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Boston goes team building with Gallinari deal, Brogdon trades Corey Waldron

The Boston Celtics would not be moving much, if at all, by the time the weekend arrives, by most reports. But whether that was just a smokescreen or a lucky accident set in motion the Celtics team that built wheels, the team that represented the East of the NBA (Author: Gardener)

BostonThe Boston Celtics would not be moving much, if at all, by the time the weekend arrives, by most reports. But whether that was just a smokescreen or a fortunate accident started the Celtics team-building wheels, the team that represented the NBA's Eastern Conference in the 2022 NBA Finals just got a little better. It started with the team landing long-desired wing veteran Danilo Gallinari and went into overdrive with the trade for Indiana Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon, the Celtics sending a top-12 first-round pick, center Daniel Theis, wing Aaron Nesmith , and three rarely played deep rotation players. To get a sense of how Brogdon will impact a Finals roster that hasn't given up regulars to bring in the Indiana Hall general, we have Kory Waldron, host of the off-the-glass podcast "Full Access Pacers" invited. Their usual hosts Alex Goldberg and Justin Quinn joined Waldron to discuss all things Brogdon trading, Celtics team building and much more offseason action. Follow us on Facebook and watch the Celtics Lab podcast here. Celtics reportedly not planning to use $17.1 million TPE after Malcolm Brogdon trade

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Celtics reportedly acquire Malcolm Brogdon in deal with Pacers

If you wanted the Celtics to acquire another point guard this offseason, you'll love Brad Stevens' latest move. (Author: Gardener)

CelticsBOSTON — If you've wanted the Celtics to acquire another point guard this offseason, you'll love Brad Stevens' latest move. Boston has reportedly acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers. The trade was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, with the Celtics sending a huge collection of players and a first-round selection to Indiana. Boston didn't have to give up any talent, however, trading Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts and Juwan Morgan and a 2023 first-round pick for the Pacers in trades. Stevens was able to land another playmaking point guard to play with Marcus Smart (Brogdon can also play the ball) and it didn't cost him any of his core players. Boston has a lot of depth in the backcourt now with Smart, Brogdon, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard. Brogdon has struggled with some injuries in recent years, making just 36 appearances last season, but he's a solid player when he's grounded. The 29-year-old averaged 19.1 points for the Pacers last season, including 45 percent with 5.9 assists per game. His three-point shooting is down a bit to 31 percent, but he's a 38-percent inner-city shooter for his six-year career. The Celtics will also have him under control for three more seasons, with Brogdon earning $22.6 million next season and $22.5 million in 2023-24 and 2024-25. If you were wondering if the Celtics would go through this offseason, here's your answer. Boston is also reportedly set to sign Danilo Gallinari on a two-year deal once he clears the waivers and still owns the $17.1 million TPE, which can be used before July 18.

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Roxbury's A.J. Reeves was delighted to join the Celtics Summer League squad

"The emotion just flooded me." The I Can't Even Speak post: Roxbury's A.J. Happy to join the Celtics Summer League roster, Reeves appeared first on Boston.com. (Author: Gardener)

the Celtics Summer LeagueReeves prides himself on his energy and ability to make winning plays. Reeves, a 6-foot-6 guard from Roxbury, will play for the Celtics in the Summer League, he told Boston.com on Friday. Reeves, the 2017-18 Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, excelled at Brimmer and May at Newton and Providence College. He grew up a huge Celtics fan and fondly recalls watching the 2008 team win a title as a young boy. He said it was "almost surreal" to go through the drafting process with the Celtics. "I was just flooded with emotion," Reeves told Boston.com. I can't even speak.” Reeves averaged 9.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game over four years with the Friars and ranks sixth all-time with 191 three-point field goals made. He's the definition of a hometown kid and wants to make sure he's more than a little-lived feel-good story. While he plans to enjoy the experience -- and maybe play a game or two of blackjack in Las Vegas -- he doesn't want to waste the moment. The Celtics open July 9 and he plans to play his game and believe in what got him here. While he would love to play for the Celtics, he would be over the moon to secure a spot anywhere in the NBA. "The first thing that went through my mind was luck," Reeves said. "Then it was more like, 'Okay, my foot is in the door. The post 'I Can't Even Talk': Roxbury's A.J. Reeves Happy to Join Celtics Summer League Squad appeared first on Boston.com.

