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Celtics’ Sullinger on tanking: ‘Y’all can kiss out butts’

After trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, and losing coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers, the Celtics were supposed to stink.

They still might — although they’ve been OK so far (7-12 heading into Tuesday’s game vs. the Bucks).

Either way, second-year Celtics forward Jared Sullinger is not about to lose on purpose. In the NBA, this is what fans and media refer to as “tanking.” But players and coaches aren’t into it all, and Sullinger has made that perfectly clear.

“I don’t know why people keep talking about tanking,” said the former Ohio State star. “We have competitors out here. We’re really not like that.”

The 2014 draft class is among the most highly anticipated in a decade with names like Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, Duke forward Jabari Parker and Kentucky big man Julius Randle.

Any team could certainly use any of those guys, the Celtics among them.

But for now, Sullinger and the Celtics are content aiming for the playoffs.

“We just want to win and show everybody that y’all can kiss our butts about the tanking stuff,” he said.

Sullinger is starting at power forward for first-year coach Brad Stevens and averaging 13.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. He is coming off a 21-point, 14-rebound performance vs. the Bucks.

Globe compares Cavs to Thanksgiving turkeys

Cleveland fans aren’t the only ones taking their fair share of shots at the Cavaliers. Even out-of-towners are getting snarky at the Cavs’ expense.

Following the visiting Cavs’ 103-86 loss to the Celtics on Friday, Boston Globe reporter Baxter Holmes wrote:

“On Friday, the Cavaliers suffered the same fate as many turkeys this time of year. They were slaughtered.”

Holmes didn’t stop there.

“The Cavaliers landed the top pick in the 2013 NBA draft, and they look like they’ll be in contention to do it again after their pathetic effort in a 103-86 loss to the Celtics at TD Garden,” he wrote.

There’s more.

“To call it a competitive game is to really stretch the definition of the word ‘competitive,’” Holmes wrote. “The Celtics began with a game-opening 18-2 run that was really a game-closing run, too.”

Without a doubt, things are bad for the Cavs (4-12) right now. And it’s no longer just the local folks who have something to say about it.

On the bright side, this is the NBA, and there’s always another game. (The Cavs play at home vs the Bulls on Saturday.) So there’s still time to turn those jeers from tears to cheers. And maybe prove that, hey, some turkeys can fly.

As an aside, Holmes is one of my favorites on the NBA beat. You can check out his full Celtics-Cavs recap right here.

NBA placing stronger emphasis on violations

CLEVELAND – NBA referees will whistle if you walk.

That’s the message being sent by the league entering the 2013-14 season, which begins in less than two weeks.

Along with traveling, the league is emphasizing quick whistles on infractions such as carrying, delay of game and contact on jump shots.

The NBA has also instituted a new rule that will result in a foul on offensive players who step out of bounds and stay there longer than they should — which teams have occasionally done in the past for the purpose of spacing.

It’s pretty clear the league is taking these points of emphasis fairly seriously, too. The Cavaliers were whistled for two traveling violations in the first 10 minutes of their preseason game Saturday vs. the Pacers.

Key dates for 2013-14 NBA season

NBA teams playing preseason games overseas will conduct their media days Friday, kicking off the 2013-14 season. Among those teams: the Wizards, Bulls, Warriors and two-time defending champion Heat.

Those teams will start training camp Saturday, with everyone else to hold media day Monday and start camp Tuesday.

Here’s a full list of key dates for the 2013-14 NBA season:

