Some Celtics fans wondered why the team failed to make a move for Serge Ibaka before the Toronto Raptors acquired him. But in addition to the fact that he wouldn’t have provided a huge upgrade over anyone in the rotation, Ibaka is set for free agency at the end of this season. “It’s hard to give up two good young assets like Toronto did,” Ainge said, “unless they really have an interest in re-signing him and making him a part of their core group going forward.”
June 28, 2017 | 7:07 pm EDT Update
A. Sherrod Blakely: The @Celtics haven’t nailed a date down to meet with Gordon Hayward yet, but the C’s will get to make their pitch says league source.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had their eye on Patrick Beverley for quite some time now — the current front office group under assistant general manager Koby Altman has as much esteem for the defensive pest as the Cavs’ FO did under former GM David Griffin — but a source familiar with Cleveland’s thinking told ESPN the Cavs don’t believe Beverley is available.
Darren Wolfson: One FA on the #Twolves radar: Mike Dunleavy Jr. Played for, and enjoys Thibs. Can help w/ shooting want. Many roster openings exist.
The Atlanta Hawks will have the NBA’s first courtside bar. The team announced the Hawks Bar on Wednesday as part of revealing details of its $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, which will take place over 16 months.
June 28, 2017 | 6:24 pm EDT Update
Gordon Hayward’s free agency schedule is starting to take shape. The All-Star forward will meet with the Utah Jazz on Monday, two days after the moratorium begins, multiple sources told The Tribune on Wednesday.