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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:41 am

DANNY AINGE’S EMPIRE IS BUILT ON GAMBLES, THE CITIZENS JUST FORGOT

A phrase that gets thrown around a lot in sports is that something is “greater than the sum of its parts”, usually referring to a team and its achievements. Often bandied as the gold standard for teamwork, reaching this status is treated as a signifier for truly maximizing returns in sports. It’s an intoxicating idea and there’s even a single word for this effect… Synergy. You may recognize that from the title of one of the leading sport statistic companies and I’m guessing it’s not a mistake that their title is literally synonymous with the concept of creating extra value. After all, it’s a goal that everyone is pursuing.

How can I make my team so seamlessly integrated that I can get more from those who might have less to offer? How can I beat out the expected value? How do I get more?

Danny Ainge is always asking himself that question, but that hardly puts him in rarefied company. These are questions that every executive, regardless of field, should be asking themselves. No, what separates Ainge from his peers is his willingness to place himself in crosshairs and accept high amounts of risk when a sufficiently tantalizing reward presents itself. Ainge is a gambler, which has earned himself the moniker of ‘Trader Danny’ and Celtics fans have been (by-in-large) happy to gorge themselves on the fruits of Ainge’s risks. However, a large part of that contentment has been the impressive rate of successes that the Ainge-led front office has enjoyed.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:35 am

Celtics choice at No. 3 comes down to Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson, for now

At this point, the Celtics might not see Josh Jackson unless they draft him.

A team source confirmed an ESPN report that the Celtics were unable to arrange a workout with the Kansas forward yesterday. The source added, “Not yet,” when asked if the Celtics still hoped to schedule a session with Jackson before tomorrow night’s draft.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:57 am

Jackson’s refusal to workout for Celtics could position Knicks to trade up for him

Josh Jackson's decision not to work out for the Boston Celtics could alter the top selections in Thursday's NBA Draft and may even impact the Knicks and Kristaps Porzingis.

On Wednesday in New York, Jackson, the talented forward out of Kansas, told reporters that he "would love to play in Boston" despite declining the Celtics’ request for a workout. It's not uncommon for teams to draft a player that refused to grant individual workouts. For example, the Golden State Warriors selected Stephen Curry even though he would not meet with them.

The Celtics, however, are seriously considering Duke small forward Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick. Assuming the Sixers take Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall and Lonzo Ball goes second to the Lakers, Josh Jackson could be available to the Phoenix Suns at four. And that's where things get interesting.

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Only moves Celtics should make are ones that help them contend for NBA title

NEW YORK — I’m trying to put the Celtics and their best plans for tonight’s draft and the future into perspective with what we witnessed in the NBA Finals, and I keep thinking about a Patriots playoff game against Indianapolis in January 2005.

The Colts were staring at a 20-3 deficit when they got the ball with 2:59 left in the game. To my great astonishment (and that of the gang of North Shore ne’er-do-wells gathered in Las Vegas for the weekend), Peyton Manning started throwing short passes. It was what the Pats defense was graciously giving him, but damn, if you were to have any chance of winning, you had to heave the ball deep downfield. Instead, Manning looked content to add the 63 yards to his passing stats, pushing him past 200 for the day.

His team is down by 17 points, and he’s hitting Edgerrin James for 6 yards. Even through our day drinking, it seemed a clear case of a guy playing for numbers instead of the (profoundly slim chance to) win. Manning and the Colts lost, but, hey, he threw for 94 yards more than Tom Brady.

The ultimate objective for any team is — realistic in the present or not — to win a championship. Anything that does not contribute to that goal is superfluous in the main. Winning an extra playoff round when you’re on your way up the ladder is beneficial, but giving up a potentially valuable asset for short-term veteran help that wins you that round is not.

And not that you needed the reminder, but the Finals told us again the distance between the Celts and Warriors is more than merely the 3,092.8 miles from Boston to Oakland via Interstates 90 and 80.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:19 am

Ainge: Tried not to overreact to canceled workout, but I was mad

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Kansas forward Josh Jackson canceled a workout recently after Boston brass traveled cross-country to see him and said the team never talked with Jackson in advance of Thursday's draft.

The Celtics selected Duke's Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick, and Jackson went one spot later to the Phoenix Suns. Ainge vented a bit after Thursday's draft when asked if there was any truth to a rumored clandestine late-night workout with Jackson this week in Boston.

"Never talked with Josh. No one in our organization did," Ainge said. "They cancelled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just decided to cancel it as we flew -- just [coach] Brad [Stevens] and I and [assistant general manager] Mike Zarren flew cross-country.

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George talks still apart for now

Based on the return the Chicago Bulls landed for Jimmy Butler, the Celtics may not need to touch their chest of future potential lottery picks to acquire George. They would be betting they can use the next year to sell him on their young talent, coach, city, and organizational direction, so that he doesn't leave when he hits free agency a year from now.

