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Report: Celtics never felt deal was close for Anthony Davis

Report: Celtics never felt deal was close for Anthony Davis

It appears the Celtics never were close to a deal for Anthony Davis after all.

The Pelicans dealt the superstar big man to the Lakers in a blockbuster trade on Saturday. The C's reportedly were unwilling to include forward Jayson Tatum in a trade package, so New Orleans went with Los Angeles' lucrative offer instead.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, Danny Ainge and Co. never felt they were near the finish line with a deal.

The Celtics' unwillingness to beef up their trade package likely was due to the uncertainty with Davis' long-term commitment to Boston. His agent, Rich Paul, warned the C's earlier this week that his client would not sign an extension and instead would enter free agency in 2020.

As the Davis sweepstakes finally come to an end, all eyes are on Kyrie Irving and what the star guard will do once free agency begins on June 30.

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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 P

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (35-60)

(Not yet announced)

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Chris Herren documentary, 'The First Day,' to air Tuesday night on ESPN

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Chris Herren documentary, 'The First Day,' to air Tuesday night on ESPN

Since retiring from the NBA, Chris Herren has visited schools across the country, urging students not to make the same mistakes he did. 

Throughout his college and NBA career, Herren battled substance abuse issues, culminating in a heroin overdose in 2008. Paramedics said he had died for 30 seconds. Herren recounted that instance and several other stunning encounters with drugs in his memoir, "Basketball Junkie and in "Unguarded," an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary directed by Jonathan Hock. 

On Tuesday, we'll get a new look at Herren's story, this time focused on his mission to educate young people on the realities of addiction. Watch the cathartic trailer for "The First Day" here: 

Herren played two seasons in the NBA, one of which came with the Celtics. Tuesday's documentary airs on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. Like "Unguarded," "The First Day" is also directed by Jonathan Hock. 

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