The Celtics and Heat have the pieces to trade for Kevin Durant. But should they?

The best of the best in the Eastern Conference was decided by one shot. If Jimmy Butler had held the ball two centimeters back in his right hand for just a little more elevation, if he’d taken just a little more time to gather himself, if the slightest breeze hadn’t blown through the lower bowl … Read more

Boston Celtics acquire Malcolm Brogdon in trade with Indiana Pacers, sources say

1:55 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The Boston Celtics acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers on Friday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, delivering the kind of playmaking point guard that president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and coach Ime Udoka believed they needed to elevate the franchise as a championship contender. The Pacers are getting … Read more

As NBA free agency 2022 begins, here are the top 25 available players

The thing about 2022 free agency is that we’ve already had an awful lot of action considering we haven’t even hit the “free agency” part of the program yet. Player transactions are going back and forth despite that in the form of player trades and contract extensions, even though nobody can agree to a deal … Read more

Celtics GM for a day: Offering Jaylen Brown an extension, signing T.J. Warren and more

It’s time for my annual attempt at running the Boston Celtics. President of basketball operations Brad Stevens already drafted JD Davison in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft but still has plenty of decisions to make this offseason. Who should Stevens prioritize with his team’s taxpayer midlevel exception? How should he use his … Read more

What to know about NBA free agency 2022: Exceptions, key terms and more

It’s that time of year when the NBA world gets flipped on its head. On Thursday, NBA free agency officially opens up, and we’re going to have a flurry of moves. Some of these will be free-agency signings. Some will be trades. Some will be sign-and-trades. The list of free agents isn’t as eye-popping as … Read more

Utah Jazz finalizing deal to make Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy new head coach

The Utah Jazz are finalizing a five-year contract with Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy to make him the franchise’s next head coach, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Hardy, 34, will be the youngest active coach in the NBA. Hardy was one of four finalists who met with ownership in Salt Lake this week, including Celtics … Read more

2022 NBA Draft: Analysis, fits for every pick from John Hollinger and Sam Vecenie

The 2022 NBA Draft is now complete. Check out NBA Draft analyst Sam Vecenie and front-office insider John Hollinger judging each pick as it happened. This features instant analysis, projections and live reactions to all 58 picks – plus any key trades that occurred. We began with a late curveball at the top of the … Read more

John Hollinger’s 2022 NBA Mock Draft: Chet Holmgren goes No. 1 before the real intrigue starts at No. 4

The draft isn’t for 36 more hours, but the wheels are already turning and have been for several days. More than a week ahead of Thursday’s big event, two first-round picks changed hands. What is this, the NFL? The waters will only get murkier as we get into draft night, with several more picks expected … Read more

Top 100 NBA Draft prospects for 2022: Final rankings, tiers and Big Board

Welcome to the 2022 NBA Draft Guide, a deep dive into every player and skill set you need to know heading into this year’s draft. This is the third time I’ve done one of these. Every year, the goal is simple: Try to come up with the most comprehensive document for NBA fans, college basketball … Read more

Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens to Jayson Tatum after NBA Finals

11:38 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN After Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum had a rough NBA Finals, Brad Stevens had a simple message for his team’s franchise player. “I just told him to go on vacation,” Stevens, Boston’s president of basketball operations, said with a smile during a videoconference call with reporters after Boston’s season ended … Read more