With assets to burn and a potential to open up a championship window, the Boston Celtics had a chance to make a big splash at the NBA trade deadline. However, 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 23 came and went and the Celtics stood pat despite numerous tantalizing rumors. Days with potential for breaking news in sports, trade deadlines in particular, often always come with reporters breaking stories from their “sources” about something that they are hearing about a potential deal. I want to take a look at some of the big NBA insiders and how they reported on the Celtics potential deals.
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA)-The biggest news breaker in the NBA had a couple of reports on the Celtics, focusing on deals that could possibly bring Paul George or Jimmy Butler to Boston. The thing with Woj is that you know when he is involved, there are big time talks going on. Woj is almost always the first person to break a big trade and rightfully so, Celtics fans must have been chomping at the bit to get a tweet from Woj.
Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA)- Lowe had the story about the Celtics being possibly involved with the Clippers to acquire star forward Blake Griffin, despite it being highly unlikely. The story does give an interesting look into what the Celtics could plan to do after the season, when Griffin becomes a free agent.
Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas)- Ok, this one isn’t an NBA insider, but IT was able to send Boston fans into a tizzy tweeting the “eyes” emoji on the Monday before the deadline, setting the internet ablaze. The most interesting thing about this is that in this day and age, Isaiah’s one tweet brought out multiple theories about what it meant, ranging from Carmelo Anthony coming to the Celtics because they just followed him on Instagram to the real reason being Thomas was just bored. It is crazy now that one tweet from a famous person can prompt writers to write articles analyzing what it means. What a time to be alive.