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Here’s my thoughts on the ongoing Chicken Sandwich War between several Fast Food Giants   Leave a comment

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They say war is bad for business unless it’s a Food War. Actually I just made that up ^_^

All of the top US-based Fast Food chains have chosen Chicken Sandwiches as the subject of an ongoing Food War they have pulled the public into since the summer and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Excluding the above sandwiches, I have sampled Chicken Sandwiches from almost all of the top chains. Before I get to that, I do want to confirm almost all the sandwiches are a variant of the Friend Chicken Sandwich.

 

Ok here we go. I used pictures of how they really look instead of the promotional pictures for the sake of accuracy. I am also only including sanwiches that a part of the regular menu BUT not the smaller value menu sanwiches

 

Burger King

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In order they are the Classic Chicken Sandwich, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Grilled Chicken Sandwich (formally known as the Chicken Whopper). The bread and meat are the main parts of the sandwich while the mayo, iceberg lettuce (which actually has little to no nutritional value believe it or not), onions and tomatoes are toppings included. I have eaten all three myself. BK has released gourmet specialty versions of all four types over the years and currently has a few variations of the Crispy Chicken Sandwich. I always request pickles be added for a little extra crunch.

Of the four, the Spicy Chicken Sandwich is my personal favorite. The breaded patty has a noticable kick but it’s not too overpowering even if you get it with no veggies and no mayo. In other words, I kid could eat it if they wanted to. Adding pickles mitigates the afterburn as well actuallly. Thanks to BK’s current 2 for $6 promotion I just buy two of them instead of a combo, saving money I would’ve spent on Fries and a Drink.

By the way. The chicken patties for the last 3 sandwiches are the same ones used in salads and wraps.

 

McDonalds

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In order they are the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Classic Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the McChicken. It’s fairly easy to see what’s in all of them. All of them have Mayo. All but the Classic Chicken also has romaine lettuce mayo. The Classic Chicken Sandwich (3rd picture) has a spicy sauce and pickles and that’s why it looks bigger than the first two. Yes, I add pickles to all. McDs has a McChicken + Small Fries for $3 Deal so you save almost a dollar.

The chicken patties for the first 3 sandwiches are the same ones used in salads and wraps.

 

KFC

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They are the Chicken Little and Crispy Chicken Sandwich. KFC’s market testing or also selling a lot of gimmick sandwiches such as their Donut Sandwich and the Chicken and Waffle Sandwich but I decided to exclude them. KFC has actually only been offering chicken sandwiches for about 25 years now believe it or not. Both types of sandwiches were actually introduced around the same time. They are more known for their fried chicken so…yeah.

 

Wendy’s

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Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich is the only thing pictured here that actuallly looks like the promotional pictures as soon as you unwrap it and tastes like it too. I usually add pickles, which brings out the kick from the spice even more Same with the non-spicy version.

The Crispy Chicken Sandwich (pictured) is from the value menu and is one of the options for Wendy’s 4 for $4 Meal (the other 3 being burgers along with a drink, fries and 5-piece chicken nuggets). It’s nothing to call home about and you’ll probably want to add more toppings if you want it to feel filling. I usually add pickles, onions and tomatoes.

 

Popeyes’

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…I haven’t tried Popeye’s new Chicken Sandwich yet myself but will at some point. The 3 Popeyes in Boston I know of are all hard to get to from where I live so…yeah. No real rush. It looks very similar to MicDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sanwich though with the pickles and sauce. Like everywhere else, there are regular and Spicy versions. As of November 3 2019, it is now a permanent menu item.

From what I’ve been seeing online while getting these pictures, the Chicken Po Boy (second picture) has been discontinued. It was the same as KFC’s old Zinger Sandwich where they used their Chicken Tenders as well as a sub roll as a base with pickles, iceberg lettuce and mayo. It didn’t look as impressive as the Shrimp version and didn’t sell well. It was basically just there as a kosher alternative to the Shrimp version (which I appreciated since I don’t eat Shrimp myself).

Chick-Fil-A

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The only item listed I not only never have eaten but never will because it’s a corporate chain that touts Christian values and beliefs when it’s convenient for them. I can’t stand that kind of hypocrisy and to this day, I have never given Chick-Fil-A a cent of my money. I tried their food twice and I wasn’t impressed personally. I get those who like the fact the chain encourages Christian Speak and even lets evangelists take over a table in their restaurants all day (provided you stay there) but people go to Fast Food chains specifically so they don’t have to think about things like that. I get those who like it but to each their own.

