LAS VEGAS – The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t made any significant upgrades though the Boston Celtics have with Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris, but Bradley Beal isn’t sold that either team has a lock on the East for 2017-18.
“It’s a great move by them. I hate it because Gordon and I have the same agent,” Beal said of Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports. “My agent kind of set me up a little bit.”
The Celtics beat the Wizards in seven games of the conference semifinals in May. It’s a heated rivalry that got more complex because Marcus Morris is the twin of Wizards forward Markieff Morris.
“Might be even more (competitive) with him over there,” Beal said of Marcus Morris in Boston. “I actually like the idea of it. It keeps it competitive. It keeps the league better, everybody fighting for the same thing. I like the idea of (a rivalry). We have respect for each other, a mutual respect.“
Boston traded Avery Bradley, who hounded Beal at every turn and is one of the league's elite defensive players. He's now with the Detroit Pistons. But Jae Crowder, a forward who got into it with John Wall during the regulaar season, remains.
Morris isn't a fan of Celtics center Al Horford, who he believes delivered a cheap shot to hurt his ankle in the their series.
In other words, there's still plenty of heat simmering.
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