Good morning, Boston Celtics fans!
First off, I’m going to give a shout-out to the middle child in my three-kid zoo: Sean Logan, have a happy 4th birthday today!!!! I’ll see you when I’m done with this post.
Another day, another dollar – just keep telling yourself that as you plod through your work day this morning. To help you out, here’s some reading material to keep you from getting too bogged down in doing your actual job today.
Things have slowed to a bit of a crawl in the NBA right about now, but don’t be deceived: there are still some juicy storylines to follow. For example, did you know there are still some pretty good players available on the free agency market? It’s true! Head over to NBC Sports for the list of who is still available. There’s a few players I wish the Boston Celtics had taken a stab at, but for now it looks like we’re rolling into 2014-2015 ready for another lottery-bound effort.
It sounds like the Cleveland Cavaliers will be signing Andrew Wiggins this week:
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 21, 2014
Putting the ink on a contract doesn’t mean Wiggins won’t be traded; it simply means that Cleveland will have to wait 30 days until they serve him up on a platter for Kevin Love. At least we have something to look forward to when it comes to the end of August!’
Now that the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues have (nearly) wrapped up play, it’s time to start going crazy and predict which players are the front-runners for Rookie of the Year!
As of right now, it seems like the only two teams really in the running for Kevin Love any more are the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. It would appear that the Warriors are not willing to include Klay Thompson in any sort of deal, however – and is it possible that defense is the reason?
The Warriors and Timberwolves got close on a deal that would have sent Kevin Love to Golden State, but the main sticking point was reportedly Minnesota’s demand that Klay Thompson be included as part of the package.
Those inside the Warriors organization were split on whether or not to give up Thompson, and on the surface, it appeared as though the team didn’t want to break up its promising young guard tandem for offensive purposes — after all, they are the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game.
But the real reason for keeping Thompson, according to the latest report, is that the Warriors are actually concerned about the defense.
Defense wins championships, right?
Finally, in case you had not noticed it, the Boston Celtics have quite the crowded backcourt on their hands. This article helps break down who will be playing where, and for how long, each game.
Their backcourt is bursting with lead ball-handlers, talented playmakers, scorers, defensive savants, freakish athletes and unbelievable competitors.
Not all can play at once, and in any given 48-minute game, one or two won’t play at all. These five have overlapping skill sets, so head coach Brad Stevens will have to figure out the optimal rotations and combinations.
Let’s take a closer look how Boston’s guards will see the floor, who they’ll likely play with and what their responsibilities will entail.
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