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Celtics may have found the perfect fit at Brogdon

The Celtics reached the NBA Finals and must be considered Eastern Conference favorites after their trade for Malcolm Brogdon. (Author: Gardener)

BrogdonAfter being in trade rumors for about two years, Malcolm Brogdon was finally traded by the Indiana Pacers on Friday, which may have put him in the perfect situation. According to ESPN, Brogdon will now join the Boston Celtics, who just lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals but are very close to becoming a championship team. What they seemed to need, based on how the finale went, was another playmaker in backcourt, ideally a point guard, who could lead the offense and relieve Marcus Smart of some of that work. They have found a man in Brogdon who can do just that and, health permitting, could form a very dynamic defensive duo with Smart. Smart was the 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year, a rare guard to receive that honor. He and Brogdon will form a big, physical duo on the defensive end that will give opposing guards some late nights. Brogdon could also help the Celtics with their good but not great 3-point shooting as he holds a career 37.6% from deep. The Wizards had actually been linked to Brogdon by Bleacher Report before trading them for Monte Morris in a deal with the Denver Nuggets. With Morris, they could fill a need without giving up a first-round pick like they normally do under President Tommy Sheppard. However, the Celtics were willing to part with a 2023 first-round pick as well as a long list of players that would match Brogdon's $22.6 million salary for the 2022-23 season. Boston had enough to reach the NBA Finals, but a player like Brogdon was missing from their offense. Brogdon now joins a starting line-up that should include Smart, Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams.

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Everything you need to know about new Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon

He was the first non-first-round pick to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors in the joint draft era. See Boston.com. (Author: Gardener)

CelticsThe Celtics took over guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Brogdon, who turns 30 in December, averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds for the Pacers last season and will be signed through the 2024-25 season. He spent his first three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks before joining the Pacers after the 2018-19 season. Brogdon played college basketball in Virginia for four years, which is becoming increasingly rare for top NBA prospects. Brogdon has two degrees from Virginia -- a master's in public policy and a bachelor's degree in history. Despite his impressive collegiate career, Brogdon slipped to the second round of the 2016 NBA draft. He was eventually picked by Milwaukee with the 36th pick overall, well after the Celtics selected Guerschon Yabusele (16th) and Ante Zizic (23rd), both of whom are eliminated from the league. He averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds for a Bucks team that won 42 games and was eliminated by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. He was the first non-first-round pick to win the award in the co-draft era. In his third year in the league, he became the eighth player since 1987 to shoot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line and hit 90 percent of his free throws for an entire season. It's an impressive group, with Larry Bird spinning the trick twice in 1986-88. Brogdon joined the club in 2018-19 when he shot 50.5 percent from the ground, 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and 92.8 percent from the line in his final season with the Bucks. After playing 75 games in his rookie season, he missed 30 games with a partially torn left quadriceps tendon. In his third year in 2018–19, he missed the end of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. Last season, he missed 41 games with Achilles tendon pain. Brogdon established the Brogdon Family Foundation with a focus on two main initiatives: Hoops4Humanity and the JHA Education Project. Modeled after former Patriots linebacker Chris Long's "Waterboys" initiative, Hoops4Humanity is made up of NBA and WNBA players and "partners with community leaders to provide clean water and educational infrastructure to improve health and education outcomes." create". In December 2020, Brogdon was named a J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner. Named for the NBA's second commissioner, the award is presented by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to a player, coach, or athletic trainer who demonstrates outstanding service and commitment to the community.

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Celtics get Brogdon in trade with Pacers

The Celtics acquired playmaking point guard Malcom Brogdon in a trade with the Pacers without having to give up a core player, sources told ESPN. The Pacers landed another first-round pick in the deal. (Author: Gardener)

