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Morning sports update: NFL insider explained why the Patriots might wait until 2022 to pursue Jimmy Garoppolo

"I just can’t see Belichick making a big investment (in a pick and in a contract) in a guy who’s missed 23 games in the last three years due to injury."

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Jimmy Garoppolo with the 49ers in 2020. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Celtics defeated the Hornets on Sunday, 116-86. Jayson Tatum matched former Celtic Terry Rozier (now with Charlotte) to post a game-high 22 points.

The Red Sox lost to the Orioles 11-3 on Sunday. It was the first time Boston has started 0-3 at Fenway Park since 1948. Alex Cora’s team faces the Rays tonight at 7:10 p.m.

The Bruins face the Flyers tonight at 7 p.m.

Also on Sunday the Stanford women’s basketball team won the national championship, surviving a last-second shot to defeat Arizona by one point:

Peter King on Jimmy Garoppolo: One of the simmering subplots of the NFL offseason has been the future of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Though he led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in early 2020, circumstances have changed dramatically in the ensuing months.

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First, Garoppolo missed 10 games in the 2020 season, which (whether fairly or not) raised more questions about the 29-year-old’s durability as a long-term starter. The 49ers also recently traded up to get the No. 3 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, all but guaranteeing that San Francisco will select a quarterback.

It adds up to one potential conclusion: Garoppolo may no longer be in 49ers’ coach Kyle Shanahan’s plans beyond the next year or two.

As a result, speculation has increased over whether Garoppolo could potentially reunite with the team that originally drafted him: The Patriots. Still, especially given the 49ers’ reported asking price, the expected outcome of Garoppolo winding up back in New England may not come to pass.

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On Monday morning, another NFL insider voiced skepticism over the Garoppolo-to-the-Patriots rumors. Peter King wrote why he doesn’t necessarily see it happening in his weekly column.

“One more thing: I’m not very bullish on the Patriots making a move for Garoppolo this year,” wrote King. “At all. When Bill Belichick worked under Bill Parcells with the Giants, I know he had to hear Parcells harp on availability being more important than ability, and I just can’t see Belichick making a big investment (in a pick and in a contract) in a guy who’s missed 23 games in the last three years due to injury.

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“Plus, if New England gets a quarterback, somehow, high in this draft, they’d have salary-manageability and a young prospect, and the yearning for Garoppolo goes away,” added King. “If the Patriots don’t get a quarterback this year, I could see them pursue Garoppolo on the cheap in 2022. We’ll see.”

Trivia: The last time the Red Sox were 0-3 at Fenway Park to start a season was 1948. That particular Boston team had two future Hall of Fame players on the roster. One was Ted Williams. Who was the other?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Like Williams, he played for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League before coming to Boston.

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