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Pressure is reportedly mounting on the Lakers to acquire Kawhi Leonard ahead of free agency.

LeBron James reportedly would like to make his free agency decision quickly, meaning there's some added pressure on the Lakers to bring in Leonard in order to entice LBJ to sign with the Los Angeles franchise. However, the Lakers first conversation with Spurs management did not get very far, and San Antonio appears to be in no rush to get a deal done. Leonard could steer his way towards Los Angeles if he can convince opposing NBA teams that his only interest is to sign with the Lakers in 2019, but right now, the Celtics, Clippers and 76ers all remain interested in Kawhi.
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 12:42 PM

The Lakers, Celtics and 76ers are all interested in Kawhi Leonard.

While those teams may be interested, the Spurs, to this point, have shown no interest in trading away their franchise player. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that San Antonio turned down a trade offer from Boston for Leonard ahead of the February trade deadline this past season, and never countered, so it looks like they're going to do everything they can to try and rebuild this relationship after a contemptuous 2017-18 season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 13 - 11:49 AM

The Celtics are not expected to try to trade up for Mo Bamba, according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

"Don't waste your time on that one," Murphy's source said. There were some reports floating around that the Celtics could try to move up to the top 10 to get him, but it would require some serious draft capital. They do hold the Kings pick for next year, but that pick may turn out to be an excellent selection.
May 31 - 6:02 PM

The Magic snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, aided by Nikola Vucevic's team-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, five rebounds, four steals and three 3-pointers.

The steals tied Vuc's previous career-high and he's cruising as an early-round this season -- remember the start last year, when Bismack Biyombo (15 minutes) seemed like a threat? He made all three of his free throws tonight, with one assist and one block, and the Magic improved their record to 7-4, which is third in the East behind the Pistons (8-3) and Celtics (10-2).
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 10:45:00 PM

The 76ers are reportedly unwilling to buyout Jahlil Okafor, but they will seek to trade him.

Okafor's NBA career hasn't exactly been spectacular, but the 76ers should be able to find a trade partner so that they don't lose him for nothing. Boston has been rumored to have interest in the past, but his value wouldn't be great there. In fact, it's tough to see him landing in a situation where he'd automatically attain must-own status in 12-team leagues.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 07:43:00 PM

Andrew Bogut (tibia) will get a final bone scan on Tuesday and expects to be cleared for a full return, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

There are reportedly four teams pursuing Bogut, and he hopes to sign a new contract next week. The Celtics had been linked to Bogut earlier this offseason and now have an open roster spot as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade. Bogut makes sense for Boston, as they could use another rebounder and rim protector.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 01:49:00 PM

The Cavaliers are reportedly still pursuing an additional first-round pick from Boston to complete the deal involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas (hip).

Both teams would need to agree to a deadline extension if no agreement is made before 10am ET. Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported that "[the Cavs] could be inclined to complete the deal for a late first-round pick or second-round considerations," but so far the Celtics haven't sweetened the deal. We'll know more as the 10am deadline approaches.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 10:19:00 PM

The Cavs and Celtics would reportedly need to mutually agree to extend the trade-review deadline if a consensus isn't reached by Wednesday evening.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Cleveland may seek additional compensation in the deal sending Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland in a package for Kyrie Irving, due to concerns about Thomas' injured hip. Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe adds that the Celtics may take a "hard line stance" after already giving up Thomas, Jae Crowder and the Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick. For what it's worth, Irving completed his physical on Saturday without incident.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 07:42:00 PM

The Celtics and Cavs have engaged in active trade discussions centered on Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, according to Shams Charania of The Verticle.

With a treasure trove of draft picks, Boston can probably offer Cleveland the most attractive package in any deal for Irving, and Thomas would fit in nicely in the Cavs' system. Irving might see some more shot opportunities in Boston, but it likely wouldn't be a dramatic uptick in usage with Al Horford and Gordon Hayward also needing the rock. Still, he should still be able to work at a top-25 evaluation as a member of the Celtics. As for Thomas, it wouldn't be the best landing spot due to the presence of Derrick Rose, but he'd still very likely be an early-round guy.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 06:02:00 PM


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