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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.

Report: NBA to launch 2K tournament, each team will have player representative

Report: NBA to launch 2K tournament, each team will have player representative

It looks like eSports' time to shine is finally here.

With all the major sports leagues on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA has come up with a creative solution to create some new basketball-based programming.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the league will be hosting a players-only NBA 2K tournament on Friday and it will air on a major network. Additionally, Haynes is reporting that each team is planning to have a player gamer involved with the tournament.

This is a good way for the league to create some new basketball-related excitement with the season currently suspended. It will certainly be fun to see how players who are so good on the basketball court can fare in the realm of basketball video games.

Of course, if every team does have a player representative set to play on Friday night, that means a member of the Boston Celtics will be in action. The ideal fit for the team would be Gordon Hayward, as he's an avid gamer and would almost certainly be able to lead the 2K Celtics to some victories.

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If Hayward isn't the choice, Grant Williams would be another logical option. He disclosed to NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely that he loves playing video games on an episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast shortly after he was drafted.

No matter who is running the Celtics team, it will be entertaining to watch NBA players square off against each other again, even if it is just in some 2K action.

And speaking of 2K action, be sure to check out our latest Celtics simulation. The 2K-C's took on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night as they looked to keep their winning streak alive.

How well does 21-year-old Jayson Tatum compare to 21-year-old Michael Jordan?

How well does 21-year-old Jayson Tatum compare to 21-year-old Michael Jordan?

We know that Jayson Tatum is on the path to NBA stardom. But is he on a similar pace to one of the greatest players ever to play the game, Michael Jordan?

You be the judge.

Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf) checked out the statistical comparison between Jayson Tatum and Michael Jordan during their 21-year-old seasons. And when looking at the numbers on a per 36-minute basis, they were relatively close in most major categories.

In addition to the numbers pictured, Tatum averaged 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.9 blocks per 36 as a 21-year-old. Meanwhile, Jordan got 5.5 assists, 2.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks per 36.

So, Jordan edged Tatum in most categories, save for Tatum's rebounding advantage and his ever-so-slight blocks advantage. Of course, it's worth noting that Jordan entered the league as a 21-year-old rookie, so he had no NBA experience while he put up these excellent numbers. Tatum had 143 games of regular-season experience and 19 games of playoff experience before his 21st birthday.

Regardless, the point is that Tatum is still developing very well and the fact that his numbers can even be comparable to one of the NBA's all-time greats is an excellent sign. He should continue to progress and should soon be one of the top players in the NBA if he continues on his current trajectory.

Tatum may not reach Jordan level. Few ever do. But the stats indicate that he's on the right track very early on in his career.

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