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Nets reportedly got very creative with Kyrie Irving's new contract

Nets reportedly got very creative with Kyrie Irving's new contract

The Brooklyn Nets apparently took a page from the NFL to make room for Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan this offseason.

Irving and Durant "officially" will earn $31.7 million each next season -- $1 million fewer than the maximum -- on deals that allowed the Nets to sign their close pal Jordan.

But according to ESPN's Zach Lowe and Bobby Marks, both players' contracts come with exactly $1 million worth of incentives that could bring them to that $32.7 million number while keeping their cap hits at $31.7 million.

It won't be easy for Irving, though. The former Boston Celtics guard has eight separate incentives worth $125,000 each, per Lowe and Marks.

The first? He appears in at least 70 games next season. That means less "load management" for Irving, who played in just 67 games last season and 60 the season before with Boston.

Here are six other incentives for Irving that ESPN.com listed:

- Appears in 60 regular-season games and averages fewer than 2.4 turnovers per game.

- Appears in at least 60 regular-season games and attempts at least 4.6 free throws per game.

- Shoots 88.5 percent or better from the free throw line in the regular season.

- Makes at least 2.8 3-pointers per game in the regular season.

- Commits fewer than 2.1 fouls per game in the regular season.

- The Nets score at least 114 points per 100 possessions in the regular season with Irving on the floor.

Those benchmarks are all slightly beyond Irving's season averages and may be tough to reach. Despite posting one best statistical seasons ever, Irving wouldn't have hit any of these eight incentives in Boston last year.

Irving also will be without Durant this season as the forward recovers from an Achilles injury, and remains to be seen how he'll mesh with a new roster and head coach after an ugly final campaign with the C's.

But it appears Kyrie will be motivated by money, as he has an incentive-laden contract that mirrors a deal the New England Patriots may give Tom Brady to maximize their cap space.

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Grant Williams has message for Celtics fans after 'incredible' NBA Summer League experience

Grant Williams has message for Celtics fans after 'incredible' NBA Summer League experience

Grant Williams' Celtics career is just getting started, but he's already saying all the right things.

In a video posted by the NBA Draft Twitter account, the C's rookie delivered a brief message to fans positively reflecting on his first NBA Summer League experience.

Watch below:

"Honestly, my first Summer League experience was incredible,” Williams said. “I was honored to represent the Boston Celtics franchise and to learn a lot of great things from a lot of talented people. I got to enjoy my teammates and make lifelong relationships. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, I’m excited for the season, let’s go Celtics.”

Williams, who was drafted out of Tennessee with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, impressed in his five Summer League appearances. The 20-year-old forward averaged 13 points, six rebounds and 1.8 assists in 24.2 minutes per game.

If Williams' play in his rookie year is as encouraging as his attitude, he'll be well on his way to becoming a fan favorite in Boston.

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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Andrew Cashner to make Boston debut after trade

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Andrew Cashner to make Boston debut after trade

Andrew Cashner will make his Boston Red Sox debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night after being acquired via trade from the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.

Cashner should provide much-needed depth at the back end of Boston's rotation, and his ability to eat up innings could provide valuable relief for the team's overworked bullpen. The veteran right-hander went 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and 66 strikeouts over 96 1/3 innings in 17 starts for Baltimore. That's a pretty good stat line for a pitcher on baseball's worst team.

Xander Bogaerts made unique Red Sox history in Monday night's win over the Blue Jays by recording one run, one hit and one RBI in seven consecutive games. Michael Chavis also hit the first grand slam of his young MLB career to power Boston to a 10-8 victory. Both of these talented young players will be in Tuesday night's lineup with Boston aiming to push its post-All Star break record above the .500 mark.

Here are the lineups for both teams.

BOSTON RED SOX (51-43)
Mookie Betts, RF
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
J.D. Martinez, DH
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Christian Vázquez, C 
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Michael Chavis, 1B
Brock Holt, 2B

Andrew Cashner, RHP

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (35-60)

Eric Sogard, 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
Lourdes Gurriel Jr., DH
Randal Grichuk, RF
Danny Jansen, C
Justin Smoak, 1B
Freddy Galvis, SS
Teoscar Hernandez, CF
Billy McKinney, LF

Jacob Waguespack, RHP

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