One of the best stories during the second half of the shortened NBA season is the resurgence of the Boston Celtics.
Thought too old to contend at the start of the season and the championship window appearing all but closed with the age of the core, the Celtics have taken over sole possession of the Atlantic Division and with some roster tweaks, coach Doc Rivers has his club poised to make some noise in the postseason.
While two of the Big Three are free agents at the end of this season, according to Yahoo! Sports, they were almost broken up at the trade deadline.
As the NBA trade deadline lurched into its final hour a month ago, league sources say the call Ray Allen long feared had come: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on the line, telling him he had been traded. Allen had been sent to the Memphis Grizzlies for a package including O.J. Mayo and a draft pick, and the Celtics' Big Three had come to a most brusque ending.
Before the Big Three could make it past the trade deadline, Allen-to-the-Grizzlies had to fall apart and discussions on a deal that would have sent Paul Pierce to the New Jersey Nets for an expiring Mehmet Okur contract and a lottery pick never reached completion, league sources said.
Its clear that Boston will make some changes this summer as Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are both unrestricted free agents, although both could re-sign for less money.
Allen has already let it be known that he wants to compete for a starting spot and not get used to his current bench role.
The Celtics were rumored to be trying to move Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul before the season begin and once again during the season.
Boston will have a lot of money cleared up during the summer to go out and entice potential free agents to retool their roster, so it will be interesting to see what Danny Ainge does.
The Bears 2020 offseason feels like it's been underway for a while, but the reality is it's just getting started. The fun gets underway in March when unrestricted free agency kicks off, followed by the 2020 NFL Draft – when GM Ryan Pace will try to flip Chicago's two second-round picks into potential starters for a team that isn't that far away from contending for a Super Bowl.
Here are the key dates to bookmark in your calendar for the Bears' offseason:
- Feb. 24-March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
- Feb. 25 – Ryan Pace/Matt Nagy meet with media at NFL Combine
- Feb. 24 – March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
- March 18 – Free agency and new league year begins
- April 7 – Ed Block Courage Award presentation
- April 20 – Bears may begin offseason workout programs
- April 21 – Brian Piccolo Awards presented to rookie and veteran
- April 21 – Ryan Pace will speak with the media ahead of NFL Draft
- April 23-25 – 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas
- May 8-10 – Bears rookie minicamp at Halas Hall
- May 16 – Bears Care Gala at Soldier Field
- May 27 – May 29 – OTA practices
- June 2-4 – OTA practices
- June 8 – 11 – OTA practices
- June 16-18 – Mandatory full-squad minicamp
David Haugh, Alex Maragos and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.
0:00 - The NBA All-Star Game is over and the city was the biggest star of the weekend. The guys weigh in on the thrilling finish and if the rule changes saved the All-Star game.
5:30 - Michael Jordan was not in the "House That MJ Built." Should his Airness have had more of a presence?
9:00 - Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson spent the weekend asking some of the sport's heavy hitters about how to fix their front office. Will the changes work?
13:00 - Jesse Rogers joins Kap from Cubs camp in Mesa to talk about Javy Baez's comments about not being ready to play some days. They also discuss Kris Bryant's candid comments about his contract and his future with the Cubs.
18:00 - The guys weigh in on Tom Rickett's comments on the state of the team's baseball budget.
26:00 - Chuck Garfien joins Kap from Sox camp in Glendale. They talk about the excitement level with everybody in camp, the team's thoughts on the Astros scandal, the chances Nick Madrigal breaks camp with the team and the Carlos Rodon's progress from Tommy John surgery.
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