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Bradley Beal reportedly a 'prime option' for Celtics; here's a possible trade package

Bradley Beal reportedly a 'prime option' for Celtics; here's a possible trade package

The Boston Celtics missed out on the big kahuna in Anthony Davis. But there are plenty of other fish in the NBA sea for president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to pursue.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal could be a "prime option" for Boston in a potential trade, "particularly if Kyrie Irving leaves" in free agency, The Athletic's Jordan Brenner reported Tuesday.

The two-time All-Star has two years remaining on his five-year deal with Washington and is set to make $27.1 million next season. If the Wizards decide to blow it up this offseason, Beal is their most valuable trade chip with John Wall still recovering from an Achilles injury, and the asset-rich Celtics could make them a tempting offer.

What might that offer entail? Here's Brenner:

One league source suggested that Washington would need to strongly consider an offer of Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and a protected pick for Beal or that Boston could offer Smart, Jaylen Brown and two future first-rounders as an alternative trade.

Beal, who turns 26 later this month, has averaged at least 22 points in each of the last three seasons and is just entering his prime. But would the C's be willing to part with Tatum after he was a reported sticking point in talks surrounding Davis, one of the five best players in the NBA?

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If Boston made that second offer of Smart, Brown and two first-rounders, it would pair two St. Louis natives in Beal and Tatum as the Celtics' young core of the future. Washington has been reluctant to even discuss a Wall or Beal trade in the past, though, and may hold out for more assets.

In any case, the C's appear willing to improve their roster via trade, and they're still in good position to do so with three first-round picks entering Thursday's 2019 NBA Draft.

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Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out indefinitely, could miss March 3 game in Boston

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out indefinitely, could miss March 3 game in Boston

It looks like Boston Celtics fans may have to wait even longer to witness Kyrie Irving's return to TD Garden.

The ex-Celtics guard has been ruled out indefinitely after re-aggravating his injured right shoulder, Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Tuesday. That likely puts Irving's status in doubt for the March 3 C's-Nets game in Boston.


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Irving didn't travel to Boston when his Nets visited the Celtics on Nov. 27. The shoulder injury has limited him to only 20 games this season, but he's been effective when healthy, averaging 27.4 points and 6.4 assists per game. 

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That 617 Life Podcast: What can NBA do to improve dunk and 3-point contests?

That 617 Life Podcast: What can NBA do to improve dunk and 3-point contests?

If you missed this year's NBA All-Star Game, you missed one of the most entertaining All-Star events in recent sports history.

Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis came down to the wire, with both teams battling at 100-percent effort to reach the target score of 157 under the game's new format. Defense was being played at a tremendously high level, which we've hardly ever seen in any NBA All-Star Game. Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry even took two charges.

But as great as the game was, All-Star Weekend as a whole could still use some improvement. Particularly in the dunk and 3-point contests.

On the latest edition of the "That 617 Life" podcast, hosts Leroy Irvin, Shanda Foster, and Cerrone Battle discuss what the NBA could do to make them better:

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Battle thought the 3-point and dunk contests were entertaining, but would like to see more participants:

Another issue I have with All-Star Weekend when it comes to the 3-point contest and the dunk contest is the amount of participants ... I remember Terry Porter and Mark Price going at it at the same time. It was like 12 guys in the contest, you know what I'm saying?

And in the dunk contest -- I mean at one point back in the 80's it was like 10 dudes trying to win it. And it's like now, as good as it is, I would love to see more participants. I want to see more people in it. I want to see a longer contest. A true tournament.

Foster agrees with Battle and wants to see some of the biggest stars in the league step up to join in on the festivities.

They need to bring that back. I got really sick and tired of seeing -- and you know, I get it, it's the vacation -- but it was irritating to see the big names just flossing all their photos on Instagram from vacation when it's like, you know, it's All-Star break -- it's called All-Star for a reason. It's not "All-Star" if the All-Stars aren't all there.

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