Lloyd would like to entertain joining Patriots


Lloyd would like to entertain joining Patriots

If Brandon Lloyd was trying to play coy, acting as though he's equally interested in all potential suitors in order to bump up his value as a free-agent-to-be, he didn't do a very good job.

Speaking with Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio on PFT Live Monday afternoon, Lloyd reaffirmed his position that he would like to be reunited with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

"Yes I find that very interesting," Lloyd said. "I would like to entertain that and see where that goes. I've made no bones about that. I've been very successful in Josh McDaniels' offense. I really admire Tom Brady. I admire that organization and how they run things. I'd definitely be interested to hear how I'd fit into that equation."

McDaniels was the head coach in Denver in 2010 when Lloyd had his breakout season, racking up 77 catches for 1448 yards and 11 touchdowns. McDaniels coached Lloyd again last season in St. Louis as the Rams' offensive coordinator.

When Lloyd requested a trade last year after McDaniels was fired in Denver, St. Louis was his first choice of potential landing spots because that was where McDaniels had caught on.

"He gave me a really large route tree," Lloyd said when asked why McDaniels' system worked for him. "Just the way that the plays were designed were that I was put in position that I could just make catches. I wasn't expected to do anything that I wasn't good at. I think that's what he did for all the wide receivers . . . He puts guys in situations that we were confident and could perform at maximum levels.

"I wasn't expected to catch and then run 80 yards and score a touchdown . . . It's creative and it definitely puts me in a good situation where I can play confidently."

For as much as he loves playing for McDaniels, Lloyd said that the Rams "definitely" still have a chance to re-sign him; he said he made good personal and professional relationships in St. Louis.

But judging by his comments Monday, those relationships may pale in comparison to the one he shares with McDaniels.

The nine-year veteran had his two best seasons while playing under McDaniels and he credited McDaniels' system for resurrecting his career.

"It took time to get into the right offensive system," Lloyd said. "It was also a certain comfort level I had as a player, playing in that system. I felt like it was a perfect balance. (I had) a capable quarterback finally coming into my career, who could deliver the ball, had confidence in me, trust in me, and believed I was gonna make plays for him. (I had) a coordinator who believed in my talent."

Brown earns spot on NBA's all-rookie second team

Brown earns spot on NBA's all-rookie second team

BOSTON – Drafted with the third overall pick by a playoff team like the Boston Celtics, the expectations for Jaylen Brown were limited as best. 

But the 6-foot-7 rookie showed steady improvement throughout the season, and his hard work was rewarded on Monday with a spot on the NBA’s all-rookie second team. 

Joining Brown on the second team were Denver’s Jamal Murray, Phoenix forward Marquese Chriss, Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and Dallas’s Yogi Ferrell. 

The first team consisted of Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon and Philadelphia’s Dario Saric who were the only two unanimous selections to the first unit. They were joined by Sixers big man Joel Embiid, Sacramento’s Buddy Hield and New York center Willy Hernangomez. 

Brogdon, Saric and Embiid are the three finalists for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award which will be announced tonight during the league’s NBA Awards show at 9 p.m. tonight on TNT.

Brown appeared in 78 games for the Celtics with 20 starts, averaging 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Blakely: Bradley not letting trade rumors get to him

Blakely: Bradley not letting trade rumors get to him

WALTHAM, Mass. – No matter what Mother Nature is doing weather-wise, Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley has been around the NBA long enough to know that the potential to be traded is always in season.

This summer has been no different, with Bradley being among the Boston players whose name has been included in several rumored trades.

“I try not to worry about it too much because it’s out of my control at the end of the day,” Bradley said after his basketball camp at Brandeis University with additional camps in Trinadad having been completed with additional ones this summer in Tacoma, Washington and Vancouver.

Bradley is entering the final year of the 4-year, $32 million deal he signed in 2014.

And make no mistake about it.

Bradley is going to get paid a lot, whether it’s by the Celtics or another team.

His steady improvement from one year to the next has been a constant for the 26-year-old who last season was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive first team.

But he knows the Celtics’ brass well enough that if they see a chance to significantly upgrade the roster, they won’t hesitate to trade anyone, himself included.

“I don’t worry about it,” Bradley said. “I know that was the case and I get traded, the Celtics are going to do what’s best for them and I’m going to have to do what’s best for me if I’m put in a different situation.

He added, “our job is to play basketball, not worry about trades. I just try to focus on that.”

Having been in the NBA for seven years, Bradley acknowledged it does get easier to put the trade speculation in perspective over time.

“It’s part of the business, man,” he said. “You just to accept and understand that your name is going to be thrown in trade talk. You can get traded at any time. You just have to be prepared and focus on just being the best player that you can be.”

That approach has been critical to Bradley’s steady improvement as an NBA player who began his career as someone who was charged with playing elite defense, into one of the better two-way talents in the league.

Last season, Bradley averaged a career-high 16.3 points per game along with 6.1 rebounds which was also a career-high.

This season, Bradley has a long list of areas he wants to improve upon, with finishing at the rim near the top of the list.

Looking at his track record, you can count on that area of his game showing noticeable improvement.

And whether it’ll manifest itself while he’s a Celtic, remains to be seen.

“It doesn’t matter if you get traded or where you end up,” Bradley said. “If you’re prepared to be in any situation you’ll be fine.”