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NBA Board Of Governors Makes Changes That Will Impact Games Next Season

Don’t say the NBA doesn’t listen.

According to multiple reports the NBA board of governors are making a flurry of changes to the rules of the game.

In an effort to speed up games, the NBA is changing rules on timeouts, ESPN reports. Also, the league will move the trade deadline to Feb. 8, The Vertical reports. There are also reports from ESPN also saying that the NBA is trying to have teams playing on ABC Saturday Marquee games going in with a days rest.

The NBA will limit teams to two team timeouts in the final three minutes of a game, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.  Previously, three team timeouts were allowed in the final two minutes.

Also, Wojnarowski reported that the league’s Board of Governors voted to reduce the maximum number of timeouts per game by four — from 18 to 14.

Zach Lowe of ESPN followed up the WOJ report with this.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical reports that the Board of Governors voted to move the trade deadline from the Thursday following the All-Star break to the second Thursday of the month before the game. This season, that would be Feb. 8.

Lowe reported that his sources are saying the NBA is trying to give Marquee game teams to have a day rest the day prior. This makes sense allowing them to come in being well rested to hopefully play a better game to the National Audience.

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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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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Boston Celtics Big Winners In Kyrie Irving News

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Boston Celtics Big Winners In Kyrie Irving Trade Request News

Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly requested a trade out of Believeland.

Ever since LeBron James returned to Cleveland they have been the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. But now with Irving wanting out, their run at the top is about to come to a close.

Even if the Cav’s fetch a favorable return for Irving, it is unlikely they will be able to acquire a player of his caliber or better.

To make matters worse, Cleveland has openly shopped their power forward Kevin Love. Who in theory, could now want to be traded as well with a mass exodus from the Cavs coming with LeBron likely taking his talents out West.

So in the Boston Celtics perspective, an NBA Finals run and banner #18 looks achievable sooner than initially anticipated. Irving has set forth four potential landing spots. One happens to be a division rival of Boston, the New York Knicks.

New York could formulate a trade for Kyrie that involves sending Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland. But even an elevated Knicks team isn’t a real threat. With Carmelo, Cleveland would still be the driver in the East, but Boston would be right there. Other potential destinations for Irving are the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Minnesota has had Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns openly recruiting Irving to push for a Twin city trade. In terms of Boston, this would be an ideal trade to get another superstar out of the East. For the NBA, creating more excitement in Minnesota is an appealing result.

Now the Heat are a prime destination in terms of weather and lifestyle. If Irving goes down to Miami, he would likely elevate that team to a playoff team. But one that would resemble the team Boston beat in Chicago this past post-season. If Cleveland

If Cleveland agrees to trade Irving, the Boston Celtics would be smart to go all in for this upcoming season. The timing of a trade is key here though. The highest value for Irving is right now. If the Cavs looked at the return of Butler or Paul George, they would notice the diminished returns because those two teams waited.

Boston’s time seems to be now if Ainge believes it as well, you might see an aggressive strategy to acquire another NBA star.

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Celtics Officially Sign Gordon Hayward

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After close to two weeks of limbo, the Celtics come to an agreement with ex-Jazz forward Gordon Hayward.

The Boston Celtics officially signed forward Gordon Hayward on Friday, July 14th. After long speculation as to what the Celtics were going to do this off-season, and coming to an agreement with Hayward last week, Ainge and the Celtics made the official statement making Hayward the newest member of the boys and Green. The Celtics released Jordan Mickey, clearing up cap space for him. The parameters of the contract will be updated when known.

Hayward agreed to join the Celtics last week, deciding to leave the Utah Jazz. Hayward was named to his first All-Star team this past season, posting a career high in PPG (21.9) and RPG (5.4). He spent the last seven seasons in Utah, and is reuniting with his former college coach at Butler – Brad Stevens. Hayward made his announcement via The Players Tribune, even coming to the point of holding out posting it because he needed to proofread the article.

A guard who learned to play forward, he fits in the Brad Stevens philosophy of interchangeable players who can play in flex positions. In short, his play style and skill set is exactly what the Celtics were looking for.
“He’s a good fit. he can play one through four positions. “He’s hard nosed, and is a very unselfish player who is capable of taking over games,” explained Danny Ainge during the press conference on Friday.

Ainge elaborated on the close relationship that Hayward and head coach Brad Stevens had at Butler, and that the relationship was a contributing factor into why he felt Boston would be a good fit.

Hayward will instantly make the Celtics a threat to knock off the Cavaliers as the top team in the Eastern Conference. He will also wear number 20, Ray Allen’s former number.

 

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