All of a sudden, the idea of the Celtics trading for Chris Paul seems to be a far-off possibility. Or not a possibility at all.
According to a report by ESPN, if Paul was traded to the Celtics, he would not sign a long-term contract extension that would keep him in Boston.
If that's the case, the Celtics wouldn't deal one of their cornerstones, Rajon Rondo, to rent Paul for a fraction of the upcoming season. If Paul has his sights set on one team, likely the Knicks, there's not much the rest of the NBA can do about it. It's unlikely any team will trade away an All-Star for Paul, knowing Paul is just going to jump ship after the season.
The ESPN report goes on to say that one of the reasons Paul wouldn't think about a long-term deal with Boston is because the Celtics will likely be rebuilding next season after the contracts of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are up at the end of this year.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.
*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.
*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.
*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.
*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.
*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres
*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.
The New York Knicks arrive in Boston tonight with the accompanying "Melo-drama" of Carmelo Anthony's disintegrating relationship with team president Phil Jackson.
Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to leave New York and Boston has been an oft-rumored destination.
On "The Toucher and Rich Show", the longtime voice of the Celtics, Mike Gorman, said he hopes it doesn't happen.
"I don't get it. I don't see it," Gorman said. "He's a ball stopper. One of the things that always intrigued me about Carmelo is when he's played with Team USA or an Olympic team, often he's the best player. Then you go and see him in a regular-season game and you say, 'Oh no, no."'