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Eastern Notes: Ainge, Jefferson, Wizards

The Celtics are seeking to acquire a player who is a reliable scorer, especially during crunch time, Chris Forsberg of relays. “I think the one thing that we could really use is a go-to scorer,” team executive Danny Ainge said. “We have some guys that have carried us — Kelly Olynyk has carried us, Avery Bradley has carried us, Isaiah Thomas has carried us, Jared Sullinger has carried us at moments during the season, Evan Turner has carried us — but it would be nice to find another player that’s a reliable scorer at the end of games, night in and night out.

During an appearance on the “Toucher and Rich” show, Ainge was asked if he would be leery of adding a player like DeMarcus Cousins, who has a reputation of being difficult, to which Ainge replied, “I think [disruptive personalities are] a problem in any locker room. There’s a time — first of all, we have good character on our team right now and we have some mature kids, even though we don’t have an old team. I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to have players that are disruptive to your team, on the court and off the court.

Here’s more from the East:

  • With Al Jefferson in the final year of his contract the Hornets could look to trade him prior to this season’s deadline, a prospect that will be made more challenging by team needing to recoup more than just expiring contracts in any swap, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer writes. With Charlotte’s offseason priority likely to be re-signing Nicolas Batum, and with little desire to pay luxury tax, dealing Jefferson may be a palatable option for the franchise if it could secure some usable assets in any exchange.
  • The Wizards are a team caught between wanting to compete now and trying to maintain as much cap flexibility as possible for a run at Kevin Durant next summer, which is hurting the franchise in the short term, writes Jerry Brewer of The Washington Post. Washington risks regressing significantly as a team this season, which could serve to turn off a top-tier free agent like Durant, Brewer adds.
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One thought on “Eastern Notes: Ainge, Jefferson, Wizards

  1. Sun7anSuperman

    While Al Jefferson and the Hornets have had a good few years (playoffs: 2 seasons ago, number one scoring option), a trade absolutely makes sense with the way that Charlotte’s altered their offense in his stead. They’re absolutely lights out, shooting the 3 and instead of pounding it out in the post and reluctantly having to play a center who doesn’t have much to offer on defense, they’ve played Cody Zeller and Spencer Hawes which the 2 seemingly somehow defend a lot more, contesting shots. I see this trade as only inevitable.

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