…Whew.

Of the items listed that I have tried, my personal favorite is Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich followed by Burger King’s version. Presumably, Popeyes’ will round out my Top 3 once I’ve tried it. I do like the McChicken but just when you start getting into it, you’ve finshed eating it. Same with KFC’s Chicken Little. I miss the Zinger Sandwich they had on that note. I LOVED it.

While Wendy’s, Burger King and McDonalds are more known for their burgers, their chicken sandwiches are holding it down. I did rank two of them over KFC and Popeyes, which both specialize in fried chicken so…yeah. Clearly I think they’re doing something really good but that’s just my opinion on the Chicken Sandwich Food War.

See the Poll below if you’d like to weigh in. Please comment if you pick certain Poll Answers ^_^

 

 

 

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Online International Romance Scams continue to grow more sophisticated   Leave a comment

 

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I recently read this article from CNN.com and decided to comment on it further.

The above caption is still a pretty reliable way of figuring out fairly quickly if the person on the other side of the screen is really a scammer or someone or just not who they claim to be.

There’s also this:

 

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…If this looks/feels familiar to you and you’re starting to feel nervous, good. Especially the first two points. Both claims should be met with skepticism especially anyone who claims to be a US Citizen or US Soldier currently living or stationed overseas. That right there should be a giant red flag especially for those claiming to be US Servicepeople: They know they can’t disclose where exactly they are while deployed or what they’re doing. An actual US Soldier knows not to disclose anything that might jeopardize security over an unsecure communication channel like a free cloud-based email address (Gmail. Outlook, etc.) and more so if they are in or near a combat zone.

Anyone who travels overseas on their own dime doesn’t need YOUR help getting back. If they have a problem in the other country, they can contact the US Consulate and they know it. If their passport or other documents are stolen, they can contact local authorities who can put them in touch with the US Consulate. Anyone insisting on you sending them money is likely a scammer plain and simple.

Before I move on, I do want to comment on the last point made above about moving communication outside the website where you make first contact with each other. It’s totally fine to exchange external contact info. No rush of course but that’s fine especially if you’ve given reasonable assurance you’re talking to a genuine person. If you don’t want to exchange contact info up front, just say so. Most real people will be very understanding of that as long as you explain why and more importantly, don’t Ghost on them.

 

Moving on to this checklist:

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The first one should be a giant red flag. Me personally, I don’t believe in love at first sight. Especially someone I haven’t met in person yet. You should be extremely skeptical of anyone who messages you saying they’re in love with you and want to be with you. More so if that’s first contact. Scammers use a script and will stick to it as well. They know if they open with this, it’ll throw most people off balance and get them to drop their guard.

I covered the next 3 listed above so going to the last point. It’s not too much to ask to voice chat or video chat to confirm you are talking to a real person. Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts. Take your pick. Even better is you don’t need to use your real phone number with all except WhatsApp and it works internationally too. If they come up with every excuse to not voice chat with you, it’s probably because they’re not who they claim to be or where they claim to be. If they can message or email you, they can at least voice chat.

Of course, you can make some exceptions depending on where they are. On Facebook I have contacts who live in The Philippines, South Africa and Tanzania. Most in those countries can barely text let alone voice chat in some cases. If the other person is in North America, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia or Israel then they should be able to voice chat with you between having a monthly data plan, Wi-Fi access or both.

I have noticed most scammers prefer to use Yahoo Mail over Outlook (formerly Hotmail) or Gmail. The biggest reason being unlike the other two email providers, you are not asked to provide real information authenticating who you are. For example to make a Google Account these days, you need a cell phone just to make an account. An authenticator code is texted to your cellphone which you must enter to prove you’re a real person and not a bot. The advent of Xbox Live 17 years ago meant all Microsoft Services including Hotmail (now Outlook) were integrated so you had to your personal information in the account.

With Yahoo Mail–which has been around since the internet went public in 1994–you can prettymuch remain anonymous. You can make as many Yahoo email accounts as you want without providing actual personal information. I suspect this is the real reason it has remained a viable option despite the overwhelming popularity of Gmail in the last 16 years. You can just make another Yahoo Mail account once people figure out you’re a scammer and contact them using the new account. My Spam folders say hi so…yeah.

