If Boston intends to be a luxury tax team, in any single trade it can only take on 125 percent of their outgoing salary, plus $100,000. That means adding $20 million in salary requires at least $16 million going back to the original team. The Celtics do not have nearly that much movable money, and the acquired player could make even more than $20 million. Even if they were willing to give up both Brown and Tatum for a star, the Celtics would still need to add significant salary without any filler on their books.
That puts them in this situation where they could possibly need to add money in a deal without sacrificing the talent making them so good this season. Fortunately, they have two different options that could be useful in different timelines.
Chicago adds one wrinkle: Lauri Markkanen, playing the Redick role here, sets his own off-ball screen for Holiday before popping up to hide behind Lopez.
This is the song to blast when a player on the road team fouls out or gets ejected. It is way, way, way better than Hit the Road Jack. It’s a little slower, and lends itself to a gloating, sing-songy chant. When an entire crowd commits, it is almost hypnotic.
Upshot: There wasn’t much that was remarkable about this bad stretch for the Cavs, which started with a double-overtime loss at Milwaukee in the second half of a back-to-back. It ended after a three-game losing streak, including a loss at Miami that James skipped because of rest. (James created a meaningless media stir by wearing a Miami Winners hat in his postgame interview the previous night.)
Cleveland bounced right back to its winning ways after the Miami game, but that was not the end of the intrigue for this season: On Jan. 22, after a win over the Clippers brought the Cavs to 30-11, coach David Blatt was fired. Still, the Cavs rallied to win the franchise’s first championship.
The 3-Point Shootout doesn’t get the same attention as the Dunk Contest, but it is riveting in its own right. The Shootout pits eight players against each other with each one shooting five racks of balls set up along the 3-point line with the goal of knocking down as many 3s as possible. Each rack also includes a money ball that is worth an extra point. The players also get one rack full of money balls that can be set up at the spot of their choosing.