Good morning, Boston Celtics fans!
We’re starting to get to the point of the offseason where things are barely happening. There’s just not a ton of news to be had out there, but if you look hard enough, there are still plenty of juicy storylines to be had.
For example: I was a bit surprised when the Houston Rockets decided not to match the Dallas Mavericks offer for Chandler Parsons. After all, Houston was a team that looked like it was on the verge of contending for a championship last year. Guess they didn’t think Parsons was good enough to be the third-highest paid player on the team . . . which offended Parsons:
“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.
“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”
Good news, Houston: Parsons is in Dallas. You won’t have to worry about him coming back to haunt you at all next year.
(Did that sarcasm come through okay?!?)
Whether you agree with Parson or not, you have to wonder whether Houston had a clear plan of attack this offseason. But hey - they did get Trevor Ariza!
Check out this video featuring Mike and Mike over at ESPN Radio that discusses the Parsons-Rockets mess.
Then, check out this video breaking down which teams have fared the best during free agency so far . . . and which teams have fallen flat on their faces.
The Boston Celtics are expected to officially get Avery Bradley’s signature on his new 4-year, $32million contract today.
Avery Bradley expected in Boston tomorrow to take physical and finally sign his contract – per agent Mitchell Butler.
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 14, 2014
So that’s good news.
Not so good news: the ownership uncertainty out in Los Angeles, which head coach Doc Rivers admits has hurt the team:
It has hurt us some this summer. You go in to talk to a free agent and most guys, teams will bring their owner. I go in, looking like this, by myself. I don’t know what effect that has had but that’s not been great for us.
Finally, USA Basketball has announced the roster for the Men’s National Team training camp. The FIBA World Cup begins on August 30, so mark your calendars, everyone, and thanks for reading!