Dwyane Wade: Celtics 'better than Heat' right now

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Dwyane Wade: Celtics 'better than Heat' right now

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

The Miami Heat were heralded by many as the team to beat before they even played a minute of basketball together. But two early losses to the Boston Celtics and a 7-4 record have proved nothing is guaranteed in the NBA.

In an interview with Esquire Magazine, Dwyane Wade discussed the road ahead for the Heat and the opposition he expects to face along the way. He also gave credit to Shaquille O'Neal for doing more than helping him win a title in Miami.

"We'll be the Yankees of basketball. It's already true a lovehate thing, but you know what? We're fine with that. We understand that we did something we wanted to do. As an individual, you don't get an opportunity to do that often in this game. That's what it came down to with us myself and Chris and LeBron we all felt for the first time we were able to control our own destiny."

"This team has a lot of work to do. I don't look at the individual players right now and say, 'Oh, my God, this is amazing.' I say, 'This team, we got a lot of work to do, because there's a lot of teams out there L. A., Orlando, Boston, and so on that are better teams than the Miami Heat right now. So how do we get to their page fast, like, now?' I look at this team and I'm proud of it, I'm happy, but once tomorrow starts, we got to get to practice. We got to get to work."

"One thing Shaq did for me when he came was give me knowledge that I needed. I was still a shy kid, and he pretty much told me to open up. He said, 'Let your creativity be seen, put your fingerprints on the things that you're doing.' It opened up so many more business opportunities for me . . . Anybody can say what they want to about Shaq, but he's a great businessman, a very smart man."

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Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Timberwolves in trade

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Regardless of whether Celtics fans wanted to see Jimmy Butler come to Boston, they don’t have to worry about it anymore. 

ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report Chicago was nearing a deal with Minnesota, with the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson following up saying that a deal was agreed upon in principle.

The 30th pick in the 2011 draft, Butler had been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors in recent seasons. That can be put to bed for now. 

Celtics take Jayson Tatum at 3, could be closing in on Paul George trade

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When all was said and done, the Celtics kept the third overall pick and selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum. 

Tatum, who stands at 6-foot-8 and 204 pounds, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his lone college season. 

Whether Tatum actually stays in Boston may not yet be certain, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported as the C’s were making the pick that the team has entered “serious talks” with the Pacers for Paul George. The veteran small forward can become a free agent after next season and is believed to be targeting the Lakers in free agency.

Wojnarowski clarified shortly after that an agreement had not yet been reached. 

As expected, the 76ers took Washington point guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and the Lakers took UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball second. The 76ers received the pick in a deal with Boston that was made official on Monday.