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Cavs Were On 'Pins And Needles' About Celtics Trading For Either George, Butler

Feb 24, 2017 4:23 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers were monitoring the Boston Celtics efforts to acquire either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline.

The Celtics are already a top contender in the Eastern Conference, but acquiring either of those star wings would make them even more competitive in a series against the Cavaliers. Both George and Butler have played LeBron James well in the playoffs.

"The Cavs were on pins and needles yesterday about the Celtics getting Paul George or Jimmy Butler," said Windhorst on Zach Lowe's podcast. "Pins and needles. That's why I'm saying. Let's put it this way: if on day one next year it's Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, and Isaiah Thomas, the Cavs will be like 'okay, that's going to be a challenge.' If it's Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and Jimmy Butler, the Cavs might be out there saying 'we may have to trade Kevin Love.'"

The Celtics were weighing whether to package a combination of draft assets and existing players in a deal. Danny Ainge can revisit those talks in June.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers Trying To Trade Andrew Bogut By Deadline

Feb 23, 2017 12:09 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will try to find a trade of Andrew Bogut before the deadline.

Bogut was acquired by the 76ers from the Mavericks in exchange for Nerlens Noel.

The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have monitored Bogut's situation all season.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Bogut would like to be a free agent and have begun discussions with Philadelphia on a buyout.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Finally Discuss Nets' Pick With Pacers On Paul George

Feb 23, 2017 11:43 AM

The Boston Celtics have finally allowed their pick from the Brooklyn Nets to be included in the conversation with the Indiana Pacers on Paul George.

The Celtics own swap rights for the Nets' first round pick in 2017 and their first rounder outright in 2018.

Boston has been searching for a superstar to add to their roster, yet has been reluctant to include any of Brooklyn's picks in talks.

The Celtics have also been interested in Jimmy Butler.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Pacers have been engaged with other teams to potentially clear roster spots that could be related to their talks with Boston on Paul George.

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Continue To Resist Trading Both Nets' Pick, Multiple Rotation Players For Star

Feb 23, 2017 12:59 AM

The Boston Celtics are in an almost unprecedented position where they will have one of the top picks in the draft while also being one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics would like to upgrade their roster with a true superstar but it's difficult for them to part with not only a high draft pick but also multiple talented players on their roster.

"The sense I've also gotten is that there are factions in it that are like, 'Listen, we're giving you what should be the No. 1 pick and you are still asking us for 2, 3, 4 rotation players in return. What's the basis behind that? What's the direction are you still trying to go?

"They look at the first overall pick as a valued asset. 'Listen, you're not getting anything better than this on the open market, especially in this draft.'"

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston also must consider how Isaiah Thomas will react to a future franchise point guard in the draft in someone like Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball.

Charania also reports that the sense he's getting is the Celtics are comfortable seeing what trades are out there after the lottery determines it's actual number.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jae Crowder Believed To Be Sticking Point In Boston's Talks With Bulls For Jimmy Butler

Feb 22, 2017 11:51 AM

The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls continue to discuss a Jimmy Butler trade.

"I think the Jimmy Butler stuff is real," said Aldridge. "They have been trying to get Jimmy Butler. He doesn't want to give up Jae Crowder. That's the main sticking point there and he doesn't want to give up Jae Crowder in a deal and that's the guy the Bulls are insisting on right now in any package for Butler.

"The picks will work themselves out. Boston has about 600 first round picks in the next five years, so they'll make it work. That part I'm not worried about. I think it really comes down to Crowder. In terms of real tangible players, I think Danny would like to go into the playoffs with Smart, Bradley, Crowder defensively along with Butler, Horford, Thomas offensively. I think he feels like that's the only way they'll be able to complete with a team like Cleveland.

"Chicago, I think rightly, is saying, 'If you want our best player, we're not going to just do it for picks. We're not going to take guys you aren't going to keep on your roster. We want a guy that is going to be able to grow with us, along with one of those high picks.' They want a top half of the lottery type pick for Jimmy Butler, along with a starting established player under contract. I understand that from Chicago's point of view."

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Teams Can Now Place Protections On Traded Picks

Feb 20, 2017 9:27 PM

The Boston Celtics can now place pick protections on the draft pick they're owed from the Brooklyn Nets, which is a new rule for the NBA.

While teams can place protections when trading their own picks, they were unable to place new protections when trading those along to other teams.

Boston, for example, could place a top-1 or top-2 protection on the Brooklyn pick in a trade to protect themselves with an alternative pick compensation.

The Celtics have been seeking a superstar via trade and have been reluctant to move any of their Brooklyn picks for anything less.

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Celtics, Clippers Have 'Intermittently' Held Blake Griffin Talks

Feb 20, 2017 9:13 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have intermittently discussed a Blake Griffin trade with the Boston Celtics this season though a deal is unlikely at this point.

Griffin will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Celtics would likely seek official permission to talk to Griffin about his future before executing a trade.

