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.”
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.”
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The Minnesota Timberwolves rookie center beat Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas to win the Skills Challenge on Saturday night, further validating the evolution of the big man from a plodding post player to a playmaking force. In the first year that frontcourt players were allowed to compete against the guards in the event that puts a premium on ball-handling, passing and perimeter shooting, Towns beat Golden State’s Draymond Green and Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins in the big men side of the bracket before edging Thomas in the finals. “I’m glad I was able to help the bigs come out with this trophy,” said Towns, the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft. “This is bigger than me. This is for all the bigs out there, with the game changing the way it is, to show that bigs can stand up with guards and skillwise.”
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The Boston Celtics are widely believed to be a potential fit as a Horford trade partner, but the real level of interest from general manager Danny Ainge remains to be seen in the coming days. And while Horford continues to speak positively about the city and his situation, there’s an inherent uncertainty to this process that always acts as the driving force. “I’m very happy in Atlanta,” Horford said when asked if the Hawks had reason to be concerned that he might leave. “I’ve said it repeatedly. I love the city. My family, we all live in Atlanta, we stay there in the offseason, so my focus is just to keep playing and taking it day by day and, right now, it’s to enjoy this weekend. … Just taking it day by day. That’s the only thing I can do. We really can’t worry about three or four months from now.”
Storyline: Al Horford to Celtics?