The Post has learned that in talks with the Celtics, their defensive small forward Jae Crowder would be a major player of interest for Knicks president Phil Jackson. In fact, Jackson lamented not trading for Crowder when he was on the table in the 2014 trade talks with the Mavericks for Tyson Chandler. Crowder is an active, gritty defender who can shoot from 3-point range.
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The Celtics have talked intermittently with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, per several league sources, but a deal is extremely unlikely. Griffin will be a free agent this summer, and Boston would probably need official permission to talk to him about his future — a concession Minnesota allowed Cleveland before the Kevin Love trade. The Clips would ask for a bounty, starting with Jae Crowder and one of the Avery Bradley/Marcus Smart duo, plus picks, per league sources.
There are rival executives who believe the Bulls and Celtics will rekindle trade talks centered on Jimmy Butler before the Feb. 23 deadline. The teams held serious talks in June, and the Celtics own the same assets — Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, the Nets’ first-round picks in 2017 and 2018 — the teams discussed then.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Not surprisingly, one of the loudest cheers when the #Celtics starters were introduced, was for @Jae Crowder. #allisforgiven #CelticsTalk
Scott Souza: #Celtics Jae Crowder: I love Boston. I don’t want to leave Boston … But stand by what I said that fans shouldn’t cheer opposition.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens says Crowder wished he hadn’t expressed himself like he did. Says Crowder is “all in” on Boston.
Crowder then took things a step further, and according to CSNNE he even said he had no problem leaving Boston, and even retweeted a fan who asked him to return to the Dallas Mavericks.
With Sacramento in shambles once again, Lowe was asked by David Thorpe whether he believes the Celtics would be willing to offer Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder in a trade. “A year ago, six months ago, I would have said yes,” Lowe replied. “And what’s interesting to me — look, everyone knows the Celtics have the goods to make a real offer, although … maybe that Nets pick isn’t the golden ticket we thought it was going to be. We’ll see. I think the Nets will regress, long story short. So I think (Celtics president of basketball operations) Danny (Ainge) would gamble. I don’t think that is the majority view of the organization, including the coach. I don’t think Brad Stevens wants to touch DeMarcus Cousins with a 10-foot pole. And that carries a lot of weight there. Not only that, they just signed a center. And they think Al Horford is a center, and will play more center as pieces come and go in Boston. And so I don’t know what that does to Boston’s hunger to acquire a superstar big man who is going to be a locker room question mark.”
KC Johnson: Jae Crowder has been involved in the Bulls-Celtics talks, per a source.
The Magic eventually worked out a deal sending Harris to the Detroit Pistons. “He’s a good player that has opened a lot of eyes since he left Dallas,” a league executive whose franchise pursued a possible trade for Crowder this season, told CSNNE.com. “That contract, his talent … he’s not untradeable, but he’s about as close to being untradeable on that team.”
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The season was a surprise, considering Ingles was told he’d be the ‘fifth wing in the rotation’, but the Utah Jazz’s injury woes proved to be a blessing in disguise for him. Even more fortuitous was the fact that he was in the midst of a contract year, turning his career season into a potential life-changer. With teams now expected to swoop for the league’s newest ‘three-point specialist’ — potentially offering up to eight figures, according to some NBA executives — the Adelaide-native has a clear preference. “I think the priority is Utah,” Ingles told foxsports.com.au. “I loved it there.”
“I’m not gonna be sitting there calling Gordon every two minutes, but if everything works out in Utah and they want me, and it all comes together, that’s great. Hopefully it’s a quick fix, and it’s done.”
Ingles plans to head over to the States as July 1 approaches, and, if all goes to plan, he’ll have agreed to a new contract before sundown. “We’ll see how it plays out,” Ingles said. “If I get a great option day one, I’m more than happy to sign then fly back home and spend as much time here as I can.”
Ingles’ newly retired wife, along with the couple’s twins, plan to move to the city of whichever team the restricted free agent signs with, and the Jazz’s investment in its players’ respective families seems to have given them a real edge. “As a family, we really liked the city,” Ingles said. “What the team does for the families — which is obviously a little unknown to the outside world — looking after Renae, which they do with all of the wives and families and girlfriends, and all the significant others, is amazing. “Obviously, I haven’t been with any other NBA teams, but the way they did that was probably second to none. It’s important for me, to know she’s looked after when we’re away for, say, 10 days.”
Did the Warriors sense the weight of all of this, even before Game 6 against Durant’s Thunder a year ago? “Somewhere in the back of your mind you’re definitely thinking, ‘hey, if we lose this, there’s no shot (at Durant),” Draymond Green recalled recently.
“I don’t really think about all the things that fell in line afterward, which is crazy to think about,” Thompson said. “Because now when I do watch it, there’s even more weight on all these shots I’m putting up. “It’s unbelievable how it all aligned afterwards. I do believe it was meant to be. Feels like destiny.”
Wall believes he knows why they fell short each time. He thinks there is a common theme to all of those series that the Wizards must address this offseason. “We need to help our bench,” Wall told CSN’s Chris Miller. “Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the [Eastern Conference] semifinals, our bench got out played.”