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Boston Celtics Draft Night Recap: Team Drafts Jayson Tatum

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Boston Celtics Draft Night Recap: Team Drafts Jayson Tatum At No.3 And Declines A Trade For Butler

Instead of making a trade with their No.3 pick, the Boston Celtics drafted a player.

With the No.3 pick in the NBA draft the Boston Celtics drafted Jayson Tatum from Duke.

“The feeling is just everything I wished for and more,” Tatum told ESPN. “I’m trying not to cry right now.”

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds as a freshman for the Blue Devils. He shot .342 on 3-pointers and .849 on free throws.

He’s considered one of the best isolation scorers in the college game, with an advanced midrange game and the ability to score off the dribble.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining such a great and tremendous franchise like the Celtics,” Tatum told CSNNE’s Abby Chin. “They’re a great team, they were the No. 1 seed in the East last year with so many great veteran players like Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley. Just so much I can learn from those guys.”

In terms of his potential role with Boston, Tatum sees his versatility as his strength.

“Versatility, and a guy that’s multi-dimensional offensively and defensively, especially at my size and how long I am,” Tatum told Chin when asked what he’ll bring to Boston. “I think that’s what they like best.”

Many Boston Celtics fans might leave the night feeling a bit disappointed. Probably not because of the Tatum pick, but because Ainge decline to trade for Jimmy Butler.

Butler ended up being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The deal Chicago ended up doing with the Wolves was the following

Bulls Receive

Wolves Receive

  • Jimmy Butler
  • No.16 pick in this years draft (Justin Patton)

The Boston Celtics were reportedly in talks with the Bulls for Butler, but the C’s were reportedly unwilling to to part with this years No.3 (Tatum) or next years Brooklyn Net’s pick.

Minnesota and the Celtics had also talked about the No.7 pick earlier in the day in a potential package to trade for New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis. But that trade seems to be dead with Phil Jackson reportedly wanting an Anthony Davis type of return of Porzingis.

Just after the Celtics selected Tatum with the No.3 pick, a rumor from Adrain Wojnarowski from the Vertical kicked up the idea of Paul George coming to Boston once again.

Former Celtic forward Brian Scalabrine has a different theory though and it has to do with Clevaland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

“I’m not closing the door on Kevin Love coming here,” Scalabrine said. “I’m really not. I’m not. I have a feeling.”

Scal thinks that the Celtics could land Love in a three-way trade with the Cavs and the Pacers. It would involve George joining Cleveland and Boston landing Love. Boston could part with Tatum or potentially something less to Indiana.

“To me it makes sense,” Scalabrine said.

Love has three years remaining on the 5-year, $110 million contract he signed with Cleveland in 2015. The 28-year-old All-Star averaged 19 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in his third season with the Cavs.

Boston Celtics Take A Defensive Minded 3-Point Sniper In The Second

In the second round of the draft, Danny Ainge went with the best available player with his 32nd overall pick.

The lucky player was SMU junior wing Semi Ojeleve, who according to The Ringer compares to current Celtic Jae Crowder. Ojeleve averaged 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in his final season at SMU. Ojeleye also took 172 3-pointers this past season. Made 42.4 percent of them

There is reason to believe that he will outplay his draft pick position and could be a contributor for Boston in the near future.

Celtics Draft A Point Guard At 53

With the 53rd pick in the NBA draft the Boston Celtics selected 24-year-old  Arizona PG Kadeem Allen.

Allen is considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the entire draft. Draws comparison to former Celtic Tony Allen. One NBA draft expert predicts Allen could be a long-time pro given his defensive skills.

Kadeem Allen played four years in college and will likely play for the Maine Red Claws, but there is a chance he is a second round pick that could break through to the NBA sooner rather than later.

Another pick, another guard at 56

Following the Allen pick, the Celtics used their 56th pick on another guard.

This time it was Cal guard Jabari Bird, who happens to be Jaylen Brown‘s former college teammate.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Kyrie Irving Wants To Win Without LeBron James

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Newly minted Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving had a public fallout with LeBron James. This fallout caused Irving to request a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers and ended up getting him to Boston.

In his first media appearance as a Celtic, he took to ESPN’s First Take to tackle a number of issues including LeBron James. In regards to James, Irving doesn’t care about the future hall of famers feelings and didn’t even tell him he wanted out of “Believeland”.

