If Chalmers somehow makes it to training camp with the Heat, he would be the obvious choice to back up Dragic. But Miami appears intent on trying to purge the final year of his contract; his $4.3 million salary could result in a tax bill three times that amount, depending on the Heat’s final payroll number. The Heat has time to move Chalmers, because a team’s tax bill is based on the roster on the final day of the regular season, an NBA spokesman said. But Miami appears interested in moving as soon as it can find a suitable deal, according to a league official who has spoken to the Heat.
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Lee, who has fallen out of Brad Stevens’ rotation, and would welcome a move to a playoff team that has a role for him, is not drawing suitors. “David Lee was tough for Golden State to move all of last year,” said the source. “And it finally came down to him being moved for Gerald Wallace. David Lee has no value. It’s his contract. David Lee’s value comes in if they get one of these big name players.” … Isaiah Thomas has been doing his part when it comes to selling players on the virtues of being a Celtic.
Indeed, the Celtics’ recent success considered, they do not feel an urgency to get something done by Thursday, though David Lee and his $15.5 million contract have to be burning a hole in Danny Ainge’s pocket. The source said that the Celtics, “do not feel that they have to do anything. Sure they’d like to do something. Every team wants to, but first you have to find something that works with a trade partner. “It’s crazy, though – even the (rumors) that have touched on something that was discussed don’t come close to any of the specifics.”
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On the trade block is Denver power forward J.J. Hickson, who has fallen out of coach Mike Malone’s rotation and expects his expiring contract to be moved. Hickson once was considered an understudy to LeBron James in Cleveland, but the Cavaliers traded him to get Omri Casspi, and Hickson never emerged as a standout player. He’s still only 27 and has the ability to score and rebound, but defense and consistency are his issues.
And it was Isiah Thomas who encouraged Isaiah following the Feb. 19, 2015, trade from the Suns, unknowingly becoming a Celtics booster by telling Isaiah he could lead Boston to the playoffs and carry the organization on his back — quite similar to what Iverson did in Philadelphia. “I was pretty excited about the trade,” Isiah Thomas said. “He goes, ‘I don’t understand, why you so excited?’ I told him, ‘Going to Boston is going to be the best thing that ever happened to you. You’re getting to walk into tradition, you’re getting to walk into history, you’re getting ready to walk into what basketball in America really stands for and feels like. You should be honored to put on a Celtic uniform.’ From that day, the people of Boston embraced him and the rest is history.”