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Vegas says odds are against LeBron James coming to Boston

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Vegas says odds are against LeBron James coming to Boston

BOSTON -- The LeBron James Decision 3.0 will once again be the dominant talking point this summer, with no one having a true sense of what he will do. 
 
Well, as you can imagine, the good folks in Las Vegas have weighed in and -- surprise, surprise -- they’re projecting that James will take his talents out West and play for the Los Angeles Lakers. 
 
Courtesty of online sports betting site Bovada, the Lakers are given 7-4 odds of landing James this summer. The Philadelphia 76ers have 11-5 odds, followed by Houston (5-2), Cleveland (5-1) and San Antonio (8-1). 
 
 The Celtics, considered by some as one of the best fits for James at this point in his career, are behind the Spurs with 12-1 odds of winding up as a Celtic.
 
Rounding out the list of nine teams are Golden State (30-1), the New York Knicks (30-1) and the Miami Heat (40-1).
 
James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers team was swept in the NBA Finals, has indicated that there will be a multitude of factors contributing to whatever decision he makes as far as which team to sign with. 
 
“The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” James told reporters after Cleveland’s Game 4 loss. “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.”

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Report: If Spurs can't retain Kawhi Leonard, they'll trade him to Eastern Conference team

Report: If Spurs can't retain Kawhi Leonard, they'll trade him to Eastern Conference team

If the San Antonio Spurs can't retain disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, they'll likely trade him to an Eastern Conference team, according to a USA TODAY report.

The Celtics have made inquiries about Leonard, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this month. 

More from Sam Amick's story in USA TODAY: 

Fellow West teams have been told, in essence, to get lost – none moreso than the Lakers, according to ESPN. As it stands, the Spurs are determined to either fix the situation or trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team. For teams other than the Lakers, the threat of losing Leonard in free agency next summer makes the prospect of offering meaningful assets a complicated, calculated risk.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich flew to San Diego earlier this week to meet with Leonard, who reportedly will tell any team he's traded to that he intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers when he becomes a free agent next summer. 

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Robert Williams' college coach Billy Kennedy discusses the C's draft pick

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Robert Williams' college coach Billy Kennedy discusses the C's draft pick

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you the latest in Celtics and NBA news in this episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast...

1:40 - The Celtics select Robert Williams with the 27th overall pick. Draper and Blakely discuss why he was still on the board and if the reward will outweigh the risk.

5:15 - Blakely says that a comparison to Roger Williams could be Clint Capela, with maybe a chance to be even better. Also, a discussion about why the Celtics did not move up in the draft.

8:27 - 18:18 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely are joined by Texas A&M head basketball coach Billy Kennedy. Kennedy describes the potential he sees in Robert Williams, if he thought he would go higher in the draft, and what part of his game he will need to improve in the NBA.

18:53 - All eyes will be on Roger Williams during the Celtics summer league. What will he be able to bring to the Celtics?

20:04 - Would you want the Celtics to sign Dwight Howard? Or would you rather have Aron Baynes return to Boston?

26:02 - The Spurs are not going to be able to get full value for Kawhi Leonard and how it's looking less and less likely that the Celtics will trade for Leonard.

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