When Andre Iguodala asked Payton Pritchard what he’s hoping to accomplish in the next five-to-10 years, the Celtics guard said a “bigger role” is something he’s looking for in the future.
“Obviously, after I’m done here, after this year, I’d like to look—be a part of a bigger role a little bit,” Pritchard said on the Point Forward podcast.
Iguodala followed up by asking if he was certain that’s what he wanted, and Pritchard said he was.
“Yeah, I definitely do,” Pritchard said. It’s obviously what I work for. I think that’s what Brad (Stevens) and them know, too. We’ve had that discussion — but a bigger role. I want to be part of a winning culture, but I want to also really help that, be a really big piece of that.
“I’m not saying it’s the best player on the team or anything, but I don’t know what my future holds unless I can take that next step. I don’t know what it is in five-to-10 years, but I just want to look back and know that I put my best foot forward. I put all the work in. So whatever happens, I can live with. As long as I did it my way. That’s the most important thing to me.”
While it may be easy to read those comments and think Pritchard could be looking for a change of scenery after the season, it clearly wasn’t a prepared statement and it’s only natural for a young player whose playing time has been reduced to want a long career. Still, it’s interesting nonetheless.
Here’s more from the Atlantic:
- Nets superstar Kevin Durant hopes to play in the All-Star Game on February 19, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on NBA Countdown (YouTube link). The news was passed along by Durant’s manager, Rich Kleiman. Wojnarowski points to February 13 against New York or February 15 versus Miami as possible target dates for Durant’s return, as he’ll likely need to play at least a game or two before the exhibition contest. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported last week that there was optimism Durant could return before the break.
- Once Knicks guard Quentin Grimes was fully recovered from his foot injury on November 20, Cam Reddish‘s playing time was reduced. According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv, Reddish told an assistant coach that he was unhappy with how head coach Tom Thibodeau was using him prior to a game on December 4, and Reddish hasn’t appeared in a game since he voiced his displeasure. The 23-year-old has been a healthy scratch for 27 consecutive games, Begley notes.
- Matisse Thybulle is no stranger to trade rumors, but he’s not stressing hearing his name bandied about ahead of the deadline, writes Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I think it helps, too, that it’s not my first rodeo,” The Sixers wing said. “And every single year is kind of like the same situation. You are going to get traded until the very last minute; it’s like you don’t. … So I’ve gone all the way there until it actually happens. So, at this point, I kind of know the ropes and it helps that my family does as well.”
18 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Pritchard, Durant, Reddish, Thybulle”
If a player wants a market value contract, he has a little trade value
Market value is overpaid
Thybulle could ask for 2 years $30mm
76ers can’t afford
Pritchard and Grant Williams for Bones Hyland, Jeff Green and a pair of second round picks
Nuggets get a back up point in Pritchard and a a 3 and D forward they have been looking for.
Celtics get something in return for Grant who I thi knleaves in FA
Bones could also develop into the third young star to partner Brown and Tatum. He’s a great shooter and in think would also pair really well with Marcus Smart in the backcourt
They’ve got a great SG in Brown and a very good backup guards in Brogdan and White, so where does Hyland fit? Seems to me he’d be buried on the bench like Pritchard. Id also rather have Williams than Green, he’s 12 years younger, a better defender and a better shooter. Grant really can’t leave in free agency unless the Celtics let him.
Move Brown to SF and Tatum to PF.
Bones Smart Brown Tatum Rob Will
White Brogdan Green Horford
Boston didn’t want to pay Grant over 15 mil and yes they have his rights and can match but I think he gets offered a good 18+ and they won’t match. As for Jeff Green they were linked to him in the past and keen to add him for impact off the bench. Plus they get a couple draft picks from the deal
Grant is a restricted free agent so the risk of him leaving for nothing isn’t as dramatic as you’re making it seem.
Boston didn’t want to give him 15mil they offered a reported 13mil.
I’d say come FA he gets 3 offers over 15mil. All of which Boston won’t match cause they didn’t want to pay him.
Only way they get anything back for him is a sign and trade which has to be done before matching an offer.
My prediction is he leaves in FA
You don’t take the risk of putting Bones in that environment. He won’t end up in Boston.
I mean of course it a risk but same is said with just keeping Grant and him leaving for nothing in the offseason.
Grant Williams & Payton Pritchard are better than Hyland & Green. Is Denver trading multiple late 1st round picks to pull this off? Then it isn’t gonna happen unless they do. Celtics likely want as much insurance as they can carry into the playoffs. Pritchard is cheap, back-up, insurance, and so is Williams, although williams is regular in the rotation. Celtics I doubt are looking to trade these guys.
“Don’t ever go against the family” …..
Cam is learning that the hard way. Thibs waay.
Should have traded him when he was playing well.
Thibs is a mediocre HC at best. Only further illustrating this fact.
Dude. Celtics are trying to win a chip. Stop with the silly William’s rumors please. You’ve been doing it all year and it isnt happening
What worries me is that Horford is getting older and RW3 can’t stay on the floor. Boston needs a decent 3rd center.
Man I feel sorry for Reddish.
Trade that man anywhere for playing time and let him just ball for a year or two so the league can see if he’s got anything before he’s 30
He needs a spoon to slowly dig out of Thib’s Dog House. Like Fournier.