Bad Day For Boston

Boston, how are you living right about now?

Jim Rome
June 13, 2019 - 10:57 am
Jayson Tatum and Anthony Davis

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Boston, how are you living right about now? Actually, don’t answer that. I already know.  Not that well. Because losing Game 7 at home is brutal. And painful. Especially when you just assumed the win. Especially when some of you just became Bruins fans earlier this week to gravy train your way to a title.

Now you’re waking up dazed and confused because Boston isn’t supposed to have nights like that and you’re desperately looking for the receipt so that you can return that Bruins sweater you bought on Monday to prove how much the bruins mean to you. And how much they’ve always meant to you. Over the past week or so. 

And now you’re feverishly tweeting out a pic of Tom Brady and his rings to make yourself feel better and prove that last night didn’t hurt. But it did. I know it did. You thought you had that. And you blew it.

I get it. Yesterday was a bad day….and, not just for the Bruins, but for the Celtics. But there’s no reason for you to crush Jayson Tatum on Twitter the way that you did after he celebrated the Blues win with this tweet:

ST. LOUIS FOREVER.

And of course Boston fans handled that about as well as you’d expect them to. Immediately smashing the “reply” button and screaming “Trade him to New Orleans now” or “Give me Anthony Davis for this guy” and “hope you’re in New Orleans next year”

Right, because trading him just because he rooted for his hometown team would be a great idea. A really great idea. 

And about that idea of trading for Anthony Davis, I wouldn’t get too attached that idea either. Because Rich Paul, AD’s agent, has made it very clear that Davis does not want to go to Boston. He wants to do with y’all. And made it really clear. How clear? This clear – he told Sports Illustrated:

“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year. I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”

Can’t make it much clearer than that. But then again,

Knowing Danny Ainge and knowing how the market will work this year, there is a distinct possibility that Boston still goes ahead and makes a move for Davis. Because they know that the places he does want to go, like the Lakers, can’t afford to waste another year waiting for Davis. And that pretty much no star gets to actually go where he wants to go and sometimes they actually want to stay when they get there, like Paul George. Or maybe even Kawhi Leonard. 

Oh, and there’s the part about how bringing in Anthony Davis would give Kyrie Irving a reason to stay…but then there’s the news that Kyrie Irving won’t opt in with the Celtics, which isn’t a surprise, and the news that he’s gone over to Roc Nation as his agency, which is a surprise.

And if you want to get out your red string and your bulletin board to fully connect the conspiracy theories, Roc Nation was founded by Jay-Z. Jay-Z is a former part owner of the Brooklyn Nets. But wait, there’s more – the President of Roc Nation is Michael Yormark. And his twin brother, Brett, is CEO of the Nets.

So the moment all of that came down, everyone pretty much photoshopped Kyrie into a Nets jersey and called it a day.

So yes. That’s a bad day for Boston... Kyrie opts out, changes agents, pretty much packs his bags. Rich Paul tells the world don’t trade for AD because you do it’ll be just a one year rental. Jayson Tatum hypes the Blues. And the Bruins lose the Cup on home ice. 

But the NBA news isn’t just limited to Boston. According to Marc Stein on Twitter: The Lakers have made Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and the No. 4 pick in the June 20 draft available in trade talks with the Pelicans, league sources say. New Orleans has made it known it hope to assemble a three-teams-or-more deal before surrendering Anthony Davis

My sense is that the Lakers, to this point, have tried to keep Kyle Kuzma out of the talks and the full package New Orleans would receive in an Anthony Davis deal obviously depends on what the third team provides

The Lakers' ability to seal a deal for Anthony Davis likely hinges on what the No. 4 pick can fetch. If the No. 4 pick can land a player to excite New Orleans, on top of Ingram and Ball, then the teams are headed for an agreement in principle before draft night next Thursday

Davis potentially on the move. Kyrie potentially on the move.

Oh, and did I mention that Game 6 of the NBA Finals is tonight? How absolutely ridiculous is it that the NBA has an off day and the headlines are so big that they drown out the fact that Game 6 of the NBA Finals is taking place tonight. And with the draft in a week and free agency just over two weeks away, the NBA rumors and headlines aren’t slowing down, they’re just getting started. Esp. With the offseason is drowning out the postseason: further evidence that there really isn’t an offseason anymore which is what makes the sport so unbelievable.