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Celtics Talk Podcast: How legitimate are the Knicks' chances of getting Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant?

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Celtics Talk Podcast: How legitimate are the Knicks' chances of getting Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant?

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1:51 - Kyle Draper, Chris Forsberg and A. Sherrod Blakely start off by talking about Kyrie Irving being named All-NBA Second Team. Who are some surprising players to make All-NBA, who got snubbed and is the voting system broken?

7:26 - Marcus Smart was named to All-Defense First Team, but was he that much better than last season? The guys discuss how there seems to be a delay for the accolade.

12:54 - Ian Begley, Knicks reporter for SNY, joins the podcast to talk give his takes on how the Knicks could land Kevin Durant, whether or not that means Kyrie will join him and how the Knicks could change the balance of power in the NBA.

26:27 - The guys react to Begley's comments and talk about why Kevin Durant would want to test free agency instead of staying with the Warriors.

31:21 - Sherrod is joined by Aron Baynes, who discusses the offseason, how sure he is he'll return to the Celtics and what went wrong down the stretch for the team.

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NBA Rumors: Clippers offered Marcus Morris large contract at start of free agency

NBA Rumors: Clippers offered Marcus Morris large contract at start of free agency

It's been a tumultuous offseason for Marcus Morris.

The former Celtics forward stirred up some controversy when he backed out of his agreement with the Spurs to sign with the Knicks in free agency. San Antonio offered Morris a two-year, $20 million deal, but he ultimately chose New York's one-year, $15 million offer instead.

That decision led to Morris parting ways with his agent, Rich Paul, and the Spurs reportedly being "pissed" about the 29-year-old's change of heart.

Apparently, San Antonio's offer wasn't the only one Morris turned down. According to Frank Isola of The Athletic, he also declined a three-year, $41 million offer from the Clippers at the start of free agency.

Isola writes:

Morris, however, lost out on a much more lucrative contract with the LA Clippers, who were prepared to pay him $41 million over three seasons. A Clippers source said the three-year deal included a provision for Morris to receive 50 percent of his salary on Oct. 1.

Morris was hoping to earn $40 million over two years but the Clippers couldn’t offer that deal if they wanted to sign Kawhi Leonard to a max contract. Once Morris took that stance, the Clippers moved on and acquired Portland’s Maurice Harkless in a four-team trade that included Jimmy Butler signing with the Miami Heat. Harkless will earn $11 million next season, or $2 million less than what Morris would have made with the Clippers.

The Clippers certainly aren't losing sleep over Morris declining their offer. They went on to sign superstar Kawhi Leonard and trade for another star in Paul George.

As for Morris, he might regret overestimating his market value early in the offseason. Fortunately for him, he'll get another shot at it next July with a new agent.

Five for Friday: Thoughts on Horford, Kemba, Bruins, more

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Five for Friday: Thoughts on Horford, Kemba, Bruins, more

The Celtics complained to the league about teams tampering with Al Horford. The natural reaction to that is to assume hypocrisy given that if you're a team that's signed a big-name free agent, you've probably tampered, yet I think the Celtics actually have something of a leg to stand on. 

The Celtics immediately agreeing with Kemba Walker and everyone knowing beforehand suggests some funny business, but there's plausible deniability there. Kemba was going to get a max contract and most teams would have gladly given it to him. All there needed to be was reported interest from the Celtics for them to be able to move quickly on a deal once it was allowed. 

Horford, on the other hand? His situation was more complicated. He wasn't going to get a max contract, so there was the question of dollars. Then there was the question of term, specifically whether he was he going to get three or four years. For him to opt out knowing exactly what was waiting for him is a lot different than a max guy going to an obvious suitor. Both are cases of tampering because all signings in the NBA can be cases of tampering; one was far more overt.

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