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Under-the-radar good games on next season's Celtics home schedule

Under-the-radar good games on next season's Celtics home schedule

When the Celtics' 2019-20 schedule was released on Monday afternoon, attention naturally focused on the biggest games on their slate.

From Kyrie Irving's return (if he's not dealing with "load management"), to the first visit for the LeBron-AD Lakers, to games against the probable big dogs in the East (Philadelphia, Milwaukee), there are a bunch of must-see games that headline the C's schedule.

But over the course of an 82-game season, there are a bunch of intriguing matchups that deserve attention, even if they won't get a ton of hype.

A. Sherrod Blakely takes a closer look at some sneaky good games on the parquet next season.

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NBA rumors: Heat remain a possible destination for Chris Paul

NBA rumors: Heat remain a possible destination for Chris Paul

The Thunder and Rockets set the NBA world ablaze Thursday night when they pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Russell Westbrook to Houston and Chris Paul to Oklahoma City.

Paul's stay in OKC might be brief, however, as Houston reportedly had hoped to find a third-team destination for him to take his three-year, $124 million contract. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat remain a possible destination for the 34-year-old.

Paul’s agent, Leon Rose, soon will speak with Thunder general manager Sam Presti to discuss "what's next" for Paul, per Sam Amick of The Athletic. 

It remains to be seen whether OKC will ship Paul to the Eastern Conference. Even if that does happen, the Celtics still would be thankful it's Paul taking his talents to South Beach rather than Westbrook.

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Hornets likely moving on from former 2015 No. 9 pick Frank Kaminsky, a pick tied to the C's

Hornets likely moving on from former 2015 No. 9 pick Frank Kaminsky, a pick tied to the C's

During the 2015 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics desperately wanted to move up. Armed with plenty of draft capital over the course of the next few drafts, Danny Ainge and the Celtics reportedly tried to move up into the top 10. Their target in that class? Duke's Justise Winslow.

One of the teams that the Celtics engaged in trade talks with was the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets had the No. 9 pick and per Chris Forsberg (then with ESPN, now with NBC Sports Boston), the Celtics offered as many as six draft picks and four first-round picks to move up and get Winslow.

The Hornets declined. Instead, they took Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky. And four years later, they are likely regretting that decision.

Per Rod Boone of The Athletic, the Hornets are choosing not to extend a qualifying offer to Kaminsky after four seasons with the team.

Kaminsky's departure does have a minor effect on the Hornets' cap space, but the team has only $5 million in practical cap space without Kaminsky, and that's without re-signing either Kemba Walker or Jeremy Lamb. So, it's still going to be hard for Charlotte to bring back Walker and improve the team around him.

And that's a positive for the Celtics, who are rumored to be the frontrunners for Walker's services at the moment.

During his time in Charlotte, Kaminsky averaged 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. He only has shot 42 percent (35 from behind the arc) during his career.

The player the Celtics would have picked, Winslow, has averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field (37 from 3-point range) while playing with the Miami Heat. He has been solid, but his talent still pales in comparison to some of the other assets that that Celtics were able to unearth with their treasure trove of assets, including Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Safe to say, it's definitely a good thing for Boston that the Celtics-Hornets deal didn't end up coming to fruition.

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