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Boston Celtics Daily Links 7/24/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  NBA player seeks tips on suspect in aunt's death Timberwolves weighing options with Kevin LoveDavid Falk: Jeff Green fits in puzzleGlobe  Video: Uh Oh, Celtics Fans, Bulls Making Big Play for Kevin Love Five Truths and a Lie About Evan Turner CelticsBlog  Yup, it's about time for a Jeff Green articleESPN  More summer hoops for Olynyk Lex Nihil Novi  Ladies and Gentlemen, We have a Raef SightingRed's Army  Your Morning Dump…Where being the third wheel in a Love-Wiggins swap wouldn’t be so badCLNS Radio  Evan Turner:...
Liberty Ballers 1 hour ago
The Most Important Addition To MCW's Game

The Most Important Addition To MCW's Game

Why the floater is a must add for Michael Carter-Williams. Say what you will about Michael Carter-Williams rookie season: that he was overachieving, or a stat chaser, or a point guard who had already reached the peak of his value and should be moved. Spin it any way, it's hard to say he didn't exceed expectations, especially when you factor in the fact he was the 11th pick in a poor draft class and proceeded to play the last 3+ months of the season with a torn labrum in his shoulder. That's not to say he's without flaws, some of which are glaring. His jumper is inconsistent (although his...
Net Income / NetsDaily 3 hours ago

Jason Collins to Tony Dungy: Look at my example with Brooklyn Nets

Jason Collins is unlikely to ever play in the NBA again. After a short, history-making stint with the Nets, the 36-year-old is now a free agent and although he's not officially retired, he hasn't been working out for teams.  That doesn't mean he isn't talking about the value of his time with the Nets. Collins responded Wednesday to Tony Dungy's comment earlier in the week about Michael Sam. "I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. Collins was asked about it on Takepart.com and he...
Net Income / NetsDaily 3 hours ago

Deadlines and Commitments - No. 53

Billy King says the Nets are just about done, just about set with their roster, other than some training camp invitations. Of the 15 players on the Nets roster, all but two (Jorge Gutierrez and Cory Jefferson) are guaranteed for this season. Now, it will be all about FIBA.  Four international Nets are scheduled to participate in two FIBA tournaments: two each in the FIBA Europe Qualifying Tournament --Mirza Teletovic for Bosnia and Sergey Karasev for Russia-- at the beginning of August; and the FIBA World Cup, in Spain --Bojan Bogdanovic for Croatia and Jorge Gutierrez for Mexico-- at the...
CelticsBlog 4 hours ago
Yup, it's about time for a Jeff Green article

Yup, it's about time for a Jeff Green article

Breaking: Jeff Green's agent thinks highly of him. More news as it develops. Has Kevin Love been traded yet?  No?  Ok, so I guess we have to carry on with our offseason.  So that means it is just about time for our monthly Jeff Green article.  You don't have to read this, but I do have to write it.  It is in my contract somewhere.  I really have no choice.  You also don't have to engage in pointless debates in the comments about this.  Unless you are into that sort of thing.  Again, I have to at least skim the comments, however begrudgingly.  But ya, go ahead, you do...
Celtics Today 9 hours ago
Danny Ainge has moved on from Kevin Love, and so should we

Danny Ainge has moved on from Kevin Love, and so should we

I honestly gave up hope on Love once the Celtics drafted Marcus Smart, and once James signed with Cleveland. It was a nice thought for a while. Love and Rondo connected at the Red Sox game. Love also took pictures at Red's statue. It was a dream, and the deal could have happened. It had some teeth. But now, Danny is willing to aid the Cavs and Wolves in a potential deal. The white flag has been waived, as it should be waived.CSNNEIf the Cleveland Cavaliers do get Kevin Love and win an NBA championship, Danny Ainge may just get a ring, too.Having already played a big part in allowing the Cavs...
NetsDaily 15 hours ago
Final numbers on Nets recent signings