BrogdonCheck out Malcolm Brogdon's top games from the past season as he joins the Boston Celtics. Check out Malcolm Brogdon's top games from the past season as he joins the Boston Celtics. 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 basketball operations president Brad Stevens and coach Ime Udoka believed the franchise needed make it a championship contender. The Pacers will get a 2023 first-round pick in exchange for five players from the Celtics, including center Daniel Theis and Aaron Nesmith, 2021 first-round picks, sources told Wojnarowski. Neither team can announce the deal until next week, but Brogdon told ESPN's Marc Spears he's happy to end up in Boston. "This Boston team is experienced and hungry to win a championship," Brogdon said, adding that Celtics stars Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, and Udoka have all reached out to him since the trade was agreed. "I'm excited to be a part of the Boston family and to be fighting for that championship." Stevens specifically identified playmaking as a problem in his postseason conversation with reporters following the Celtics' loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals . "I think we need a little more playmaking," Stevens said earlier this month. We have to make sure that we keep playing with pace. And the challenge again is to make sure that whatever you do on the fringes of our squad, we have a unique identity and uniqueness in our size and our ability to be versatile across the board, so we have to take that into account when we do strengthen our team. The Celtics certainly did something by signing the 29-year-old Brogdon, who averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 33 games with Indiana last season. Not only does the versatile 6ft-5 guard help Boston in a variety of ways offensively — both as a passer and a career 37.6% 3-point shooter — he's also another long, lanky defender to count in his Stall can accommodate big guards for the Celtics, including reigning Defenseman of the Year Smart and Derrick White, who Boston acquired in another trade at the February close. Boston landed Brogdon without sacrificing any of the top eight players from his playoff rotation. The Celtics could add a second player in the coming days, with sources telling Wojnarowski that once the San Antonio Spurs finalize the expected release of forward Danilo Gallinari, he prefers to join the Celtics after clearing the waivers. Those additions would also address other needs - depth and goals off the bench - that Stevens pointed out at the end of the season. "I think we have to walk a little bit of a fine line," Stevens said. “I think teams are fragile. I think the way teams collaborate and work together is fragile. And I think your identity as a team, when you find one that's successful, which is what we've done this year on the defensive end of the floor and when offensively we've been best when we're sharing the ball, those things are fragile. Now if you're asking me what we need, I'd like a little more goals, more consistent goals, off the bench. I think we have some short term needs there.” Celtics star Marcus Smart said on social media he was “REALLY excited” about the team's moves. Meanwhile, Indiana is focusing its roster around its young backcourt of Tyrese Haliburton, who the Pacers acquired at the close of last season in a deal for Domantas Sabonis with the Sacramento Kings, and rookie Bennedict Mathurin, the NBA's sixth overall pick last week , new from draft. Theis averaged 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in 47 games between Houston and Boston last season, while Nesmith, a first-round pick in 2020, averaged 3.8 points in 52 games. The contracts of Malik Fitts, Nik Stauskas and Juwan Morgan, who are traveling to Indiana, all need to be guaranteed for the deal to work under NBA salary cap rules. Brogdon was also re-elected in March to a three-year term as vice president of the NBA Players Association Executive Committee.

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Celtics bring Brogdon from Pacers, strengthen the backcourt

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Brad Stevens thought the Boston Celtics needed another playmaker... (Author: Gardener)

BrogdonFILE - Brad Stevens is shown before Game 6 of the NBA Basketball Eastern Conference Finals playoff series against the Miami Heat in Boston on Friday, May 27, 2022. Looking to add more playmaking and depth off the bench, Stevens has the freedom to spend this offseason as needed. Otto Porter Jr., 32, and Draymond Green, 23, of the Golden State Warriors defend against Jaylen Brown, 7, of the Boston Celtics during the third quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., on Thursday. 16th June, 2022. FILE - Indiana Pacers' Malcolm Brogdon (7) goes for a shot while Houston Rockets' Garrison Mathews defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game March 18, 2022 in Houston. FILE - Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon plays against the Detroit Pistons in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit March 4, 2022. The Boston Celtics improved their backfield depth on Friday, July 1, 2022 by acquiring combo guard Malcolm Brogdon in a trade with the Indiana Pacers, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Boston Celtics improved their backcourt depth on Friday, July 1, 2022 by acquiring combo guard Malcolm Brogdon in a trade with the Indiana Pacers, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Brad Stevens thought the Boston Celtics needed another playmaker and more depth to win their first NBA title since 2007-08. Boston's president of basketball operations acquired combo guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers for five players, all backup forwards, and a 2023 first-round pick, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity since the deal may not be officially announced until next week. Stevens, who grew up in Indianapolis and coached Butler not far from the Pacers' home field, accomplished two important goals by bringing in Brogdon. "I think the way that teams collaborate and work together is fragile," Stevens said after the Celtics lost to Golden State in six games in the NBA Finals. "And I think your identity as a team, when you find one that's successful - which we've done defensively this year and when we were at our best at sharing the ball offensively - those things are fragile. So when you add (players) it doesn't mean you don't take something away from them as a group." Brogdon seems a perfect fit in a backcourt that already features NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Derrick White, who played a key role in Boston's postseason run.Injuries limited him to just 36 games in 2021-22 and the 29-year-old has not played more than 56 games since joining Indiana in 2019. Stevens also has none of his key figures The Pacers are getting veterans Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith and Nic Stauskas — former first-round picks — Juwan Morgan and Malik Fitts In addition to Theis' physical presence, the Pacers also now have $31 million in salary caps and will turn three next summer First-round picks if the Cleveland Cavaliers make the playoffs came as no surprise in Indiana after Brogdon was in a trade with Milwau kee was taken over, the Pacers thought he might be a franchise building block just for those injuries to creep in. Instead, his fate was essentially sealed when Indiana point guard Tyrese Haliburton from Sacramento closed midseason. It quickly became clear that Indiana intended to rebuild around Haliburton, making Brogdon expendable. Many thought it would be dealt on draft night, but when the Pacers didn't get the value they expected, they waited. "We're always going to be aggressive, but there are always certain price points," general manager Chad Buchanan said after the draft. "Sometimes you have to step out of business when it's not right for your team." The Pacers wing took Bennedict Mathurin sixth overall and picked up point guard Andrew Nembhard and Kendall Brown in the second round. The two-time NBA Blocks Champion Myles Turner has long been rumored to be on the trading block and with that much salary cap space the Pacers could continue to make a splash in either free agency or the trading market.

