How the Celtics can help the Pacers appease Paul George

A lot this offseason has been made of the possibility of the Celtics trading the for Paul George and teaming up with Isaiah Thomas and the rest of the Celtics to try to topple current kings of the east; Lebron and the Cavs. What If instead of wearing Celtic green Isaiah and PG13 make a run at Lebron wearing Pacer blue?

Paul George has been quite vocal about his desire to compete for an NBA championship, but he has also professed his love for Indiana and the Pacer organization, saying in a February interview, “I want to be the first to bring a championship to Indiana. So that’s still on my mind … and something I definitely want to achieve in Indiana.”

Bringing in an All-NBA second team player be enough to persuade him to stay? It’s no secret the Pacers want PG13 to stay and bringing in Isaiah might be the best way to do it. A trade like this makes sense for Boston as it is going to have monster cap issues and a log jam at the guard positions when they presumably draft Markelle Fultz and IT, Avery Bradley’s and Marcus Smart’s contracts all are up after the 2018 season.

Trading Isaiah Thomas helps the Celtics keep most of their core intact and play Markelle Fultz at his primary position as he develops. It also gives Indiana the chance to show Paul George they are serious about being championship contenders.

(Pacers also throw in 2020 unprotected first round draft pick in this scenario)

In this trade, the Celtics get Myles Turner who is starting to look like a potential future all-star in Indiana after averaging 14.5 points 7.3 reb and 2.1 blocks a game in only 31 minutes a game. He also is signed to a very team-friendly contract for the next 3 years and would provide them with the flexibility to resign Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley. Turner might not seem like enough in return for a second team All-NBA player but Turner gives the Celtics what they need most. Rebounding and rim protection, he also is a capable jump shooter which is something Brad Stevens loves to see in his big men. A Celtics core built around Markelle Fultz, Jaylen Brown, Myles Turner and the 2018 Nets pick would be one that could possibly set them up to contend for the next decade, especially with the role players that they already have in place.

The harsh reality is that the Celtics don’t have the talent to beat the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers anytime soon. Trading Isaiah and building around this new core would allow these young players to develop and as they are entering their primes. Their ascension would most likely coincide with the decline of the current versions of the Warriors and Cavs. Boston isn’t a sports town that hangs Eastern Conference finals banners, its championship or bust. Even with an addition like Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin this Celtics team’s ceiling is still Eastern Conference champions, and frankly, that just isn’t enough for Boston fans. This trade would set up both the Pacers and Celtics for long term success, so who says no?

No Record For Sale, But Sox Offense Keeps Rolling

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As it turns out, Chris Sale is not Superman. However, no one can deny that he’s having one hell of a season. In a bid to become the first pitcher in the modern era to post double-digit strikeouts in 9 consecutive starts in a season, Sale fell shy, fanning 6 through 7 ⅓ innings yesterday against the Rangers.

After striking out 3 of the first 6 batters he faced, it appeared that Sale was on track to break the record. But history was not to be made at Fenway Park Wednesday night. After holding the Rangers hitless through 5 ⅔ innings, Mike Napoli sent a shot deep into the Monster seats in the left-center field putting Texas up 2-1. The Rangers would add on another run in the 5th leaving the Red Sox trailing by 2 late in the game.

But in a rare display of run support behind Chris Sale, which has been noticeably lacking this season, the Red Sox offense came alive in the 7th. Sparked by a leadoff single by Sam Travis making his major league debut, the Sox combined for 7 runs on 5 hits. Taking on one run apiece in the 8th, the Red Sox would go on to pick up their third win in a row with a final score of 9-4.

“Seven runs right there. The guys pulled through in a game where I was probably pretty mediocre.” Sale said after the game. If the Boston offense can keep their pace (32 runs, 39 hits over last 3 games) Sale’s “mediocre” pitching will continue to win games.

And if you think Sale’s performance thus far has been a fluke, consider this: no pitcher has more strikeouts (1,233) through 158 starts since 1893, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Keep up the mediocrity, Chris!

The Rangers and Red Sox conclude their 3-game series tonight in Boston. Nick Martinez (1-2) will take the hill for Texas facing Drew Pomeranz (3-3) starting at 7:10 PM EST.


Andy Ouellette, Baseline Times MLB Contributor 

NBA Staff: Eastern Conference Finals Predictions

Celtics (1) vs Cavaliers (2)

Name Team Games
Billy Aristide Cavaliers 5
Wesly Avendano Cavaliers 5
Nate Ledsinger Cavaliers 5
DeMario Jackson Cavaliers 5
Chevall Kanhai Cavaliers 5
Gabe Lloyd Cavaliers 6
Markus Murden Cavaliers 4