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Your Morning Dump…Where Pressey’s contract is guaranteed for another year

Chris Jones July 16, 2014 The Morning Dump 36 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

It appears Phil Pressey will be part of the Boston Celtics for the 2014-2015 season.

According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Celtics have guaranteed the contract of the point guard.

The 23-year-old averaged 2.8 points and 3.2 assists in 75 games for the Celtics last season.

CSNNE – Report: Celtics guarantee contract of Phil Pressey

Good for Phil to get some guaranteed money and a chance to exhale. He showed decent point guard skills the Orlando Summer League — directing offense, passing, and defending — but his shot was nowhere to be found. Particularly during the game just hours after the C’s announced adding Marcus Thornton, Pressey shot 1-15 from the field. To be fair to progress, he did seem to have added a nice teardrop shot in the lane. The good news here, is that he was risking everything on his jumpshot, trying to prove it belonged in the NBA. Now with Ainge and Stevens guaranteeing him a roster spot this season (though he could still be traded), he can ease up a bit with forcing his shot and do what he did well last year, in passing and facilitating.

He’s got disadvantages with height and weak outside shooting, but he’s also got above-average passing ability, which is always a great thing. He’s not a rookie anymore, but I’m betting he’ll still struggle to find minutes behind Rondo, Bradley, Smart, Thornton, and Young. Guess it’s up to him to prove himself in practice.

 Page 2: Lance Stephenson signs 3-year deal with Hornets

Should be interesting to see how this affects the Pacers going forward. Clearly they weren’t good enough to get past the Heat, but now with a re-distribution of talent in the East, keeping their starting-five intact might have gotten them further than years past. They reportedly offered Stephenson a 5-year/$44 million contract. That per-year value seemed fair, but maybe he was looking for a shorter deal? Both deals offered roughly $9 million per season, but perhaps his idea is to showcase himself and go after a max deal in 2017. Regardless of his intentions, he’s out of Indiana — which means Rondo-to-Pacers rumors are right around the corner.

And finally, Adam Silver suggests midseason tourney

Silver’s exploratory idea would hold a tournament that would be showcased in Las Vegas. Similar to soccer, the tournament would essentially be a quick tourney for NBA teams to win a trophy outside of the NBA Championship.

It’s not immediately clear how exactly this would work. For example, the UEFA Champions League takes the best teams from around Europe, where several leagues including the Premier League in England, Bundesliga in Germany and La Liga in Spain all have top talent that afford their teams the ability to challenge for victory.

…The tournament could also pit NBA players against each other, whether by regional makeup or by current team. The idea still seems to have a lot of details to be worked out and doesn’t appear to be anywhere near ready for launch.

SN Nation – NBA Considering adding midseason tournament, Adam Silver says 

I like the regional idea suggested in the bottom paragraph. Maybe divide players by regions of the U.S. (East and West coasts, South, etc.), then add in Canada and somehow group together regions for Europe and South America. Still think the whole idea is a little farfetched, though: The All Star game alone can be a burden for guys who’d like to participate, but realize they’d benefit  greater from a weekend away from basketball. Now try turning that weekend into an actual tournament, with several games, and some expected chippy-ness, and you’re sure to get some complaints from GMs trying to keep their stars healthy.

While he’s at it, maybe Silver can start addressing ideas to change the draft lottery. Midseason tournaments sound cool and all, but the Cavs have four former #1 picks on their roster (all of which they drafted). That should never happen.

The rest of the links:

Grantland – Free agency winners and losers

ESPN Boston – Rumor Mill: Bayless to Bucks? | C’s formally announce Bradley signing

CSNNE – Bradley’s an assett, not a liability | Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start

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  • bill_nair

    I wish the Hornets got Hayward but Stephenson is a nice pickup. Should be enough to keep them in the playoffs. Atleast the east will be a little more balanced.

  • NE_Celt

    Good for Pressey…I like the little guy…but I agree, he is going to have to fight for minutes with the crew we have signed so far.

    And AMEN! regarding the Cavs and their lottery “luck”…that should. not. happen.

  • dontevertreadonme

    celtics got mad guards. and they all suck in their own special little way

    • LA Flake

      Troll.

