Morning sports update: Patriots reportedly waiting for Tom Brady in potential contract negotiation

"In essence, the next step is Brady conveying what he wants in a new deal from the Patriots, not the other way around."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs onto the field before a game in 2019. Paul Sancya/AP Photo

The Celtics lost to the Thunder on Sunday, 105-104. Gordon Hayward led Boston with 24 points.

Both the Bruins and Celtics resume tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Bruins will be in Philadelphia to play the Flyers, while the Celtics will play the Pacers in Indiana.

The latest on Tom Brady and the Patriots: New England fans continue to await the decision from Tom Brady on where he intends to play next season.

An interesting tidbit of information to consider is that a potential return to the Patriots appears to depend on Brady himself, and less the team.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the context of Brady’s negotiation with the team last August offers a clue:


“In essence,” Yates wrote, “the next step is Brady conveying what he wants in a new deal from the Patriots, not the other way around.”

Trivia: Can you name this Patriots player based on his career resume:

  • He was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft.
  • He caught touchdowns in seven consecutive NFL playoff games.
  • Urban Meyer was his position coach in college.

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Chris Paul had a conversation fan sitting courtside after he heard the fan yell something at him during Sunday’s game at TD Garden:

Though the Red Claws lost, it was another great game from Tacko Fall: The 7-foot-6 center was one block away from a triple-double, totaling 16 points, 14 rebounds, and nine blocks.

Julie Ertz’s late goal gave the U.S. a 1-0 win over Spain in the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday:

On this day: In 1988, the Celtics defeated the Spurs in a back-and-forth game that ended 119-118. Larry Bird led the way with 36 points and 13 rebounds.

Yet what made the game notable was that Boston set a new record for 3-point attempts, with 22. The Celtics managed to only hit six of those attempts, seemingly a display of the limitations of outside shooting.


Skepticism of the 3-point shot had persisted through the first decade that the shot was legal in the NBA (it was originally instituted in 1979). By 1988, NBA teams were averaging just 410 3-point attempts across the entire season (five per game).

Since then, the league’s journey in shooting threes has not been a linear one, but has ultimately progressed upward. In the 2019-2020 season, for example, James Harden of the Houston Rockets has already attempted more 3-pointers than the 1987-1988 Celtics did as a team.

Daily highlight: LAFC forward Carlos Vela bent his free kick around the wall and into the net to help his team achieve a 3-3 draw on Sunday.

Trivia answer: David Givens


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