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Isaiah Thomas says Celtics didn't get better with Kyrie Irving, Cavs trade

Isaiah Thomas says Celtics didn't get better with Kyrie Irving, Cavs trade

The Celtics overhauled their roster this offseason by replacing 11 players, including Kyrie Irving who was brought in through a blockbuster trade with the Cavaliers, one that sent star Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland. The Celtics gave up a lot to get Irving and Thomas, for one, isn't sure if Boston will be better this season because of it.

Here is what Thomas wrote in the Players' Tribune this week:

It’s not that I don’t understand it. Of course I get it: This is a business. Danny [Ainge] is a businessman, and he made a business move. I don’t agree with it, just personally, and I don’t think the Boston Celtics got better by making this trade.

Thomas, who is of course biased in all of this, thinks the Cavs will be much better off:

From a basketball perspective, me on the Cavs is a match made in heaven. If you’ve watched any Celtics games last year, then you know how many times I would have to go through double and even triple teams, just to get my shot off. It ended up working fine for us — guys played great, and my shot was falling. But this year … man, it’s not even going to be a thing. You really going to throw three guys on me, when I’m sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? Nah, I don’t think so.

There are varying opinions about which team will be better because of this deal. Vegas sportsbooks, for example, think the Celtics will take a big step forward. Long-term, the Cavs seem to be in very good shape given they acquired a valuable first round pick in the deal.

Truthfully, it's hard to predict what will happen. The Celtics are tossing together a brand new group of players who have never played together before. It's a lot of talent, but that process is easier said than done. If Thomas is right, surely the Wizards and the rest of the Eastern Conference won't complain.



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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 44 - Jodie Meeks on meshing with Wizards, John Wall's recruiting visit

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 44 - Jodie Meeks on meshing with Wizards, John Wall's recruiting visit

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Wizards shooting guard Jodie Meeks joined the show to talk about his first month with the Wizards.

Meeks was signed this offseason as a free agent, but already feels comfortable playing with Tim Frazier, John Wall and Bradley Beal. Speaking of Wall, Meeks recalled first meeting him and what it was like to host Wall on his recruiting visit at Kentucky.

After the Meeks interview, host Chase Hughes broke down why Carrick Felix made the final roster spot. Plus, an update on Markieff Morris and what the Wizards are planning to do with Mike Young and Devin Robinson.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Wizards know Sixers' former 1st overall pick Ben Simmons presents unique threat

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Wizards know Sixers' former 1st overall pick Ben Simmons presents unique threat

The Philadelphia 76ers, amazingly, will have not one but two No. 1 overall draft picks making their NBA debuts on Wednesday night when the Wizards host the Sixers in their regular season opener at Capital One Arena.

Markelle Fultz is getting much of the hype and understandably. He was the most recent top pick, is from the D.C. area and the Sixers had to trade up to get him. But Ben Simmons is also ready to debut and the Wizards aren't about to overlook him.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks has already watched some of the limited film available on the 2016 top pick and he likes what he sees.

"He's a problem. He can do a lot of good things on the court. He has great size and strength. His athleticism is off the charts," Brooks said. "He has size, he has length, he has jumping ability. He's going to be a heck of a player for a long time."


Simmons, 21, is 6-foot-10 but has the mobility of a guard. At the NBA Draft Combine in 2016, he recorded a 41 1/2-inch. max vertical leap, equal to Zach LaVine and higher than Aaron Gordon. His agility test time was better than Stephen Curry and Chris Paul.

Athletes like Simmons don't come around often. He's a difficult player to match up with, regardless of his inexperience and reputation as a poor shooter. Size and speed are two things that can't be taught.

Whom the Wizards throw at him will be interesting. Perhaps Kelly Oubre, Jr. or Otto Porter will get the nod. Brooks, though, insists it won't be up to one player.

"We have the versatility on defense where we can match up with different players. That can help us guard players like that. But you're talking about a guy who can put the ball on the floor and get to spaces and spots that normally a 6-10 guy doesn't. Your team defense has to be locked in," Brooks said.

Simmons missed all of last season with a foot injury, but was impressive this preseason. A player who can pass like this at 6-foot-10 is a serious anomaly: