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Report: Celtics engaged in talks with Spurs, but won't do 'risky trade' for Kawhi

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Report: Celtics engaged in talks with Spurs, but won't do 'risky trade' for Kawhi

The Celtics appear to be one of the teams with a shot at Kawhi Leonard.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston is one of several teams in play to trade for the Spurs guard. Wojnarowski tweeted Thursday morning the Celtics have had assets coveted by San Antonio, and the Spurs are "fully engaged" in trade talks.

Of the "several teams" in the hunt, the Lakers are the other team listed with the Celtics as potential frontrunners.

Wojnarowski said the Celtics are "extremely cautious" with the uncertainty surrounding Leonard, and his intentions to test free agency, along with his health. The tweet states the Celts don't have "any intention" of making a risky trade.


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Former Giants infielder returns to Red Sox on one-year deal

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Former Giants infielder returns to Red Sox on one-year deal

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Eduardo Nunez is back in the fold on a one-year deal with a player option for 2019.

The infielder doesn’t give the Sox the punch of J.D. Martinez, who remains a free agent. But he does give the Sox some depth and a veteran presence after a strong performance with Boston last season.

Nunez makes $4 million this season, and can make $4 million in 2019 with a $2 million buyout — so he’s guaranteed to make at least $6 million if he tests free agency after 2018. 

But he can make up to $10 million over the two seasons if he sticks around for 2019. Nunez can make another $2 million in 2019: he can earn up to $1 million based on plate appearances in 2018, and another $1 million based on 2019 performance bonuses.

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Garoppolo's success with 49ers fueling seller's remorse in New England

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Garoppolo's success with 49ers fueling seller's remorse in New England

The No. 1 privilege a press pass gives you is access to go to people and say, "Help me understand  . . . ?" The job is to then pass on to you what I learned. Hopefully, you say, "Ohhh, now I get it."

When it comes to the Patriots trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the Niners for a second-round pick, it's clear most people still don't get it. That's okay. I really don't get it either.

Bill Belichick distills his decision-making process into a simple phrase: "Just doing what's best for the football team." And that usually means maximizing value. Flipping Garoppolo to the 49ers for a second-round pick without putting a For Sale sign on him isn't maximizing value. Here are the caveats offered.

Garoppolo -- with his expiring contract -- is a rental for the Niners and could sign anywhere else at the end of the year unless San Fran franchises him. He wasn't completely gifted to the Niners. There is risk and cost involved for them. But they have guaranteed access to his services and it feels now like a second-round pick for those services seems light.

Also, Garoppolo was Lombardi insurance. The 2017 Patriots are the Super Bowl favorites. Say they had traded Garoppolo in April and then Tom Brady had gotten hurt in August, leaving the team in the hands of Jacoby Brissett. A Lombardi -- the reason these teams play -- would have been kicked away all for a couple of extra draft picks. So they hung on to Garoppolo as long as they could.

And then they were stuck.

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