February 22nd 2021 at 10:28pm CST by Dana Gauruder
The Celtics have a $28.5MM commerce exception however it’s seemingly that as a way to purchase an affect participant, they’ll additionally need to half with draft picks, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe opines. Boston GM Danny Ainge has admitted he doesn’t really feel the workforce as presently constituted is championship-caliber, and potential commerce companions will demand a number of picks to half with a participant that the Celtics covet.
We have extra from the Eastern Conference:
- The Cavaliers are paying the value for accidents and different points, Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes. They’re on a 10-game dropping streak with Andre Drummond in limbo and three different frontcourt gamers — Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr. and Taurean Prince — out with accidents. Their reserve corps has been rendered ineffective. “Nobody is coming to bail us out. Nobody is coming to rescue us,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff stated.
- Knicks government Scott Perry has performed an underrated function in constructing a extra competitiveteam, Steve Popper of Newsday factors out. He was instrumental in bringing in Julius Randle and another veterans which have put them in playoff rivalry. The entrance workplace now has the property to make a serious deal, Popper provides.
- It’s attainable that Otto Porter Jr. (again) and Lauri Markkanen (proper shoulder sprain) might return from their accidents previous to the All-Star break however Bulls coach Billy Donovan doesn’t sound overly optimistic, in line with Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times. “I believe as this week unfolds and we get nearer to the All-Star break, we’ll actually have to take a look at OP as a result of he hasn’t been capable of do a whole lot of cardio stuff,’’ Donovan stated. “I don’t know if both of these guys will likely be again earlier than the All-Star Break or not. … I’d think about each of these guys have been actually, actually diligent about figuring out and attempting to handle themselves, and doing what they’ll to maintain their conditioning up.’’