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Celtics target JB Bickerstaff agrees to join Cavaliers

Celtics target JB Bickerstaff agrees to join Cavaliers

The Boston Celtics have an assistant coach opening on their roster. After Micah Shrewsberry left the team to coach at Purdue, the team is looking to hire another assistant for Brad Stevens' staff. 

Recently, the Celtics reportedly interviewed JB Bickerstaff for the role. Bickerstaff, 40, has 15 years of experience as an assistant coach and has also served as the interim for the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. So, it's easy to see why the team wanted him.

However, the Cleveland Cavaliers ended up agreeing to terms with Bickerstaff, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bickerstaff's experience will help first-time NBA coach, John Beilein, to transition from coaching a top college program to coaching an NBA team, as Wojnarowski pointed out. That explains why the Cavs were so willing to pay up for Bickerstaff's services.

While the Celtics may be disappointed that they missed out on Bickerstaff, there are plenty of other coaching candidates available for the team. Notably, former Celtics player Kendrick Perkins has expressed an interest in coaching for the team, but it's unclear if Brad Stevens and company want a more seasoned coach on their roster. Either way, they will continue to try and find a replacement for the departed Shrewsberry.

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NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving 'maintained for months' he wants to play with Anthony Davis

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving 'maintained for months' he wants to play with Anthony Davis

The return of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics has gone from possible to unlikely in recent days. The Celtics' confidence in bringing back Irving has eroded and will likely continue to do so after the Anthony Davis trade.

Davis was traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers for a king's ransom on Saturday night. That will create a new super-team of sorts in L.A., as Davis and LeBron James will team up. However, the team is still looking for a third potential star, and Irving could be in play.

According to Sam Amick and David Aldridge of The Athletic, Irving is still in play for the Lakers. Aldridge, in particular, cited Irving's interest and said: "sources have maintained for months (Irving) wants to play with Davis." If that is, in fact, true, the Lakers would seemingly be an intriguing option for Irving, who has played with LeBron in Cleveland and wants to play with Davis.

Of course, Irving has also been tied heavily to the Brooklyn Nets in the past few weeks, and there have been reports that he may want to team up with Kevin Durant. Durant's Achilles injury may complicate that plan, though, so perhaps that could influence Irving to form a super team with the Lakers instead.

Either way, Irving being in play for the Lakers is a bad sign for the Celtics, as their best shot at retaining Irving would likely have stemmed from acquiring Davis. But, they reportedly didn't want to include Jayson Tatum in any deal given the uncertainty of Davis remaining after the season. Barring a change of heart, it seems that Irving is preparing to leave the C's once free agency rolls around.

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Haberstroh: Anthony Davis to Lakers is a 'crushing blow' to Celtics

Haberstroh: Anthony Davis to Lakers is a 'crushing blow' to Celtics

Did the Celtics make a mistake by not overwhelming the Pelicans with an offer for Anthony Davis?

The C's reportedly refused to include forward Jayson Tatum in a deal, so New Orleans opted to roll with the Lakers' lucrative trade package instead. Davis probably would have only been a one-year rental with Boston, but NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh still believes their failure to acquire Davis is a "crushing blow."

Here's why:

As for the outside teams looking in, this is a crushing blow to the Boston Celtics, who might lose Irving now that Davis is heading West. The Celtics have long believed that trading for Davis would be the best chance in keeping Irving long-term, sources say. But now they’re looking at a revamped 2018 playoff redux with Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the way with Gordon Hayward back in the driver’s seat.

Assuming Irving doesn't re-sign -- a fair assumption given the Nets rumors flying around -- the Celtics will have to find a way to build around Tatum and Jaylen Brown while hoping Gordon Hayward returns to being Gordon Hayward.

Irving's free agency isn't the only murky situation right now for the C's. Al Horford's contract situation remains up in the air as well, as the veteran big man reportedly remains undecided on his player option for next season.

Time will tell whether the Celtics' decision to not pull the trigger on a Davis trade will be a regrettable one. For now, it'll be interesting to see what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve for a backup plan.

Clint Capela, anyone?

>> Read Haberstroh's full column on the Davis deal here

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