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NBA Rumors: Celtics have 'monitored' Danilo Gallinari as trade target

NBA Rumors: Celtics have 'monitored' Danilo Gallinari as trade target

You can add another name to the list of big men the Boston Celtics may target ahead of the 2020 NBA trade deadline.

The Celtics have "monitored" Oklahoma City Thunder big man Danilo Gallinari as a potential trade target, Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus reported Thursday, citing an NBA source.

Boston reportedly also is interested in Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, who would provide more of what the Celtics are looking for as a physical, rim-protecting presence.

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The 31-year-old Gallinari doesn't have Drummond's paint presence but is a superior scorer who can stretch the floor: He's averaging 18.1 points per game this season and ranks 14th in the NBA with 2.9 3-pointers made per game.

Neither Drummond nor Dallinari would come cheap, though: Gallinari is making $22.6 million on the final year of his contract, while Drummond is netting $27 million with a player option for 2020-21.

That means Boston likely would need to include either Gordon Hayward or Marcus Smart to make the salaries match, assuming Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are untouchable.

Both Hayward and Smart reportedly have been non-starters in recent trade considerations, however.

The Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors are among "several" teams pursuing Gallinari, per Pincus, so unless the Celtics can work out a favorable deal, it seems unlikely they'd pull the trigger on the 12-year veteran.

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This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

The Boston Celtics had no intention of returning to Orlando for Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.

On this date exactly 10 years ago, Paul Pierce made sure of that.

"The Truth" was an absolute force against the Magic in Game 6 of the East Finals on May 28, 2010, scoring 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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The result: A 96-84 Celtics win at TD Garden that eliminated Orlando and punched Boston's ticket to the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics only have one other victory on this date (they're 2-3 on May 28) but it also came during the Big Three era:

May 28, 2008: Kevin Garnett (33 points) and Ray Allen (29 points) carry the load as Boston edges the Detroit Pistons 106-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The C's finish the Pistons off in Game 6 to advance to the Finals.

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Basketball Hall of Fame's 2020 induction ceremony moved to 2021 due to COVID-19

Basketball Hall of Fame's 2020 induction ceremony moved to 2021 due to COVID-19

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame typically inducts its new class every August, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's ceremony will be pushed back to next year.

The Hall of Fame's board of governors chairman, Jerry Colangelo, confirmed the news to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan.

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Colangelo said the original dates of enshrinement weekend, Aug. 28-30, and the proposed alternate dates of Oct. 10-12, are "just not feasible" in light of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 in the U.S. and has rendered large gatherings taboo. The board of governors will convene on June 10, he said, to explore spring dates.

Colangelo also noted the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame classes will have their own induction ceremonies.

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"We won't be combining them," Colangelo told MacMullan. "The Class of 2020 is a very special class and deserves its own celebration."

He's definitely right about the 2020 class. It's a particularly special one, mostly because of the NBA legends who were voted to be inducted.

The class is headlined by Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant. It's arguably the greatest Hall of Fame class in history, one that includes three of the top 15 to 20 players of all-time who combined to win 11 NBA championships and four league MVP awards.

While it's disappointing that fans will have to wait until next year to see the 2020 class enter the Hall of Fame, delaying the ceremony absolutely is the right decision to ensure the safety of everyone involved.