Final numbers on Nets recent signings

The Nets have made several moves in the past week, and ShamSports has the numbers on the recent signings. Here is the image from the website with the reported team's salaries: The Nets are paying out a little more than $94 million in salaries for the 2014-2015 season, but with the luxury tax included the number comes out to about $130 million—which includes Travis Outlaws' $4 million amnesty payment—down a significant amount from the reported $197 million total bill that the team paid out last season by the team. With regard to the Nets recent signings, Bojan Bogdanovic received the...
Posting and Toasting 18 hours ago
The Knicks waived Shannon Brown

The Knicks waived Shannon Brown

The roster is down to 14ish men. Shannon Brown's contract with the Knicks would have become fully guaranteed if New York didn't cut him before August 1. Well, they cut him before August 1: July 23, 2014 – New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has waived guard Shannon Brown. — NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) July 23, 2014 It makes sense that Brown would be cut-- he is a modestly effective player at a relatively deep position for the Knicks-- but this is still a bit surprising. I figured Brown had earned some staying power-- even over a guaranteed...
NetsDaily 20 hours ago
Billy King gives medical update on Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, answers questions from Nets fans

Billy King gives medical update on Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, answers questions from Nets fans

Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King took some time on Wednesday to answer questions from Nets fans about the team, their new head coach and give injury updates on Deron Williams who had multiple ankle surgeries in May. The questions were submitted by fans and then picked by the team for King to answer. Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation, which were relayed to fans who were not able to attend the conference call via the Brooklyn Nets Twitter account. .@bkdefend Nets GM Billy King says Brook and Deron have both seen the Dr. recently..Deron is out of the boot #Nets...
Posting and Toasting 21 hours ago

How much of an upgrade is Jose Calderon?

Jose Calderon is a much better offensive point guard than Raymond Felton. How does he compare defensively? Jose Calderon will assume Raymond Felton's old position as the Knicks' starting point guard, a move that's been praised almost universally. But how much of an upgrade is Calderon on both ends of the court? On offense, the difference is obvious. According to Basketball Reference, Calderon's career offensive rating (which can be murky, but through nine years worth of evidence, is reliable) is 119 compared to Raymond Felton's career 103 offensive rating.  Calderon also has a career...
CelticsBlog 21 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 7/23/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  LeBron James humbled by fans in Hong Kong Globe Reports: Kevin Love to Cleveland Picking Up Steam LeBron James Apologizes to His Neighbors With Cupcakes After Adding Evan Turner, More Trades Seem Inevitable for CelticsEvan Turner gets to reset with CelticsPotential No. 1 Pick in 2015 NBA Draft Signs Lucrative Deal in China CelticsBlog  Sprucing up a boring semantic discussion about tanking vs. rebuilding Deveney: Celtics could act as third team in a Kevin Love trade ESPN   Trim Time: How C's can pare down roster Chicago...
CelticsBlog 22 hours ago
Deveney: Celtics could act as third team in a Kevin Love trade

Deveney: Celtics could act as third team in a Kevin Love trade

Sean Deveney of the Sporting News is reporting that although Boston remains a possible destination for Kevin Love, the Celtics could also work out a deal as a third team that would send him to either Golden State, Chicago, or Cleveland. There's still a slim chance that Love ends up in green, but it's looking more and more likely that he'll end up elsewhere, but Ainge could still work his assets into the mix.  Deveney has the scoop: Sources told Sporting News that Philadelphia and Denver, again, are interested in participating in whatever deal happens for Love. Denver has interest in...
NetsDaily 23 hours ago
Nets sign Cory Jefferson and Markel Brown to multi-year deals

Nets sign Cory Jefferson and Markel Brown to multi-year deals

The Brooklyn Nets have announced that they've signed Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson to multi-year deals. Both rookies were selected in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Nets, with Brown taken at No. 44 and Jefferson at No. 60, with the final pick in the draft. This puts the Nets at 15 men on their roster. The Nets have not released the details of the contracts, as per team policy, however, a league source tells NetsDaily that Jefferson's deal is partially guaranteed. On Brown: Brown, the 44th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves on...
Liberty Ballers 23 hours ago

