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Chauncey Billups chides Paul Pierce on-air over Isaiah Thomas tribute saga

Chauncey Billups chides Paul Pierce on-air over Isaiah Thomas tribute saga

Isaiah Thomas finally got his TD Garden tribute video Monday night ... But should it have happened a year earlier?

While Monday marked the first time the current Denver Nuggets guard played in Boston since leaving the Celtics in 2017, Thomas did visit the Garden on February 11, 2018, while with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But the ex-C's star asked the team not to give him a tribute video then, in part because Paul Pierce, whose Celtics jersey retirement was scheduled for the same game, admitted he'd rather not see a Thomas tribute on his special day.

That leads us to Monday night, when Chauncey Billups couldn't resist chiding Pierce on ESPN's "NBA Countdown" for his role in the strange controversy.

And guess who watched (and apparently enjoyed) Billups' call-out of Pierce? Thomas, of course.

Billups' ribbing appeared to be all in good fun, but Pierce seemed a bit rattled by his co-worker's call-out. He rallied to stand his ground, though.

"I'm not gonna let y'all sit up here and double team me," Pierce added. "That's my night. If you don't like it, then oh well."

Things all worked out in the end, as Pierce and Thomas both got their deserved Boston love-fests. But the whole situation wasn't without some unnecessary drama, and Billups isn't letting Pierce forget that.

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NBA rumors tracker: Latest news, draft buzz after Anthony Davis trade

NBA rumors tracker: Latest news, draft buzz after Anthony Davis trade

The 2019 NBA Draft is just a few days away, but the entire basketball world is still talking about the huge Anthony Davis trade between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans from Saturday.

The Lakers acquired a superstar center in Davis, but they did so at an enormous cost. Los Angeles sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and a bevy of unprotected first-round picks and swaps, essentially giving up their draft capital for the next five or six years.

This trade will have an impact on other moves made around the league, including both free-agent and trade transactions. The rumor mill is going to be churning at warp speed leading into the draft, and also in the week or so leading into free agency on June 30. 

Keep it right here throughout Monday for the latest trade rumors, free-agent news, draft buzz and more!

11 a.m. ET: The Pelicans have more assets than any team in the league following the Davis trade, and moving the No. 4 pick (via Los Angeles) in the 2019 NBA Draft could help them acquire an established star to pair with likely top pick Zion Williamson.

The Atlanta Hawks have the No. 8 and No. 10 picks in the 2019 draft, and they are one team looking to move up in the lottery.

One player who won't play on the Pelicans' new-look roster next season is Julius Randle.

It doesn't sound like the Houston Rockets want to move on from veteran point guard Chris Paul.

 

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How Anthony Davis trade impacts Celtics' 2020 NBA championship odds

How Anthony Davis trade impacts Celtics' 2020 NBA championship odds

The NBA's power structure shifted over the weekend, and not in any way that benefited the Boston Celtics.

The Los Angeles Lakers agreed to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday in a blockbuster trade, pouring ice-cold water on the Celtics' dreams of pair AD with Kyrie Irving.

Boston had as high as 10/1 odds of winning the 2020 NBA championship as of late last week. But with Davis off the table and Irving expected to walk in free agency, those odds have dipped sharply, according Jeff Sherman of SuperBook USA in Las Vegas.

With LeBron James and Davis in tow, the Lakers are the prohibitive favorite to win the 2020 NBA title despite missing the playoffs last season. The Celtics, meanwhile, have worse championship odds than seven other teams and are tied with the Denver Nuggets at 16/1 odds.

There are plenty of offseason shoes still to drop, as Irving, Kawhi Leonard and Kemba Walker will further alter the NBA landscape depending on where they sign in free agency this summer. (The Los Angeles Clippers at 7/1 odds suggests they're among the favorites to land Leonard.) The C's, armed with three first-round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, still could swing a trade to improve their roster after missing out on Davis.

But if Irving walks, it appears Danny Ainge and Co. may opt to build around young players like Jayson Tatum and Jayson Tatum going forward. And in the eyes of the sportsbooks, that puts them in a notably worse position to contend for a title than they were last week.

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