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Carsen Edwards signs with Adidas, gets love from Ja Morant, other NBA rookies

Carsen Edwards signs with Adidas, gets love from Ja Morant, other NBA rookies

Carsen Edwards has parlayed all those NBA Summer League buckets into another multi-year deal.

The rookie point guard, who recently signed a four-year contract with the Boston Celtics, has signed with Adidas on a multi-year endorsement deal, per ESPN.com.

Edwards confirmed the news in an Instagram post Thursday.

It's not too often a second-round pick lands a shoe deal less than a month into his NBA career. But Edwards has earned the recognition since the Celtics took him No. 33 overall out of Purdue, averaging a team-best 19.4 points per game at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Edwards apparently has gained the respect of his peers, as well; No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant and first-rounder Jordan Poole were among several NBA rookies to show the 21-year-old love in the Instagram comment section.

Edwards also earned a new fan in former Celtics guard Nate Robinson.

The new deal is a good fit for Edwards, who grew up watching Tracy McGrady in his native Houston and actually got to meet the Basketball Hall of Famer during a recent Adidas photo shoot.

"Being able to meet Tracy McGrady is absolutely insane to me," Edwards told ESPN.com. "Them actually wanting my opinion on new things that they're looking to drop, asking me would I wear it or what I would change, that's been really cool."

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Tacko Fall has drawn more Rookie of the Year bets than Zion Williamson

Tacko Fall has drawn more Rookie of the Year bets than Zion Williamson

The Tacko Fall hype train hasn't just left the station. It's barreling down the track at maximum speed.

The Boston Celtics' 7-foot-7 rookie turned heads last month with some quality play in the NBA Summer League. And while he's still not a lock to make the Celtics' opening night roster, he apparently has drawn interest for NBA Rookie of the Year in betting circles.

Actually, "interest" is an understatement. According to Jeff Sherman of Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, Fall has garnered more bets and more overall money wagered than ... No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.

We've reached peak Tacko Mania, folks.

Of course, this doesn't mean people think Fall has a better chance to win Rookie of the Year than Williamson. The New Orleans Pelicans forward is the prohibitive favorite while Fall is an extreme long shot, so it's better value to place a small wager on Fall on the (very) slim chance it cashes in.

Plus, let's be honest: It's more fun to bet on Tacko.

It's safe to say those bets will dwindle if Fall can't crack the Celtics' 15-man roster or gets sent to the G-League. But if the Senegalese sensation is on Boston's bench for Game 1, expect Vegas to take a whole lot more of America's money.

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Jayson Tatum explains what playing for Team USA is like

Jayson Tatum explains what playing for Team USA is like

The Boston Celtics are getting a chance to see some of their younger players and new talent develop ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. The 2019 FIBA World Cup is taking place in Australia starting in September, and the Celtics are well-represented on the team.

One of the players that will be playing for the squad is Jayson Tatum. The 21-year-old is a budding star and is relishing the opportunity he has to play for Team USA and coach Gregg Popovich. He also explained how playing for Team USA was a bit different than playing in the NBA.

"Just playing with USA, you got to play in a different way," Tatum said per MassLive.com's John Karalis. "You have to sacrifice, because you are playing with 11 great other players. So, we all got to sacrifice something for the bigger goal at hand."

This could end up being a positive for Tatum. The Celtics' playing style last season sometimes became too isolated and moved away from the ball-movement system that had worked so well for Brad Stevens in the past. Tatum is a great scorer, but he possesses very good passing skills as well. So, perhaps working with Team USA will accelerate his development in that area.

Tatum also expressed excitement about getting to work alongside a few of his Celtics teammates with Team USA. He was hopeful that the quartet would have some time to learn to play together ahead of the NBA season.

"It’s pretty cool. There is four of us on this team," Tatum said per Karalis. "Four of us get to embark on this journey together and build some real good chemistry for the season. Especially with Kemba, adding him to the Celtics, so should be fun."

Overall, it seems that the Team USA experience is positively impacting Tatum. That could end up being huge for the Celtics as they look for their third-year player to truly emerge as a star alongside Kemba Walker.

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