Celtics Notes: Drummond, George, Bradley

The Celtics would be a potential landing spot for Andre Drummond if the Pistons are open to moving their young center, a source tells A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England. Blakely wonders if Boston, having shown little interest in DeMarcus Cousins before he was dealt, could instead be eyeing a big man like Drummond.

While we’ve known for some time that the Pistons are open to dealing anybody on the roster at the right price, Drummond’s recent behavior on Twitter, Blakely argues, could indicate that something is brewing. Earlier today, Drummond retweeted an eyeball emoji tweet that Isaiah Thomas sent out. Worth noting, Blakely writes, is that the point guard did exactly such a thing shortly before the Celtics added Al Horford in the summer. Later, Drummond posted his own eyeball emoji tweet and removed all references to the Pistons from his Twitter biography.

Tempering expectations on the Drummond speculation is Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, who says that multiple people with firsthand knowledge of the Pistons claim it’s very likely the 23-year-old stays in Detroit through the deadline.

There are a few more Celtics rumors bouncing around today:

  • The Celtics may be unlikely to move one of their Nets picks for Jimmy Butler but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t include it in a deal for Pacers swingman Paul George. A CSN New England report filed Tuesday cites an article published by Frank Isola at the New York Daily News. “Everyone is talking about Butler to Boston but Danny Ainge and Larry Bird go way back. Paul George could be the sleeper,” said Isola’s source, an anonymous executive.
  • One player that could make an interesting pieces at the trade deadline is Avery Bradley, says a recent CSN New England report. In a podcast, Zach Lowe of ESPN mentioned that Bradley will see his contract expire next season at the same time that Isaiah Thomas’ contract comes due and for that reason might be moved ahead of time.
  • A report out of Toronto links the Celtics to both Jimmy Butler and Paul George but adds that the Celtics will likely hold onto their potential top pick. Ryan Wolstat of the National Post thinks Boston can offer an enticing package for Butler without including the pick.
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10 thoughts on “Celtics Notes: Drummond, George, Bradley

  1. Connorsoxfan

    Is there any chance they could add two guys? They clearly have the assets. But what about cap? Would it be feasible? Amir and Jerebko plus the space they currently have covers Butler I believe. He has like 17 or 18 mil? And they add picks and Yabusele. Then could they do Drummond for Olynyk, Bradley, Zeller, one nets pick, Zizic, whatever. Would it be feasible and still have a rotation?

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      • Connorsoxfan

        Couldn’t they just bring in some vets and the best d-league guys for the rest of the year though?

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        • I mean they could, but their rotation would still be shot. Plus, resigning IT and, let’s say PG, would be almost impossible with Horford and if they acquired another star.

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    • Nicholas Curcio

      I may be a bit biased as a pistons fan but the Drummond deal is the worst of the 3 from a financial stand point. He’s make 20mil plus for the next 5 years. Couple that with horford and what they would be giving IT could possibly crush them. Butlers contract is a SWEET deal for the (personal opinion) second best two way wing in the NBA. Max contract signed before the spike. You throw the nets pick, smart and an Amir to the bulls. They get a expirering contract and a good guard to hold them over until they can snag one of the 5 studs coming into the league. PG doesn’t really make sense as they would have to again shell out crazy money to him and IT next season.

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  2. SamURLJackson

    The Celtics have so many picks scattered throughout the upcoming drafts that it’s not even funny.

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    • Joseph

      They could actually just do no trades, do good in the playoffs.. Attract free agents. for sure wer going to have a better team next year add up the picks in the following years use it for what we need either for trades or get more assets to get multiple championship

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  3. Nicholas Curcio

    If they’re gonna trade the picks anyway why wait until you do good in the play offs? Why not do great? The assets they have for this year are gonna get them a great future point guard. They have that. And they have a solid backup. What they need is another wing who can compliment IT and they don’t really have that. Bradley has been playing out of his mind this year and I’m digging it but you package him(expiring contract who’s to say you can’t get him back) smart and the nets pick to the bulls. It will push you over the edge to compete with golden state as they’ve already overtaken Cleveland as the team to beat in the east. This team right now, I can’t see them holding down the warriors in a series.

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