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Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren says 'nearly any kind of transaction is in play' this summer

Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren says 'nearly any kind of transaction is in play' this summer

This summer is going to be an interesting one for the Celtics.

Obviously, all eyes will be on Kyrie Irving as he decides where to go in free agency. Along with that, the C's have three first-round draft picks and are sure to be involved in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. There's a chance Boston ends up being one of the more active teams in the NBA in the upcoming offseason.

Mike Zarren is ready for it.

The Celtics' assistant general manager talked with Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe about how busy the team expects to be in these next few months.

“Given the state of our roster and the draft assets we have now and going forward, nearly any kind of transaction is in play. To trade for players around the league, to move up or down in the draft, for future picks, to use our picks,” Zarren told Himmelsbach. “We’ve got a lot of flexibility this summer, but also a lot of big decisions to make. So the next two months are going to be very, very busy.”

Buckle up, Celtics fans.

Fortunately for Zarren, he'll have "Trader Danny" by his side during the hectic offseason. The Celtics' president of basketball operations is "back at it" after suffering a heart attack on April 30.

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NBA Rumors: Sixers have 'interest' in Al Horford and potential Celtics target

NBA Rumors: Sixers have 'interest' in Al Horford and potential Celtics target

The Boston Celtics' rivalry with the Philadelphia 76ers may spill over into the summer.

The Sixers have "some level of interest" in pending free agents Al Horford, Malcolm Brogdon and Danny Green, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey reported Monday.

Horford reportedly wants to sign with a contender after declining his player option in Boston, and watching him go to a direct Eastern Conference competitor would be a tough blow for the Celtics. But the 33-year-old is an intriguing option for a Philly squad that could use frontcourt depth alongside Joel Embiid.

The Celtics will have cap space after Horford's departure, and there are reports they could pursue Brogdon in the restricted free agent market. The Milwaukee Bucks point guard is a polished floor general who could help fill Kyrie Irving's (and potentially Terry Rozier's) void at ballhandler.

It appears Boston may compete with Philly for Brogdon, too, and even Green could be a possibility for the C's as a mid-tier contract to fill out their depth.

It's no surprise the Celtics and Sixers are pursuing similar players; Philly hopes to re-sign both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris in free agency, but if one or both leave -- like Irving and Horford with Boston -- it will need to add talent via free agency or trade to stay competitive in a tough Eastern Conference.

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Larry Bird receives lifetime achievement award at 2019 NBA Awards

Larry Bird receives lifetime achievement award at 2019 NBA Awards

The Magic-Bird rivalry had another moment in the spotlight on Monday at the 2019 NBA Awards.

Both Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson were honored with the lifetime achievement awards by the NBA.

The awards were absolutely deserved by both players. The duo reignited the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers rivalry in the 1980s and from 1980-88, either Bird's Celtics or Johnson's Lakers were in the NBA Finals, and they squared off in three series. And in that time span, either the Celtics or Lakers captured eight of the nine NBA titles, which is absolutely remarkable.

Bird was one of the greatest Celtics of all-time. He averaged 24.3 points, 10 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game over the course of his 13-year career with the Celtics. He is top-five for the team in most major statistical categories including points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. He truly was a game changer and had many moments of greatness throughout his career.

And after his playing career was over, Bird became a very good head coach with the Indiana Pacers and later ran their front office. He won a Coach of the Year in his first season with the Pacers (1998) and also took home the NBA Executive of the Year in 2012.

Bird is simply one of the greatest basketball players, and minds, that the sport has ever seen. Between his statistical prowess, his three titles, two Finals MVPs, three NBA MVPs, and his resume as a coach and front office executive, it's easy to see why the NBA wanted to honor him. And doing it along with his long-time rival, Johnson, just made the moment sweeter for the highly accomplished and revolutionary duo.

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