly interested in Mavericks center Andrew Bogut as part of big trade deadline strike||02.21.17 at 2:25 pm ET|
With the Celtics in need of size and rebounding, they’re reportedly mulling an offer to the Mavericks for center Andrew Bogut — but only if they can pull off a bigger deal prior to the trade deadline.
According to Mavericks insider Mike Fisher, the Celtics are considering trading one of their non-Brooklyn first-round picks to Dallas for Bogut, a physical seven-footer who won a title with the Warriors in 2015.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, Bogut never realized the expectations that came with that selection, but the Aussie did overcome injury issues to become a double-double machine with the Bucks before joining the Warriors in 2013. In Golden State, he provided an inside presence to complement the high-flying Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
According to Fisher, the Celtics’ interest in Bogut is conditional on “what bigger moves Boston can make” prior to Thursday’s trade deadline. In addition to a No. 1 pick, the Mavericks would receive backup center Tyler Zeller, who could make the money work.
Bogut, 32, has averaged nearly nine rebounds a game for his career and is also considered a solid passer. Durability is a concern, however. He has been limited to 26 games this season by knee and hamstring injuries.
|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|
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.
|Adrian Wojnarowski ‘can’t imagine a scenario’ where Celtics trade Nets’ first-round pick||02.15.16 at 11:41 am ET|
The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and from a Celtics perspective, one of the biggest questions is whether or not they will trade the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, that likely won’t happen.
“The Brooklyn pick has tremendous value,” Wojnarowski told CSNNE Sunday night. “I can’t imagine a scenario where the Celtics trade that. If they do trade that it’s got to be for a really elite, star-level player. I don’t think that player is out there available for them.
“They don’t want to overreach and give away these assets. They’re looking for that Kevin Garnett-Ray Allen deal that they did to put the previous champion together. Those deals probably aren’t out there for them.”
|Celtics rumor mill: Breaking down potential interest in Hawks Al Horford, Kyle Korver||02.10.16 at 3:02 pm ET|
With the NBA trade deadline now just over a week away, focus has shifted to a team that appears to be on the verge of blowing it up — the Atlanta Hawks.
With free-agent-to-be Al Horford and sharpshooter Kyle Korver, Atlanta has a couple of pieces that could interest the Celtics, as ESPN insider Chad Ford noted in a recent column, when he proposed a trade of the two to Boston for David Lee, Kelly Olynyk and a pair of first-round picks (neither one coming from Brooklyn).
Ford also proposed a larger three-way deal involving the Kings that would send out Evan Turner and the upcoming Nets pick (which could be No. 1 overall), among other pieces, and bring DeMarcus Cousins back to Boston.
That’s not happening. The Hawks present an intriguing trade partner, however. Horford’s impending free agency automatically depresses his market, and the athletic big man would give the Celtics a dimension they certainly lacked in Tuesday’s 112-111 loss to the Bucks, when Greg Monroe torched them for 29 points, including the go-ahead layup with one second left.
Horford is capable of shooting from 16 feet or scoring on the block, and he’s an excellent team defender. He’d fit right into Brad Stevens‘ system on the opposing end of the floor, which is where the Celtics win games.
Korver would give them something they desperately need as well, a guard/forward who can knock down open 3-pointers. He’s shooting .383 from deep this season, which is actually his lowest mark in a decade, but would still rank second on the Celtics (behind Olynyk’s .415) among players with at least 100 attempts.
Lifetime, Korver shoots 3’s at an absurd .429 clip, including a league-best .492 last year and an NBA-record .536 in 2010. At age 34, he’s the rare player to hit his stride when his career should be winding down. He’s an average defender in a helping scheme, at best, but his shooting could help the Celtics space the floor.
Also, Horford and Korver are both considered winning players, no small consideration when looking for guys who will buy into Stevens’ system. Might there be a match? We’ll find out in the next eight days.
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