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Author: Travis Babcock

Breaking: The Boston Celtics are Interested in Kyle Korver (@CelticHotTakes)

It was only a matter of time after the King’s departure from Cleveland that the franchise would begin its salary dump. With LeBron taking his talents to the Hollywood Hills, Cleveland will undergo a revamp centered around young talent out of the draft. The first name up on the list is sharpshooting specialist Kyle Korver. It’s no secret that the team has been searching for a suitor for Korver’s $7.5 million contract next season. They may have found a potential taker. Boston Interested in Trade for Korver Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reported Tuesday morning that the Celtics are interested in obtaining the 37-year-old veteran. “Korver is drawing at least some interest, apparently from the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. All are Eastern Conference contenders, and Korver would be a major boost off the bench for a team looking to reach the Finals.” Cleveland is demanding compensation in the form of a first round pick in exchange for Korver. At this point in time it is unlikely that the Celtics would be willing to cough up an asset of that kind of value for the aging veteran. Korver is entering his 16th season in the league. In 2017 he averaged 9.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game while shooting an absurd 43.6% from 3. The sharpshooter has made the long-ball his bread and butter throughout his career....

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Proposed Trade: Kyrie Irving for Karl-Anthony Towns

Rumors have been swirling surrounding Celtics superstar, Kyrie Irving, and his reported interest in playing with Jimmy Butler. Butler has recently reciprocated this perceived interest, openly discussing his discontent with the ‘nonchalant’ attitude of the young Wolves. Together, the duo are planning a reunion at some point in the near future. The two All-Stars are set to become free agents after the 2019 season, so these rumors should come as a bit of a concern to the front offices of the two franchises. The Deal (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill) There is a simple solution to this whole issue, and it begins with shipping Kyrie Irving and Abdel Nader to Minnesota. In return, Minnesota would hopefully send back All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns, along with veteran forward Taj Gibson. Boston would likely have to toss in the Memphis Grizzlies’ 2019 first-round pick to sweeten the pot. The proposed trade is as follows: Minnesota Receives: Kyrie Irving Abdel Nader 2019 Memphis Grizzlies first-round Pick Boston Receives: Karl-Anthony Towns Taj Gibson Financial Logistics Kyrie Irving is going into the final year of a fully guaranteed 5-year/ $94.3 million contract. Irving will carry a cap hit of $20 million into next season. For any deal to work, Boston would need to absorb a similar amount of money in contracts from Minnesota. Abdel Nader is entering into the 2nd year of a 3-year...

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Danny Ainge Displeased with Robert Williams’ First Impressions

When Texas A&M big man Robert Williams III fell to the Celtics with the 27th pick, people dubbed him the “steal of the draft”. Many wondered how such a talent bursting with so much potential could fall out of the lottery, let alone to the end of the first round. Blunders It didn’t take long for Williams to show the world why. The day after he was drafted he was set to be on conference call to answer questions from the media. He slept through the call, then was practically incoherent on the follow-up conference. Williams then followed up this blunder with another, reportedly missing his flight to Boston for the team’s first Summer League practice. Two pretty big errors all within his first two weeks with the team. Robert Williams managed to get himself to practice Monday with Danny Ainge in attendance. Here is what Ainge had to say about his troubled new rookie: R-Williams at today’s practice after missing yesterday’s opener. Danny Ainge on team’s approach to the errant rookie: “We’re trying to provide structure. … A lot of people need to grow up, and there’s consequences for their actions.” Said discipline will be handled internally. — Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 2, 2018 Can He Recover? It’s safe to say Williams has a lot of work cut out for him. If he seeks to get on his new...

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Marcus Smart Being Targeted by Three Teams, per Reports

Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports reported earlier today that there are three teams that will approach Celtics guard Marcus Smart once free agency begins. The Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, and Denver Nuggets will all target the 24-year-old guard fresh off his rookie contract. Here is the full quote from Mannix: “I think there are a lot of people out there that really like Marcus Smart,” Mannix said. ” … Sacramento is going to get in it, I think Denver, if they can move some pieces around before free agency to clear some space, which i think they will — I think they’re going to get into it. I think Indiana is a team that, depending on what happens with Thaddeus Young and his contract, I think they’re going to get in it. ” … Going after him is one thing, but offering $15 million per year is another. … He’s going to get offered some money, but I’m not sure it’s going to be an offer that Boston’s not going to be able to match.” Three Teams Vying for Smart’s Services The Sacramento Kings ran with rookie guard De’Aaron Fox last year as their starting guard, with Buddy Hield at the two-guard spot. The King’s aren’t in a position to contend at this time, so their interest in Smart is curious. That being said, adding a veteran like Smart...

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Boston Celtics Draft Prospect Profile: Grayson Allen

With the draft a short week away, the Boston Celtics begin to turn their attention toward the young athletes looking to make the leap into the league. Headlining the draft are the likes of Duke forward Marvin Bagley, Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, and international guard Luka Doncic. These are the players garnishing most of the buzz as mock drafts begin winding down and top 100 rankings start clearing up. Boston holds the 27th pick and has reportedly narrowed down their field of prospects to around 10 players. Perhaps the most interesting of the prospects the team has worked out is Duke’s Grayson Allen. The Prospect Allen is the most polarizing and perhaps controversial name to look for as the draft creeps towards the end of the first round and into the second. He played 4 years under legendary Coach Krzyzewski, finishing his tenure with 14 points, 3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 2 three-pointers made per game on 37.5% 3pt field goal shooting. His best season came in his 2nd year at Duke, where he averaged 21.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while eclipsing the 40% mark from three-point range. Allen became a polarizing figure because of his on court tripping antics, receiving the label as a ‘dirty player’. What Allen Does Well These on-court antics should not concern Boston. Jayson Tatum gave Ainge the thumbs up on Grayson. Tatum...

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NBA Draft Player Profile: Grayson Allen

By: Travis Babcock | June 18, 2018 With the draft a short week away the NBA world begins to turn it’s attention toward the young athletes looking to make the leap into the league. The draft is headlined with the likes of Duke forward Marvin Bagley, Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, and international guard Luka Doncic. These are the players garnishing most of the buzz as mock drafts begin winding down and top 100 rankings start clearing up. The most polarizing and perhaps controversial name to look for as the draft creeps towards the end of the first round and into...

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