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Eight people were taken to the hospital and dozens more treated Friday after suffering heat-related illness at the Stafford County Public Schools 2022 convocation.

About 4,300 staff members gathered at 9:30 a.m. in the Fredericksburg National’s stadium where they heard an address from motivational speaker Hamish Brewer (a former Stafford and Prince William schools employee), and watched a presentation from the color guard, cheerleaders and five marching bands.

By 11 a.m., “temperatures rose to unmanageable levels,” the school division said in a news release. Officials immediately stopped the event, an hour before it was scheduled to end.

Eight people were taken to the hospital and about 80 more treated for heat-related illness, the release said.

In planning for the event, organizers provided nearly 12,000 bottles of water.

“As temperatures rose, additional water was purchased and brought to the stadium,” the release said.

None of the students attending the event required medical attention.

Remaining staff were provided lunch on their way to school buses and began departing at 11:30 a.m.

The event was designed to launch the school division’s new five-year strategic plan, “Elevate Stafford.”

“Stafford County Public Schools aims to inspire and empower every student so that they are prepared to excel in life,” the release said. “The goals of this plan are to support meaningful post-secondary outcomes, high expectations for academic performance, safe and welcoming learning environments, and investing in all staff.”

Despite the heat illnesses, school staffers made donations as the convocation ended to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, providing 1,041 meals in the community.

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The Boston Celtics failed to reach an agreement with Grant Williams on a potential contract extension this past summer, meaning the impressive young forward will become a restricted free agent once the current season reaches its conclusion.

However, according to Greg Sylvander of Five Reason Sports, Williams may not be with the Celtics by that point, as both he and the Miami Heat have a ‘mutual interest’ in a potential trade.

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“The Miami Heat have honed in on Grant Williams as a player of interest via trade. There appears to be mutual interest in a potential move at some point this season, per sources. A third team may be needed to facilitate. (The) assumption is (the) Heat would acquire Williams with intent to extend him,” Sylvander reported via Five Reasons Sports ‘Off the floor’ update service. 

Williams is a core member of the Celtics rotation, providing them with exceptional floor spacing and a reliable presence on defense due to his versatility and ability to switch across multiple positions. Over his first 22 games of the season, Williams is averaging 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and two assists per game while shooting 45.8% from deep and 53.4% from the field. 

It’s also worth remembering that due to Williams being a restricted free agent, the Celtics have the ability to match any offer sheet he signs, and as such, Boston is not under pressure to pursue a trade for their fourth year forward.

Boston Drew a Line During Contract Negotiations

On November 14, HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reported that Boston had drawn the line in their contract negotiations with Williams at $12.5 million per year over four years, giving Williams a $50 million dollar deal.

Sources: The Celtics never offered Grant Williams more than $50 million guaranteed over four years during extension talks before the season. More on what rival executives believe it’ll take to pry Williams from Boston on @hoopshype.

— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) November 15, 2022

“During extension talks with Grant Williams, the Celtics never offered more than $50 million guaranteed over four years, league sources told HoopsHype. As I previously reported on HoopsHype, Williams would’ve taken a deal for $14 million annually. There are some around the league that believe an offer around $18 million annually could be too much for Boston to match in restricted free agency,” Scotto wrote.

Williams’ production this season has certainly seen his stock rise around the league, and now, it’s highly likely that he will see a significant increase in the amount of money he’s being offered when he enters restricted free agency in the summer of 2023.

Williams Has Improved His Offensive Game

Last season, we saw Williams become one of the most respectable catch-and-shoot threats in the NBA, with him averaging 41% shooting on 251 attempts during the regular season. 

This year, Williams has added an off-the-dribble game to his offensive arsenal, allowing him to attack close-out and pressure defenses with a floater game – leading him to average 52% from the short mid-range area and 78% within four feet of the rim.

Grant is one of the core members of the Celtics rotation. Is a top-8 guy on a contending roster & has improved his offensive game, again (floater, etc)

I see NO reason why the Celtics would even consider trading him – especially when it would strengthen a direct rival.

— Adam Taylor (@AdamTaylorNBA) December 3, 2022

Given the Tennessee native’s continued improvement on both ends of the floor, it’s highly unlikely Brad Stevens agrees to any deal that would see him go to, and improve, a conference rival – especially one as talented as the Heat, regardless of what the potential trade package looked like, or how many future assets were tied to the deal.

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