 

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Again, some of these will probably feel familiar to some of you.

It goes without saying anyone who is able to send you stuff isn’t hurting for money. They do it to get you to trust them into sending them money. On that note, you ever notice the amount of money they ask for steadily increases and the time they’re willing or able to wait steadily decreases? That should tell you something right there. More so given each Relationship Scammer is likely talking to several people at the same time. Their primary reasons for doing so are to get the money and personal info from as many people as possible.

On that note. You should refrain from sharing the following specific types of information on first contact with anyone you meet in an Online Dating situation. More so if you are unable to video chat with the person or they may not be in your home country:

 

  • Real Name: This is what screen names are for. These days, you can never be too careful. I’m known as Aurabolt on some website and Brendan2k5 on others. Three years ago, I changed my username on Facebook to Lavon Samuel Davis. I will only reveal my real name to people online who I know I will meet in person and only when we’ve met in person. The most anyone needs to know on first contact is your first name anyways.
  • Date of Birth: Most can probably correctly guess your exact date of birth just knowing your age. If one of the first things someone asks you is your birthday, don’t tell them the year. Besides, if they know your age they should be able to do the math on their own.
  • Cellphone Number: DO NOT GIVE THIS OUT IMMEDIATELY. This is how you invite spam to be texted to you and worse. I would insist on a website’s/app’s own communication features, Facebook Messenger, Kik or Skype first and then going from there.
  • Household Information: I would be VERY concerned if they start asking you for information about your family. It may sound innocent or just small talk but there is a purpose behind it. The two biggest being they want to try to look up your family members first and they want to see if there is clues in correctly guessing your account passwords in that information second.
  • Income Status: This is what most Relationship Scammers want the most. They want to know what kind of work you do so they can best figure out how to slowly bleed you dry.

Folks need to also be mindful the above information along with your Social Security Number and Address are all they need to open credit cards in your name. This is exactly why you need to be very careful when making first contact online of what you share and what you keep private.

 

I have some additional information I want to pass along to anyone who in Pinay or Filipina (A woman who is from The Philippines) and is looking for love online with someone who is in the U.S.:

 

  1. If you’re mainly looking for someone who can provide for you and your family financially, prepare to be VERY disappointed. More so if you are looking for someone with in 10 years of your age. Most Americans are NOT rich and in fact, most Americans can barely keep a roof over their heads.
  2. If you live in The Philippines and you are not working or willing to work, you have no right to expect a man to travel across the world let alone pay for you to travel across the world. It costs about $1,000 USD–about 50,000 PHP–for a round trip plane ticket between Boston and Manila for reference. That’s just talking about the plane ticket. It also costs around same amount for a Marriage Visa for those who may be wondering as well.
  3. If some of your first words are “I need help”, “Can you help me?” or “I need money” I can promise you that you will be rejected almost immediately and most likely either blocked or have your account reported. Nothing turns off potential international relationships faster than for a guy to be told up front you want money from them and you haven’t even met yet. It doesn’t matter if your child needs an organ transplant or is dying in the hospital. It doesn’t matter if you need the money to video or voice call. Again, I can promise you this will guarantee you will be rejected completely and swiftly off the bat.
  4. Having kids from a previous relationship doesn’t disqualify you from love and nor should it. At the same time, you shouldn’t put love before your kids ever. Just be open and honest about being a single mom. Most guys will be very understanding. Most Western Men looking for a Filipino girlfriend or wife already knows the father is likely out of the picture so…yeah.
  5. Filipinos can actually VISIT the U.S. with a Tourist Visa and stay for up to 6 months (3 months up from + additional 3 month extension). In fact, it would make far more sense for both parties involved if you plan to visit the U.S. first.

