ATLANTA The Boston Celtics are in the midst of preparing for their Game 2 matchup against Atlanta on Tuesday, still unsure if they'll have Rajon Rondo available.
C's coach Doc Rivers said that the Celtics are still awaiting word from the league office as to whether Rondo will be suspended after he made contact with official Marc Davis - and was ejected for it - in the closing seconds of Boston's 83-74 Game 1 loss on Sunday.
Naturally Rivers would like to know Rondo's availability sooner rather than later.
"The league is going to do what they have to do," Rivers said. "I still don't think it was ever intentional."
Rivers thought Rondo's outburst had more to do with a blown call moments earlier by the officials when the replays showed a loose ball went off of Josh Smith. Instead, the officials ruled that the ball went off of Rondo.
Most NBA fans wondered the same question when the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans along with Omri Caspi for Buddy Hield, a top-three-protected 2017 first-round pick, a 2017 second-rounder, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway: “Was that the best they could get for him?”
Thanks to an unnecessarily honest moment from Kings GM Vlade Divac, we’ve got our answer.
Meeting with the press Monday, Divac was asked whether he felt the team could have gotten more for Cousins had they waited until closer to the Feb. 23 trade deadline before making a movie.
“Most likely we would get less,” Divac said, “because I had a better deal two days ago.”
That admission got everyone’s attention.
“Than what you got now?” a reporter asked, to which Divac responded, “Yup.”
Multiple reporters piped up at that point, once again asking for clarification that he had a better deal than the one he eventually took.
“Talk to those agents, what they say,” Divac said. “I don’t want to go into details. I don’t want to discuss about the process. It was a big process for us.”