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NBA Rumors: Bucks "breathed a sigh of relief" when Celtics emerged as frontrunner for Kemba Walker

NBA Rumors: Bucks "breathed a sigh of relief" when Celtics emerged as frontrunner for Kemba Walker

The last two weeks were rough for the Celtics. Kyrie Irving's departure to Brooklyn became a near certainty and Al Horford's contract negotiations to return to Boston came to an abrupt end, resulting in Horford's expected exit to a team willing to offer him a four-year deal worth up to $112 million

Now that the NBA Draft has concluded and the Celtics' front office got a chance to position themselves for free agency, they responded by seemingly locking up free agent point guard Kemba Walker. Early Thursday morning, Boston emerged as frontrunners to secure Walker on a four-year, $141 million contract after he hit a stalemate with the Hornets. 

Signing Walker to the reported max-contract would take up almost all of the cap space freed up if they renounce their rights to Irving, Horford, Terry Rozier, Brad Wanamaker and Jonathan Gibson and officially complete the trade to send Aron Baynes to Phoneix. This would seemingly take them out of the running for any notable free agent on the market, including Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon. 

A report earlier this week suggested that "chatter was building" around the Celtics' interest in making a sizeable offer sheet to Brogdon, who's a restricted free agent. If the offer sheet was large enough, it would force the Bucks to decide to match a bigger contract they expected or let him walk altogether. According to Zach Lowe, the Bucks "breathed a sigh of relief" when the Celtics became frontrunners for Walker (via Sagar Trika). 

"I think Milwaukee has a number that's too high for them," Lowe said on JJ Redick's podcast. "They're sitting there getting scared about where that number's going to come from. And they breathed a sigh of relief today when Boston emerged as the frontrunners for Kemba Walker, which I think is real and not fake. I don't think that's Kemba Walker's agent trying to leverage Charlotte into a bigger offer."

Taking a productive player like Brogdon away from an East rival would have been a shrewd move from Danny Ainge, but securing a player like Walker should and seemingly is Boston's priority in free agency. Lowe also reaffirms the belief that Walker is Boston-bound, so Celtics fans should get ready for yet another All-Star level point guard playing on the parquet. Maybe this one will last more than two seasons. 

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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck teams up with Michael Jordan, other NBA owners to launch ultra-premium tequila

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck teams up with Michael Jordan, other NBA owners to launch ultra-premium tequila

What do the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, and Milwaukee Bucks all have in common?

No, they didn't all make the playoffs last year. The Lakers and Hornets didn't quite make the cut last year.

No, they're not all in the Eastern Conference. Though the Lakers used to reside in Minneapolis, they are a member of the Western Conference.

Do you give up? Well, the answer is that their owners are partnering together to launch a high-end tequila company, Cincoro Tequila. Darren Rovell was among those that reported the news on Monday, along with the cost per bottle.

This project will involve some of the most influential owners in the NBA in long-time Lakers owner and executive Jeanie Buss, Hornets owner and one of the greatest to play the game of basketball, Michael Jordan, Bucks owner Wes Edens, and, of course, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and his wife, Emilia Fazzalari.

It will be interesting to see if this company pans out. If it does, certainly expect Cincoro to have a presence in the NBA. And who knows? Maybe it will have a bit of a presence with the Celtics once it launches.

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Marcus Smart shares beautiful tribute to mother one year after her death

Marcus Smart shares beautiful tribute to mother one year after her death

Sept. 16, 2019 marks one year since Marcus Smart's mother, Camellia, passed away after a battle with cancer.

Since then, Smart has paid tribute to Camellia in several touching ways. Before last year's season opener, the Celtics guard honored his mom by dressing like a "little king" -- a name she always used to call him. He also has a tattoo to remember her, and continues to make her proud by putting his heart and soul into every single play and representing his home country in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

On Monday, Smart took to social media to honor Camellia with a heartfelt message.

Read below:

Beautifully said.

With the FIBA World Cup in the rearview, Smart's attention shifts to the start of Celtics camp a few weeks from now. He'll hope the chemistry built overseas with C's teammates Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown will carry over to the season opener on Oct. 23.

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