Barbosa happy in Boston; didn't ask for a trade

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Barbosa happy in Boston; didn't ask for a trade

WALTHAM -- Leandro Barbosa wants to put the trade request rumors to rest once and for all.

"Not true, never said that I wanted to get traded or any of that talk that you guys saw in the media," he said Saturday prior to practice. "I'm happy here, and I knew it was going to be the situation I'm in. I didn't say that."

This week ESPN Brazil reported Barbosa had requested a trade from the Boston Celtics. He is averaging 10.8 minutes over 30 games this season for the C's.

"I had an interview, but it wasn't nothing about me coming back to Brazil or something like that," he said. "It was just how was the situation here in Boston, and I was happy about it and waiting for my chance to come."

Barbosa was surprised when he learned of the report. He has not spoken to the media outlet since then, instead letting his older brother talk to them. His priority was discussing the matter with Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and clearing the air.

"I was (surprised), I was," Barbosa said. "They even said that I was maybe coming back to Brazil to play in Brazil, like leave Boston to play. It's strange for me. It is what it is. I don't know who said that. It wasn't me. I talked to Danny, Danny knows what it is, and I'm happy here."

The guard is looking to put the report behind him and move on.

"The most important thing is that I'm here, happy, we're winning games, we're going to the playoffs, and it's everything great, organizations, fans are ridiculous great," he said. "I'm happy here."

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida. 

Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility. 

Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.

Report: Crowder the sticking point to Butler-to-Celtics deal

Report: Crowder the sticking point to Butler-to-Celtics deal

The holdup to the Celtics acquiring Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls?

Jae Crowder.

So says TNT and NBA.com reporter David Aldridge on NBATV. 

Here's Aldridge comments on Crowder being the sticking point in a Butler-to-Celtics deal, via 98.5 The Sports Hub producer Brian Robb:
  

So, the Bulls inability to pry Crowder from the Celtics may be the reason that Butler is reportedly off the market. Still, a lot can change between now and the 3 p.m. Thursday NBA trade deadline.