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NBA Rumors: Why Celtics may hesitate to trade Grizzlies pick for big man

NBA Rumors: Why Celtics may hesitate to trade Grizzlies pick for big man

The Boston Celtics have the best record in the NBA through 11 games, but also could use an upgrade at center if they want to be a legitimate title contender.

Turns out they have the perfect asset to swing a deal for a big man ahead of the NBA trade deadline -- or so we thought.

That asset is the Grizzlies' first-round draft pick, which is Top-6 protected in 2020 and would become an unprotected first-rounder in 2021 if Memphis lands inside the top six in 2020.

Boston could dangle that pick to target a top-tier big man, but a "rival" NBA general manager told Heavy.com's Sean Deveney he doesn't see that happening.

"It wouldn’t make sense to move the Memphis pick," the GM told Deveney. "If it’s Anthony Davis then, OK, you change your plans. But there’s not really anyone on the market who is going to get them to move that."

Which big men could be on the market, you ask?

Deveney cited sources who told him the Indiana Pacers "would be unlikely" to trade center Myles Turner, then added the Celtics would be "reluctant" to pursue San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge if it meant giving up Gordon Hayward.

Houston Rockets rim-runner Clint Capela also has been speculated as a Boston trade target, but as that GM suggested, the Celtics have placed a high value on a Memphis pick that should be a lottery selection and may not want to deal the pick unless they can land an elite player.

There's one wrinkle, though: Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and the young Grizzlies have exceeded early expectations. They have the NBA's 12th-worst record as of Tuesday and could leave the C's with a low lottery pick in 2020 if they continue to improve.

But president of basketball operations Danny Ainge won't unload draft assets without getting good value in return, and it seems good value is hard to come by at the moment.

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Five under-the-radar NBA rookies to watch this season

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Five under-the-radar NBA rookies to watch this season

BOSTON -- When the NBA season officially kicks off, you can bank on much of the rookie hype being centered around the top three picks in the draft - Zion Williamson of New Orleans, Ja Morant in Memphis and the New York Knicks’ R.J. Barrett. 

Even with the top picks gobbling up most of the rookie shine, there are always a handful of first-year ballers whose play significantly outperforms where they were taken in the draft. 

And while most of the players we’re going to talk about on this list were first-round picks, you won’t find a lottery (top 14) pick among them. 

Why?

Because by virtue of being among the top 14 players selected, coming into the NBA and making an immediate impact is what’s supposed to happen, right? 

Recent winners of the rookie of the year award serve as a reminder of how the best rookies that float to the surface of success early on tend to come from the pool of players selected in the lottery. 

Since the lottery’s inception in 1985, only two non-lottery pick players went on to win the rookie of the year. 

And while this year’s rookie class has some elite players at the top, there’s no shortage of talented players who are eager to make the transition from being a player with potential to one who proves his worth in this league sooner rather than later. 

 

Celtics fail to execute down the stretch in Summer League loss to Grizzlies

Celtics fail to execute down the stretch in Summer League loss to Grizzlies

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics’ summer league dream of a championship has come to a crashing half following a 94-88 loss to Memphis in their summer league quarterfinal matchup. 

After trailing most of the game, top-seeded Boston had multiple possessions to tie the game or take the lead when they were down 89-87.

They finally trimmed the lead after Carsen Edwards was fouled. 

He made the second of two free throws that cut the Memphis lead to 89-88 with 37.9 seconds to play. 

But a series of Celtics miscues and big plays by the eighth-seed Grizzlies catapulted them to a 5-0 run to end the game. 

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s summer season-ending loss.

STARS

Tyler Harvey: The Grizzlies had several players step up after having been smashed by the Celtics just 48 hours earlier. Leading that charge was Harvey who had a team-high 20 points.

Tremont Waters: Regardless of what he did on the floor, simply willing himself to play made him a star tonight. Less than 48 hours after the death of his father, the Connecticut native was back on the floor starting for the Celtics summer league team. He still managed to play a solid game, scoring 16 points and three assists.

Brandon Clarke: A huge tip-in late in the game was a key factor Memphis holding off a late surge by Boston. But Clarke was involved in several other key plays for the Grizzlies as he finished with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Carsen Edwards: The shots just keep falling, one big one after another for Edwards who came off the bench and led all scorers with 25 points. 

STUDS

Bruno Caboclo: His activity on the glass was a huge factor in the game’s outcome as he finished with a near double-double of nine points and 10 rebounds. 

Robert Williams III: He scored just one point, but his ability to effectively patrol the paint was a major factor in Boston staying within striking distance. He would finish with one point but grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds. 

Javonte Green: He had a huge gaffe on a late-game in-bounds play which on some levels masked what was an otherwise solid night in which he scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. 

DUDS

Grant Williams: The struggle was real for Grant Williams, who could never get his game going offensively while providing very little impact at the other end of the court. He would tally 11 points on 3-for-9 shooting. But more telling was his plus/minus was a minus-8 for the game. 

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