..,Just some things to be mindful of. Included those 5 tips by reequest from some Filipinos who read this blog on that note ^_^

Online Dating is clearly here to stay. It’s all the more reason for folks to take steps to protect themselves against scammers, crooks and people who are only looking to waste your time. Please be careful out there and more so if you potential love interest is in another country,

 

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The New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Season Opener   Leave a comment

 

It was a blockbuster game even before news Antonio Brown signed with the Patriots 24 hours earlier broke the internet and possibly broke the hearts of fans of the other 31 NFL teams (LOL!). It would be more than fair to say–barring the unforeseeable of course–the New England Patriots just ensured they will repeat as Super Bowl Champions this year. The last team to win the Super Bowl back to back? The Patriots of course and they did it in 2003 and 2004. No other team has done it since because of how difficult it is in American Football. The Patriots would go on to curb-stomp the Steelers 33-3 after which said team had “no comment” to their former star Wide Receiver signing with the Patriots the day before.

The timing of Antonio Brown’s rape alliegations is pretty convenient but don’t take that to mean I’m hand-waving the charges against him. It comes the day after his signing with the Patriots becomes official and the charges are from his former trainer as well. No one is forgetting Patriots team owner Robert Kraft has an open criminal case related to prostitution either. Two birds, one stone. Brown now being forced away from the team to deal with the litigation will have zero effect on the Patriots moving forward. I would think differently if this happened toward the end of the season or during the postseason. As for the charges filed against Brown, it would be inappropriate for me to comment without knowing the details.

 

Something else I do want to comment on is a bit of news I first broke on My 11th Blog. Blog #12 is now Live: Aurabolt’s Sports Talk!

As a reminder, here is the full list of my 12 Blogs in the order I started them:

  1. This one
  2. Video Games
  3. Fan Fiction
  4. Original Literature
  5. Anime and Manga
  6. WWE
  7. Politics and News
  8. Religion
  9. MBTA
  10. Consulting and Support
  11. Memories from Way Back When
  12. Sports Talk

 

The Links to the other 11 blogs are at the top of every page of this one. All of my blogs also link to at least three of my other blogs to make it easier for folks to see all the various topics covered. Also like I’ve done with a third of my blogs, I will copy older posts related to sports to my new blog including this post but I’ll edit out this announcement.

Before I forget. If you see a blog Bolded, that means I am looking for Co-Editors and Co-Authors who may be interested in writing posts on that particular blog. If you think you may be interested, feel free to contact me ASAP.

 

 

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The Los Angeles Clippers win the Kawhi Leonard Sweepstakes and also get Paul George via Trade   Leave a comment

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The second-biggest offseason domino has finally fallen. Kawhi Leonard is going home to Los Angeles…as a member of the Clippers. Not only that, he’s bringing fellow hometown All Star Paul George with him. News broke overnight after the entire NBA world was kept waiting all week for Leonard’s decision to be known. By daybreak, the NBA world got hit with another blockbuster announcement: Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a trade that will send Paul George to LA.

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Odds makers updated their predictions favoring the Clippers to go all the way to the NBA Finals. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis being joined by DeMarcus Cousins, The Battle for Los Angeles Basketball is on!

 

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…I would be remiss if I did not mention longtime OKC Superstar Russell Westbrook.

The latest reports indicate he and his agent plan to meet with OKC executives soon about his future and it’s believed he will be traded. Westbrook has played his entire career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Clouds of doubt surrounded Westbrook after former team mate Kevin Durant left for the Golden State Warriors and James Harden, whose trade to the Houston Rockets many viewed as a mistake emerged as an All Star.

When Paul George elected to sign a longterm contract with the Thunder, a lot of the doubts about Westbrook being able to play with another All Star team mate finally went away.  With PG-13 now gone after two years with OKC, signs point to Westbrook being on the move and that means the Thunder will be in full rebuild mode come next season.

Let the speculation on where Westbrook could go commence!

 

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Breaking NBA Free Agency News: The Brooklyn Nets win the Kevin Durant Sweepstakes and other News   Leave a comment

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….I may be up until midnight today LOL.

1 hour before Free Agency officially begins, All Star forward and 2-time NBA Champion Kevin Durant announced he will sign a 4 year, $164 Million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. He will miss his first year as a member of the Nets due to the injury he suffered during the 2018-19 NBA Finals. He will be joined by Kyrie Irving (Free Agent, played last 2 seasons with the Boston Celtics), who will sign a 4 year $142 Million contract with the Nets as well as DeAndre Jordan (Free Agent, played with the Dallas Mavericks and ended the season with the New York Knicks last season).

