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Would Kelly Olynyk still be with Celtics if Gordon Hayward joined Heat instead?

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Would Kelly Olynyk still be with Celtics if Gordon Hayward joined Heat instead?

Kelly Olynyk was the hero for the Boston Celtics in their Game 7 win to eliminate the Washington Wizards in the 2017 Eastern Conference semifinals. Two months later, he was taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat.

Olynyk might still be a Celtic if Gordon Hayward, who met with the Heat in free agency in the summer of 2017, decided to pass on the Celtics and join Pat Riley's roster instead.

"I mean, who knows where any of us would be right now otherwise?" Olynyk told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman ahead of Thursday night's Celtics vs. Heat matchup in Miami. 

Olynyk was a restricted free agent that summer as his rookie contract expired. The Heat offered him a four-year, $50 million offer sheet, and he wisely accepted. The Celtics, understandbly, weren't going to match that after agreeing to a max contract with Hayward.

"I don't even know if the Heat would have offered me an offer sheet," Olynyk said, per Winderman. "So you never know what happened. If he didn't sign there, maybe I would be back in Boston now."

It's really impossible to say with any certainty if Olynyk would still be with the Celtics right now had Hayward gone elsewhere. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge turned over nearly his entire 2016-17 roster, headlined by the blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers that included swapping point guards Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving. Ainge isn't afraid to trade anyone if it's going to make his team better.

Olynyk was a solid player for Boston, but it's probably for the best he moved on. He's currently averaging 9.7 points per game and shooting just 33.7 percent from 3-point range. The Celtics have a lot of decisions to make in free agency over the next few years, and not having Olynyk's $12-plus million salary cap hit on the books is helpful. The Celtics gave Marcus Smart a very similar four-year contract in July, and he provides much more value than Olynyk.

Olynyk will be squaring off against Hayward as a Celtic for the first time Thursday night. Hayward, of course, missed all the Celtics-Heat meetings last season due to injury. It should provide Olynyk with extra motivation to play well, and improve on his 17.3 points per game average against the C's from last year.

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Celtics center Enes Kanter gifts Bill and Hillary Clinton with Celtics jerseys

Celtics center Enes Kanter gifts Bill and Hillary Clinton with Celtics jerseys

Enes Kanter has made quite a few headlines on social media since joining the Boston Celtics this offseason. And on Monday night, he continued to make some waves.

Kanter posted pictures of himself meeting with former president Bill Clinton and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Kanter gifted both with custom Celtics jerseys and detailed a conversation he had with Bill in a recent tweet.

Clinton's savvy Kyrie Irving joke shows that he must be following the team. Perhaps he became a Celtics fan when he attended law school at Yale. But either way, his allegiance appears to be with the Celtics.

According to another tweet, Kanter was meeting with the Clintons to discuss human rights violations in Turkey. The Turkish Kanter has openly spoken out against Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

This likely won't be the last time that Kanter meets with political figures during his Celtics career.

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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck teams up with Michael Jordan, other NBA owners to launch ultra-premium tequila

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck teams up with Michael Jordan, other NBA owners to launch ultra-premium tequila

What do the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, and Milwaukee Bucks all have in common?

No, they didn't all make the playoffs last year. The Lakers and Hornets didn't quite make the cut last year.

No, they're not all in the Eastern Conference. Though the Lakers used to reside in Minneapolis, they are a member of the Western Conference.

Do you give up? Well, the answer is that their owners are partnering together to launch a high-end tequila company, Cincoro Tequila. Darren Rovell was among those that reported the news on Monday, along with the cost per bottle.

This project will involve some of the most influential owners in the NBA in long-time Lakers owner and executive Jeanie Buss, Hornets owner and one of the greatest to play the game of basketball, Michael Jordan, Bucks owner Wes Edens, and, of course, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and his wife, Emilia Fazzalari.

It will be interesting to see if this company pans out. If it does, certainly expect Cincoro to have a presence in the NBA. And who knows? Maybe it will have a bit of a presence with the Celtics once it launches.

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