* Sept: 27: Media Day for teams competing in international preseason contests
* Sept. 28:  Training camps open for practice for teams competing in international preseason contests
* Sept. 30: Remaining Media Days held
* Oct. 1: Remaining training camps open
* Oct. 5: NBA Global Games Istanbul (Oklahoma City Thunder @ Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey at Ulker Sports Arena)
* Oct. 6: NBA Global Games Bilbao (Philadelphia 76ers @ Bilbao Basket in Bilbao, Spain at Bizkaia Arena at the BEC)
* Oct. 8: NBA Global Games Manchester (Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers in Manchester, England at Phones 4u Arena)
* Oct. 10: NBA Global Games Manila (Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers in Manila, Philippines at Mall of Asia Arena)
* Oct. 12: NBA Global Games Rio de Janeiro (Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at HSBC Arena)
* Oct. 13: NBA Global Games Taipei (Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers in Taipei, Taiwan at Taipei Arena)
* Oct. 15: NBA Global Games Beijing (Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers in Beijing, China at MasterCard Arena)
* Oct. 18: NBA Global Games Shanghai (Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai, China at Mercedes-Benz Arena)
* Oct. 28: Rosters set for Opening Day (5 p.m. ET)
* Oct. 29: 2013-14 Season Tips Off
* Dec. 4: NBA Global Games Mexico City (Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs at Mexico City Arena)
* Jan. 6: 10-day Contracts can now be signed
* Jan. 10: All Contracts are guaranteed for remainder of the season
* Jan. 16: NBA Global Games London 2014 (Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets at The 02)
* Feb. 14-16: 2014 NBA All-Star (New Orleans, LA)
* Feb. 20: 2014 NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
* April 16: Last Day of 2013-14 Regular Season
* April 19: 2014 NBA Playoffs begin
* April 27: NBA Draft Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
* May 5: Conference Semifinals begin (possible move-up to May 3 or 4)
* May 20: Conference Finals begin (possibly move-up to May 18 or 19)
* May 20: 2014 NBA Draft Lottery
* June 5: NBA Finals begin
* June 16: NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET)
June 26: 2014 NBA Draft

NBA team-by-team remaining free agents

A look at which NBA players remain unsigned through July 29:

ATLANTA HAWKS — Unrestricted: Ivan Johnson, Devin Harris, Dahntay Jones, Johan Petro, Anthony Tolliver

BOSTON CELTICS — Unrestricted: Chris Wilcox

BROOKLYN NETS — Unrestricted: Jerry Stackhouse

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS — Unrestricted: DeSagana Diop, Jannero Pargo

CHICAGO BULLS — Unrestricted: Daequan Cook, Vladimir Radmanovic

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — Unrestricted: Daniel Gibson, Luke Walton

DALLAS MAVERICKS — Unrestricted: Rodrigue Beaubois, Mike James

DENVER NUGGETS — None

DETROIT PISTONS — Unrestricted: Corey Maggette

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS — None

HOUSTON ROCKETS — None

INDIANA PACERS — Unrestricted: Ben Hansbrough, Sam Young

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS — Unrestricted: Lamar Odom

LOS ANGELES LAKERS — Unrestricted: Devin Ebanks, Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris, Antawn Jamison

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Unrestricted: Austin Daye, Keyon Dooling

MIAMI HEAT — Unrestricted: Juwan Howard.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS — Restricted: Brandon Jennings. Unrestricted: Marquis Daniels, Joel Przybilla

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES — Restricted: Nikola Pekovic

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS — Unrestricted: Lou Amundson, Xavier Henry, Roger Mason Jr.

NEW YORK KNICKS — Unrestricted: Earl Barron

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — Unrestricted: Ronnie Brewer

ORLANDO MAGIC — Unrestricted: DaQuan Jones, Beno Udrih

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Unrestricted: Charles Jenkins, Royal Ivey, Damien Wilkins

PHOENIX SUNS — Unrestricted: Diante Garrett

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS —Unrestricted: Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith, Elliot Williams

SACRAMENTO KINGS — Unrestricted: Cole Aldrich, James Johnson

SAN ANTONIO SPURS — Unrestricted: DeJuan Blair, Tracy McGrady

TORONTO RAPTORS — Unrestricted: Mickael Pietrus, Sebastian Telfair

UTAH JAZZ — Unrestricted: Jamaal Tinsley, Mo Williams

WASHINGTON WIZARDS — Unrestricted: Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins, Cartier Martin, A.J. Price

 

2013 Orlando Summer League rosters

The NBA’s Orlando Pro Summer League runs from July 7-12 in Florida. Here are rosters as of opening day:

BOSTON CELTICS

Tim Abromaitis, F, 6-8, 236, 09/17/89, Notre Dame
Courtney Fells, F, 6-6, 200, 09/20/86, NC State
Jayson Granger, G, 6-2, 192, 09/15/89, Estudiantes/Uruguay
Lawrence Hill, F, 6-8, 235, 09/16/87, Stanford
Eli Holman, F/C, 6-10, 260, 03/22/89, Detroit
Colton Iverson, C, 7-0, 255, 06/29/89, Colorado State
Darius Johnson-Odom, G, 6-2, 215, 09/28/89, Marquette
Fab Melo, C, 7-0, 255, 06/20/90, Syracuse
Tony Mitchell, F, 6-6, 216, 08/07/89, Alabama
Kelly Olynyk, F, 7-0, 238, 04/19/91, Gonzaga
Phil Pressey, G, 5-11, 175, 02/17/91, Missouri
Shavlik Randolph, F, 6-10, 235, 11/24/83, Duke
Omar Reed, G/F, 6-6, 210, 07/02/87, Bluefield
Nolan Smith, G, 6-2, 185, 07/25/88, Duke

BROOKLYN NETS

Keith Benson, C, 6-11, 230, 8/13/88, Oakland/Eerie BayHawks
Jamelle Hagins, F, 6-9, 235, 10/19/90, Delaware
Matt Janning, G, 6-5, 200, 6/22/88, Northeastern/Montepaschi Siena
Damion James, F, 6-7, 225, 10/7/87, Texas/Bakersfield Jam
David Lighty, C, 6-6, 215, 5/27/88, Ohio State/JSF Nanterre
Mason Plumlee, F, 6-11, 235, 3/5/90, Duke
Tornike Shengelia, F, 6-9, 240, 10/5/91, Belgacom Spirou/Nets
Dominique Sutton, G, 6-5, 212, 10/20/86, No. Carolina Central/Tulsa 66ers
Carleton Scott, F, 6-8, 218, 10/9/88, Notre Dame/Springfield Armor
Tyshawn Taylor, G, 6-3, 185, 4/12/90, Kansas/Nets
Kashif Watson, G, 6-3, 185, 1/28/87, Idaho/Windsor Express
Chris Wright, G, 6-1, 220, 11/4/89, Georgetown/Capitanes de Arecibo

DETROIT PISTONS

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, 6-6, 205, 2/18/93, Georgia
Andre Drummond, C, 6-11, 279, 8/10/93, Connecticut
Kim English, G, 6-6, 200, 9/24/88, Missouri
Ryan Evans, G/F, 6-6, 212, 6/19/90, Wisconsin
JaJuan Johnson, F, 6-10, 221, 2/8/89, Purdue
Viachelsav Kravtsov, C, 6-11, 253, 8/25/87, Ukraine
Korie Lucious, G, 5-11, 170, 11/5/89, Iowa State
Khris Middleton, G/F, 6-7, 217, 8/12/91, Texas A&M
Tony Mitchell, F, 6-9, 235, 4/7/92, North Texas
Travis Peterson, F/C, 6-10, 240, 5/18/85, Samford
E.J. Singler, G/F, 6-6, 215, 6/6/90, Oregon
Kyle Singler, F, 6-8, 228, 5/4/88, Duke
Peyton Siva, G, 6-0, 185, 10/24/90, Louisville

HOUSTON ROCKETS

James Anderson, G/F, 6-6, 215, 3/25/89 , Oklahoma State
Patrick Beverley, G, 6-1, 185, 7/12/88, Arkansas
Vander Blue, F/G, 6-4, 200, 7/17/92, Marquette
Isaiah Canaan, G, 6-0, 188, 5/21/91, Murray State
Jack Cooley, F, 6-9, 246, 4/12/91, Notre Dame
Robert Covington, F, 6-9, 215, 12/14/90, Tennessee State
Jordan Henriquez, C, 6-11, 250, 8/29/89, Kansas State
Tyler Honeycutt, F, 6-8, 188, 7/15/90, UCLA
Terrence Jones, F, 6-9, 252, 1/9/92, Kentucky
Toure’ Murry, G/F, 6-5, 200, 11/8/89, Wichita State
Tim Ohlbrecht, C/F, 6-11, 255, 8/30/88, Skyliners Frankfurt/Germany
Greg Smith , C/F, 6-10, 250, 1/8/91, Fresno State
Casper Ware, G, 5-10, 177, 1/7/90, Long Beach State
B.J. Young, G, 6-3, 180, 5/26/93, Arkansas