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Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from July 1st

Just 24 hours before WWE invades Las Vegas for their annual premium live event, Money in the Bank, the fighters in Saturday's eponymous men's and women's ladder... (Author: Gardener)

July 1stJust 24 hours before WWE invades Las Vegas for its annual premium live event, Money in the Bank, fighters converged in Saturday's eponymous men's and women's ranked matches for their potentially career-changing night to provide momentum. Titled Battle of the Brands, starring SmackDown's Shotzi, Raquel Rodriguez and Lacey Evans against Raw's Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan and Becky Lynch, the show promised last-minute chaos before one of the year's most popular extravaganzas. Money in the Bank competitors opened the show and a battle royal ensued The usual promo featuring the men who will compete in Saturday night's Money in the Bank ladder match opened the show on Friday. Riddle, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn stood on ladders while the imposing Omos stood, arms crossed, on the mat below. There was the typical back and forth, followed by performances from The Miz, Happy Corbin, Madcap Moss and Ezekiel, leading up to a battle royal to start the evening's in-ring action. A week after coexisting long enough to defeat the Usos and defend their spots in Saturday's match, Sheamus and McIntyre found themselves late in the competition. The Scottish warrior threw Zayn over the top rope and turned his attention back to his opponent, only for Corbin to slide in out of nowhere to eliminate them both and claim the McAfee after the win. It was a lot of fun opening what could very easily have been a lame duck show. Unlike some battle royals, which are dominated by meaningless punches and kicks before quick eliminations, this game had stories, the most obvious of which was the rivalry between McIntyre and Sheamus. Throw in Riddle, which takes a bit of revenge on Rollins, with Omos dominating the action, and Zayn's general bullying, and you have the ingredients for one hell of a fun opener. Even if the promo nonsense that led to it was completely unnecessary and didn't add anything to the show. Zayn, who calls himself "Honorary Uce," is such adorable stuff. He's both clueless and the most interesting character on Friday nights. McIntyre recalled his five-minute win over WrestleMania 36's Brock Lesnar as a nice touch proving his absence of fear from The Beast Incarnation. Miz's recollection of his successful cash-in at McIntyre was equally great and led to him reminiscing about his status as a two-time Money in the Bank winner. Using The Miz as a shield, Zayn sacrificed him to Omos instead of taking the punches himself. Riddle slipped under the bottom rope and fended off elimination, dropping Rollins with an RKO. Sheamus shook Riddle with a bouncing knee, eliminating him to the horror of the WWE Universe. "I'm so happy, I'm farting rainbows!" Corbin exclaimed after his win during a promo with Kayla Braxton. A week ago, New Day's vicious new Viking Raiders Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods viciously attacked and left them in a heap. Friday night, Erik and Ivar tried to add an exclamation point to their return by defeating the future Hall of Famers in tag team action. The match never got underway, however, as the heels brutally attacked Kingston and Woods. They beat down the former tag champions and left them in a heap as Pat McAfee rightly pointed out that there would be no match on this show Here, Virginia. Attempting to finish the Viking Raiders with this new edge and attitude is admirable, but we've seen Erik and Ivar pushed so many times just to see their momentum stalled that it's almost impossible to get a To present a scenario in which this pays off as those involved would hope. But hey... they're new and badass, so there's that. Backstage, before their SmackDown Women's Championship match at Money in the Bank, Natalya cut a promo for Ronda Rousey and vowed to become the first woman to wear The Baddest Woman on the Planet brings out. Michael Cole seemed early on on a mission to create a new drinking game, repeatedly reciting the phrase "new, vicious Viking raiders". Kingston added, while at the same time poking fun at the idea that these hunters are somehow more dangerous than they previously know they're new and vicious? Backstage, Adam Pearce announced a fatal 4-way match between Madcap Moss, Ezekiel, The Miz and Happy Corbin, with the winner earning a spot in Money in the Bank.Battle of the Brands: Team Raw vs. Team SmackDownIn a preview of