The Nets had the cap space to sign 3 Max Contract Players but the caviat is they would automatically have to renounce the rights to D’Angelo Russell who is now an Unrestricted Free Agent. D-Lo’s looking to sign with the T-Wolves next which is cool since Derrick Rose–remember him?–intends to sign with the Detroit Pistons. Actually wait forget I said that. Looks like D-Lo’s gonna be a Warrior this coming season. Se below for more on that.

Thus, the Nets’ 6 year oddyssey of having their draft picks held hostage by the Celtics is finally over. The Nets sold their future to Boston as per the terms of the trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from Boston to Brooklyn 6 years ago. Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are three of the many players drafted with the Nets’ picks. It’s considered the most lopsided trade in sports history for a reason!

It would be more than fair to say the balance of power has shifted.

The Warriors are basically the NBA’s version of the New England Patriots right now in which it’s assumed they’ll contend if not return to the NBA Finals next year. They did it 3 times in a row without Durant so…yeah. Klay Thompson, who was injured in what ended up being the final game of the NBA Finals may return for the second half half of the coming season. We’ll see.

The next biggest domino is easily Kawhi Leonard. He is reportedly only looking at either the Raptors, who he just won his second NBA Championship with or the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers just got Anthony Davis. With Irving and Durant now commited to the Nets, they’ll likely be looking to fill their roster. As of right now they only have 3 signed players: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma (!). No, really.

 

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It would be more than fair to say the New York Knicks are the biggest losers in this blockbuster announcement. The failed to get Irving, Durant, Zion Williamson and just lost DeAndre Jordan. The Knicks last made the playoffs in 2013 (first round exit) and and last won an NBA title back in 1976. A shame that bad luck didn’t rub off on the Yankees, who swept the Red Sox in the London series this weekend.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith had an emotional meltdown likely shared by countless other Knicks fans. He was so emotionally devastated, Knicks officials put out a statement to the effect of “trust the process”. LOL.

 

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News broke this morning the Celtics were looking to execute a Sign and Trade involving the Nets and the Charlotte Hornets (which seems to have fallen through). Irving’s obviously gone to Brooklyn and with Kemba Walker coming in, the Celtics threw Michael Jordan an assist to avoid becoming the Nets 2.0 or the 76ers 2.0 (Tanking on purpose). It will be a changing of the guard as Terry Rozier will be going to Charlotte while Kemba Walker, who is in Boston will finalize his 4-year, $141 Million contract with the Celtics. Rozier will sign a 3-year, $58 Million Contract with the Hornets. Rozier showed flashes of how good he could be when he damn-near led the Celtics to the NBA Finals the season before.

Veteran Center Enes Kanter (traded to the Blazers from the Knicks mid-season) is reportedly very interested in the Celtics as well as his current team so we’ll see.

 

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Rising star Kristaps Porzingis, who was traded from the Knicks mid-season to Dallas has reportedly signed a new 5-year $158 Million Contract with the Mavericks. Porzingis, who was looked at as the protege of now retired NBA Legend Dirk Nowinski (played entire career with the Mavs) appears to be their new franchise superstar.

 

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Minutes after news broke Jimmy Butler is going to sign with the Miami Heat, news broke regarding Veteran Center/Forward Al Horford electing to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers. Joel Embiid always said the only player who gives him problems was Al Horford. Now they’re team mates. Horford joining Embiid, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons makes them instant contenders and makes up for Butler’s departure. Enough to get past the Celtics, Bucks and Heat (with Butler) next year and all 3 teams plus the Nets the year after? I doubt it personally.

 

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D-Lo is now a Warrior.

In exchange for Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors have signed D’Angelo Russel to a 4 year, $117 Million Contract via the Brooklyn Nets. The Warriors essentially exchanged Durant forRussell, who made waves last season after the Lakers, who gave up on him sent him to Brooklyn two years ago to make room to sign LeBron James.

There was talk of the Lakers possibly interested in taking him back but the Warriors called the Nets and made the deal on the spot. The Warriors will start the coming season with 3 All Stars in Steph Curry, Draymond Green and now D-Lo. Thompson is projected to return mid-season while the status of DeMarcus Cousins, who is a UFA is currently unknown. He may be signed on with the Warriors longterm given they just pulled the trigger on a trade involving veteran Center Andre Iguodala going to the Memphis Grizzlies. With this move, the Warriors retain their standing as title contenders.

