NBA trade rumors: Celtics shopping key role players to make room for Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward’s new four-year, $128 million max contract with the Celtics is not only causing the NBA market to shift but its likely going to have a profound affect on Boston’s roster.

According to ESPN.com, the Celtics have been discussing trades involving Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley in order to clear out some cap space after signing Hayward.

Wall became eligible for a “supermax” contract when he made the All-NBA team last season.

With point guards dominating headlines around the NBA this week, Wall’s news should come as little surprise despite the hefty price tag. The former Kentucky guard averaged 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game last season, proving he’s one of the best all-around players in the league.

The report states Wall will take some time to assess the offer before making a decision. He has two years and $37 million remaining on his current contract.

Wall said earlier in the week he’s been recruiting Paul George to join him in Washington. Wall understands the Wizards currently have a competitive roster, but need to add another piece to truly contend.

While the report says Wall wouldn’t base his decision on what the Wizards do during free agency, it’s reasonable to believe he will have an eye on Washington’s activity.browns_035

Pacers consider Lance Stephenson at point guard amid Paul George saga

Paul George’s reported message to the Pacers – that he will enter free agency in 2018 with his sights set on the Lakers after his current contract is up – is sending ripple effects across the NBA.

As the Pacers listen to potential trades for George, Indiana has to prepare to rebuild without the four-time All-Star. One of the more entertaining subplots of the Paul George saga is a possible Pacers rebuild that features Lance Stephenson at point guard, according to the Indianapolis Star’s Gregg Doyel.

James, who purchased the home in 2015 but doesn’t live there regularly, was not at the house when the incident occurred. He later addressed the vandalism with a stern response to the racial slur and race issues in the United States.

“If this is to shed the light and continue to keep the conversation [about race relations] going on my behalf, then I’m okay with it,” James said. “My family is safe. At the end of the day, they’re safe and that’s the most important.”

“But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. Hate in America, especially for African-Americans is living every day. … No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. And we got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”

James’ Cavaliers will face the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night in Oakland.
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