Ever since the news that Anthony Davis was being traded to the Lakers dropped Saturday, it has been unclear what Boston had offered, and why it wasn’t enough to score the six-time All Star.
Several reports pointed to the Celtics being unwilling to include Tatum in a proposed trade offer for Davis, yet the latest update says otherwise. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Monday that the Celtics were open to the idea of potentially trading Tatum, though not in conjunction with one other particular asset.
“The Celtics engaged with New Orleans over the course of the past week,” Charania wrote. “They were open to discussing Jayson Tatum and the future Memphis first-round pick but not in the same offer, sources said.”
The Grizzlies pick is top-six protected in 2020, and will become unprotected in 2021. The Celtics received this pick back in 2014, as part of a three-team deal that also included the Pelicans, in which the Grizzlies acquired Jeff Green from the Celtics.
Tatum and the future Memphis first-round pick are considered to be Boston’s two most valuable assets, and Danny Ainge wasn’t willing to include both for Davis.
Similarly, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne had previously reported on Sunday that Tatum, among other young Boston talents, was an option in the Davis trades.
“The Boston Celtics were serious about trading for Davis, as well. They were willing to discuss young, talented players such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, according to sources close to the negotiations,” wrote Shelburne. “But the Celtics were never going to give up as much as the Lakers.”
The Lakers had to pay a hefty price in order to score Davis, including giving the Pelicans Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first round picks, and two pick swaps.
Charania emphasized that even if Boston had been willing to give up valuable assets in order to get Davis, it would’ve only been for one year. The 26-year-old will become a free agent after the 2019-20 season.
“The Celtics had long been a destination possibility for Davis, but Davis and those close to him made it clear that Boston was not a preferred long-term team,” wrote Charania. “Davis had no interest in playing a single game for Boston – negotiating tactic or not.”
Davis’s agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports made this clear last Wednesday when he spoke to S.L. Price.
“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul said. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual (obligations) and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decided to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t Blame Rich Paul.”
But, Boston no longer has to worry about this possibility, because although the Celtics were reportedly open to including Tatum, the team was not willing to give up both the 21-year-old and the future Memphis first-round pick for Davis.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog