Not one, but two superstars may be calling Boston home next year.
According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics are attempting to sequence both the signing of Gordon Hayward and a trade for Paul George once free agency begins on July 1.
This plan seems pretty far from foolproof. Asking the Indiana Pacers to wait around while Boston get their ducks in a row seems very unlikely, as Wojnarowski alluded to. There seems to be plenty of interest league wide, ranging from Los Angeles to Cleveland, and the Lakers are probably itching to acquire him now instead of hoping he makes it to the free agency market next year.
Also, this is a Celtics team that has hoarded assets so much they couldn’t top Minnesota’s offer of a draft pick, Zach LaVine and a bag of donuts for Jimmy Butler. Plus, Ainge hangs up the phone when any team mentions Jaylen Brown, and Boston just spent the third overall pick on Jayson Tatum, the player they say they would’ve selected No. 1 overall. If Boston’s not giving up those guys, it’s hard to imagine they strike a deal for George.
I imagine Boston will come painstakingly close to getting George before it all falls apart. It always does.
Here’s what else happened on Tuesday:
Agent driven interest!
For all the sportswriters and broadcasters who believed either Saric or Embiid was most deserving of the award, splitting the vote between the two and allowing the Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon to win, there were likely as many or more who were never going to reward the Sixers for their “process.”
Matt Moore goes in-depth on who he thinks is the 60 best free agents in the 2017 class. Considering how shallow this crop of players are, God bless him. He lists Kyle Lowry, Tyreke Evans, Darren Collison, Mike Muscala and David Lee as potential fits in Philadelphia. Make sure you’re sitting down for this one though; it’s a lengthy read.
Mike Wise of ESPN’s The Undefeated was pretty adamant in stating that if LeBron went to Los Angeles, it wouldn’t be to play for the Clippers. Can’t say that one comes as much of a surprise. The marketability difference between the Lakers and the Clippers is humongous, and James is too smart not to realize that.
There are certainly a couple names in here that could be of interest to Sixers fans.
The two best G-League writers on the internet, Chris Reichert and Adam Johnson, have just launched a new site called 2Ways10Days.com. They’re hoping to raise money through Patreon to offer freelance opportunities for others. If you like the G-League and also want to support basketball journalism opportunities for others, please throw them a couple dollars a month.
This basketball court in Paris is incredible
"The anatomy of the human body as well as it's performances have had a lifelong relationship with art. Since the legacy of Greek and Roman antiquity, sport is represented as a dominant idea within the beauty of an era. This never-ending quest for modernity has forged a strong bond between functionality and aesthetics over the decades. Through this new court, we wish to explore the relationship between sport, art and culture and its emergence as a powerful socio-cultural indicator of a period in time. We aim to establish visual parallels between the past, present and future of modernism from the « Avant Garde » era of the beginning of the 20th century, to the « Open Source » times we live in today, and our interpretation of the future aesthetics of Basketball and sport in general." Ill-Studio & Pigalle.
This is fantastic looking, but also has to be way too distracting to play basketball on. I’m all about spicing up the basketball court esthetic to be much more modernistic, however. Hopefully some ideas like this make their way stateside.
Talk to you all tomorrow!