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Celtics Talk Podcast: Could Alec Burks be a Celtics trade target?

Celtics Talk Podcast: Could Alec Burks be a Celtics trade target?

The 2020 NBA trade deadline is rapidly approaching. And with less than 24 hours separating teams from the deadline, it's becoming clearer which players might be on the move.

The Golden State Warriors are one team that looks poised to sell, and Alec Burks could be a player that the Warriors look to deal. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Burks is sitting out tonight's Nets-Warriors game as they mull trade offers for Burks.

Burks is enjoying a career year with the Warriors and is averaging 16.1 points per game and is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Considering that he's making just $2.3 million this season, teams will certainly be interested in his services as he could be a playmaker off the bench.

Could the Boston Celtics be among the interested parties? Burks' name was brought up on the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast as a player that the C's could target.

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Chris Forsberg seemed to think that Burks would be a sensible add if the Celtics can get him for a second-round pick.

That is the sort of move that, to me, makes sense. He's got some size, 6-6, he's not a 6-foot guard that's going to be taken advantage of.

Kyle Draper echoed Forsberg's sentiment and said that he'd take on Burks "in a heartbeat".

I like Alec Burks. He had some great years, I thought, in Utah. I'd do that in a heartbeat. If we can get him for a second-rounder, I'd do that in a heartbeat.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the Celtics will have the opportunity to do that. Burks was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Glenn Robinson III, according to Stadium's Shams Charania.

So, Burks will be a rival instead of a Celtic. But perhaps they'll pursue another trade target on Thursday. 

For more Celtics trade targets, check out the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, available on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network and YouTube.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NBA trade deadline. This Thursday at 2:30 p.m., stream the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline Show on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBoston.com. Then at 7 p.m., tune into our Celtics Trade Deadline Special.

Kemba Walker's ideal playoff format if the NBA makes changes

Kemba Walker's ideal playoff format if the NBA makes changes

BOSTON — Like every other professional sports league that's had its season put on standby because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA has been spitballing ideas of what its season would look like if and when play resumes. 

There has been some talk about a 16-team, win-or-go-home format, something that would certainly get a number of players to get behind it ... including Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker. 

For Walker and the Celtics, such a format would be an ideal way to go for a number of reasons. 

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First and foremost, such a format minimizes the importance of having a deep, statistically impactful bench — which the Celtics don’t have.

It also tends to play into the strengths of Boston’s head coach Brad Stevens as well as Walker. 

A big part of Stevens being the Celtics head coach stems from the success he had in the NCAA Tournament at Butler University, a mid-major school Stevens led to a pair of NCAA championship runner-up finishes. 

One of those oh-so-close championship losses came in 2011 at the hands of UConn, as Walker's strong tournament run propelled the Huskies to the school’s third NCAA championship. 

So it’s no surprise Walker would not have an issue if the league decided to ditch its current format and went with one that more closely resembled what we see during the NCAA Tournament. 

“I guess I wouldn’t mind it,” Walker told NBC Sports Boston. “I love to hoop. At this point it doesn’t really matter because of the way things went and suddenly the season just got postponed.”

The Celtics were in Milwaukee on March 11, preparing to play the Bucks the following night when word spread that Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the league postponing the remainder of this season almost immediately afterwards. 

As far as an NCAA Tournament-style postseason for the NBA, Walker added, “It would be fun. It would be different.”

Especially if it ended with Banner No. 18 for the Celtics. 

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Classic Celtics: Larry Bird lifts C's over Rockets in 1986 NBA Finals clincher

Classic Celtics: Larry Bird lifts C's over Rockets in 1986 NBA Finals clincher

Some consider the 1986 Boston Celtics one of the greatest NBA teams of all time.

Here's your chance to watch them finish off that historic season.

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series -- which brought you Kemba Walker's 32-point outburst against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday -- rolls on Friday with Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals between the Celtics and Houston Rockets.

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The Rockets took Game 5 in Houston to send the series back to Boston, but they weren't prepared for Larry Bird, whose magnificent performance in Game 6 (29 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists) helped the C's earn a 114-97 win and clinch their 16th NBA championship.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Rockets airs Friday at 7 p.m. ET, and if watching Bird at the height of his powers wasn't entertaining enough, former Celtics center Bill Walton will join Brian Scalabrine throughout the night to provide color commentary.

Here's when and how to watch:

When: Friday, April 3, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and in the MyTeams app

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