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Celtics reportedly whining that Sixers tampered with Al Horford

Celtics reportedly whining that Sixers tampered with Al Horford

You almost hate to C it.

The Celtics are apparently not thrilled with the way the Sixers’ courtship of Al Horford went down, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst (h/t NBC Sports).

The Celtics were, from what I am told, one of the teams that kind of stomped their feet about what they felt was tampering. Not with Kyrie, although that looked like it was lined up pretty far in advance. But with Horford. What happened with Horford – again, from what I am told – really upset the Celtics, that they were thinking they were going to be able to negotiate with him, talk to him about a new contract, and all of a sudden, it was like he already knew what his market was and was out of there.

Wah, wah and wah.

Danny Ainge would probably claim he almost brought Horford back before those tampering Sixers snatched him up. Horford is a smart guy. Of course his agent assessed his value before June 30. Boston’s supposed “Plan A” was bringing in Kemba Walker, something they would've had a hard time doing if they signed Horford to a similar contract then the Sixers did.

Even if GM Elton Brand, a former teammate of Horford’s in Atlanta, had contact with the free-agent-to be beforehand, so what? It’s just more representative of a broken system. As NBC Sports Kurt Helin points out, it’s hypocritical of the Celtics, who clearly had a deal in place with Walker well before free agency began.

It’s almost tampering, but it’s not.

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Watch Ben Simmons put up the most jumpers we've seen in latest video

Watch Ben Simmons put up the most jumpers we've seen in latest video

Just when you thought you got your final batch of Ben Simmons taking jumper videos, some fresh ones hit the Twittersphere Wednesday.

And this was probably the most shots of him taking actual NBA threes we’ve gotten.

While none of this really matters until Simmons takes these shots in an actual NBA game, the confidence he shows in these videos is encouraging.

And while these types of video are always edited just right to make the subject look good, it is nice to see the shots actually going down.

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Sixers Talk: The guys are reunited and disagree on Joel Embiid's load management

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Sixers Talk: The guys are reunited and disagree on Joel Embiid's load management

Danny Pommells is back and he joins Paul Hudrick to talk Mike Scott being the gift that keeps on giving and Joel Embiid's load managment.

• The biggest takeaways from Mike Scott's roundtable with the media.

• Are you comfortable with Joel Embiid's not playing back to backs? The guys disagree.

• Can you root for Team USA with four Celtics leading the squad?

• Whose side are you on: Royce White or Jared Dudley?

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