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Boston Celtics Rumor: Boston’s Pursuit Of Eric Bledsoe



Gordon Hayward went down on opening night for the Boston Celtics. Chances are his season is over even if he could be back for a potential playoff run. This means Boston has $8 million of cap space cleared. So what should they do? Sit there and save the money? Or use it to go and add a piece that helps them this season.

Because that is point, helping the team this season. Any type of player acquisition would have to be on an expiring contract. One idea that has been floating around the NBA is a potential trade for Eric Bledsoe.

Bledsoe is a 27-year-old guard who is currently playing for the Phoenix Suns. One big reason for the speculation surrounding him is the following tweet.

But on top of that, the Suns are not a team with a title in their cards. The main issue with Bledsoe is he doesn’t fit the expiring contract mold. Making up the gap from the $8 million to his current figure for this season is a relatively easy feat. The issue will be for next season, which is the last year of a 5-year contract he signed with the Suns back in 2014-15.

In the final year of his deal, he will be owed a sum of $15 million, a steep price for a Celtics team that can’t exactly afford to take on a number like that. But with Bledsoe, there is the potential for a title chance this season. The guard averaged a career-high 21.1 points per game last season and provides a much-needed alternative scoring threat for Boston.

Hayward’s injury has allowed the likes of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to see extra minutes. Both have done very well given the circumstances. But a trade for Bledsoe would add extra padding and an added weapon off of the bench to help push the Celtics over the top.

And for the next season part I would say this. Marcus Smart failed to sign an extension before the deadline. This means the 6th man for the Celtics is currently an unknown for next season. Smart will make $20+ million per season given what the going rate for a guard like himself is in the NBA. If Boston thinks Smart will be gone, then trading for Bledsoe would be a great move for the now and future.

But if Danny Ainge and company think Smart will stay, then a trade for Bledsoe wouldn’t make any sense. At the moment there seems to be interest from Boston, but chances are nothing will happen on this front. A trade to fill Hayward’s cap space will likely come closer to the NBA trade deadline.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Jayson Tatum’s Patience: The Deciding Factor



There is currently a preponderance of NBA rookies who are dominating the league. We’re talking about 20-somethings (some even younger than that) leading their teams in nearly every statistical category.

This is no longer your father’s NBA.

Gone are the days of “earning your stripes”. In today’s game, if a player has the talent he’s going to be encouraged to use it.

Our favorite youngling, here in Boston, is unanimously Jayson Tatum. This 19-year-old kid has stormed the Garden like some new-school Larry Bird-Paul Pierce hybrid. He’s the futuristic embodiment of “Celtics Basketball” - the silhouette for Boston’s modern logo.

But Tatum’s not even the superlative of this year’s rookie class!

Many “Green Teamers” would argue the cockeyed contention that Jayson Tatum is a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year. As heartening as it may be for the flourishing freshman to hear such high praise, it still stems from unchecked fandom.

I swear, there must be something circulating around the Charles River. It seems that Boston has become more and more generous, in recent years, when it comes to appraising young talent.

In every sport, we’re ready to give our kindergarteners their high school diploma, the very second they demonstrate their ability.

The homer expectations, surrounding Jayson Tatum, are in need of an adjustment. Let’s take a look at a few rookies, who are ahead of Tatum in the primary categories.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly



New England is now fully immersed in the brisk whirlwind of the holiday season. This is a conflicted time for sports fans.

The threadbare traditions and awkward reunion of estranged family members only serves to interrupt our connection to our favorite teams. And it happens right when we’re in the thick of things.

How can one prioritize with so many agendas - family or sports? Surely there will come a moment when you’ll have to choose.

But do not worry. Trifecta Sports has your back.

We’re here to abbreviate all of the Boston Sports highlights so that fans can stay tuned in, all while going through the motions of the season. I promise to be even more critical and unforgiving, when eviscerating the play of New England teams.

So do your thing! Put a smile on for the family. And keep coming to Trifecta for sports news, whenever you get a free second to pretend that you’re bathroom.

You already know what this is, folks. It’s time for another perturbed installment of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Walking in Winter Wonderland Edition.

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Celtics 2018 Draft Prospects



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They say lightning never strikes twice, but the Boston Celtics have managed to capture lightning in a bottle multiple times, with their past several draft picks. From flowering stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, to secondary underdogs like Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart - the C’s recent draft decisions look more educated with every passing game.

But the exhilarating string of Brooklyn picks, which the infamous Big 3 trade exfoliated, are now all but exhausted. Well, directly speaking that is (semantics). Boston must now face a new mutation of parlayed picks and the stipulations that come with them.

Fun, right?

The selections of the immediate future will be governed by all sorts of caveats and esoteric protections that are hard to get excited about.

Nonetheless, Danny Ainge and his pencil-pushing subordinates have demonstrated their superlative ability to make something out of nothing. Whether the Celtics have the first pick or the last pick, they are going to find value in a “Belichickian” manner.

Let’s take a look at the prospects that Boston should consider drafting, come June of 2018.

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