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Knicks Seeking 3rd Pick, Brooklyn 2018 1st, Brown, Crowder From Celtics For Porzingis

Jun 22, 2017 2:24 PM

The New York Knicks are seeking the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 draft, the Brooklyn Nets' pick in 2018 along with Jaylen Brown and Jae Crowder from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Kristaps Porzingis.

The Celtics, at this point, are unwilling to meet Phil Jackson's asking price. Danny Ainge is reportedly open to tweaking the deal to include just one of the two Brooklyn picks.

This version of the deal would not include the contract of Joakim Noah.

Jackson has regretted not acquiring Crowder since he wasn't included in the Knicks' deal with the Dallas Mavericks for Tyson Chandler.

Brown is also known to be close to Isiah Thomas.

Ian Begley of ESPN reports the Celtics are offering the No. 3 pick along with one player and an additional 2017 lottery pick they believe they can acquire in a separate trade tonight.

A source tells Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald"(Phil Jackson) is just messing with things." The Celtics are "waiting for Jackson to come back to earth."

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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Knicks Have 'So Far' Yet To Find Team To Meet Trade Price On Kristaps Porzingis

Jun 22, 2017 1:43 PM

The New York Knicks have "so far" been unable to find a team willing to meet their asking price for Kristaps Porzingis.

Phil Jackson admitted in an interview on the eve of the draft that the Knicks are entertaining offers for Porzingis.

The Boston Celtics are one of the teams engaged with the Knicks on Porzingis as the Knicks attempt to trade into the top-4.

Both David Aldridge and Sam Amick refute a report that the Phoenix Suns are closing in on a deal for Porzingis.

According to Marc Stein at 2:11 PM EST, the Celtics are still working to put together a trade package for Porzingis.

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Multiple Teams Interested In Trading Up For Josh Jackson

Jun 22, 2017 10:20 AM

As draft day begins, Josh Jackson appears to be the player multiple teams are interested in targeting.

Markelle Fultz will be picked No. 1 by the Philadelphia 76ers and it appears to be a formality that the Los Angeles Lakers select Lonzo Ball at No. 2, which means the draft will start with the Boston Celtics at No. 3.

Jackson hasn't worked out for the Celtics and there are reports he's concerned with going there due to their depth at his position and the possibility he would eventually be traded. The Celtics are believed to be considering Jackson and Jayson Tatum, but they also have interest in trading down.

"Tremendous appetite around the NBA to trade into the Top 4 to select Kansas' Josh Jackson," writes Adrian Wojnarowski.

The New York Knicks are one team considering trading into the top-4 with Jackson as their target, according to reports.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Suns, Kings Thunder Have Discussed Kristaps Porzingis Trade

Jun 21, 2017 11:18 PM

The New York have discussed Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios with each of the teams in the top-5 of the lottery as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings comprise the top-5.

The Suns have had recent conversations with the Knicks on Porzingis, while New York has also had substantive talks with at least two other teams.

The Knicks would like to target Josh Jackson if they do move up.

Phil Jackson expressed in an MSG interview that he's still disappointed that Porzingis skipping his exit meeting.

"I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years of coaching not coming to an exit meeting, so it hasn't happened to me,'' Jackson said. "It happens to other people and other players. His brother and his agent have downplayed it, but still it's a chance for a person to express themselves. I had a real good relationship with Kristaps over the last two years. It was kind of surprising.''

In 2004, Shaquille O'Neal skipped his exit meeting with the Jackson-coached Lakers.

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Celtics Interested In Trading Down To Target Dennis Smith Jr.

Jun 21, 2017 6:49 PM

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are considering moving back in the draft again from No. 3.

The Celtics are believed to be interested in Dennis Smith Jr.

“We call him the minister of disinformation,” said one rival executive. “He’s putting a lot of stuff out there.”

The Celtics are believed to like Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson or Jonathan Isaac if they stay at No. 3.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

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Celtics Leaning Towards Jayson Tatum As Josh Jackson Still Declines Workout Invite

Jun 21, 2017 10:51 AM

The Boston Celtics have finally received the medicals of Josh Jackson, who they are considering picking at No. 3.

Jackson continues to decline Boston's invitation to work out for them ahead of Thursday's draft.

Boston is also considering Jayson Tatum at No. 3 and appear to be leaning towards picking him.

The Celtics traded down from No. 1 and haven't ruled out trading down again, according to various reports.

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Jimmy Butler Remains Committed To Bulls

Jun 20, 2017 8:21 PM

Jimmy Butler remains intent on staying with the Chicago Bulls and helping them return to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in trading for Butler, but they were informed he would be reluctant to commit to them in the long-term.

The Boston Celtics have also expressed interest in trading for Butler.

Chicago has appeared indecisive on whether to continue building around Butler or engaging in a rebuild.

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Celtics Interested In Trading For Kristaps Porzingis

Jun 20, 2017 12:51 PM

The Boston Celtics are amongst the teams interested in trading for Kristaps Porzingis.

The New York Knicks are considering trading away Porzingis this offseason with the relationship between player and franchise remaining severely strained.

Communication between the two sides has been cut off since Porzingis skipped his exit meeting.