Rumor: Sixers Interested In Dion Waiters

Sam Amico of Fox Sports reports that the Sixers have a strong interest in Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters. Sam Amico of Fox Sports has reported that the Sixers are interested in acquiring guard Dion Waiters from the Cavaliers. The relevant part from the article: "there are league-wide whispers of a third team perhaps getting involved in a potential Cavs-Wolves deal, whispers of the 76ers possessing a strong interest in Cavs guard Dion Waiters" Jerry Zgoda then interpreted that as the Sixers being hot after Waiters. This is not the first time that Waiters and the Sixers have been...
Liberty Ballers Jul 23, 2014
The Sixers Should Be Creative When Negotiating Contracts With Their Second Rounders

The Sixers Should Be Creative When Negotiating Contracts With Their Second Rounders

Since the Sixers have significant cap space now, the team should flex that muscle to increase flexibility in future years. With 3 second rounders and potentially more undrafted free agents ready to sign, an opportunity to be creative presents itself. The 76ers have not announced the signings of second round picks K.J. McDaniels, Jerami Grant, and Jordan McRae. After two very positive performances during the summer, and also after Jerami Grant played too (though I see the potential long-term project there), the Sixers now have to negotiate contracts with the trio. K.J. McDaniels and Jordan...
Net Income / NetsDaily Jul 23, 2014

Brooklyn Nets add youth and athleticism, but what about leadership?

The Nets will be a much younger, much more athletic and certainly less expensive team when they walk unto the court next November, but what about leadership?  Can they overcome the loss of Paul Pierce and Jason Kidd, both with reputations for toughness when it counts?  And will the "core" of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, who were seen as lacking in toughness two years ago, be any better? As Ohm Youngmisuk writes Wednesday, that's a lot of questions.  Sure, Kevin Garnett will be back but in a reduced role. And no one will ever accuse Lionel Hollins of babying his players. ...
CelticsBlog Jul 23, 2014

Way too early power rankings have Celtics at 26th

This means nothing. Let's get fired up and argue about it! It is way too early to be doing power rankings, but ...I can't resist looking.  I mean, we don't even know if the Cavs are getting Love yet.  Once a Love deal happens, you might see a number of teams switch to contingency plans or at least make smaller deals they were holding off on until seeing what happens with that situation.  Not as dramatic as with the LeBron saga, but on a minor scale. There's still a lot of offseason to go and things could still happen (though admittedly the bulk of moves have probably already been...
Celtics Today Jul 23, 2014
The Celtics have 18 players, who will make the cut?

The Celtics have 18 players, who will make the cut?

Danny does know that you can only have 15 players, right? Of course he knows, but what's he doing with the Celtics roster? He's not setting off fireworks as projected. The minor moves have been questionable, and the plan hasn't been clear this summer. The Celtics have 18 players currently on the roster, with 3 players likely to be cut at camp, if not before camp in late September. ESPN BostonBoston still has three nonguaranteed contracts totaling about $7 million headlined by the long-since excused Keith Bogans. If unable to cut costs in any other way, Boston could simply waive Bogans, Chris...
Celtics Today Jul 23, 2014

The Cavs are one step closer to Love, and the Celtics are out of luck

Yahoo Sources: In larger pursuit to pair Kevin Love with LeBron James, Cavs make smaller trade to strengthen assets. http://t.co/RgeB0e7SlA— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 22, 2014When it came to Danny landing a superstar this summer. It's hard to say if all of his eggs were in the same basket with Kevin Love. I would say so, because no other star right now is demanding a trade. The Cavs have made a minor deal with the Jazz to gain some extra assets to swing over to the Wolves to acquire Mr.Love. As much as anything, three non-guaranteed contracts give Cavs what one source calls,...
CelticsBlog Jul 22, 2014
Sprucing up a boring semantic discussion about tanking vs. rebuilding

Sprucing up a boring semantic discussion about tanking vs. rebuilding

Don't call it "tanking!" I mean, unless you really want to. I don't care. "The Celtics missed out on Love so they are clearly tanking this year!" Some variation of this has been repeated ad nauseam on twitter, forums, and this blog in the last few days and weeks. I strongly disagree with that statement as well as the sister-statement of "they SHOULD tank now." Granted, my argument is largely semantics, which is always pretty boring, even for us nerds.  So to spruce things up a bit, I'm going to wildly interject random hot sports takes in between my measured rational viewpoints.  Hope...

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