the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, SmackDown hosted the Battle of the Brands where Raw's Asuka, Alexa Bliss and Liv Morgan took on the blue brand's Raquel Rodriguez, Lacey Evans and Shotzi. let their opponents falter in the commercial break. The SmackDown team worked on Bliss, isolating her from her partners to turn the tide in her favor. However, a hot day on Asuka sparked a comeback for the flagship team as Asuka tossed Shotzi around like a rag doll. The action collapsed and Morgan built momentum for himself, delivering the pinfall victory to ObLIVion. Lynch, wanting to remind everyone who was and still is the best wrestler alive, dumped Asuka with a manhandle slam to close the segment. The match featured solid energy and action throughout, although some of that probably could have been bolstered a bit. The commentary team really made Morgan strong and her win makes her a dark contender who will emerge from Saturday's match with a guaranteed title shot. Speaking of dark horses, don't count out Shotzi, who's not only benefited from increased TV time lately, but also from being the woman captured on the Go Home show. WWE has consistently tracked 50-50 bookings over the years and if that pattern continues, Shotzi has a very realistic chance of emerging from Money in the Bank as the biggest upset winner of the entire show. Long overlooked, being a star for WWE for the foreseeable future would be a huge boost for someone with incredible potential. Shoutout to Bliss, who was great here and is finally getting back to her old self as an in-ring performer. You know nothing important happens until Big Time comes!" said Lynch, her comment a bit more direct than it probably should be. Bliss taunted the taller, stronger Rodriguez and showed no fear despite the very obvious size difference. Ask Them Anything: Street Profits and The Usos In a special Ask Them Anything in-ring promo segment, Unified WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos and The Street Profits offered their final thoughts ahead of Saturday's title fight, with The Usos condemning the idea of ​​worrying Roman Reigns' reaction should they lose the Las Vegas gold, if only because they won't lose, the Usos and Profits look so incredibly natural it's a wonder WWE officials didn't realise , how much more engaging their mic work is to audiences than the over-produced, over-written nonsense we see elsewhere., Saturday's match The night will be except ordinary and could challenge the namesake ranked matches for the best of the show. The Usos are likely to win, but it's only a matter of time before profits become the centerpiece of the division. Or go your separate ways and enjoy your individual success. Braxton asks about reports that Ford and Dawkins aren't getting along, followed by a quick rebuttal that feels like the first hint of a possible split and a single run. Dupri is almost too good for that, while the four-star match against Cesaro in his Crown Jewel debut feels like an eternity for Mansoor. For Mace, this is another massive creative disappointment. That aside, it's funny and Pat McAfee talked his ass off trying to get over it, so the company and cast certainly deserve props for trying. When it works, it's more about her effort to get over it than the creative side effects. Earlier in the night, Happy Corbin won a battle royal for little more than bragging rights. In the main event, he fought The Miz, Ezekiel and former tag team partner Madcap Moss in a Fatal 4-Way match for a spot in Money in the Bank through Moss, who sent him shoulder-first into the ring post and then covered Elias' fallen twin brother to redeem his ticket to Vegas walked over. Miz and Corbin have been in the match before and are essentially bulletproof at this point in their careers. Ezekiel, even though it's over, doesn't feel well suited for that particular place. Moss, on the other hand, has seen his momentum skyrocket since a post-WrestleMania babyface turn and will now have the opportunity to compete in his biggest match yet. It's refreshing to see WWE rally behind a guy like Moss who survived a silly gimmick and is now reaping the rewards himself.C- for Maximum Male Models debut; B for Main EventSamantha Irvin reaped tremendous props for perfectly nailing the high note of Dupri's name. Backstage, Ronda Rousey edited a promo for Natalya, in which she used the word "irregardless," ribbing to death writers and editors around the world, who are now all hoping the Queen of Harts will actually take her out with the Sharpshooter. In a bit of poetic justice, Pat McAfee mocked a defeated Corbin to end the show, proving just how quickly the tide can turn in WWE.

