DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

I have already stated that I am not sure is DeMarcus Cousins would fit in Boston but I would still take the risk depending on the package Sacramento is looking for. There are a number of things general manager Danny Ainge could do to get Cousins or some other star, given the cap situation and the number of tradable pieces on the books. Quite possibly the best, and least talked about of these assets is the two large trade exceptions Boston has from Tayshaun Prince and Rajon Rondo. These could be huge in a scenario where Ainge goes all in for next season. If he decides to simply use all cap room, trade exceptions, trades and draft picks between now and next year’s trade deadline, there are endless possibilities — one of which is figuring out a way to bring the Kings big man to Boston.

Cousins is on a great contract, through 2017-18, plays well on both ends of the court (when he wants to) and is possibly the most frightening low post threat in the league. That all sounds great but that last part is what worries me. In an increasingly perimeter oriented league, maybe a guy who plays almost exclusively inside isn’t worth as much as one that can stretch the floor. So there are two questions that need to be answered: Is DeMarcus Cousins worth trading for? And if so, how do you do it? Continue reading Using Trade Exceptions and Bringing Boogie to Boston »

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All (Mookie) Betts Are Off

June 6, 2015 at 2:30pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox
Mookie Betts

With a little over a month and a half before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, there are sure to be an increased amount of chatter between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies concerning their ace pitcher, Cole Hamels.

One would suspect that the price tag for Hamels has increased due to his recent surge on the mound. Hamels has given up an impressive seven earned runs in his past five starts while striking out a combined total of 38 batters. He has also had an average ERA of a miniscule 1.69. Continue reading All (Mookie) Betts Are Off »

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What can Danny Ainge do to bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy back to Boston? (Mike Segar/Reuters)

In the 21st century, Boston is a city that has become accustom to winning. Since 2000, its major sports teams (Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins) have combined to win nine championships. The Celtics though, despite being the one of the two most accomplished and winningest NBA teams in history, have only contributed one. On top of this, after losing three future Hall of Famers over the course of two years, it seemed like the team was going to be closer to the lottery than the Finals for the foreseeable future.

It seems to me though, that a Championship contender is not that far off. With a great coach in Brad Stevens, a top general manager in Danny Ainge, a young, cheap backcourt locked up for the next three years and loads of cap space coming, this is a team that could be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy sooner than most would think. I am going to take a look at the current roster, free agents and the upcoming draft to determine the likelihood that this team could contend in a weak Eastern Conference next season. Continue reading How to Build the Next Celtics Dynasty »

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Adjustments. Adjusting. Adjust. This was the overused word uttered by Red Sox owner, John Henry, during Tuesday’s press conference.

Prognosis: Delusional

Is he watching the same team that the rest of us are?

He could not have been more vague when it came down to what management is trying to do to combat what seems like 2014 all over again. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was not the problem, said Henry, and that he’s going to be with the club for “a long time” to come despite having liquidated all of our top pitching for what management thought would be power hitting in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Fans should blame ownership, Henry said. Done and Done.

Continue reading Adjustments Emphasized By John Henry During Press Conference »

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(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It’s safe to say that the 2015 season has been a disappointment for the Red Sox so far. We’re sitting below .500 and now sit in last place in the weak AL East. Night in and night out something has always seemed to go wrong; it is a team has showed no consistency. At the start of the year it was the pitching that plagued the Red Sox. Right when those problems were seemingly solved and the pitching staff was finally stringing together solid outing, the team went on the West Coast road trip and the hitting slumped.

The recent awakenings of Napoli and Pedey have aided the winning cause, but the lineup from top to bottom continues to underwhelm. Recently the Red Sox have simply been unable to get the job done in key situations. It seems like when the pitching staff throws well the bats slump, and when the team score a couple runs early in the game the pitchers fail to hold the lead. Its been invigorating for Red Sox Mation, as this team has failed to demonstrate a winning mentality. Continue reading Red Sox Needs: Move Hanley Ramirez to 1B, Acquire True Ace »

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Who will the select Celtics select in the 2015 NBA draft?

The 2015 NBA draft is fast approaching, with the lottery the focus of the conversation, the Celtics are looking to scratch up some talent to go with the youthful squad already in place. Everyone knows the Celtics have multiple picks, that they have, in a sense, ‘blown it up’ and are rebuilding, but how many picks do they have and where do they fall? The boys in green have the numbers 16, 28, 33, and 45 picks. The C’s had no ping pong balls in the draft lottery because, unlike the New York Knicks who tanked to get the fourth pick, and the Philadelphia 76ers who are just plain bad and landed the third pick in the draft, they played with pride and gave our great Boston sports fans something to cheer about.

The C’s squeaked into the playoffs as a seven seed to face the, now finals-bound, Cleveland Cavaliers. Continue reading NBA Draft 2015: Who Do the Celtics Have Their Sights Set On? »

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It should have been the Red Sox enjoying a victory on Sunday, but it seems all that can go wrong, will go wrong, and so the Rangers celebrated a walk-off win instead. (@Rangers)

It’s so ridiculous, so unbelievable, that it’s almost laughable how many ways the Red Sox are finding to lose.

Almost.

After Eduardo Rodriguez gave the team a lift with a dazzling performance and desperately needed win, it was easy to envision that as a turning point that energized and rallied the team to a string of wins.

Instead, the Red Sox promptly lost their next three games to the Texas Rangers to fall to 22-29 and grab an even more emphatic hold on last place in the AL East. They are the Murphy’s law of baseball teams. Continue reading Dropkick Murphys Law: How Many Ways Can the Red Sox Find to Lose? »

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