Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk Deny Isaiah Thomas Disliked by Celtics Teammates

Former Boston Celtics Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk took to Twitter on Wednesday to deny a report that Isaiah Thomas was disliked by teammates: 

Chris Broussard of Fox Sports 1 reported on Undisputed Wednesday some teammates in Boston “weren’t that fond” of Thomas.

“I will tell you this: I spoke to several executives, or texted with several executives, last night. And a lot of them were saying that a lot of the players in Boston really weren’t that fond of Isaiah,” Broussard said. “We know he had those problems in Sacramento and in Phoenix. I didn’t know he was having those issues, according to these executives, in Boston. He is known as a headstrong guy, he’s got a huge ego, they say he’s got the Napoleon complex, he always has that chip on his shoulder.”

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

 

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2vZITWx
via IFTTT

Marcus Smart Says Goodbye to Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Welcomes Kyrie Irving

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart rolled out the welcome mat for the newly acquired Kyrie Irving on Wednesday but thanked Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder in the process:

Boston announced it landed Irving in Tuesday’s trade while sending Thomas, Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets‘ 2018 first-round pick to its 2017 Eastern Conference Finals opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

                                                                                            

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2vZtGo5
via IFTTT

BIG3 Awards Announced: Rashard Lewis Wins MVP, James White Wins DPOY

Rashard Lewis took home BIG3’s inaugural MVP award, the league announced via press release Wednesday, after he helped lead the 3 Headed Monsters to a spot in Saturday’s championship showdown in Las Vegas. 

Lewis, 38, was named MVP by his peers after players submitted nominations and voted on finalists for all eight end-of-season awards.

James White captured Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Stephen Jackson was labeled the league’s premier trash talker. 

The complete list of winners can be viewed below: 

  • Most Valuable Player: Rashard Lewis, 3 Headed Monsters
  • Coach of the Year: Rick Mahorn, Trilogy
  • Player Captain of the Year: Kenyon Martin, Trilogy
  • Defensive Player of the Year: James White, Trilogy
  • Too Hard to Guard: Al Harrington, Trilogy
  • Best Trash Talker: Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s
  • Best Dressed: Cuttino Mobley, Power
  • 4th Man: Al Thornton, 3’s Company

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game. 

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2xdE22r
via IFTTT

Multiple Cavaliers Players Reportedly Wanted Kyrie Irving to Stay in Cleveland

Kyrie Irving‘s desire to split from the Cleveland Cavaliers was well-documented prior to Tuesday’s trade to the Boston Celtics. However, several members of the defending Eastern Conference champions were reportedly interested in trying to smooth things over with the four-time All-Star in order to keep the team’s core intact.                 

On Wednesday, ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin reported “multiple Cavs players told ESPN they hoped Irving would remain on the team, believing they could work out their differences like a family and have another crack at beating the [Golden State] Warriors together.”         

            

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game. 

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2wo2HUm
via IFTTT

Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas Trade Reportedly Formed After Jayson Tatum Removed

The trade between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, headlined by Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving, seemingly came together in quick fashion Tuesday night. According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Cleveland expedited the process by abandoning its pursuit of Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum. 

“The big discussion point with Boston and Cleveland over the past several weeks on a potential deal has always been about Jayson Tatum’s involvement,” Charania said on NBA TV (h/t Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin). “The Cavaliers coveted him greatly. I think if Tatum was involved the first day these talks transpired, this deal would have been done weeks ago.”

The Celtics announced Tuesday they acquired Irving for Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.

At least initially, Tatum makes sense as one of the Cavaliers’ targets in their pursuit of an Irving trade. Tatum would have given Cleveland a building block for the future of the franchise. He averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and shot 34.2 percent from beyond the arc in his lone season with the Duke Blue Devils.

Likewise, Boston’s hesitancy in trading Tatum is understandable.

The Celtics could have held onto the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft and selected Markelle Fultz. Instead, general manager Danny Ainge flipped that pick for a future first-rounder and the third overall selection, which he used to get Tatum. Flipping Tatum so soon after that trade would’ve opened up Ainge to a lot of criticism.

ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman noted how Tatum is also part of a Celtics core that’s not only built for success now but in the long term as well:

Ultimately, both the Celtics and Cavaliers have reason to be happy with their haul from Tuesday’s deal.

Boston got an All-Star point guard who’s three years younger than Thomas and under contract for two more seasons—Thomas will be a free agent next summer.

Cleveland, meanwhile, ensured it remains a top contender to win the Eastern Conference by replacing Irving with another proven scorer in Thomas. Zizic and the Nets’ first-rounder also offer flexibility down the road should LeBron James leave or the team want to use the Nets’ pick to add another superstar.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2v6XaSh
via IFTTT

BIG3 League Contract Renewed by Fox Sports

Fox Sports announced Wednesday that it has extended its media-rights deal with the BIG3 basketball league. 

“Working with Fox Sports for another season is an opportunity we are very excited about,” league co-founder Ice Cube said in the press release. “The network understands that the BIG3 is about competitive, hard-nosed, compelling basketball, and they’ve been a great partner to work with during our inaugural season. Our shared vision makes this partnership an ideal fit.”

FS1 has broadcast BIG3 games throughout the season, which started June 25, and the championship will be broadcast on Fox at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.          

The league is in its inaugural season and features a three-on-three format. It’s comprised of former NBA players, including Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Rashard Lewis and Chauncey Billups, among others.

“We think we have something great with the BIG3 and are thrilled to add another year to our partnership,” Fox Sports head of business operations David Nathanson said in the press release. “In its inaugural year, the league provided competitive, entertaining basketball that really resonated with fans, as evidenced by its television ratings on FS1 and packed arenas across the country.”

Trilogy will face 3 Headed Monsters at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the league’s championship game.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2vpJbT3
via IFTTT

Nerlens Noel Reportedly Turned Down Mavericks Contract Offer at $17.5M Per Year

Nerlens Noel continues to search for a contract as a restricted free agent, but the Dallas Mavericks reportedly made a lucrative offer to the 23-year-old that he turned down.

Per Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, Noel rejected a Mavericks contract offer in the range of $17.5 million per year at some point this offseason.

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2vZ97rO
via IFTTT