The news that Paul George will re-sign with the Thunder rattled the NBA landscape Sunday, the first official day of NBA free agency, as the pressure is firmly on the Lakers to complete a Kawhi Leonard trade quickly. Sitting back patiently is Celtics boss Danny Ainge, who will very much have a hand in how all of this shakes out. Here is the latest on NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Kawhi - Lakers and where he could be headed. The Lakers need to be able to prove to LeBron James that he will have help in Los Angeles. The ideal scenario for the Lakers was that they could trade for Kawhi, sign George, and then sign LeBron. Or if Kawhi was traded elsewhere, George would have been a strong backup plan as the 1A sidekick to LeBron. It has become clear, however, that the Spurs do not want to help out the Lakers and LeBron, so much so that they may be willing to take less – much less - from another team (a la what the Pacers’ Kevin Pritchard did last year with George) in a trade for … [Read more...] about NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Kawhi
The risk and price tag in acquiring San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard may be too rich for the Celtics this offseason, but the Celtics still cannot just sit idle and watch Leonard land with a team like the 76ers. If the Spurs do, in fact, trade Leonard – expect his All-Star running mate with the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge, to also become available. Aldridge’s relationship with coach Gregg Popovich and Spurs brass has been just as rocky as Leonard’s has at times, and it was Aldridge who was on the trade block first. The Spurs were reportedly trying to trade Aldridge in exchange for a top 10 pick in last year’s draft. Not too long ago, Aldrige reportedly even called his buddy Damien Lillard in Portland to see if Blazers GM Neil Olshey would be interested in bringing him back. But Popovich and the Spurs made amends with Aldridge over the course of last summer and he signed a three-year extension with the club in October. Still, it’s hard to imagine Popovich … [Read more...] about LaMarcus Aldridge Kawhi Leonard NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics to trade for LA instead?
The LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers rumors took a small hit this past weekend, but consider this coming week "posturing week" in the NBA with free agency a week away. LeBron and Kawhi joining forces in Los Angeles is still very much in play despite the recent noise to the contrary. NBA Trade Rumors Kawhi LeBron Lakers is sure to be one of the more searched topics in the coming days. Carmelo Anthony's decision to cash in on $27.9 million in the 2018-19 season shouldn't come as much of a surprise. If Anthony opted out of his contract to test free agency waters, it would have gone down as one of the dumbest contractual decisions in NBA history considering Anthony would have earned a fraction of that if he chased a ring with his buddy LeBron. There were rumors earlier this year Anthony and Paul George would flee Oklahoma City to Los Angeles to join LeBron but that just never made sense financially for Anthony. Now that Anthony is re-signed there is budding optimism that Paul … [Read more...] about NBA Trade Rumors: Kawhi LeBron Lakers on hold?
Seventeen years after Gerald Wallace played one season of basketball for Alabama, then became a first-round pick in the NBA Draft, Collin Sexton did the same thing. Yet they're part of the same NBA trade, even though Wallace played his final NBA game on April 15, 2015. On Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Sexton with the eighth choice in the 2018 NBA Draft, using the final unspent asset from a blockbuster trade that occurred on June 12, 2013. In that trade, the Boston Celtics sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, D.J. White (who starred at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa), a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Wallace, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries and first-round picks in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Entering Thursday night's draft, the 2018 pick was the only blank left in the trade, and it was used on Sexton. So why isn't Sexton a Celtic? On Aug. 30, 2017, Boston sent that pick, along with … [Read more...] about How Collin Sexton and Gerald Wallace were involved in the same NBA trade
Anthony Davis has long been mentioned in Celtics NBA trade rumors given that the C’s still have a treasure-trove of assets and that Boston has been “one player away” from being able to legitimately compete with Golden State for a title. Several media members that are tied-in to the Celtics front office have continually floated that Boston boss Danny Ainge is infatuated with Davis – dating back to 2016. “Rival executives expect Boston to be keeping close tabs on New Orleans,” Yahoo’s Chris Mannix said last year at this time. “I could see next summer (2018) with two years left on his contract, Anthony Davis being available. And if he would be available, Boston would have a whole bunch of assets to be willing to deal.” Last week, NBC Sports Boston’s Mike Gorman told CLNS that Davis is “the only player [he knows] of that the Celtics would really put everybody on the table for.” Gorman continued: “I don’t … [Read more...] about Is new Celtics Anthony Davis NBA trade rumor buzz legit?