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Lonzo Ball Declines To Work Out For NBA’s Most Historic Franchise In The Boston Celtics

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UCLA Standout and Projected Top Draft Pick Lonzo Ball Declines To Work Out For NBA’s Most Historic Franchise In The Boston Celtics According To Danny Ainge

In a radio interview with Toucher and Rich on 98.5 in Boston Thursday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said point guard Lonzo Ball informed the team he won’t workout for them prior to the Draft. With that in mind, it appears increasingly likely the Celtics will select guard Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the top selection.

“We tried to get him in for a workout and he politely said no,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show.

Lonzo’s father is LaVar Ball, who said this on Dale and Holley of WEEI in March“I want him to be a Laker. But that’s just my opinion,“It’s not about me liking [the Celtics] or disliking them. It’s just that we’re west coast guys,” he said. “I’d love for him to stay on the west coast where his brothers can see him all of the time. We’re a real big family. That’s just the only difference.”

LaVar played for the Los Angeles Lakers in his playing days and the entire family lives in LA as well as the college Lonzo went to in UCLA. With the Lakers holding the second pick in the draft paired with Ball declining to workout further points to Boston passing on him in favor of University of Washington standout Markelle Fultz.

Ainge didn’t dismiss the idea of drafting Ball despite his inability to see Boston as an option.

“It’s not ideal,” Ainge said of Ball’s decision to decline working out for Boston. “Listen, we’ve drafted guys that wouldn’t come in for workouts before. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve watched them play a ton. We have a lot of information on them. Sometimes players don’t want to come in, not because they don’t like you, they see our roster. They think they would prefer to go to another team.”

If Boston decided to draft Lonzo despite his clear desire to not play in Boston would be humorous. But if Ainge is smart Fultz will be the guy for the Boston Celtics, or if he is in win now mode they will trade the pick for a star.

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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Reviewing Boston Celtics Trade For Irving

The Boston Celtics traded for Kyrie Irving on Tuesday. This trade sent a shockwave through the Celtics fan base and throughout the entire NBA community.

Irving is a 25-year-old point guard with two years left on his deal with the third year being a player option.

In exchange for Irving, the Celtics sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 18 Nets pick to Cleveland. Many will debate if this is indeed a good trade, or even makes the Celtics better.

But in terms of Irving and Isaiah, their stats tell similar stories. But with term left on his deal, a younger age of 4 years, and growth potential, Irving over Thomas is a smart pick in terms of the future.

Losing Crowder isn’t a big deal. Boston already has Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum locked up at that position.

Zizic is still a big man prospect but left a lot to be desired in Celtics Summer League action. The real question here is the Net’s pick. The 18 Brooklyn pick is a reason to be concerned with no restrictions on it. On paper, the Net’s are a better team than they were last year.

But losing the Net’s pick means that Boston has lost their largest trading pick. One could argue Ainge should have included a Tatum or a Brown before the Net’s pick. Because of the Net’s pick, symbolized a potential to land a big man superstar like Anthony Davis.

But when it comes down to it, getting Irving was real, Davis? Not so much.

Ainge made the smart play for the long term on a player that seems committed to staying in Boston. If I were in his shoes, this move is a no brainer. It is easy to get sentimental about Thomas.

IT helped turn Boston into a contender and his personality fit right in. His play style, attitude, and the way Celtics fans showed their love and support for him after losing his sister in the playoffs will go down as one of the most emotional times in Boston sports. By no means should trading Thomas mean that we should degrade him as a player. Thomas is a top 5 guard in the NBA, an all-star, and an MVP type player.

But when it comes to sports, business is king.

Thank you IT.

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Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas stands by himself during team introductions before a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

Late Tuesday night, Danny Ainge addressed the media with a fiscally callous tone. On this conference call, Ainge expanded on the complicated circumstances regarding the acquisition of superstar Kyrie Irving. There was a certain steady melancholy to Ainge’s voice that betrayed the truth. This was not an easy trade to make for the veteran Celtics general manager.

Isaiah Thomas (the little guy), Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic now play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And barring a trade so does the Nets 1st round selection in the 2018 draft. Ainge stammered when trying to communicate the misgivings he had with trading those players. But it was a well-weighted decision. He added, “at the same time we got one of the best offensive players in the league.”

Certainly, letting go of a franchise-face like Isaiah Thomas is a recalcitrant option to flesh out in the war room. Celtics management really ruminated on the trade proposal, before pulling the trigger.

Danny Ainge disclosed to the media members on the conference call that “this deal was not available a month ago.” According to the Celtics GM, the C’s had been in deliberations with the Cavaliers for quite a while. It’s safe to conjecture that the two teams had been aggressively spitballing with each other for the nearly the entire offseason.

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