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

Add Isaiah Thomas to the list of critics who are unimpressed with the package the Kings received in return for DeMarcus Cousins.

The Celtics acquired Isaiah Thomas at the 2015 trade deadline. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports)

The Celtics acquired Isaiah Thomas at the 2015 trade deadline. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports)

Add Isaiah Thomas to the list of critics who are unimpressed with the package the Kings received in return for DeMarcus Cousins.

Moments after the All-Star Game, the Kings traded Cousins to the Pelicans Sunday night. New Orleans sent over Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder to Sacramento. It’s a weak return, considering Cousins is arguably a Top 10 player in the league. The three-time All-Star has recorded 34 double-doubles in 55 contests this season.

Thomas, who was teammates with Cousins in Sacramento, appears dumbfounded by the move. 

For the record, Thomas is correct. NBA 2K17’s virtual general manager did reject the trade.

The Celtics reportedly didn’t try to acquire Cousins, despite at least two years of rumors linking the two of them. Cousins, 26, is due to be a free agent in 2018. The Pelicans will likely offer Cousins a five-year, $180 million contract in order to keep him in New Orleans.

When asked about Cousins last October, Thomas praised his talented, yet mercurial former teammate.

“If he came to Boston, that would be good, really good,” he told the Sporting News. “The thing is, I’ve got his respect. I’ve always had that.”

With control of the Nets’ next two first-round picks, the Celtics have plenty of assets if they want to give Thomas another running mate before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Blog Author: 
AReimer

Another day, another NBA trade rumor involving the Boston Celtics. The latest: Jahlil Okafor.

With Joel Embiid blowing up and the 76ers already cursed with more big men than they can find minutes for, Okafor is once again on the trade block. And according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the C’s are interested.