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Money in the Bank Go Home Show

Six of the women's Money in the Bank contestants compete in a tag match. (Author: Gardener)

BankToday's SmackDown takes place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona and features the latest build of Money in the Bank. Six of the seven participants in the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match will take part in a tag team match tonight. SmackDown's Raquel Rodriguez, Lacey Evans & Shotzi will face off against Raw's Asuka, Alexa Bliss & Liv Morgan. Becky Lynch is the only women's Money in the Bank participant not involved in Six Women's Day. Saturday's men's Money in the Bank ladder match will feature Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Omos, Sami Zayn, Riddle and one other wrestler to be determined. Also, New Day's Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods will face off against The Viking Raiders. SmackDown began with Drew McIntyre, Riddle, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and Sami Zayn in the ring on ladders. MVP and Omos were in the ring. Michael Cole and Pat McAfee stood at the ring and briefly talked about the participants of the ladder match. Seth Rollins finally spoke. McIntyre and Riddle don't want Rollins speaking for McIntyre. Rollins noted that they all agreed that the winner against the winner of Roman Reigns vs. Riddle should redeem Reigns wins in order for them to benefit from him. He claimed he would win the ranked match and keep the contract for a year. MVP mocked the rest for forgetting Omos. He promised that Omos would win and Lesnar or Reigns would collect. Sheamus said he previously won the ladder match and cashed in at Reigns. McIntyre mentioned that he previously beat Lesnar for the title. Suddenly, The Miz's music played and he walked down the aisle. He pointed out that he monetized McIntyre and he was the only two-time winner. The Miz believes he deserves to be in tomorrow night's match. He indicated that he should have a qualifier against Kevin Owens. Next came Happy Corbin, who wanted to compete in the MITB ladder game. Madcap Moss came out and he wants last place too. Eventually Adam Pearce came out and said he could feel the aggression in the ring. He ordered the crew to clear the ladders and announced a battle royal next. This was a good battle royal and opening game. Omos dominated the early part of the battle royal. It went up towards the end when it came to the final five. As a comment, Cole mentioned that Kevin Owens should be in a qualifier but he's injured. Cole and McAfee kept calling it a "good old-fashioned battle royal." Omos then dropped Ezekiel for the first elimination. He then threw out Moss and then The Miz. Riddle attacked Omos but he was knocked out. McIntyre and Omos faced each other in the center of the ring. Omos took over but McIntyre fought back. Omos then rocked McIntyre with a headbutt. Omos continued to dominate and competed against everyone. Rollins and Omos faced each other. Rollins then waved goodbye to Omos and eliminated himself. Rollins laughed at ringside Omos. Riddle went under the bottom rope and took out Rollins with the RKO with a big pop. Riddle then caught Omos in a triangle on the ropes. McIntyre and Sheamus helped throw Omos over the ropes with a massive bang. Back from the break, it came down to Sheamus, Riddle, Zayn, Corbin and McIntyre. The fans broke into a "Riddle" chant. Corbin looked at McAfee as he hit a chokeslam backbreaker on Riddle. Riddle took over with a Bro to Sleep on Corbin. Riddle wants the RKO, but Sheamus throws him over the ropes. Riddle landed on the apron but fought back. He climbed the second rope, but Sheamus hit the brogue kick to eliminate Riddle. Corbin and Zayn worked together at McIntyre. McIntrye moved and Zayn gave Corbin a hell of a kick. Corbin slipped out from under the lower rope. McIntrye tried to hit Zayn with the claymore kick, but Sheamus hit the brogue kick instead. McIntyre recovered and ran wildly at Sheamus. He threw Zayn through the ring and hit Sheamus with the Future Shock DDT. McIntyre hit a claymore on Zayn and threw him over the top rope. Suddenly, Corbin jumped back into the ring and knocked them both out to win the battle royal. Corbin looked over at McAfee as he celebrated. Back from break, Kayla Braxton interviewed Corbin backstage. Braxton asked about McAfee's challenge last week. Corbin looked down and said nothing. She mocked Rousey's acting career and said she knew why Hollywood wasn't knocking on her door anymore. She promised to make Rousey go sniping tomorrow night. They summarized the Viking Raiders' attack on New Day and Shanky last week. The New Vicious Viking Raiders The match did not happen. Instead, the Viking Raiders again took down The New Day. