Grizzlies land Green in five-player, three-team trade

admin   •   January 14, 2015   •   2122

Jan 22, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green (8) dribbles as Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) defends during the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – The Memphis Grizzlies have picked up forward Jeff Green as part of a five-player trade that included the Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans, the National Basketball Association teams said on Monday.

As part of the deal, Memphis also acquired guard Russ Smith from the Pelicans, while sending Tayshaun Prince to Boston and Quincy Pondexter to New Orleans.

The Pelicans also sent Austin Rivers, the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and son of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, to the Celtics.

Media reports say Boston are not expected to keep Rivers.

Green, who has averaged 17.6 points-per-game for Boston this season, joins a Memphis team (26-11) tied for third place in the powerful Western Conference.

The Grizzlies also sent Boston a protected future first-round draft pick and New Orleans a 2015 second-round pick as part of the deal.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)

Report: Lakers expected to make immediate push for Davis

UNTV News   •   January 30, 2019

FILE PHOTO: New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks over Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Kevon Looney (5) during the third quarter in game three of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Smoothie King Center. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to make an aggressive play to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans before next week’s trade deadline, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The Lakers are poised to reach out to New Orleans’ brass soon, but the Pelicans made it clear Monday that they are in no rush to deal Davis, saying, “we will do this on our timeline.”

The trade deadline is Feb. 7.

Per the ESPN report, the Lakers are willing to part with a combination of picks and players, including Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball to acquire Davis.

The Lakers reportedly will have competition from the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, both of whom are preparing offers. However, the Celtics are unable to acquire Davis until after July 1 due to a roster restriction in the CBA that prevents teams from having more than one “Rose Rule” players acquired via trade, and Boston acquired Kyrie Irving from Cleveland in 2017.

Davis’ agent Rich Paul informed the club this past weekend that Davis would not sign an extension and wants to be traded.

Davis signed a five-year, $127 million contract before the 2016-17 season. The fifth year is a player option, so Davis could become a free agent in the summer of 2020. He would have been eligible to sign a five-year, $240 million supermax extension this summer, but has eschewed that in order to win and play for a big-market team.

The Pelicans selected Davis with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. He has been named first-team All-NBA three times and has appeared in five All-Star games. He turns 26 in March.

Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season. He has missed the past four games with a fractured left index finger.

—Field Level Media

Gritty Celtics stun Cavaliers to reduce series deficit

UNTV News   •   May 22, 2017

May 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) fights for possession with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) and guard Marcus Smart (36) during the first half in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Avery Bradley’s three-pointer in the last second of Game Three touched every part of the rim before bouncing in, giving the Celtics an improbable 111-108 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

The surprise loss means Cleveland leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 ahead of Game Four in Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday.

“Thank God it’s bouncing on the rim because that’s taking time,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters.

“If it goes in or doesn’t go in, they have a timeout left. So when it bounced around, I was actually hoping it went in, obviously, but not completely disappointed that it was bouncing up there.”

The Celtics came into the contest missing star player Isaiah Thomas, who is out for the remainder of the post-season because of a hip injury, and aware that the Cavaliers had lost just one home game to an Eastern team in the playoffs since 2015.

However, Thomas’ replacement, Marcus Smart, scored a career-high 27 points and handed out seven assists, and Bradley had 20 points.

Al Horford added 16 points, Jae Crowder amassed 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk contributed 15 off the bench for the Celtics, who were beaten by an average of 28.5 points in the first two games.

When the two teams left Boston after Game Two, the Cavs had beaten the Celtics by 44 points for the most lopsided win in Eastern finals history, a defeat that both stung and inspired Stevens’ side.

“We’ve got guys that have chips on their shoulders,” Stevens added. “A lot of these guys have been overlooked, and this is their first opportunity to really play a meaningful role.

“We knew that while Friday was a 44-point disaster, it was worth one (game). It wasn’t worth four.”

FINAL-SHOT FATE

The Cavs led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter on Sunday but they shot 2-for-17 from three-point range in the second half. The Celtics made 18 three-pointers for the game.

Cleveland also committed 16 turnovers that Boston turned into 14 points. The Celtics gave the ball away nine times, leading to five Cavaliers points.

“You let a team grab momentum like that, you almost know that last shot is going in,” James said.

“It was like, you already knew. As soon as the ball went out of his hands, you kind of knew that shot was going to go in because of how the game was just played throughout the second half.”

James was ineffective, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting with six turnovers. He was held scoreless in the fourth quarter and was limited to three points in the second half.

“I didn’t have it,” James said.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 29 points, and Kevin Love added 28 points and 10 rebounds. Tristan Thompson scored 18 points to go with 13 boards.

Cleveland blew a chance to set a playoff record for consecutive wins (14) dating to Game Five of last year’s NBA Finals and become the fourth team in history to start the playoffs 11-0.

Boston Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers second

UNTV News   •   May 17, 2017

Apr 18, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (4) crosses the logo during the third quarter in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Four years ago, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett played their final games for the Celtics. A month later, they were traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a massive deal that involved multiple first-round picks going to Boston.

On Tuesday, the Celtics reaped the ultimate reward of acquiring a first overall pick by winning the NBA draft lottery. It is the first time Boston will select first since the lottery began in 1985.

The Celtics obtained the pick from the Nets in 2013 and had a 25 percent of getting the top pick. The Nets finished with the league’s worst record at 20-62.

Besides getting the first overall pick a night before they open the Eastern Conference finals at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics also get another first-round choice in 2018 from the Nets. Boston already obtained first-round picks from Brooklyn in 2014 and 2016.

Markelle Fultz is projected to be the top overall pick in the June 22 draft, and the Celtics could use the pick to pair him in the backcourt with Isaiah Thomas. Thomas was the last overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 draft.

While Boston was going to get a top-four pick, the Los Angeles Lakers had to sweat out the lottery. They moved up one spot to number two.

The Philadelphia 76ers, who used the top overall pick to land Ben Simmons last year, will select third. Phoenix will get the fourth overall pick.

The Sacramento Kings rounded out the top five. The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves are sixth and seventh while the New York Knicks are eighth.

The Dallas Mavericks are ninth and the New Orleans Pelicans are 10th.

The Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will get the final four lottery picks.

(Editing by Gene Cherry)

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