INDIANA PACERS

Rasual Butler, F, 6-7, 205, 5/23/79, La Salle/Tulsa 66ers
Chris Daniels, C, 7-0, 265, 4/19/84, Texas A&M CC Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Micah Downs, G, 6-8, 200, 9/8/86, Gonzaga/Maine Red Claws
Jonny Flynn, G, 6-0, 185, 2/6/89, Syracuse/Melbourne Tigers
Austin Freeman, G, 6-3, 226, 5/6/89, Georgetown/Maccabi Ashdod
Steven Gray, G, 6-5, 205, 4/8/89, Gonzaga/Chorale Roanne
Ben Hansbrough, G, 6-3, 203, 12/23/87, Notre Dame/Pacers
Justin Harper, F, 6-10, 225, 8/30/89, Richmond/Idaho Stampede
Solomon Hill, F, 6-7, 220, 3/18/91, Arizona
Ron Howard, F, 6-5, 185, 11/4/82, Valparaiso/Ft. Wayne Mad Ants
Orlando Johnson, G, 6-5, 205, 3/11/89, Cal-Santa Barbara/Pacers
Jerome Jordan, C, 7-0, 240, 9/29/86, Tulsa/Los Angeles Defenders
Julian Mavunga, F, 6-8, 255, 1/24/90, Miami (OH)/Angelico Biella
Miles Plumlee, F, 6-10, 245, 9/1/88, Duke/Pacers
Travis Releford, G, 6-6, 210, 2/22/90, Kansas
Donald Sloan, G, 6-3, 205, 1/15/88, Texas A&M/Pelicans
Djibril Thiam, F, 6-9, 195, 7/6/86, Wyoming/North Dallas Vandals
Christian Watford, F, 6-9, 232, 4/28/91, Indiana
Chris Wright, F, 6-8, 225, 9/30/88, Dayton/Maine Red Claws

MIAMI HEAT

Jackie Carmichael, F, 6-9, 240, 01/02/90, Illinois State
Ian Clark, G, 6-2, 173, 03/17/91, Belmont
Vincent Council, G, 6-2, 180, 10/15/90, Providence
Dewayne Dedmon, C, 7-0, 255, 08/12/89, Southern California
LeRon Dendy, C, 6-9, 230, 12/18/88, Middle Tennessee State
Larry Drew, G, 6-2, 180, 03/05/90, UCLA
Michael Dunigan, C, 6-10, 238, 07/02/89, Oregon
James Ennis, G/F, 6-7, 210, 07/01/90, Long Beach State
Eric Griffin, F, 6-8, 189, 05/26/90, Campbell
Scotty Hopson, G, 6-6, 204, 08/08/89, Tennessee
Cedric Jackson, G, 6-3, 200, 03/05/86, Cleveland State
Myck Kabongo, G, 6-1, 180, 01/12/92, Texas
D.J. Kennedy, G/F, 6-6, 215, 11/05/89, St. John’s
James Nunnally, G, 6-7, 205, 07/14/90, Santa Barbara
D.J. Stephens, G/F, 6-5, 188, 12/19/90, Memphis
Jarvis Varnado, F/C, 6-9, 210, 03/01/88, Mississippi State

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Steven Adams, C, 7-0, 250, 07/28/93, Pittsburgh
Ron Anderson, F, 6-9, 255, 09/12/89,  South Florida
Dwight Buycks, G, 6-3, 190, 03/06/89, Marquette
Reggie Jackson, G, 6-3, 208, 04/16/90, Boston College
Grant Jerrett, F, 6-10, 220, 07/08/93, Arizona
Perry Jones, F, 6-11, 235, 09/24/91, Baylor
Kyle Kuric, G, 6-4, 195, 08/25/89, Louisville
Jeremy Lamb, G, 6-5, 180, 05/30/92, Connecticut
DeAndre Liggins, G, 6-6, 209, 03/31/88, Kentucky
Daniel Orton, C, 6-10, 255, 08/06/90, Kentucky
Andre Roberson, F, 6-7, 190, 12/04/91, Colorado
Andrew Smith, C, 6-11, 240, 09/09/90, Butler
Michael Snaer, G, 6-4, 180, 06/21/90, Florida State
Tony Taylor, G, 6-0, 191, 09/09/90, George Washington