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods spoke last week about The Viking Raiders breaking their dance with Shanky. They mocked the Viking Raiders for being serious, dangerous, and vicious. They challenged the Viking Raiders to come to the ring. The music of the Viking Raiders took off and found its way to the ring. The ring announcer introduced them as The New Vicious Viking Raiders. Cole and McAfee also called her by that name. New Day and the Raiders faced each other. The Viking Raiders took over and crushed The New Day with their shields. In the background, The Miz, Happy Corbin, Madcap Moss and Ezekiel are arguing about being in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Each person provided a reason why they should be in the game. Moss added that he was just happy to be there. Pearce ordered a fatal four-way for last place in the ladder match. Pearce noted that Kevin Owens is out injured. This was a nice game that dragged on at times. SmackDown match. Before the game, Becky Lynch got a massive reaction from the fans. She noted that she sat out that match. Lynch added that she is the biggest threat in the ladder match. Instead, Lynch echoes McAfee and Cole's comments. Rodriguez goes for a powerbomb, but Asuka escapes and tags. Rodriguez backed Bliss in the corner and hit a splash. Morgan and Bliss worked together against Rodriguez. Morgan caught Rodriguez with a hurricane rana. Rodriguez fought back and dropped Morgan face first. Shotzi tagged in, keeping Morgan on her side of the ring. Morgan fought back and Shotzi rolled out. Morgan took advantage and made a suicide dive. Bliss followed Rodriguez up with a cannonball from the apron. Back from the break, Rodriguez picked up Bliss but Shotzi substituted himself in. She tripped Rodriguez, who landed on Bliss. Shotzi took over and sliced ​​off Bliss from her corner. Asuka got the hot day and ran wild. She went for the ankle lock and hit a German suplex for a two count. Morgan hit the recoil on Shotzi for a near fall. The finish came when Evans shook Bliss with the woman's right hand. Asuka knocked Evans out with a back fist. Shotzi knocked Asuka down and posed on the ropes. Morgan took advantage and hit Oblivion for the win. After the match, Morgan, Bliss, and Asuka celebrated. Lynch jumps in and manhandles Asuka. Bliss and Morgan just watched as Lynch took off. She filed a complaint with management over Pearce putting her in a handicap match last week. Ask Them Anything: The Usos and Street Profits The Usos and Street Profits were good in their roles. Braxton asked the Usos how scared they were of losing the titles and Roman Reigns' reaction. The Usos scoffed at the question, noting that they run all the shows. Montez Ford laughed, noting that Reigns is the one running the show. Angelo Dawkins added the Usos run to the grocery store. Braxton asked The Street Profits about losing at WrestleMania. They will end the legacy of the Usos tomorrow night, and their legacy begins. The Usos have jumped in the face of Street Profits. The Usos made the slogan The Street Profits and said they want the smoke. In the background, Max Dupri was looking forward to unveiling his new clients. He approached Adam Pearce's face. Pearce noted that his segment is next. After all, Dupri's new customers were Mace and Mansoor with new model gimmicks. Max Dupri stood under a spotlight in the ring. Fans immediately began chanting, "What?" Dupri introduced his first client, the former Mace. Next, Dupri introduced the former Mansoor as Man. Too bad. Dupri claimed he found a new love for fashion. Dupri described the human. Thrush's best qualities while posing for photographers. Ma.ce and Man. Thrush came out together and posed again. Rousey mocked Natalya and promised to defeat her tomorrow night. Cole and McAfee searched the Money In The Bank card. Money In The Bank Fatal Four Way Qualifying Match: Madcap Moss def. The Miz, Happy Corbin and Ezekiel (10:33). That was a good match. Moss got a big bang for winning and securing the final spot in tomorrow night's ladder game. Paul is looking for Miz. All four traded shots at the bell. Ezekiel hit Moss with a sunset flip and Moss hit a German suplex with Miz at the same time. Ezekiel and Moss walked back and forth until the heels closed. Corbin took over after pushing Moss onto the steps. He then hit Miz with a back suplex on the apron. Corbin turned his attention to Ezekiel and chokeslammed him on the announce table. Corbin and McAfee had a brief starerdown. Back from the break, Moss was in control and scored a near fall. Moss hit the punchline at Corbin, but Ezekiel cleared the pin. Ezekiel went for a crossbody on Moss. Moss rolled through and hit a fallaway slam. Miz then hit Moss with a running knee for a near fall. Miz gave Moss and Ezekiel a hard time. Corbin hit the Deep Six on Miz for a very close near fall. Ezekiel recovered and rocked Corbin with a jumping knee for a two count. He followed up on Moss with a spinebuster. Miz gave Ezekiel a skull-crushing finale, but Corbin pulled him out of the ring. Corbin then met Ezekiel the end of days and had won the match. Moss jumped back and threw Corbin against the ring post. Moss then pinned Ezekiel for the win. Moss gets last place in the MITB ladder game tomorrow night. Moss celebrated the end of SmackDown in the ring. Corbin was ringside near McAfee. McAfee taunted Corbin for winning the battle royal but losing the qualifier.

