Cavs shooting for moon as extra trade compensation from Celtics
The Cavaliers are apparently aiming highÂ in their request forÂ additional compensation from the CelticsÂ in the Kyrie Irving to Boston trade, according to the latest report for ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.Â
In a four-for-one trade that’s been delayed due to the Cavs’ concerns with Isaiah Thomas’ hip following his physical in Cleveland late last week, the Cavaliers have set their sights on one of the C’s two recent top picks, be it 2016 No. 3 overallÂ pick Jaylen Brown or 2017 No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum, as the final piece to complete what would then become a 5-for-1 swap.Â
â€œCleveland is going to try to inquire about a couple of the Celticsâ€™ young players –Â Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, who they tried to get in the originalÂ tradeÂ — [but] that is very unlikely,â€�Â Wojnarowski said in a Sportscenter spot on Sunday night. â€œBut Boston still has a war chest of future first-round picks of their own, and some picks they control from other teams, and Cleveland is going to try to get one more of those to finalize this deal.”
Brown and Tatum are obviously not going anywhere, and Celtics president Danny Ainge will probably hang up the phone the second Cavs GM Koby Altman asks for one of them.
As Wojnarowski noted, the Celtics do still possess a ton of draft picks, even after moving the 2018 Brooklyn pick in this deal.Â
The Celtics own their own 2018 first-round pick, and potentially the Lakers’ first-round pick should that pick fall between No. 2 and No. 5Â overall. In 2019, they own their own first-round pick, a Grizzlies first-round pick should it fall out of the top eight, a Clippers first-round pick if it falls out of the top 14, and the 76ers/Kings first-round pick (both top-1 protected) if the Lakers pick does not convert in 2018. The Celtics also own the Clippers’ and Grizzlies’ first-round picks in 2020 should they not be conveyed in 2019, in addition to owning their natural first-round selection.Â
“Boston is resisting, and will initially at least, resist this idea,â€� Wojnarowski acknowledged. â€œBoston believes that it was completely transparent with Cleveland about where Thomas was physically, his rehab. Clevelandâ€™s version of this is that they didnâ€™t realize how long Thomas could potentially be out this season.”
According to The Verical’s Chris Mannix, the Celtics have ‘drawn a line in the sand’ and will offer no more than a second-round pick to the Cavaliers to complete the deal.
The Celtics and Cavaliers have at least three days to work this trade — which currently features the C’s sending Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn first-round pick in 2018 in exchange for the 25-year-old IrvingÂ –Â out, but can extend the deadline should they mutally agree on an extension.Â
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Source: GreenStreet Blog