Raptors big man Chris Boucher is set to enter unrestricted free agency this summer, but he hasn’t thought much about it to this point. Boucher ended his season with a 25-point, 10-rebound effort off the bench in Game 6, telling reporters how much he h as valued the Raptors and Toronto.
“I love Toronto and Toronto did a lot for me …. from the player I was to where I am now, I owe it all to Toronto,” he said, per Michael Grange of Sportsnet (Twitter link).
As Grange notes, it’s clear where Boucher’s heart lies. However, he’ll likely receive interest from multiple teams on the open market, as he averaged 9.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 21.1 minutes per game this season. He also shot 46% from the floor and played 80 games.
There’s more from the Atlantic Division tonight:
- Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, long considered a potential Knicks trade target, is no longer intrigued by New York’s plan, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports. The Knicks finished with the 11th-best record in the East at 37-45 this season after finishing fourth in the East at 41-31 last season. Instead of targeting Lillard, New York could shift its focus to Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, whose team was recently eliminated in the first round.
- Despite taking a job with the Jazz, Danny Ainge still keeps tabs on the Celtics, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe writes. Ainge left the Celtics last June and joined the Jazz as CEO last December. He worked in the Celtics’ front office for 18 years.
- Sixers rookie Charles Bassey practiced in full with the team on Saturday, Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice.com tweets. Bassey has been dealing with a shoulder sprain. The 21-year-old big man could be available for the club’s series against Miami, which could be important with Joel Embiid out indefinitely. Bassey averaged 18.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocks for the team’s G League affiliate this season, playing 28.6 minutes per contest.
24 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Boucher, Lillard, Knicks, Ainge, Celtics, Bassey”
Knicks don’t need Lillard
Knicks want to make offer for mitchell
Knicks would make nice trade offers for Doncic and Morant if they are available
Rockets are targeting young superstars too
Top 3 would be
What in the world makes you think luka or morant are available? You need to update your settings pal your data is scrambled.
I will bet anything that Mitchell isn’t getting moved either. 25 years old in his prime under contract. Utah will do something but they aren’t the biggest morons in the league. No team is moving a young player in his prime who can score, if they don’t have the management of the Kings.
But when it comes to Knicks, every fantastical piece will be written trying to convince public that miracles do happen.
You have to trade Mitchell. The Jazz have to blow this up but at least Rudy is committed to Utah and says he would like to retire there.
If you decide to trade Rudy instead, Mitchell could walk anyway (demand trade) and go to New York or wherever. Trade Mitchell now, keep Rudy and see what happens.
This is one of the more ludicrous Sillivan comments, which is saying a lot.
Knicks were never interested in Lillard, even after he put their name out there.
Mitchell, I’m sure they would have interest if he were available, and, since the league (Silver) says it’s OK, I’m sure they’ll at least try to collude with him and his agents to compel UTH to make him available. But, still, he’s not currently available.
He put their name out there? All Lillard has ever said is he’s staying in Portland. Where do these crazy town comments even come from?
The latest thing is that Lillard has said he understands if Portland wants to move on and thus trade him. Yes he has said he would like to remain in Portland all these years but in the last 4-6 months Lillard has eased up on that in support of whatever the organization decides to do. I think the CJ McCollum trade changed his heart in a way.
You are just making stuff up. The guy could not be more clear he is planning to make a deep run in the play-offs with Portland.
I never just make stuff up. What’s the point in that? What do I gain by saying something that’s false or made up?
You’re just a little bit behind in your information. Yes as I said above, he’s always said he wants to stay in Portland but his latest is a little bit different.
Here’s the thing, you’re probably a Blazers fan and a homer so you’re not going to agree with anyone who says anything to disparage total allegiance to your beloved Blazers.
Lastly, a deep playoff run with the Blazers? Those days are over as currently constructed. That roster needs an overhaul because the guys currently have given it they’re shot and it’s not happening. That Center got totally outplayed and they don’t or didn’t have the wings necessary. It’s already begun pal, they sent c.j. packing. Who do you think is next? The other guys are free agents. It’s over. The rebuild starts this summer.
Does Danny keep tabs on the Spurs, because that’s where his brainchild pick wound up. I nearly put my fist through a wall when he selected Romeo Langford over Jordan Poole.
Lol 14 other players were taken between romeo and poole and the guy directly after romeo was a far worse pick. Every team misses, ainge hit far more than he missed
He likes to watch the C’s till he realizes how much of a cancer he is and now he’s bringing it to the jazz
Does Dumb Danny keep tabs on the Suns, where 2016 second round pick Abdel Nader has resided as a fringe roster player over the last few seasons. To this day, I still can’t understand how the player I wanted Danny to take over Nader remained undrafted. Fred VanVleet had an amazing 4 year career at Wichita St, played a major role in the Raptors championship, is an all-star, and got a nice extension.
I’m pretty sure I remember FVV having multiple offers to be drafted in the 2nd round, and specifically wanted to go undrafted. There are several players like that every year…
Also, Nader is useful, depending on the rest of the roster, as a 3/2 that can defend and put the ball on the floor, and make shots
The Celtics Bucks series should peak Danny’s interest. I had my eye on one of the Bucks since his freshman season at Arkansas. Alas, Danny took Terry Rozier over Bobby Portis. Good to see you haven’t forgotten your old team. I missed you.
Terry rozier who is a better player than Bobby Portia
Feel Better? “My eye…” lol
Brightside calls Rozier a miss. Brilliant. /s
I think Boucher should be in demand for a lot of teams. I thought he should have been used more this year, and should have started at the 5, which would have helped their spacing issues. He is a perfect modern NBA 5, and can also be used at the 4 in certain lineups/matchups.
Knicks don’t have a plan. I’d fire Thibs hire Jackson. At least he isn’t tied to wanting only former Bulls from 10 yrs ago.
Knicks are only interested in The Draft .
Forget abt Mitchell, he’ll cost too much in a trade.