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Boston Celtics Trade Talk: Shedding Cap A Tough Choice

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Boston Celtics Trade Talk: Shedding Cap To Sign Hayward A Tough Choice For Danny Ainge

The Boston Celtics need to shed cap space in order to sign free agent forward Gordon Hayward and here is the reason why.

The first move by Ainge was to renounced Kelly Olynyk’s rights as a restricted free agent. But this move was the first of many to come. The issue is even if Boston renounces the rights to Jonas Jerebko, James Young (already did), and Gerald Green while waving Jordan Mickey, and leaving Guerschon Yabusele in Europe for another season and trading Demetrius Jackon’s partial guarantee and Terry Rozier. They would still be $300,000 short of being able to sign Hayward to his max $29,44,533.

It is for these reasons that they are forced to shed some cap space in a bigger chunk. There are three main options for Ainge to trade off. Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley, and Marcus Smart.

Crowder is a small forward who will be fighting for playing time with Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown. Of course, you could start him and Hayward at the 3 and 4 to play small ball. But it is unclear if Brad Stevens or the team wants to do that. Crowder could also come off the bench, but it is also unclear if he would be willing to do that.

Trading Crowder seems to make the most sense at the moment. He is owed $6,796,117 this year, $7,305,825 next year and $7,813,533 in 2019-20. That is an extremely team friendly contract that many teams would be interested in. It is probably that reason that Ainge is reluctant to move Crowder.

Bradley is a guard who looks to start at the 2 guard in the final year of his contract. Bradley is owed $8,808,898 and is extension eligible after this season. But one can theorize his price tag after this season will be beyond the Celtics price range with Isaiah Thomas and Smart needing to be resigned after this season.

Smart is in the final year of his rookie contract, at $4,538,020, and also is eligible for an extension. Smart is 23-years-old and has yet to reach his potential. That potential is up for debate with many not agreeing on what he will become. But one can imagine he will continue to be a hard-nosed guard, the question with him is if he will develop to be a more consistent offensive player.

The Celtics’ payroll could soar to $150 million next summer if the C’s bring back Smart, Bradley, and Thomas. That could carry a luxury tax bill of more than $70 million.For that reason trading Crowder seems to make sense, but if the Celtics want to lower that cap hit next year, it likely means moving on from Bradley who will get paid very well.

Only time will tell who the Celtics want to move on from. For now, it looks like they are looking at all options.

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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Boston Celtics Set To Face Their Toughest Test

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The Boston Celtics have battled their way to a 13-game winning streak after losing the first two games of their season. This winning streak has catapulted the C’s to the top of the Eastern Conference and has gotten the attention of fans around the NBA. But on Thursday night this team will face it’s first big test, the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State is the reigning NBA champions and still has the most talented roster in the entire league. Boston has done it all during their winning streak, but this task could be their toughest obstacle.

Taking down the Warriors is a huge confidence swing for a team that is potentially eyeing a title chance at the end of the season. Drumming up a regular season game is usually a hard thing to do, but for this game, the two teams are legitimate title contenders. For the Celtics, the loss of Gordon Hayward was thought to be crippling to this year’s team’s potential. But the amount of grit and resilience they have shown has been remarkable.

Whether they have been without Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, or Jayson Tatum, this team has battled through it all to win 13 straight games. Thursday’s game will be a challenge, but one that could be very telling for the team’s long-term success.

Celtics-Warriors tips off at 8:00 pm on TNT.

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The Mask: Recalibrating Kyrie’s Face and the Offense

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Kyrie Irving is being obligated to accessorize on the basketball court. If you haven’t heard – It’s sort of a big deal. 

After getting elbowed in the face by Aron Baynes, during last Friday’s game, Kyrie will have to wear a protective mask for a little while. And many fans believe that Irving wears the good ol’ Rip Hamilton face mask with suave fashionability. 

Despite the raving reviews and social media’s embracement, Irving peers through his plastic transparency with defeated eyes. He looks like an emasculated puppy who has to wear one of those postoperative head-cones.

It’s apparent that Irving wants to release his bite, but feels that all he can do is bark, behind the silly partition. On Tuesday afternoon, Kyrie voiced his ambivalent love for the sensation that his prescription face shield has become. “I know it’s for my safety.” He volunteered during a press conference, before doing battle with the Brooklyn Nets.

Conversely, in his first game back since the recent facial injury, Kyrie Irving did not play with his tail between his legs. He attacked the Barclays Center like a beast unleashed.

Kyrie absolutely stifled the resolve of the Nets, with lancinating drives and frustrated flair. He was able to channel his embarrassment into his performance.

The annoying piece of hardware, that scratched at his face and jostled his vision, was ticking him off in a productive manner. After every play, Kyrie would remove the mask, guffaw at its dorkiness, readjust and then get back to work.

Irving, with a game-high 25 points and 5 assists, would lead the Celtics to a 109-102 victory over Brooklyn, on Tuesday night.

Celtics fans may not realize this, but Kyrie’s notorious mask is going to have a huge influence on the games in which it appears. Not only will the facemask recalibrate Kyrie Irving’s expression, but it will also recalibrate the entire Celtics offense.

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Boston Celtics Excitement Reaching 2008 Levels

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The 2017-18 Boston Celtics are on a bit of a roll right now with a 12 game win streak. Going into this season the hype surrounding a team that added not one but two superstars was high. And this team has yet to disappoint. But the way they are doing it is beyond impressive.

When Gordon Hayward went down there was an eerie feeling of a new season already being ruined. But with the youth movement in full swing, this team had something else in mind. Boston has battled through it all during their win streak. They have played without Al Horford and Kyrie Irving at times showing the full repertoire of what coach Brad Stevens has to offer.

Stevens during this run has drawn up game-winning plays with personnel such as Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown playing well beyond their years. Can this run continue? Are they as good as they are playing? Yes and yes. Obviously, they will lose a basketball game sooner rather than later, but they have yet to play their best basketball.

Brown and Tatum are both young players who in theory will continue to grow and develop as the season progresses. And they are not the only ones, the other young players should be able to do the same under Stevens. On top of that Irving who has fit right into the Stevens’ system, in theory, has yet to hit his stride in the system. Others such as Morris and Baynes are also in that category.

Boston might be in the midst of a serious winning streak, but they still have room for growth. Can they win a title this season without Hayward? Why not? In the NBA playoffs, the team with the superstars tend to win which Boston would be outgunned when playing a Cleveland or a Golden State. But along the way, if they can get Tatum and others some playoff experience and a chance to see what getting close to a championship is like it could go a long way when Hayward returns.

No matter what happens this years team is the first big excitement surrounding the Celtics since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen teamed up with Paul Pierce.

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