….Whew.

Ok I think I’ll call it a night now. The second-biggest domino that still has yet to fall is of course Kawhi Leonard. Will he stay in Canada or will he go home to Los Angeles and play with the Clippers?  We’ll have to wait and see.

I do agree with analysts who’ve been saying since Free Agency began that for the first time in a while, there is no one team you can look at and say “They’re definitely going to the NBA Finals next season”. That’s how wide open it is. I’ll provide another update once the next round of big moves takes place. It helps most of them happened in the first 6 hours!

 

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As the Boston Celtics introduce their newly drafted players, Free Agency is just around the corner [UPDATED]   Leave a comment

Left to Right: Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters.

 

With the Celtics losing two of their 3 All Stars to Free Agency–Kyrie Irving and Al Horford–it’s hard to disagree with many who’ve said the Celtics missed the mark in not drafting Bol Bol, who was ultimately drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 44th Pick in the NBA Draft. The Celtics made up for it the next day by signing Tacko Fall, who shockingly went undrafted. At the same time they traded away backup Center Aaron Baines, presumably to make cap space ahead of the start of Free Agency (June 30th at 6PM EST).

Celtics GM Danny Ainge defiantly defended the decisions made on Draft Night and even pulling the trigger on the trade that brought Kyrie Irving in Boston from Cleveland in exchange for Isaiah Thomas (now with the Denver Nuggets) as well as Jae Crowder (now with the Memphis Grizzlies) and Ante Zizic (still with the Cavs). It was a trade that shocked the NBA World because of what Isaiah Thomas went through just a few months earlier between a season-ending injury and the sudden death of his sister. Then to be traded just like that…yeah. New Lakers All Star Anthony Davis’ father pointed to that trade as why his son would never sign with the Celtics long term.

When the Lakers and Pelicans finalized the trade for Davis, the Celics revealed they would not agree to include Jayson Tatum in a potential trade for Davis. Even with Irving and Horford gone, it would be fair to say this isn’t a rebuild but a reshuffle. Marcus Morris has notified the Celtics he is going to test Free Agency but plans to sign a new contract with the Celtics. We’ll have to wait and see.

We know Irving will be gone and plans to sign with the Nets. We also know he’s trying to recruit Kevin Durant to join him in Brooklyn. Given the way he left Cleveland and now Boston, one can’t help but wonder if “being worried Durant won’t come with him” is the only reason the Nets are reconsidering signing him. Nevermind all the reports about his not being happy living in Boston or not liking Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge. Irving being Irving and trying to force Hayward as a starter led to what we saw this past season. Brad Stevens took the blame for how the season and playoff run ended though at the time, everyone outside the locker room probably didn’t know all of the reasons he blamed himself. I do agree with some who’ve said the decision to push Hayward as a starter at the beginning of the season may not have entirely been Stevens’ decision though.

…As for Horford, his reason for leaving is purely for money. The Celtics weren’t going to pay him what he was looking for. The timing with everything else is a coincidence. The Mavs, Clippers and Lakers have all expressed interest in him. We will have to wait at least until this Sunday evening at 6PM for Free Agency to begin and see who the Celtics may be looking to sign.

 

All that said, here is one noteworthy Free Agent signing that is all but official:

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Multiple outlets reported all week Charlotte Hornets Guard and 3-time All Star Kemba Walker is Shipping Up to Boston. As of this afternoon, Walker will sign a 4 year, $141 Million Max contract with the Celtics. Analists view him as a slight downgrade from the outgoing Kyrie Irving statistically. He is also a team player and won’t be a PR problem like Irving turned out to be on his way in and now on his way out of Boston. He could certainly be the missing piece Hayward, Brown and Tatum need to come together. The latest news states Walker wants to make it official ASAP.

That still leaves the Celtics in need of a big Center or two to replace Horford and Baines. DeAndre Jordan (Played with the Clippers but was delt to the Mavs as part of the 3-Team trade that sent Blake Griffin to Detroit, then traded to New York for Kristaps Porzingis), Tyler Zeller (Played in Boston for 3 years, released to free cap space to sign Gordon Hayward), Bismark Biyombo (would have to waive his Player Option but would join his teammate Kemba Walker in Boston if he does), Robin Lopez or even Greg Monroe (signed a 1-year contract with the Celtics after Hayward missed the previous season due to injury).

We’ll surely find out where the chips will fall as soon as Free Agency begins Sunday at 6PM EST!

 

Update 6/29/2019:

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The Celtics have renounced the rights to Restricted Free Agent Guard Terry Rozier, making him an Unrestricted Free Agent. The move was done to clear cap space ahead of the signing of Kemba Walker. Rozier, 29 was drafted by the Celtics and proved during the previous playoff run he can be a primary ball handler. Several teams have expressed interest in him and is now free to sign with whoever he wants.

You can’t help but feel for him–and dread the next time he faces the Celtics on the court. He’ll have vengeance on his mind for sure!

 

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Breaking News: The LA Lakers win the Anthony Davis Sweetstakes   Leave a comment

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News broke in the last hour the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade All Star Forward/Center Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Here are the details of the trade:

  • Lakers Receive: Anthony Davis
  • Pelicans Receive: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, The Lakers’ #4 Pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and 2 additional 1st Round Picks

…As a reminder: The Pelicans already have the #1 Draft Pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and they are presumed to pick top draft and former Duke superstar prospect Zion Williams. So…yeah.

In terms of who won the trade, the Lakers did short term but the Pelicans did longterm. The Lakers are guaranteed to make the playoffs next year and possibly get to the Western Conference Finals with LeBron and AD. The Pelicans should also make the playoffs next year between the the new young talent they’re getting via trade and the draft as well.

This will mark the second time in two years AD will be paired with another All Star. DeMarcus Cousins played with AD two years ago before suffering a season-ending injury. Cousins elected to sign with the Warriors during the last offseason. He came in big during the NBA Finals and more so after Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both went down to injuries. The Raptors went on to beat the Warriors in 6 games but the Warriors are still favorites to return to the NBA Finals again because of the depth of the talent on their team.

This will also be the third time LeBron James has paired with another All Star level talent. He won a title the last two instances he paired with at least one other All Star. He won two titles with Dwayne Wade (and Chris Bosh) in Miami before winning a title alongside Kyrie Irving (and Kevin Love) in Cleveland. It would be fair to assume LeBron will win a title with the Lakers in the next two or three years or at least play for one in the NBA Finals.

According to reports, the Lakers are looking to get Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets. Easier said than done given he has indicated he plans to stay on with the Hornets.

 

Note: Anthony Davis’ Lakers’ Jersey number not yet known. He rocked #23 with the Pelicans but since LeBron James is using that number, presumably his will be different.

 

 

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Speaking of Kyrie Irving.

According to multiple reports, Irving plans to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in Free Agency. Irving came to the Celtics via trade two years ago in a deal that saw the departure of Isaiah Thomas, who reached All Star status with the Celtics. Irving had season-ending knee surgery near the end of last season and saw the Celtics nearly reach the playoffs without him and fellow former All Star Gordon Hayward, who suffered a nasty leg injury in last season’s opening game.

The Celtics started this past season with everyone healthy but despite having what everyone considered the best starting lineup to challenge the Golden State Warriors–Irving, Jaylen Brown, Hayward, Al Horford and Jayson Tatum–the team struggled out of the gate. It wasn’t a lack of skill but they were unable to figure out playing together to win games. Ultimately, Brown and Hayward were swapped with Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris and things started to improve. The team finished the season 4th in the East, swept the Pacers out of playoffs and lost to the Bucks in the Second Round of the playoffs.

Shortly after the AD Trade was announced, the Celtics revealed they were not willing to include Tatum in a deal for Davis. With Irving also on his way out, it would be fair to say Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will now be the face of the Celtics. No doubt one or both could make the All Star team next season. Attention is now on veteran big man Al Horford, who could opt out of playing the final year of his contract with the Celtics this offseason. It’s a question of weather or not he would be willing to give the young talent one more chance at a playoff run. Horford was pivotal in the Celtics nearly making the NBA Finals two years ago vs. LeBron and the Cavs. I think he would weather the Celtics could get a big Free Agent or not. Next year will be a question of weather or not he agrees to sign a new contract with the Celtics or not to me personally.

All that said, Free Agency is sure to be real interesting this year!

 

 

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