  • dontevertreadonme

    singe just reloading the tank machine. all aboard gonna be another long ride this season celtics fans. invest your money pressey, you’ll be unemployed as soon as the celtics can get actual basketball players on the roster

  • forever_green

    I’m so tired of tanking!

    • RedsLoveChild

      We all are…but, nothing spells T-A-N-K-I-N-G like Phil Pressey!

      • Herman Bubbert

        We all are…but, nothing spells rock bottom like Phil Pressey!

        FIFY.

  • LA Flake

    Dear Silver:
    Screw the tourney. Fix the ref sham. Fix the lottery. And let the best 16 teams play in the playoffs regardless of which conference they’re in. Oh yeah, it’d be nice if you got rid of a couple of teams, too.

    • adam

      weren’t they talking of expansion again to China recently or 2 more US teams?

      • LA Flake

        They’ll dilute and dilute until there’s nothing to dilute. It’s a shame.

  • tvor03

    The World Cup is over. Silver needs to stop thinking about soccer. These stupid little yellow tabs on the jerseys is dumb enough. Next thing you know, he’ll suggest we start counting up to 48 minutes instead of down.

    • LA Flake

      Well, if you don’t own a Celtics jersey, I recommend you get one before they cover it up with NOKIA, SAMSUNG and some other s h i t.

      • tvor03

        Celtics are supposedly getting a “pride” jersey next season, like Portland’s Rip City jersey and Detroit’s Motor City jersey. What will Boston’s say? surely not Beantown.

  • Curt Hays

    Bayless to the Bucks? The Bucks, Wizards, and Hornets will all be better than the Lakers, Celtics, and Heat this year.

    • NE_Celt

      Thanks for bringing up the Bayless thing…I just looked that up…guess that helps with the millions of PG/SG’s we have.

      And damn…thats a good point…I dont like that fact at all…except the Heat, they can suck it.

      • Curt Hays

        Except the Heat? It saddens me that we have this whole new generation of Celtics fans that hate Miami or Cleveland. I’ll be glad when we can all hate the Lakers again like we’re supposed to. I hate the Heat or whatever, but I HATE the Lakers. The Lakers can eat a whole bag of dictionaries.

        • LA Flake

          It’s okay. My deep HATRED for the Flakers runs deep enough to cover for at least 300 die hard C’s fans. We’ll make it through this period.

          If anybody’s running low on their hatred for the Flakers, just let me know. I’ll spot you some hate!

          • Curt Hays

            Thank you for the reassurance.

          • LA Flake

            Don’t thank me. Thank these low-life, trashy, subhuman imbeciles in Los Angeles. They make it so easy for me to hate the Flakers.

          • Curt Hays

            You could have typed so many fewer characters.

            “low-life, trashy, subhuman imbeciles in Los Angeles” = Lakers Fans

          • LA Flake

            I F**KING HATE THE LAKERS!!!

        • dk

          I hate the fakers too but atleast there’s some respect for the franchise and what they’ve done/accomplished unlike the Heat/Cavs that are complete jokes of a franchise and have nothing but bandwagon merry-go-round fans. They retired Michael Jordan’s number!

        • NE_Celt

          Don’t get me wrong, I have no real love for the Lakers either…but the Heat and their ridiculous fan base are the ones that have really chapped my arse these past few years.

          • Curt Hays

            That’s valid. I just remember the good ol days when we hated the Lakers.

    • bill_nair

      Heat will be a playoff team. Luckily a first round exit as Dwade continues to grinds his knees into ash.

      • Curt Hays

        Ugh, that sounds gross. Ash. Dat visual.

  • CFH

    If the Celtics are going to be bad a while longer anyway, I’m happy to keep Pressey. I enjoy watching him way more than his skill level says I should. His court vision is just fun.

  • LA Flake

    I wonder if Lance Stephenson will turn out to be like James Harden…

    • bill_nair

      As long as he can keep his attitude in line he should flourish in CHA. They needed another perimeter scorer and Lance will be given the opportunity to ball. I hope they get Boozer so they can have a nice starting lineup (atleast on paper)

    • dontevertreadonme

      no lance is a clown. harden has skill. lance is a glorified hype man

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  • Gary Carter

    OffiCIAL CELTS ARE TANKING AGAIN AGAIN AND AGAIN 11% IF LOW4