ORLANDO MAGIC

Jared Berggren, C, 6-11, 240, 4/2/90, Wisconsin
Keith Clanton, F, 6-9, 250, 8/18/90, UCF
Glen Dandridge, G-F, 6-6, 220, 7/16/85, Lambuth
Matt Gatens, G, 6-5, 210, 6/13/89, Iowa
Maurice Harkless, F, 6-9, 210, 5/11/93, St. John’s
Tobias Harris, F, 6-9, 226, 7/15/92, Tennessee
DeQuan Jones, F, 6-8, 221, 6/20/90, Miami (FL)
Doron Lamb, G, 6-4, 210, 11/6/91, Kentucky
Shane Lawal, C, 6-10, 230, 10/8/86, Wayne State
Rodney McGruder, G, 6-4, 205, 7/29/91, Kansas State
Andrew Nicholson, F, 6-9, 250, 12/8/89, St. Bonaventure
Victor Oladipo, G, 6-4, 215, 5/4/92, Indiana
Kyle O’Quinn, F/C, 6-10, 240, 3/26/90, Norfolk State
Romero Osby, F, 6-8, 140, 5/7/90, Oklahoma
A.J. Slaughter, G, 6-3, 185, 8/3/87, Western Kentucky

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Michael Carter-Williams, G, 6-6, 185, 10/12/91, Syracuse
D.J. Cooper, G, 6-0, 176, 12/6/90, Ohio
Michael Eric, F/C, 6-11, 201, 6/24/88, Temple
Justin Holiday, G/F, 6-6, 185, 4/5/89, Washington
Arsalan Kazemi, F, 6-7, 226, 4/22/90, Oregon
Travis Leslie, G, 6-4, 205, 3/29/90, Georgia
Zeke Marshall, C, 7-0, 235, 12/13/90, Akron
Trevor Mbakwe, F, 6-8, 245, 1/24/89, Minnesota
Brock Motum, F, 6-9, 228, 10/16/90, Washington State
Arnett Moultrie, F/C, 6-10, 245, 11/18/90, Mississippi State
James Southerland, F, 6-8, 210, 4/8/90, Syracuse
Rodney Williams, G/F, 6-7, 205, 7/23/91, Minnesota
Khalif Wyatt, G, 6-4, 215, 6/10/91, Temple

UTAH JAZZ

Jeff Brooks, F, 6-8, 215, 6/12/89, Penn State
William Buford, G/F, 6-6, 220, 1/10/90, Ohio State
Trey Burke, G, 6-1, 185, 11/12/92, Michigan
Alec Burks, G, 6-6, 205, 7/20/91, Colorado
Dionte Christmas, G, 6-5, 205, 9/15/86, Temple
Jeremy Evans, F, 6-9, 194, 10/24/87, Western Kentucky
Tony Gaffney, F, 6-8, 215, 11/14/84, Massachusetts
Rudy Gobert, C, 7-1, 235, 6/6/92, Cholet Basketball/France
Drew Gordon, F, 6-8, 245, 7/12/90, New Mexico
Rodney Green, G, 6-5, 210, 6/24/88, La Salle
Rick Jackson, F/C, 6-9, 240, 5/26/89, Syracuse
Delroy James, F, 6-8, 220, 5/4/87, Rhode Island
Rasid Mahalbasic, F/C, 6-11, 220, 11/7/90, Asseco Prokom/Slovenia
James Mays, F, 6-9, 230, 3/3/86, Clemson
Amath M’Baye, F, 6-9, 216, 12/24/89, Oklahoma
Jerel McNeal, G, 6-3, 200, 6/1/87, Marquette
Kevin Murphy, G, 6-6, 185, 3/6/90, Tennessee Tech
Chris Roberts, G, 6-4, 205, 3/24/88, Bradley
Michael Stockton, G, 6-1, 170, 5/7/89, Westminster

Akron’s Marshall, Ohio’s Cooper set for NBA summer league

AKRON, Ohio – A pair of collegians not selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft have found spots on summer rosters.

In fact, Akron center Zeke Marshall and Ohio point guard D.J. Cooper will both play for the Philadelphia 76ers’ entry in the Orlando Summer League that runs July 7-12.

Cooper, who worked out for the Golden State Warriors prior to the draft, will then play for the Warriors’ squad in the Las Vegas Summer League. The Las Vegas league runs July 12-22.

