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RealGM Radio: Jared Weiss and Jared Dubin On the Atlantic Division (Aug 2022)

Aug 11, 2022 3:36 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Jared Weiss of The Athletic (@JaredWeissNBA) and Jared Dubin of FiveThirtyEight (@JADubin5) in-depth on the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

They discuss how the 76ers, Celtics, Nets, Raptors and Knicks fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Celtics Communicating With Jaylen Brown, Believe He Understands Situation

Aug 11, 2022 11:34 AM

The relationship of Jaylen Brown with the Boston Celtics has been speculated about following a report that he was discussed in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Durant.

Brown tweeted "smh" in response to the report on July 25th.

According to a source, Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka communicate with Brown "all the time" and have keep him in the loop. The source also adds that Brown seems to understand the situation.

Brown will be a free agent in 2024 and will almost certainly not extend his contract in free agency due to the fact that his extension max is far less than what he can earn once he becomes a free agent.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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

Nets Initially Asked Celtics For Both Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum In Kevin Durant Trade

Aug 11, 2022 8:49 AM

The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics have reportedly engaged in trade talks involving Kevin Durant. How far those talks have gone remains a subject of some debate.

In their initial trade conversation, the Nets reportedly asked the Celtics to trade both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum in a deal for Durant. Boston was obviously not interested in trading both Brown and Tatum for Durant.

It doesn't sound like things got much further when Brooklyn asked for a package of Brown, Marcus Smart, other role players and draft picks. Boston reportedly made it clear they weren't willing to meet that sort of asking price for Durant.

A source says there has not been any real traction on a trade to this point.

Adam Himmeslbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Celtics Open With Highest Projected Win Total For 2022-23 Season At 54.5 Games

Aug 11, 2022 1:15 AM

The Boston Celtics are projected to win 54.5 games next season, good for the highest projected win total at Caesars Sportsbook.

The Suns have the second highest projected wins at 53.5 games, with the Warriors and Bucks at 52.5 games.

The Celtics are also the favorite to win the title at Caesars.

Posing a unique challenge due to trade rumors surrounding Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Nets are projected to win 45.5 games.

"[45.5] is kind of in the middle. If Durant and Kyrie stick around, it will be higher. If Durant leaves, then it will be lower. We just have to anticipate what bettors will do and go from there," Caesars Sportsbook senior trading manager Eric Fenstermaker told ESPN.

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Kevin Durant Views Celtics, 76ers As Desirable Destinations

Aug 10, 2022 1:40 PM

Kevin Durant has interest in a trade to the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell Ian Begley of Durant was previously focused on the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat, who each likely lack the assets necessary to trade for him.

The Celtics and Brooklyn Nets engaged last month on a trade centered around Durant for Jaylen Brown.

The Nets have sought the inclusion of Marcus Smart, who Durant would like to play with if he's traded to the Celtics.

Brown has been the best single player offered to the Nets in a trade for Durant.

The Sixers would have to include Tyrese Maxey in a trade for Durant along with some combination of Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and other assets. The Sixers already sent a number of assets to the Nets as part of the James Harden trade.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics, Raptors, Heat Considered Most Likely Trade Candidates For Kevin Durant

Aug 8, 2022 2:56 PM

The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat remain the most significant candidates to complete a trade with the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Durant at this venue, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Boston's package centered on Jaylen Brown is seen as a viable deal.

Joe Tsai and the Nets have privately made clear they will attempt to extract every last asset from a team that trades for Durant.

Durant has grown close with Ime Udoka from their time together with Brooklyn as well as Team USA.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jayson Tatum On Trade Rumors: Control What You Can Control

Aug 6, 2022 12:42 PM

Jayson Tatum didn't address any specific trade rumors around the Boston Celtics in a recent interview. But Tatum acknowledged that he's heard the rumors.

"That’s the world we live in, right? ... You never know what is true and what’s not true, but it gets people to talk about it, and I guess that’s the idea... If you pay attention to everything you see on Twitter or TV, you drive yourself crazy. I think that’s just something that you have to learn just to keep your own sanity and your own peace," Tatum said. "They will literally say anything, and some of it might be true, and there are other things that just couldn’t be further from the truth.... So, just control what you can control. That’s what I always live by."

Tatum did say he's excited about having Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari join the Celtics for this upcoming season.

"Two veteran guys that have accomplished a lot in this league, and that are coming to a situation where they are trying to add to a really, really good team, and they do make us better," Tatum said. "They make us a lot better to hopefully get us over that hump to be a championship team. Two guys that really know how to play the right way that truly just want to win at any cost."

Justin Quinn/Celtics Wire

Tags: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Jayson Tatum Says Right Shoulder Feels 'A Lot Better'

Aug 6, 2022 9:37 AM

Jayson Tatum injured his right shoulder late in the Eastern Conference Finals. That injury continued to bother the Boston Celtics superstar into the NBA Finals. Now, Tatum says the time off he's had over the last month-plus has his shoulder feeling better.

"Yeah, it feels a lot better, it got a lot of time to rest that it needed," Tatum said. "So, it definitely felt a lot better."

Tatum also talked about the need to give himself time to recharge following the Celtics run to the Finals, which came after Tatum played in the Olympics last summer.

"This is a shorter offseason; we played a lot longer. So, you’ve got to always take the proper amount of time off to recharge, and give your body some rest, give your mind some rest, enjoy time with your family, go on vacation, and things like that," Tatum said. "Then, when it’s time to get back in the gym and get your body right, start eating right, change your diet, whatever you feel is necessary to prepare you for next season. Each offseason is a little different."

Justin Quinn/Celtics Wire

Tags: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Noah Vonleh Agrees To Deal With Celtics

Aug 1, 2022 9:21 PM

Noah Vonleh has agreed to a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics. 

Vonleh will have an opportunity to make Boston's regular season roster.

Vonleh last played in the NBA during the 20-21 season, appearing in four games with the Brooklyn Nets.

Vonleh was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Indiana by the Charlotte Hornets. 

Vonleh is represented by Ben Pensack.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Noah Vonleh, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bruno Caboclo Signs Camp Deal With Celtics

Aug 1, 2022 1:49 PM

Bruno Caboclo has agreed to a training camp deal with the Boston Celtics and will compete for a spot on their regular season roster.

Caboclo spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Jayson Tatum: I Love Our Team, I Love The Guys That We Got

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Jaylen Brown Wants To Remain With Celtics

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Nets Believed To Have Talked Trades With Celtics In Mid-July

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Celtics Offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, First Round Pick for Kevin Durant

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Celtics Engage Nets In Trade Talks For Kevin Durant, Jaylen Brown Mentioned As Possible Centerpiece

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Mfiondu Kabengele, Celtics Sign Two-Way Contract

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Sam Hauser Signs Three-Year, $6M Deal With Celtics

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Luke Kornet, Celtics Agree To Two-Year Contract

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Celtics Acquire Malcom Brogdon From Pacers For Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, First Rounder

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Danilo Gallinari, Celtics Agree To Two-Year, $13M Deal

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