The Los Angeles Lakers loom as a threat for that time, but the Celtics have plenty of reasons to believe they could convince George to stick around. If they get him, they could have a chance to win the Eastern Conference next season. And depending on the trade, they might still be able to try luring a top free agent, though that would set up a monster luxury tax bill one day.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:58 am

Tatum pick can go wrong more ways than it can go right

With the No. 3 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected Jayson Tatum, who had been talked about as perhaps the most polished scorer in the draft. Tatum figures to be good right away, and could well end up being the best player in this draft -- a distinction that could realistically belong to any one of six or seven players a few years from now.

So the Celtics made a nice pick.

They got a potentially great player.

Still, on some level, Celtics fans are going to long remember this 2017 draft not for the player they got, but rather, for the two players they didn't get. That would be Markelle Fultz, who went No. 1 to the Philadelphia 76ers after the Celtics traded that pick, and Jimmy Butler, who was reportedly offered to Boston in exchange for the third pick.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:17 am

Did Avery Bradley deserve a spot on the All-Defense team?

One year after ascending to the NBA's All-Defensive first team, Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was a notable omission when the 2016-17 teams were announced on Monday.

Remarkably, Bradley finished as the top vote-getter in the entire Eastern Conference but did not earn one of the 10 available spots on the league's two five-man teams. Bradley was the 10th-highest vote-getter overall but did not accrue enough points for one of the four guard slots.

In a vote of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, Bradley finished with 46 total points, including 12 first-team votes. That lagged behind the guard quartet of the LA Clippers' Chris Paul (140 points), Houston's Patrick Beverley (110), Memphis' Tony Allen (80) and San Antonio's Danny Green (68).

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:34 am

‘I just had a gut feeling’: How the Celtics pulled off a risky trade for Ray Allen and started the Big 3 era

Paul Pierce wanted help, if he wanted to be in Boston at all.

Rebuilding an NBA team is difficult, and it’s especially hard without luck. The Celtics finished the 2006-07 season with the league’s second-worst record, but the capricious (devious?) NBA Draft Lottery slotted them 5th. There would be no Greg Oden or Kevin Durant.

Before Kevin Garnett dug his knuckles into the TD Garden parquet for some impromptu pushups, before the Celtics’ 17th NBA title, before Ubuntu, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was the steward of a bad team and an unhappy superstar.

In the summer of 2007, Ainge was confronted with a choice: continue to build through the draft, or gamble on the future for immediate help. Ten years removed from the Ray Allen deal, the principles involved say the path to a championship was never Larry O’Brien crystal clear.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:29 am

Hayward to meet with Boston Celtics

With NBA free agency looming some crucial details regarding Celtics’ target and current Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward’s schedule have begun to emerge. Multiple sources have confirmed that Hayward will meet with the Jazz front offices on Monday two days after the moratorium, which leaves the 27-year-old forward time to meet with other interested parties.

Sources around the league have stated that Hayward will be meeting with the Miami Heat on Saturday. Meanwhile at the time of writing it is yet to be confirmed exactly when Hayward plans to meet with the Celtics. But multiple reports indicate that Hayward will be coming to Boston to hear an offer, likely on Sunday.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Jorge Sedano is reporting that Hayward will be visiting Boston on Monday following trips to Miami on Saturday and Utah on Sunday.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:06 am

The Celtics had far and away the best chance of landing Paul George in a trade from Indiana.

Until they didn’t.

League sources quickly confirmed an ESPN report that the Pacers are trading the All-Star forward to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Indiana was under the gun to move George, who had informed the team he was going to opt out of his contract after the coming season and leave as a free agent.

The news hit the Celtics as they were preparing to make their midnight free agent phone calls, and according to sources among those who have dealings with the club, the C’s were stunned.

They had gone hard after George at the February trade deadline, offering this year’s Brooklyn pick (through a swap of first-round positions) that became No. 1 overall. The thinking for the Celts is that they would have a year-plus to convince George to stay in Boston.

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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:14 pm

Heat hung a banner to welcome Hayward: Boston visit Sunday

Gordon Hayward has never worn a Heat jersey, of course, but he’s in town as Miami’s brass pitches him.

On paper, the Heat don’t seem to have much to offer, considering Hayward’s Utah Jazz were so good last year and the Boston Celtics also are coming at him hard. But Hayward’s role with the Heat would be similar to his role with the Jazz as a lead scorer, but it would move him to the more-and-more depleted Eastern Conference. And any money difference is more than made up for with Florida’s lack of state income tax and the opportunity to hit free agency after three years — when his maximum contract goes up because he’ll be a 10-year veteran — that the Heat surely would afford him.

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