On Thursday the Celtics completed a three-team trade with Brooklyn and Cleveland that is expected to have much larger implications in free agency and the rest of the offseason. In the deal, Boston received shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the Nets and center Tyler Zeller, along with a future first-round draft pick, from the Cavaliers, while giving up only a future conditional second-rounder to Cleveland.
Thornton, who like current Celtics power forward Brandon Bass was the SEC Player of the Year at LSU, was a second-round pick in 2009 and was named to the All-Rookie second team with New Orleans. The Nets acquired him from Sacramento at last season’s trade deadline, and he averaged 12.3 points in 26 regular-season games for Brooklyn, but his playing time dipped considerably in the playoffs. Continue reading Celtics Acquire Thornton, Zeller, Now Expected to Pursue Love »
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On Monday, the Celtics officially announced that they had extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent shooting guard Avery Bradley, the terms of which were not disclosed. The offer is the necessary first step to retain negotiating rights with an RFA, meaning that now Boston can re-sign Bradley by matching the highest bid by another team.
Bradley, the 19th pick in the 2010 Draft out of Texas, has improved by leaps and bounds over the course of his four years in the NBA, going from defensive specialist to bona fide offensive threat, and the offer proves that general manager Danny Ainge rightly considers re-signing him a priority this offseason. Continue reading Celtics Kick Off Free Agency with Bradley Qualifying Offer, Hayward Interest »
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After an exciting sports week following a team USA advancement to the semifinals in the World Cup and the opening of the NBA draft that saw the Celtics take two young studs, what better way to wrap up the month than with the NHL Draft? This is one of the most exciting nights of the year for NHL die-hards and tonight promises to be one of the best drafts in years.
As I’ve said in previous articles, there is plenty of reason to believe that the draft and subsequent free agent signing period will be an exciting one. There are several premier players that have demanded a trade, there is a wealth of free agent talent available, the salary cap is going up for the first time in a while, and many teams find themselves pressed against the cap and will need to make a trade.
Without further ado, here is a list of some of the things to watch for regarding the Bruins and around the league. Continue reading Quick Hits: 2014 NHL Draft Preview »
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With the salary cap going up, major talent hitting Free Agency, and super star players demanding a trade, this off-season promises to be an interesting one. With rumors recently coming up, it seems as though Bruins’ GM Peter Chiarelli is already discussing major moves for the Black and Gold.
According to Jimmy Murphy of XNSPorts, the Bruins and Sharks have discussed a possible trade involving pesky winger Brad Marchand and veteran scorer Patrick Marleau. He said no details regarding the specifics of the trade have been talked about yet, but that this is definitely something worth monitoring. Continue reading Bruins, Sharks Discussing Marchand-Marleau Trade, Report Says »
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The Red Sox have brought back Stephen Drew on a one-year, 14 million dollar deal (prorated), and will be manning shortstop for Boston pending a physical. This deal ends a cat and mouse game that played throughout the offseason and the beginning of the 2014 season. Continue reading Red Sox Sign Stephen Drew »
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The Celtics may be in “love” with another Kevin from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they could have the pieces to get it done.
The report states that the Celtics lottery draft pick could be enough to jump-start a Love trade package, which would likely include Jared Sullinger, Kieth Bogans and other expiring contracts.
Before the lottery, the Celtics have the No. 5 pick in a deep NBA Draft, and could move as high as No. 1 or as low as No. 8 in Tuesday’s lottery. Continue reading Kevin Love to the Celtics? It Could Happen… »
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In what should be a shock to no one, Joh Farrell has announced that Jon Lester will be starting Opening Day for the Red Sox. This start will mark the fourth time Lester has started on on Opening Day making him the first left hander in Red Sox history to do so (passing the likes of some guy called Babe Ruth). It has long been known that Lester would get the nod, so Farrell’s announcement is merely a formality.
Lester had a strong performance in 2013 going 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA over 33 starts. He was even more impressive over his dominant postseason run where he have up only six runs in 34 2/3 innings. Due to this, along with his solid track record, Lester was an obvious choice for Opening Day. Continue reading Farrell Tabs Lester for Opening Day »
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