Marshall will also attempt to join a team in the Las Vegas league, according to report by George Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal. Marshall spoke to representatives from the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and a few others on the night of the draft.

Here are some other undrafted rookie free agents who have joined NBA summer teams (name, position, college, summer team):

• Vander Blue, G, Marquette, Grizzlies

• Khalif Wyatt, G, Temple, Mavericks and Sixers

• James Southerland, F, Syracuse, Sixers and Warriors

• Brandon Davies, F, BYU, Clippers

• C.J. Leslie, F/C, NC State, Knicks

• Phil Pressey, G, Missouri, Celtics

• Brandon Triche, G, Syracuse, Bobcats

• Kyle Weems, G/F, Missouri State (Germany), Hawks

• Lamont Jones, G, Iona, Celtics

Quick look at the NBA trading block

Five NBA players who stand a decent shot of being traded this summer:

Josh Smith, PF, Atlanta: An unrestricted free agent, Smith could be part of a sign-and-trade deal after the July 10 period when such activity can take place. Boston, Milwaukee and Detroit have all been rumored potential landing spots.

Paul Pierce, SF, Boston: While any talks with Cleveland appear to be finished, the Celtics are continuing to shop him for the sake of saving some cash. That means they want minimal (if any) salary in return. Possible landing spots: Milwaukee, Atlanta, Phoenix and (still) Cleveland.

Shawn Marion, SF, Dallas: He will not be a Maverick next season. If you take him, you can have the 13th overall pick in Thursday’s draft, too. Possible landing spots: Cleveland, Sacramento, Orlando.

Pau Gasol, PF/C, L.A. Lakers: Most insiders feel Gasol will be moved closer to the start of the season, after the Lakers find out what unrestricted free agent Dwight Howard does. The Cavaliers are one team that has no interest. The rest will likely wait until free agency starts taking shape.

Andrea Bargnani, PF, Toronto: The Raptors aren’t against bringing him back, but they’d sure be OK with trading him, too. A change of scenery might serve him well. Possible landing spots: Dallas, Charlotte, Phoenix.

Bonus player

Kevin Garnett, PF, Boston: Doc Rivers’ departure to coach the L.A. Clippers signaled the start of a new era, as the Celtics look to gut the roster and begin a youth movement. Brooklyn has already placed a call.

What Celtics fans are saying about Cavs-Pierce rumors

Celtics fans are some of the most passionate in all of sports. Not saying anything shocking there. But I’ve also found them, over time, to be among the sensible in sports. While some fan bases just rip everything they don’t want to believe, the vast majority of those living in New England, to me, have always come across as willing to actually discuss things that may not work in their favor.

Maybe it’s the chowder, I don’t know. But it’s always been cool, and I’ve always enjoyed interacting with them.

So it’s only fair that they be heard. In my mind, there’s no place better to listen to them than the outstanding blog, fittingly called, CelticsBlog.com. It’s where I go when I want to get the pulse of what’s going on with the C’s and how their fans feel about it.

Anyway, earlier on FOX Sports Ohio, I mentioned a rumored trade involving the Cavs and Celtics that would send the Cavs’ two second-round draft picks (Nos. 31 and 33 overall) to the Celtics for forward Paul Pierce. As I wrote earlier, I still have been unable to confirm if such discussions are actually taking place. But now that they’re kinda out there … it’s an enjoyable topic for fans to discuss. Fans, casual and die-hard, love trade rumors.

(Then again, Celtics fans already have on their plate with this whole Celtics-Clippers-Doc Rivers-Kevin Garnett thing.)

But when it comes to the latest on the Cavs and Celtics, here’s what the ever-educated C’s fan base is saying.

I encourage you to take a look.

Podcast: Talkin’ NBA Finals and Cavs’ draft prospects

I guaranteed the Spurs would win beat the Heat in Game 7. Well, we all know how that turned out. I talked about that — as well as offers updates on the Cavaliers’ draft prospects and a breakdown of Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum (Canton GlenOak) — with Jeff Phelps and Andy Baskin of 92.3 The Fan.

You can listen to the entire podcast by clicking this link.

I’ll have plenty more on the draft, and NBA free agency, in the coming days.