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Brown says Celtics should aim for NBA title (0:43)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots had the following players in for free-agent workouts: C Gino Gradkowski; DB Harold Jones-Quartey; G Nate Theaker; and G Earl Watford. Also, the team made a move on its practice squad, re-signing DB Jomal Wiltz and releasing DB Robert Nelson Jr.

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LeBron was 'ready' to give Kyrie the Cavs' keys

For the first time, Cavaliers star LeBron James publicly opened up about Kyrie Irving's trade request, saying Monday that he went through a range of emotions but ultimately understood the new Celtics star guard's request.

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Kyrie on LeBron split: 'It's not anybody else's business' (1:26)
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LeBron calling Kyrie 'kid' no big deal? (1:26)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Bill Belichick: "I have immense respect and admiration for our players, for how they conduct themselves professionally as New England Patriots and for how they represent themselves, their families and community as men. I have coached football for over four decades and one of the greatest things about being in this environment is the diversity of people, backgrounds, viewpoints and relationships we are fortunate to experience. As with any large group of people, there is a variety of perspectives and opinions on many topics. Discussions occur between myself, individual players, groups and the entire team on an ongoing basis. They concern the team and other issues surrounding the team. I am going to keep the specifics of those conversations private. I will do what I feel is best for the team in my role as head coach and collectively, we will work together to find the best way to proceed."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Is there something LeBron James could have done to keep Kyrie Irving in Cleveland? "Even if there are things, it's not anybody else's business," said Irving. "It's really between two men. ... If [a conversation] happens or not, I'm pretty sure you guys won't know about it."

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Thomas on Celtics: 'They know what they had' (1:23)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After a stint in China last season, Guerschon Yabusele ready for his rookie season with the Celtics.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylen Brown is only 20 but he has some mature thoughts on players expressing themselves on social issues. "The President's made some comments and he came at players and teams in the White House ... I think it's unconstitutional to do that, to tell them they don't have the right to speak on whatever they feel like their heart needs to be spoken on. ... I think basketball and athletes have a tremendous opportunity with our platform to do something about it."

ESPN Stats & Info

The importance of 2-1 instead of 1-2

Nine teams that entered Week 3 at 1-1 emerged victorious: the Bills, Eagles, Jaguars, Packers, Patriots, Rams, Redskins, Titans and Vikings. Since the playoff field expanded to 12 in 1990, teams that start 2-1 have reached the playoffs more than twice as often as those that start 1-2.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

A glimpse of a slimmed-down Marcus Smart, who dropped 20 pounds this summer. Teammate Jaylen Brown joked it's odd to see Smart soaring around the gym.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Marcus Smart has lost 20 pounds since last season. Said he did it due to experiencing back problems. Checked in at 223 today.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics second-year swingmanJaylen Brown said it's "unconstitutional" for President Trump to tell athletes they can't exercise their right to express themselves. He said he's spoken with teammates about how the team might respond.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Jayson Tatum said his mom moved into the same building, but staying on different floor. His idea. #mamasboy

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on Kyrie Irving: "I had a ton of emotions ... I wondered if I could have done something (different)"

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on overhauled roster: "In a lot of ways I feel like I took a new job ... I'm looking at our stats and talking to our team about how we want to improve, well, 10 of the guys are going to be looking at me like, ‘I wasn't here last year.'"

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford said he was "blown away" watching Kyrie Irving in practice. Horford: "He's special. ... I don't think people understand how good he is."

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Al Horford on Kyrie: "I don't think people understand how good a player he is, and he's going to showcase it this year."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said forward Marcus Morris will not join the team for training camp until his on-going trial in Arizona concludes.

ESPN Stats & Info

Age is just a number for Tom Brady

On Sunday, Brady become just the second player age 40 or older in NFL history to throw five or more touchdown passes in a game, matching Warren Moon's feat from 20 years ago. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Brad Stevens said Marcus Morris will not be with the team until ongoing trial concludes.