BOSTON Teams

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots placing longshot OL Andrew Jelks (Vanderbilt) on the reserve/retired list Friday, it opens a spot on the team's 90-man roster. The Patriots would ideally like to have three full offensive-line units for camp, so filling the open spot with an offensive lineman would be the best-case scenario for them. There are currently 13 offensive linemen on the roster, although not all are 100 percent healthy.

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Hayward still fan of esports, not yet investor

NBA All-Star forward Gordon Hayward said on Thursday that although he's considered investing in esports in the past four to five years, given the growth of the industry he feels it's "over [his] head."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Several opposing executives say the Toronto Raptors remain motivated to shed salary via trade following the Kawhi Leonard deal earlier this week.

Golic Jr. not surprised by Harrison's coaching comments (1:07)
Jefferson: Most successful coaches are serious people (1:03)
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Hayward: Celtics confident in post-LeBron East

Gordon Hayward said the East is still a tough conference after the departure of LeBron James and arrival of Kawhi Leonard, but he expressed confidence that the Celtics have "everything we need to make the run at the whole thing."

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Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward talks about how his fellow NBA players have adopted esports and gaming in the past few years. Hayward, who has a long-tenured relationship with League of Legends, is promoting Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at an Xfinity event in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In June, the Fortnite Pro-Am at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles featured six NBA players; Hayward said he was supposed to participate but could not as a result of a second surgery to his leg, which he broke in October in the Celtics' opening game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward discusses how the Kawhi Leonard trade to the Toronto Raptors affects his team's Eastern Conference opponent. Hayward, a large proponent of esports, is appearing at the Xfinity store in Cambridge, Massachusetts to promote Xfinity and its partnership with Call of Duty Black Ops 4.

Who Will Win The East?

Michael Smith and the national panel debate if the Raptors or the Celtics have a better shot at winning the east, discuss the Angels' statement after Manfred's comments on Mike Trout, Tiger Woods' even par in round 1 and much more.

Elhassan: Celtics' identity embodied by in Smart (1:26)
Marcus Smart's deal shows Celtics commitment to winning (0:49)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Certainly a win for Boston and Marcus Smart on the four year commitment from both sides. Smart fits both on and off the court for Boston and the Celtics retain a valuable player (trade asset) for the future. Boston is now in the luxury tax for the first time since 2012-13 with a projected payroll (could increase based on how the Celtics structure the contract) of $128M and a current tax bill of $5.8M. Boston now has 14 guaranteed contacts and have a August 1 decision to guarantee Abdel Nader. The former second-round pick has $450K guaranteed that will increase to full ($1.4M) if he is not waived. The Celtics will be faced with looming financial decisions next July with the free agency of Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris and restricted free agent Terry Rozier. Jaylen Brown will also be eligible for a rookie extension next off-season.