With Thursday’s 2:00 trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Celtics find themselves in a unique and dificult spot. Thanks to one of the best team rebuilds in NBA history, Boston is ripe with draft capital and young talent. They are also sitting at second place in the Eastern Conference with a 37-20 record. As it stands, the team seems to be in the middle of an identity crisis, unsure whether to continue building for the future or to push all the chips to the center of the table. GM Danny Ainge has been reluctant to part with the assets at his disposal, but make no mistake: for the Boston Celtics, the future is now.
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What a weekend for the city of New Orleans. They hosted the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities on short notice after the NBA moved it from Charlotte, but it’s what happened after the game that topped headlines Monday morning. Shortly after the game, the New Orleans Pelicans completed a the biggest heist of the past several years to give them the best front court in the NBA by acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings. And boom goes the dynamite.