Today’s installment of “Emoji’s with I.T.” is an hourglass.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas set Twitter atwitter earlier this week when he posted an eyeball emoji, which some took to mean a Celtics trade was imminent. Thomas was up to more mischief on Wednesday, posting an hourglass and then leaving us to our own devices.

 

Could he simply mean that the clock is ticking to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline? Nah. More than 8,000 retweets later, we have a better theory:

As observant tweeter Johnny Nup notes, if you turn a pair of Paul George shoes sideways, the Pacers star’s logo looks remarkably like an hourglass.

Ipso facto, the Celtics must be close to a deal for Indiana’s All-Star.

Right? Right?!? RIGHT?!?!?!?!

About 24 hours remain in silly season.

(By the way, for more on Thomas’s mystery tweet, check out Alex Reimer on the Mashup Blog.)

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

The Celtics haven’t ruled out bringing Melo to Boston.

According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the C’s remain in contact with the Knicks over superstar small forward Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

The Celtics haven’t ruled out bringing Melo to Boston.

According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the C’s remain in contact with the Knicks over superstar small forward Carmelo Anthony.

The 32-year-old 10-time All-Star is on the block as the Knicks contemplate rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis. Anthony has a no-trade clause, and there are reports he’d exercise it just to stick it to New York hoops boss Phil Jackson, but earlier reports pegged the Celtics as a contender he’d consider joining.

Any deal for Anthony would start with Celtics big men Tyler Zeller and Amir Johnson, whose contracts would be required to make the money work. The C’s would then be attempting to entice the Knicks with non-Brooklyn draft picks that will probably be in the 20s.

If the Celtics land Anthony, they’ll be taking themselves out of the free agent market this summer, when players like Utah swingman Gordon Hayward could be available. Anthony is in the third year of a five-year, $124 million contract that includes an early termination option that he could exercise to become a free agent after next season.

I wrote about Anthony recently and why I’d love to see him in Celtics green, despite his issues as an aging ball-hog.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

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.

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.

 

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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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