The rumors swirling around the Boston Celtics are of radical changes — Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have all had their names come up in trade scenarios — but in the end it may all be a lot of words with no action. Well, it is an election year, we should expect a lot of that.
Boston’s brass doesn’t expect to make a big move and are not close to getting a deal done soon.
That is what GM Danny Ainge told ESPNBoston.com.
“Nothing is even close. As of right now we have nothing close to happening,” Ainge said on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “It’s not from a lack of trying. Not necessarily to make major changes but to make small changes at least.
“But we still have a long time before March 15 to see if we can do something to help our team.”
Doc Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com that he doesn’t expect a shakeup.
“I don’t expect anything big to come down,” Rivers said. “I wouldn’t be shocked if nothing came down, to be honest.”
For a variety of reasons — from Dwight Howard creating a trade bottleneck to GMs being busy scouting college games this week and next — it is likely trades that do come down will be pushed up against the March 15 deadline. That day may be crazy. And the Celtics might be part of the show.
But right now, the waters look peaceful off Boston Harbor.
Ty Lawson is headed to the Kings, as first reported on Monday. The team made the move official on Wednesday with a press release, and USA Today‘s Sam Amick offers up another important piece of information: Lawson’s deal is not guaranteed, making it essentially a make-good camp invite.
It’s staggering how Lawson went from a borderline All-Star level point guard in 2012-13 to signing a non-guaranteed one-year deal with a lottery team three years later. His off-the-court issues have contributed to that, and he didn’t produce last season in Houston and Indiana. Still, he should have a pretty good chance of making the Kings’ roster, with Seth Curry and Rajon Rondo gone and Darren Collison their only proven point guard. They need depth there.
When Ben Simmons declared for the NBA draft this spring, he signed with LeBron James‘ Klutch Sports group for representation. That association would appear to have its advantages for the No. 1 overall pick, including the opportunity to work out with James and Dwyane Wade during the offseason. Wade posted a group photo on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon:
Also, it’s pretty staggering to see Simmons standing next to James and realizing that he’s bigger and taller.
Thanks to a match from an anonymous donor, beloved TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager was able to receive his third bone-marrow transplant since 2014 in an extended battle with leukemia. Sager’s son, Craig Sager II, shared a photo on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon of his father undergoing the transplant, appearing to be in good spirits as usual.
Our continued well wishes go out to Sager and his family in his recovery, and we hope to see him back on the sidelines this season.
Last season, the Sacramento Kings signed Seth Curry, brother of Stephen Curry. He left this summer for Dallas, and now the Kings are working out the brother of the other Splash Brother — Klay Thompson‘s brother Mychel — according to international basketball reporter David Pick.
Mychel Thompson’s only NBA experience is five games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12. He spent some time in the D-League after that, and played in Italy during the 2015-16 season.