The Clippers would seek Jae Crowder, either Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart and multiple picks in exchange for Griffin.

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Tags: Blake Griffin, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Expects To Remain With Bulls Through Deadline

Feb 20, 2017 8:28 PM

The camp of Jimmy Butler expects him to remain with the Chicago Bulls through Thursday's trade deadline.

The Bulls and Boston Celtics haven't held substantive talks about Butler since June when they discussed a trade centered around the draft rights to Kris Dunn.

"I can't worry about that. It don't bother or scare me none. I'll be OK," Butler told reporters in New Orleans late Sunday after the All-Star Game. "Not saying I'm untradable, but I don't think about that. Hopefully, I'm not going to get traded, but I don't control that."


Butler could eventually command a supermax extension if he remains with the Bulls.

The Celtics have been underwhelmed by all preliminary offers for their main future assets.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics, Bulls Engage In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Feb 19, 2017 2:09 PM

The possibility of the Boston Celtics trading for Jimmy Butler will loom over the trade deadline. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics and Chicago Bulls have held talks.

"These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade," said Wojnarowski. "They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be some alignment within the Bulls' organization, from ownership to management that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

"These are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years, for a couple of seasons, trying to get in a position to get a star player. The fact that the Celtics have a swap with Brooklyn this year that could potentially be a top-3 pick and they have Brooklyn's pick outright next year. Either of those picks, I don't think Chicago can get both of them, but that is the beginning point of a deal for the Bulls for Jimmy Butler."

The Celtics and Bulls also discussed a Butler trade at last year's draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George

Feb 18, 2017 7:12 PM

The Boston Celtics are active in trade talks leading to the deadline as either a main participant or facilitator. 

To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets.

“Danny’s let it be known that he’s willing to talk about the Nets’ picks,” said one league executive. “But you want one of those guys, you have to be willing to give up a star.”

Boston are reluctant to make any move that could take away their chances of operating with cap space in free agency this offseason. Ainge, however, would likely trade for a player such as Jimmy Butler or Paul George should either player become available.

The Celtics don't mind their position near the top of the Eastern Conference.

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Marcus Smart Striving To Be More Consistent
Even though the Celtics have future assets coming from the Nets, there's a belief in the locker room that they need to improve from within.

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Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

RealGM Staff Report

Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Month
Isaiah Thomas has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry share the award for the Western Conference.

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Larry Sanders Increasing Efforts To Return To NBA
Larry Sanders has hired agent Joel Bell and has started meeting with NBA teams.

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Celtics Inform Knicks They Have No Interest In Trading For Carmelo Anthony
Last season, the Celtics and Knicks held exploratory talks on Carmelo Anthony.


Phil Jackson Determined To Trade Carmelo Anthony, Reaches Out To Celtics, Clippers
Phil Jackson wants to begin rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis.

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Marcus Smart Apologizes For Flare-Up With Assistants
Marcus Smart tried to check himself back into the game late in the fourth quarter.

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Celtics Agree To Jersey Sponsorship Deal With General Electric
The Celtics have agreed to a jersey sponsorship deal with General Electric.

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Wizards To Wear All Black To Game Against Celtics
Recent games between the two teams have featured chippy play and plenty of trash talk.

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Receive Fines For Postgame Confrontation
Jae Crowder received a fine of $25,000 while John Wall was fined $15,000.

John Wall, Jae Crowder Downplay Postgame Confrontation
Jae Crowder could be seen putting his finger in John Wall's face after the two exchanged words, and Wall appeared to land a quick open-hand slap.

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Jae Crowder Doesn't Want To Leave Boston, Still Feels 'Disrespected' By Fans
Jae Crowder said he was advised by Celtics brass to remove his interactions with fans.

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Jae Crowder Objects To Celtics' Fans Cheering For Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward is expected to be a free agent target for the Celtics this offseason.

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Kevin Durant May Have Chosen Celtics Had Warriors Won 2016 Title
The Celtics were one of the teams that met with Kevin Durant during his 2016 free agency in the Hamptons.

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Daryl Morey: Celtics' Mike Zarren 'For Sure Should Be A GM Somewhere'
While Daryl Morey was working with the Celtics in the early 2000s, he hired Mike Zarren as an intern.

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Isaiah Thomas: We're Not On Cleveland's Level
The Boston Celtics are 0-3 now this season against the Cavaliers and Raptors.

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Celtics Lobby For Jaylen Brown In Dunk Contest
The Celtics would like Jaylen Brown to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook Named NBA Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas led the Eastern Conference in scoring (33.3 ppg) and ranked sixth in assists (7.3 apg) as the Celtics went 3-1, with all three wins coming on the road.

RealGM Staff Report

Isaiah Thomas Receives Plasma Injection For Injured Groin
Isaiah Thomas received a platelet-rich plasma injection for his groin strain.

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Rockets Were Al Horford's Second Choice In Free Agency
Al Horford met with four teams at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta during free agency.

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