Paul Pierce makes case for Tristan Thompson to pursue buyout, Celtics

Paul Pierce makes case for Tristan Thompson to pursue buyout, Celtics

Tristan Thompson will not pursue a buyout from the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce is hoping he changes his mind.

Pierce, who's now an NBA analyst on ESPN, made a case for Thompson on Thursday's episode of "The Jump" to pursue a buyout and ultimately join the Celtics ahead of the playoffs.

"Tristan, you are the one player who can put the Boston Celtics over the top," Pierce said. "Taking a couple extra less millions is worth it. I'm telling you, it's worth it."

Short and sweet from Pierce.

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It's possible Thompson could change his mind, and it probably would be the best decision for him.

He would lose some money if bought out, but he's finishing up a five-year, $82 million contract that ended up being an overpay by the Cavaliers. It's also worth noting Cleveland acquired a player very similar to Thompson in Andre Drummond before Thursday's NBA trade deadline. The Cavs dumped a few bad contracts to take Drummond from the Detroit Pistons in a trade that likely will benefit neither side.

Leaving the Cavs and playing for a contender would be a lot more exciting for Thompson through the end of the season. The alternative is playing 25 to 30 minutes for one of the worst teams in the league.

Thompson would likely play an important role on the Celtics. Boston would be wise to bolster its center depth on the buyout market, and Thompson's rebounding and interior defense would be valuable to the C's. Thompson also has plenty of playoff experience thanks to four NBA Finals appearances when the Cavs were led by LeBron James from 2014-15 through 2017-18.

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Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Enes Kanter remains on top of his TikTok game.

The Boston Celtics center took a break from eating marshmallows off a treadmill to share his hysterical impression of teammate Tacko Fall.

Watch his latest masterpiece below:

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That's about as accurate as it gets.

As much as it seems Kanter is making the most of quarantine life, he's itching to get back onto the court. He recently expressed concern about the NBA season potentially getting cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which especially would be crushing since the C's are in the mix for a title.

You can hear more from Kanter in the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show" below:

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

A virtual game of HORSE? The NBA certainly is trying to get creative amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a HORSE competition involving "several high-profile players," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The competitors would take shots from their home gyms and have to match those of other players. 

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Will one of those "high-profile players" be former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce? It's possible, and he wants in on the competition.

The 10-time All-Star actually could make a splash in the competition -- he shot 44.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc in his 19-year NBA career. 

If the 42-year-old ends up competing in the competition, the only thing going against him would be his age. However, if he's anything like Tom Brady then he'll be just fine. 

With the NBA season on pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a HORSE competition could be pretty fun to watch.