The Knicks are said to be high on Josh Jackson in the draft and the Celtics own the third overall pick.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

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Danny Ainge Thinks Celtics' Pick At No. 3 Likely To Have Been Their Pick At No. 1

Jun 19, 2017 6:16 PM

The Boston Celtics have confidence they made the right move in trading the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for No. 3 and a future first rounder.

Philadelphia will draft Markelle Fultz, a player they clearly liked more than Boston did.

The Celtics are expected to select either Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum, though there's a chance the Los Angeles Lakers pass on Lonzo Ball at No. 2.

“I think even before the lottery we’ve been evaluating these kids for a couple years and we felt like it was very close with the top handful of players, and we still feel that way,” Ainge said. “We think there’s a really good chance the player we’ll take at 3 is the same player we would have taken at 1. So this was a great opportunity to acquire an impactful asset.”

The pick protections on the second pick is rather limited in which they won't be able to get the top overall pick in either scenario.  

“Those were things that were negotiated,” Ainge said. “They weren’t OK with giving up any of those picks to move down two spots in the draft, but eventually we got the picks that we wanted. They were not OK with giving up a potential No. 1 pick to move up two slots in this particular draft. It was negotiated and negotiated in a way that was fair for both teams.”

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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76ers, Celtics Officially Announce Trade With Future Pick Protections

Jun 19, 2017 1:39 PM

The Boston Celtics announced they have acquired the third overall selection of the 2017 NBA Draft and the favorably-protected rights to a future first round pick from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the first overall pick in this year’s draft.

The future first round pick will be the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2018 pick if it’s within the No. 2 to No. 5 range of the 2018 draft. If it is not, the Celtics will instead receive either Sacramento’s or Philadelphia’s first round pick in 2019, whichever is more favorable. However, if either of those 2019 picks result in the first overall selection, Boston will instead receive the other first round pick.

“We’re thrilled to be able to select what we expect be an impact player with the third pick in this year’s very talented draft class, while also adding a highly valuable future asset as we continue to build towards Banner 18,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

"We think there’s a really good chance the player we’ll take at 3 is the player we would have taken at 1" Ainge told the media.

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Celtics Hope To Trade No. 3 To Bulls For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls were seeking the No. 3 pick from the 76ers for Jimmy Butler.

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Celtics Agree To Sign Daniel Theis
Daniel Theis is a 25-year-old stretch big.

David Pick

Suns Discuss Moving Up In Draft With Lakers, Celtics
The Suns are targeting Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson in the draft.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Celtics Likely To Decide Between Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson If They Keep No. 3
Boston could also flip the third overall pick in a separate trade and aren't done discussing scenarios.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Agree To Send No. 1 Pick To 76ers
The Celtics have agreed to trade the first overall pick to the 76ers

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Celtics Attempting To Secure Visits With Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, Lonzo Ball
The Celtics reportedly like Josh Jackson at No. 3 but they have been unsuccessful in securing a meeting with him.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Kevin Garnett's Inclusion In 2013 Trade Added Two Extra Pick Assets For Celtics
If the Nets had traded for only Paul Pierce, they would have sent one draft pick and spare parts to match salary.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Dennis Smith Jr. To Work Out For Celtics
Dennis Smith Jr. has also worked out for the Lakers, Magic, Knicks and Wolves.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Celtics, 76ers May Not Agree Upon Trade Until Draft Night
There have been reports of the deal expanding to include a third team with Jimmy Butler going to the Celtics.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

Markelle Fultz To Work Out For 76ers On Saturday
Markelle Fultz was scheduled to work out for the Celtics, but Friday's trade talks with the 76ers have changed the dynamic.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Magic Johnson 'In Love' With Markelle Fultz After He 'Murdered' Lakers' Workout
The Lakers may try to move up to No. 1 by offering No. 2 and Julius Randle to the Celtics.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

76ers Discussing Trading Up To No. 1 With Celtics
The Celtics would receive multiple draft assets from Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 1 pick.

Marc Stein, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Josh Jackson To Boston At No. 1 Gaining Momentum
Josh Jackson has yet to workout for the Celtics but he could still be their choice at No. 1.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Markelle Fultz Describes Lakers' Workout As 'Family Decision'
Markelle Fultz would prefer to be drafted first overall but is ready to go anywhere.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Al Horford, Hawks Were Strikingly Close On Contract Terms
The Hawks could have offered a five-year, $153 million max deal, but their best offer was a five-year, $136 million deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Considered Primary Threat To Sign Blake Griffin Away From Clippers
Blake Griffin has never been a free agent before in his career.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Not In 'Punt Mode' But Not Interested In Short-Term Moves
The Celtics are one of the best candidate to challenge the hegemony of the Warriors and Cavs.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Heat Considered As Likely To Sign Gordon Hayward As Celtics
Miami can offer Gordon Hayward the opportunity to play with Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic within their established culture of winning.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Celtics Not Settled On Fultz Yet, Considering Ball, Fox, Jackson, Tatum
While Markelle Fultz is not working out for any teams beyond the Celtics, he's not yet a lock to be selected with the first overall pick.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Won't Make Decision On Surgery For Another Few Weeks
Isaiah Thomas sat out Games 3-5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe