Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond

Could the Celtics use the second-leading rebounded in the NBA? Definitely. Does the fact that he tweeted eyeball emojis in the style of Isaiah Thomas mean he’s coming here? Absolutely not.

Pistons big man Andre Drummond, a former UConn star, addressed reports that he could be dealt after Pistons practice on Tuesday. Specifically, reporters wanted to know what he was getting at when he retweeted Thomas’s eyeball emojis and then tweeted a pair of his own on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he asked reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors. I’m a grown man. I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Drummond’s fit with the Celtics on the interior would be obvious. He led the league in rebounding last year (14.8) and is second this year (13.8) while averaging 14.6 points per game.

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy, who is also president of basketball operations, admitted having discussions about Drummond, but wouldn’t characterize them beyond that.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre. The rumors don’t mean anything to me.”

The question is how much the Celtics would be willing to part with to acquire Drummond, who signed a five-year, $130 million extension with Detroit last summer. The Nets’ first-round pick, which could be No. 1 overall, would almost certainly be off the table.

 

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

With the Celtics in need of size and rebounding, they’re reportedly mulling an offer to the Mavericks for center Andrew Bogut — but only if they can pull off a bigger deal prior to the trade deadline.

Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut

With the Celtics in need of size and rebounding, they’re reportedly mulling an offer to the Mavericks for center Andrew Bogut — but only if they can pull off a bigger deal prior to the trade deadline.

According to Mavericks insider Mike Fisher, the Celtics are considering trading one of their non-Brooklyn first-round picks to Dallas for Bogut, a physical seven-footer who won a title with the Warriors in 2015.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, Bogut never realized the expectations that came with that selection, but the Aussie did overcome injury issues to become a double-double machine with the Bucks before joining the Warriors in 2013. In Golden State, he provided an inside presence to complement the high-flying Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

According to Fisher, the Celtics’ interest in Bogut is conditional on “what bigger moves Boston can make” prior to Thursday’s trade deadline. In addition to a No. 1 pick, the Mavericks would receive backup center Tyler Zeller, who could make the money work.

Bogut, 32, has averaged nearly nine rebounds a game for his career and is also considered a solid passer. Durability is a concern, however. He has been limited to 26 games this season by knee and hamstring injuries.

 

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Jimmy Butler (left) and Paul George (right) would improve Celtics, but at what cost? (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports)Let's apply some logic to Danny Ainge's pursuit of a transcendent player.



If the Celtics can’t make a huge move at the deadline, it appears they have a fallback option.

The Celtics reportedly could go after Andrew Bogut as a smaller trade deadline move. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports)

The Celtics reportedly could go after Andrew Bogut as a smaller trade deadline move. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports)

If the Celtics can’t make a huge move at the deadline, it appears they have a fallback option.

According to DallasBasketball.com’s Mike Fisher, the Celtics and Mavericks will discuss a potential Andrew Bogut trade depending on what other moves the Celtics are able to make.

It is also worth noting the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett said earlier this week the Celtics would welcome a trade for Bogut, even though he is in the last year of his contract.

Bogut, 32, is averaging just three points a game with Dallas this season, but he is more known for his rebounding and his ability to defend.

The NBA trade deadline is set for Thursday.

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Blog Author: 
WEEI

The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and it appears the Celtics have identified their main targets.

Could Jimmy Butler be coming to Boston? (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports)

Could Jimmy Butler be coming to Boston? (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports)

The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and it appears the Celtics have identified their main targets.

In a piece for ESPN.com, Zach Lowe notes the Celtics are “zeroed in” on both Jimmy Butler and Paul George. This isn’t much of a surprise considering these two players are two of the biggest stars potentially available.

Butler is averaging 24.5 points per game with the Bulls this season, while George is averaging 22.3 points per game with the Pacers. Either of these players could be the piece the Celtics need to take them to the next level.

Lowe also notes the Celtics have talked to the Clippers “intermittently” about a trade for Blake Griffin, but said a deal between the two teams is “extremely unlikely.”

Stay tuned as the trade deadline is set for Thursday and a lot will happen between now and then.

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Blog Author: 
WEEI

Life in 2017: A player randomly tweets 👀 and ~20 reporters instantly txt or call you demanding to know when the trade is happening. Lol.

— Mike Zarren (@mikezarren) February 21, 2017

So, this is what happened that led to that tweet from the Celtics assistant general manager …

At 7:23 p.m., Isaiah Thomas tweets out an emoji showing a pair of suspecting eyes.

At 7:24 p.m., the Celtics Twitter freaks out.

It is uncovered that the last time Thomas executed such a tweet, big things did go down.

Then came word the the Celtics had started following Carmelo Anthony on Instagram.

Stay tuned …

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford