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Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas has reached out to Markelle Fultz

20 May 2017

Those misses for the Jazz and Pacers seem to be gains for either the Celtics or Lakers, too. The window is now. You can't wait until he gets in the paint and try and build a wall.

Even if Boston were able to acquire Butler or George, they would not be able to compete with Cleveland, let alone Golden State or San Antonio.

Why would you give up on a guy who just put up MVP-like numbers for a rookie? No one knows what the Boston Celtics will do, but Paul Pierce makes a compelling argument.

As Pierce admitted, the Celtics will have a chance at Hayward in free agency this summer.

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For the Lakers, they are pretty confident and have a great deal of belief that they're in position to get Paul George in 2018.

In that deal, Boston traded Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn for five players (Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans and Kris Joseph), and, most importantly, three first-round picks, in 2014, 2016 and 2018 (the National Basketball Association has a rule barring teams from trading first-round picks in consecutive years). Although the Celtics got the No. 1 seed this year, Cleveland absolutely destroyed them Wednesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Would the Celtics be better off trading the No. 1 overall pick? But again, there's a lot of risk and unknowns involved there.

"He asks questions; I answer them", Thomas said.

"I was trying to use angles, see how my defender was playing me", James said.

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So I'm just going to throw this out there. "For him to play off the ball, where I think he's better at it, or him to play on ball and I can play off the ball, I think the chemistry would be unbelievable". In fact, I think they've been encouraged to do just the opposite.

Not many people are picking the Celtics to defeat the defending champion Cavaliers, but it doesn't really matter because the Celtics future is so bright. He shoots 40+ percent from deep, doesn't need the ball while constantly running off screens, and is a smart enough team defender that he can maximize whatever he has left on that end of the floor. I wrote about Brown's start to the season, including his first career start, back in October.

But if the oldest Ball brother is the star LaVar says he is, then the Lakers are about to embark on another championship run.

What we do know, is that Paul George didn't make an All-NBA team so he isn't eligible for a super-max contract extension next offseason. "And if that means being on the court doing what I have to do, that's what I'm gonna do".

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Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas has reached out to Markelle Fultz