Smith: “Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you or your representatives met with ownership to let them know that you wanted out?”

Irving: “No.”

Smith: “Why not?”

Irving: “Why would I have to?”

Smith: “If you don’t speak to someone about it, they might take it personally.”

Irving: “Yeah.”

Smith: “Do you care about that at all?”

Irving: “No.”

When Irving requested out of Cleveland the Cavs handled the situation poorly and leaked the request to members of the media. For that, Irving was even more at ends with them.

“I felt like the timing was impeccable if you ask me,” Irving explained. “I think how ironic it was that I was on my China trip and how my trade rumors all of a sudden just came out publicly. And it was hurtful because I knew how professional I had kept it throughout the whole entire process, and how strategic it was. Because I knew it was going to be madness, and it turned out to be like that. And when you’re living in a reality-based (world) and I’m a very awake individual and you have all these exterior forces trying to change or skew everyone else’s opinion, and I’m not able to say anything, and I’m sitting back and being very, very patient, it became something that I didn’t understand because of the amount of moments that we had together as a team. .. It was hurtful to see that a lot of the reports, and a lot of things that were happening, there was minimal truth to it.”

When it came down to it though, the culture and environment surrounding Cleveland was a driving factor in making him want out. Part of it admittedly was likely the departure of former GM David Griffen and James’s controlling factor.

“When you think about the journey, and you also put things into perspective for what they really are, it’s a truthful environment. And I wasn’t getting that (in Cleveland). And that’s where it really stands,” he explained.

Despite being considered one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference this season Irving understands a lot of work will need to be put into making the Celtics compete.

“That’s the kind of difficult question that will be asked throughout the entire season until we form our identity,” Irving said when asked about expectations. “Only four guys from last year’s team are returning. It’s totally a new journey. I have high expectations and we share that as a group.”

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

We’ve been bamboozled (to quote Burgermeister Meisterburger). Yes, the nerve-racking Celtics-Cavaliers trade is finally done! You can now exhale. But when we dig through the convoluted pile of permutations and appraisals of this deal, doesn’t it all seem highly questionable? Come on, this thing was announced a week before it was completed, a bonafide Woj-bomb. Why the delay? I’ll tell you. There is one person who is responsible for all this controversy, albeit through inadvertence. That man would be none other than “the little guy” Isaiah Thomas.

That’s right, the undisputed fan-favorite and beloved underdog: Isaiah Thomas. Bless his heart; we all know that he’s done a great deal of good for the Celtics. Surely, we’re grateful for the fearless pony-up player he has been for us.

Since last Wednesday, the Celtics and the Cavaliers have been in a gridlocked game of tug-of-war. Thomas has undoubtedly played the threadbare rope, in the middle of all this. Through no fault of his own, he was misrepresented as the centerpiece of the C’s offer for Kyrie Irving. Maybe cockeyed “homer” fans accept this fallacy to be true. But make no mistake, both organizations knew Thomas’ true value the entire time. He is nothing more than a damaged fringe-superstar whose purpose is to be parlayed into draft picks.

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Trade For Irving Now Complete

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Trade For Irving Now Complete, Celtics And Cavs Can Move On

In the least shocking news of the year, the trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers is now complete.

After Cleveland extorted the Celtics for extra compensation in the deal the Celtics conceded and sent the Cavs its 2020 second round pick it acquired via the Miami Heat.

Now that the deal is complete the official structure of the trade is as follows.

Celtics Recieve:

Cavs Recieve

Cleveland received extra compensation because they believed that the Boston Celtics were not fully transparent about the health of Isaiah Thomas throughout the process.

Even if that is true, the health of Thomas’s hip has been highly publicized and occurred during a series in which Cleveland was playing in.

Boston, on the other hand, believes they were completely straight forward with Cleveland and that the Thomas status was widely known by everyone in the league. But with the Celtics bent over on the barrel, the Cavs were in the unique position to extort Danny Ainge and company for extra compensation.

It is, of course, worth noting that Thomas isn’t expected to be ready to play day 1. Even he has acknowledged that.

“There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday. “Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”

With the deal now complete, Boston will look to fill the roster spot that has been created by the trade. Candidates for that include Tony Allen and Andrew Bogut.

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