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Breakfast Podcast, July 11, 2019: Russell Westbrook traded to Rockets for Chris Paul

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Breakfast Podcast, July 11, 2019: Russell Westbrook traded to Rockets for Chris Paul

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01:07: Russell Westbrook is on his way to Houston to team up with James Harden again, the Thunder now get Chris Paul, along with some first round draft picks. Abby Chin, Michael Holley, A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg break down the trade, and who the real winners are in the deal.

08:19: It’s time for the Sporty Awards here at NBC SportsBoston. Phil Perry, A. Sherrod Blakely and Tom Giles discuss who had the performance of the year.

13:21: Finally we wrap up Game 4 for the Celtics in summer league. 

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Former NBA head coach sees Tacko Fall having role in modern NBA

Former NBA head coach sees Tacko Fall having role in modern NBA

The modern NBA is all about shooting, and no position has been immune to these changes. 

The center position, in particular, has undergone massive changes. Gone are the days of a center primarily being a back-to-the-basket, low-post scorer. Centers, with a few exceptions, typically need to be able to shoot from 3-point range to have a place on the court during the most important minutes of a game. 

Tacko Fall, however, could be an exception. 

The 7-foot-6 center signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Boston Celtics in June and impressed during the team's five-game Las Vegas NBA Summer League run. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the tournament and impacted many shots defensively with his shot-blocking presence. This is one area where former NBA head coach Stan Van Gundy sees Fall being able to carve out a role for himself in today's NBA. Here's what SVG had to say about Fall during a recent radio interview with Orlando station 96.9 The Game.

Fall is no lock to make the Celtics' regular season roster, but the team would be smart to at least bring him to training camp and see how he fits in with the whole group. 

The Celtics have been busy re-tooling their frontcourt in free agency with the additions of Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier. The team also drafted Grant Williams out of Tennessee in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft, and he could see minutes at center in small-ball lineups. Robert Williams, who was Boston's 2018 first-round pick, also figures to be a key part of the center rotation.

Fall isn't a threat to shoot from the outside, but his shot blocking, rebounding and ability to alter opponents' shots around the rim are valuable skills the Celtics certainly could use on their roster. He definitely deserves a chance to prove himself, whether it's in Boston or somewhere else.

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NBA Rumors: Marcus Morris signs $15M contract with Knicks after firing agent

NBA Rumors: Marcus Morris signs $15M contract with Knicks after firing agent

It appears Marcus Morris has found a new home ... for real this time.

The former Boston Celtics forward has signed a one-year, $15 million contract with the New York Knicks in free agency, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday.

Morris' deal puts an end to a bizarre saga that began when he reportedly agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs on July 6, only to renege on that agreement late last week with the intention of signing with the Knicks.

It then was revealed Sunday that Morris had fired his agent, Klutch Sports' Rich Paul, who represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis and several other NBA stars. According to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy, Morris turned down a three-year, $41 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers before pivoting to the Spurs, who offered him less money and fewer years on his deal.

It's unclear who replaced Paul as Morris' agent, but the 29-year-old managed to get paid by the Knicks after another solid statistical season (13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and a career-high 44.7 shooting percentage) in Boston.

Morris joins the Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving and the Philadelphia 76ers' Al Horford as three ex-Celtics who will play the C's four times this season in the Atlantic Division.

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