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NBA rumors: How Nets' Kyrie Irving pursuit is impacted by second star joining him

NBA rumors: How Nets' Kyrie Irving pursuit is impacted by second star joining him

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving reportedly is "prepared to sign" with the Brooklyn Nets, but would they change their mind about the 27-year-old veteran if a second superstar free agent doesn't join him this summer?

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski addressed this possibility during Wednesday's episode of "Get Up."

“What Brooklyn would like to have is not just Kyrie Irving, but a second star come in with him, and obviously Kevin Durant is that player,” Wojnarowski said.

“If they don’t get a second star, it'll be interesting to see if Brooklyn wants to have Kyrie Irving as a solo act. That didn’t go so great in Boston last year. So we’ll see if Brooklyn is still following through on just Kyrie Irving, because if they don’t take Kyrie Irving they can just bring back D’Angelo Russell at a lower number, younger player. But the focus with the Nets (is getting) two stars, and to try to get Kyrie Irving to go out and try to recruit KD.”

No, it didn't go well at all in Boston this past season with Irving as the leader. Irving was among the reasons why team chemistry seemed to be a real issue with the Celtics throughout the 2018-19 campaign, and his leadership skills were justifiably questioned numerous times. Irving had a good statistical season in Boston, but the team came up woefully short of expectations by finishing in fourth place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season and then being eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in a five-game second-round playoff series.

The Nets made the playoffs last season with a young, hard-working team led by a young, up-and-coming head coach in Kenny Atkinson. They looked a lot like the Celtics did before irving came to Boston in the summer of 2017. Do the Nets want to risk Irving messing up the impressive culture they've built over the last few years? It's a risk Brooklyn must weigh over the next two weeks.

The Russell part of this equation is interesting as well. He was an All-Star for Brooklyn last season and is four years younger than Irving. Russell also would be cheaper to re-sign than the Celtics' guard, as Woj noted. The Nets shouldn't let Russell walk as a restricted free agent without getting anything in return unless they know for sure that Irving and a second superstar are coming in free agency. Russell is a great asset, either as an important part of the Nets' core going forward or as a trade chip.

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NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

Tacko Fall took the Las Vegas Summer League by storm not only with his size, but his ability to impact the game in ways players that big struggle to do consistently at the highest level. 

The Celtics got a front-row seat to Fall's play after signing the big man to an Exhibit 10 contract following the 2019 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.2 points, four rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 77 percent shooting to go along with some eye-popping dunks where he barely left the floor. 

It's up to Boston whether to carry him on the roster next season, and one anonymous Celtics staffer believes Fall is worth an investment, especially if he continues to develop at the rate he has been since the draft. 

The Celtics filled its last roster spot by signing Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed contract this week and have both two-way contract slots occupied by Max Strus and Tremont Waters. 

Boston typically brings in more than 15 players under contract into camp for competition purposes, but the Exhibit 10 contract gives Fall a guaranteed camp invite along with a $50,000 bonus if the Celtics waive him and want to sign him to the Maine Red Claws. 

It's difficult to see what the staffer means exactly by saying he's "worth an investment." But whether it means a full-time roster spot, a two-way deal or the $50,000 bonus to play in Maine all season, it's clear the Celtics want to give the 7-7 big man out of UCF an extended look this year. While Fall has a very long way to go before he can crack an NBA rotation, you can't deny how much fun it is to watch him dwarf the giants of the league. 

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WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

Former Celtics forward and NBC Sports Boston's own Brian Scalabrine showed he still has a little something left over from his playing days during a BIG3 game Sunday. 

Scalabrine found himself guarding former scoring wing Stephen Jackson, and when Jackson went up for a reverse layup on the right side of the rim, Scalabrine was there to send it back. Since BIG3 basketball is played in the half-court, Scal's team quickly turned the play into two points. 

This shouldn't come all that surprising though. Say what you want about Scal's offensive game when he didn't have his jumper going, but the man was always an underrated post defender. 

Given the state of the Celtics frontcourt going into the 2019-20 season, could they use some of Scal's interior presence on the defensive end? Probably not, but that most likely won't stop him from sharing his highlights with Brad Stevens and the Celtics coaching staff. 

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