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Bradley Beal Considering Trade Request Before Draft

Jul 24, 2021 1:37 PM

Bradley Beal is considering requesting a trade from the Washington Wizards before Thursday's draft. Beal is set to enter the final season of his existing contract with the Wizards.

"He knows he has to make a decision before the draft," one source with direct knowledge of Beal's thinking told Bleacher Report.

While Beal has been adamant he wants to remain with the Wizards, a second source described the situation as now fluid.

If Beal were to request a trade, he would want to end up with a team with an established winning environment. Beal doesn't have a list of preferred destinations, but he would welcome a trade to the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat or Philadelphia 76ers. 

"Beal's the guy right now," one assistant general manager said. "The one guy that could be available, that could help you win the whole thing."

A trade during the week of the draft is helpful for all parties considering the known quantity of draft position as opposed to future picks.

"It's just so much easier to make a deal when you know what the draft picks are, as opposed to future picks," another high-ranking team official said.

Jake Fischer/Bleacher Report

Tags: Bradley Beal, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Reggie Bullock To Receive Interest From Knicks, Celtics, 76ers, Lakers

Jul 21, 2021 11:13 PM

Reggie Bullock is expected to receive interest from a number of teams in free agency.

While the New York Knicks would like to retain Bullock, the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers will also pursue him.

Bullock would prefer to stay with the Knicks and will likely seek a three-year deal. Bullock will likely command the full mid-level exception of $9.23 million. 

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Danny Ainge Wants To Work For Team Again In Reduced Capacity

Jul 17, 2021 3:35 PM

Danny Ainge left the Boston Celtics this offseason and he has since been linked with a position with the Utah Jazz. Ainge is a close friend of Utah owner Ryan Smith. The Jazz parted ways with Dennis Lindsey this offseason with Justin Zanik taking over the front office. 

“I want to work again,” Ainge said from the West Coast this past week. “I just don’t want to do the crazy lifestyle that I had for the last 18 years. I have nothing right now. I just got done with a long walk and swim this morning. And taking my wife to tennis. We just got back from spending lots of time with our parents that we haven’t seen since the pandemic started, so we had some good times with our family and there’s nothing on the horizon as I see it. The [Massachusetts] house is for sale but we’re not moving for sure. We’re not certain on that.”

Ainge ran the Celtics since 2003 and was replaced by Brad Stevens. 

Dan Shaughnessy/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Hire Aaron Miles As Assistant Coach

Jul 14, 2021 10:43 AM

The Boston Celtics will hire Aaron Miles as an assistant coach on the staff of Ime Udoka.

Miles was the head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors from 2017 until 2019 in the G League. Miles more recently was a player development assistant with Golden State.

The Celtics hired Udoka this offseason to replace Brad Stevens as head coach. 

Jake Fischer/Bleacher Report

Tags: Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jayson Tatum: I Was Mad About All-NBA Omission, It Had Nothing To Do With Money

Jul 13, 2021 8:56 AM

Jayson Tatum was left off the All-NBA teams this season, finishing behind Paul George for the final forward spot. Tatum missed out on approximately $33 million with the omission. 

“Yeah, I was mad about it and it had nothing to do with the money,” Tatum said. “I just felt like I increased my assists, my points, my rebounds, I clearly had a better season this year than last season. With COVID and how it affected our team, I guess people held that against me. I clearly should have made one of those teams but it will happen, but just get better for next year.

“How could you watch my game and the season I had and think I wasn’t one of the best 15 players?”

Tatum said he is now 100 percent healthy after battling COVID-19 and its after effects for the final five months of the season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Celtics Interested In Landry Fields, Allison Feaster For GM Job

Jul 8, 2021 10:41 AM

The Boston Celtics are interested in hiring Justin Fields as general manager under Brad Stevens.

Fields is currently working for the Atlanta Hawks after beginning his front office career with the San Antonio Spurs. Bleacher Report indicates Fields "very much remains a top choice" of Brad Stevens for the general manager job.

If the Celtics are unable to hire Fields away from the Hawks, vice president of player development and former WNBA veteran Allison Feaster would be the leading candidate for the job. Feaster participated in Ime Udoka's final interview. 

“It seems like she's getting some serious traction,”  said one assistant general manager. 

Jake Fischer/Bleacher Report

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Damon Stoudamire Joins Celtics Staff As Assistant Coach

Jul 8, 2021 1:19 AM

Pacific head coach Damon Stoudamire has agreed to join the Boston Celtics staff as an assistant coach, reported Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

Stoudamire grew up in Portland with Celtics head coach Ime Udoka.

Udoka hired Will Hardy from the Spurs last week. 

Jeff Goodman/Stadium

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Will Hardy Added To Celtics Staff, Jay Larranaga & Jamie Young Will Not Return

Jul 3, 2021 1:35 AM

Boston Celtics assistants Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young did not get their contracts renewed and will not return to the team next season.

Ime Udoka, who recently added Will Hardy from the Spurs to his staff, is also expected to keep Joe Mazzulla.

Jerome Allen left the Celtics staff earlier this offseason to join the Pistons.

Udoka is also reportedly looking to add Damon Stoudamire to his staff. 

Conor Roche/Boston.com

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Danny Ainge Meets With Jazz, Could Join Team In Advisory Role

Jun 28, 2021 8:26 PM

Danny Ainge met with the Utah Jazz last week and is a candidate to join their front office. Ainge is being considered for an advisory role just a few weeks after he left the Boston Celtics.

Justin Zanik will remain as Utah's primary decision-maker either way.

Dennis Lindsey exited as Utah's executive vice president of basketball operations on Sunday in a decision made by Ryan Smith.

Smith is known to have a close relationship with Ainge. 

Tony Jones/The Athletic

Tags: Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics To Hire Ime Udoka As Head Coach

Jun 23, 2021 2:50 PM

The Boston Celtics will hire Ime Udoka as their next head coach.

Boston and Udoka are finalizing an agreement.

Udoka spent this past season as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets. Udoka was an assistant coach with the San Antonino Spurs for several seasons and was an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 19-20 season.

The Celtics received strong recommendations for Udoka from Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, who played for him during the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Darvin Ham and Chauncey Billups were also considered top candidates in Boston's search process. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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