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Boston Celtics linked to trade with Cavs for Kyrie Irving, report says

Boston Celtics linked to trade with Cavs for Kyrie Irving, report says

Kyrie Irving has reportedly given the Cavaliers four teams - the Heat, Spurs, T'Wolves and Knicks - which he would prefer to be traded to, but that has not stopped the Boston Celtics from expressing interest. That's according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported this on Friday:

The Celtics are monitoring, but it's unclear how aggressive they'll get -- and how motivated the Cavaliers would be to make a deal with their fiercest conference rival.

Okay, this is an interesting one to dissect on many accounts, including from the perspective of those who follow the Wizards. At first blush, of course the Celtics make sense for an Irving trade. They, as you may have heard, have plenty of tradable assets, so many that they got panned for not trading for stars like Paul George and Jimmy Butler when they were available.

[RELATED: One team rising, another falling in Kyrie sweepstakes]

But Irving is a very intriguing fit for Boston if (and pretty much only if) they part with Isaiah Thomas in such a deal. It does not seem like Thomas and Irving could play with each other, given how handicapped the Celtics would be in terms of size on the defensive end of the floor.

What if they traded places, though? Say the Celtics shipped Thomas and another piece to Cleveland for Irving. Another piece may need to be involved on Boston's end because Thomas has one year left on his contract compared to two plus a player option for Irving. If they traded places, the Cavs would replace Irving with an even better scorer at the same position. Meanwhile, the Celtics would get a similar player under contract for an extra year.

From the Wizards' perspective, any deal involving those two teams would be fascinating. Depending on what you think of the Raptors, the Cavs and Celtics could be the only two teams in the East who will be favored over Washington entering the 2017-18 season. A deal could work out well for both sides, or it could disrupt what they already had going and be a net positive for the Wizards.

[RELATED: Below the Rim: Smart or dumb for Kyrie to leave the Cavs?]

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.


Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.


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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."


There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

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