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Brad Stevens isn't afraid to use first-round picks to improve the Celtics roster

In an opening day of inactivity, Stevens, the Celtics' president of basketball operations, improved the roster, clearing out some disposable bench parts in a matter of hours on Friday. (Author: Gardener)

CelticsBrad Stevens has shown he's not afraid to hold on to first-round picks and instead use them as trade trips to improve the Celtics roster. What's apparent in Brad Stevens' two off-seasons is that he doesn't value first-round picks as much as his predecessor Danny Ainge, and he's using those chips to improve a Celtics roster struggling after a demoralizing NBA Finals loss State Warriors had to improve to the gold in six games. An opening day of inactivity may have discouraged Celtics faithful, but Stevens, the team's president of basketball operations, improved the roster and cleared out some disposable bench parts in hours on Friday. The signing of Danilo Gallinari may have been a case where Stevens got so sick of seeing the Italian sniper with three-pointers against the Celtics a few years ago that he decided to bring Gallinari's skills to Boston. Gallinari, who posted a career-high 10 3-pointers with the Atlanta Hawks against the Celtics on Feb. 24, 2021, gives Boston a veteran shooter who can score right off the bench. Gallinari was primarily a starter throughout his career until playing with the Hawks, where he went from the bench to a hired shooter, shooting 39.2 overall percent from beyond the arc over his two seasons at Atlanta. He's 33 and not a great defender, but he utilized his 6ft 10in, 233lb frame well enough to resist on defense and shoot over smaller players on offense. The Celtics were exposed in the NBA Finals for their lack of bench goals, and Gallinari will fill that need despite being a defensive liability. Stevens realized that Derrick White, Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard weren't enough to keep up with elite teams on offense. Gallinari, who was averaging 18.7 points per game with the Oklahoma City Thunder two years ago, brings some relief to Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart. A few hours later, Stevens completed his biggest deal of his tenure, sending Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Juwann Morgan, Malik Fitts and a 2023 first-round pick for the Indiana Pacers' veteran Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon brings the Celtics a level of handicap that was lacking when Smart was on the bench. And he can also play point guard, while Smart switches to shooting guard in a smaller lineup. The Celtics invited Brogdon for a draft workout a few years ago and have liked him ever since. He's an expensive player but Brogdon has the ability to score on the edge, hit the 3-pointer and spread the ball. Despite being injury-prone, Brogdon, who averaged 33.5 minutes a game in three seasons with the Pacers, doesn't have to play as many minutes for the Celtics in their second session. The Celtics are certainly hoping he returns to 2020-21 form as he hit 38.8 percent of his 3-point shots and dished out nearly six assists. Stevens has been an admirer of Brogdon since his Virginia days and capitalized on Indiana's desire to make room for salary caps. It was a brilliant move for Stevens to take over Brogdon without giving up a rotation player. Nesmith was an Ainge pick, and he never turned out to be the pinpoint, 3-point shooter he was predicted to come from Vanderbilt. Stevens told reporters last week that Nesmith was an "extraordinary" shooter, but it didn't translate to games. Nesmith played hard, but he shot 27 percent from the 3-point line last season and because he couldn't score consistently, coach Ime Udoka couldn't carve out any significant minutes for him. By trading the team's first-round pick over the past three seasons, Stevens has shown he has more faith in experienced veteran players. Brogdon joins Al Horford and White as veterans won with first-round picks. Brogdon and Brown are friends from their days in the National Basketball Players Association and both hail from Atlanta. Using the $17.1 trade exception remains a possibility, but the Celtics have strengthened their roster with today's moves. They'll populate the rest of the list with minimum salary players and should be able to pick a contributor below market value as free agency progresses. There's more needed: another backup center to replace Theis, another athletic wing, maybe another shooter, but Stevens has proven he'll strive to make the Celtics one of the league's elite teams. Friday was a good day in Boston.

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