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Celtics Talk Podcast: Steve Kyler on the Kyrie Irving saga and fate of Anthony Davis

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Steve Kyler on the Kyrie Irving saga and fate of Anthony Davis

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0:55 - Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg discuss the upcoming NBA Draft and debate if there will be any prominent sleepers or if it will be a weak draft class outside of the top players.

5:21 - The guys talk about the most recent Kyrie Irving rumors about his interest in playing for the Brooklyn Nets and can decide on one thing: no one, maybe not even Kyrie himself, really knows what the point guard will do.

10:00 - With Danny Ainge sounding less confident about the Celtics ability to keep Kyrie, the guys talk about how the entire Celtics organization is essentially 'being held hostage' by Irving until a decision is made.

16:35 - Steve Kyler from Basketball Insiders joins the podcast to discuss all things Kyrie, the possibility of Terry Rozier being on the team next season and how the Pelicans will approach trading Anthony Davis as the NBA Draft draws closer.

31:25 - Kyle, Sherrod and Chris wrap up the podcast by reacting to Kyler's comments.

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Report: Wizards told Bradley Beal they won't trade him

Report: Wizards told Bradley Beal they won't trade him

As soon as the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, Danny Ainge's master plan of stockpiling assets lost the grand prize. Celtics fans are wondering which star will be the next to become disgruntled and demand a trade so Boston can cash their trade assets in. 

Many pointed to Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal. The Wizards are in a rebuilding state and have one of the most untradeable contracts — John Wall — on the books, so some speculated toward a "blow-it-up" move for the future. Even Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Mannix speculated Beal could be the next big star to become available. 

But according to Ben Golliver of the Washington Post, Beal said that team owner/CEO Ted Leonsis, Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Tommy Sheppard and head coach Scott Brooks all separately told him they won't trade him. 

“They’ve been very transparent and that’s been great,” Beal told the Washington Post. “They’re not keeping me in the dark about anything, even about the trade rumors. . . . It’s great having that peace of mind.”

Still, that doesn't necessarily close the door on a Beal trade. Last January, Leonsis told Otto Porter he wouldn't move him, then shipped him to the Chicago Bulls a week later. Also, the Wizards still have a glaring vacancy at the general manager position, and whoever fills that role may take a different approach to the rebuilding process. 

In the meantime, Celtics fans should tamper expectations on a Beal trade and recalibrate the search efforts for the next A-list star to hit the trade market. 

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Celtics rookie Grant Williams picks jersey number 40... for now

Celtics rookie Grant Williams picks jersey number 40... for now

BOSTON -- Forget about navigating the Turnpike or nailing the correct pronunciation of towns in Massachusetts like Peabody (It’s Pea-buh-dee, not Pea-Body). 

The biggest hurdle newcomers to the Boston Celtics face when they get here… finding a number that hasn’t been retired

Well, Celtics newcomer Grant Williams went with a Green Teamer — sort of — in choosing the jersey number 40. 

And no, it was not Williams paying homage to Dino Radja, Tony Battie, Joseph Forte or any of the previous players to don the No. 40 jersey for the Celtics. 

Instead, he picked number 40 because of six-time All-Star of Seattle Supersonics fame, Shawn Kemp.

“That’s kind of good; you can do worse than Shawn Kemp,” Williams said during an episode of NBC Sports Boston’s CelticsTalk Podcast. “It was between Shawn and Dirk.”

Williams has been around long enough to know how iconic jersey No. 41 will be. That's a number that will forever be linked with Dirk Nowitzki, who announced his retirement after this past season — his 21st in the NBA, all with the Dallas Mavericks, which is an NBA record for one player being with the same team. 

The 6-foot-7 Williams would love to have the jersey number 2 which he wore in high school as well as at Tennessee. 

But that number was retired in honor of the legendary Red Auerbach. 

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Jersey No. 22 would have made sense, not only because of Williams’ connection with the number 2, but also because that’s where the Celtics selected him in the first round of Thursday night’s draft. 

But Williams soon discovered that number has also been retired, done so in honor of Ed Macauley. 

So after looking at players both in the present and in the past, Williams eventually picked Kemp’s No. 40 because, "it’s a number I can see on myself.”

But you might want to hold off on buying that Williams No. 40 jersey for a minute. 

Williams makes no guarantees that he’ll stick with the No. 40 going into the season. 

“We’ll be able to see what other numbers there are after summer league, after free agency,” Williams said. “Rookies, we get the last pick. But 40 is what I have right now.”

Remember, he has worn number 2 since high school.

Typically when players have to switch numbers, they do so by going with a number that’s similar in some fashion to their preferred number. 

So don’t be surprised if once the season gets here or we get past free agency, Williams is donning a No. 11 or No. 12 jersey that was worn last season by Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier, respectively.

At least one of them (Irving most likely) will be gone next season. And while Boston can match any offer for Rozier, who becomes a restricted free agent after Boston’s qualifying offer, there’s no telling just how committed Boston is to bring him back. 

Those issues will work themselves out.

Meanwhile, Williams will do what most rookies do and that’s wait for his number to be called or in this instance, become available. 

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