Danny Ainge on D&H with Keefe: ‘Not looking to trade Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown’
The Celtics have held the No. 3 overall pick in back-to-back seasons, the first by lottery and the most recent by their own choosing via trade with the Sixers. Both times, the Celtics have nabbed a small forward, with California’s Jaylen Brown in 2016, and Duke standout Jayson Tatum selected in last night’s NBA Draft at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Brown, who got his feet wet as a roleplayer for the Celtics this past season, with 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17:14 minutes of action per game as a rookie, is known as an athletic project that could turn into a monster at the NBA level if and when his shot comes along with the rest of his game. Tatum, meanwhile, was considered perhaps the best pure shooter that the draft’s Big Four — with Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and Tatum considered the best of this class — had to offer.
But both are also found behind de facto starter Jae Crowder on the C’s depth chart.
And yet, despite his reputation as a notorious trader, and with his team inching closer towards championship contention, Celtics president Danny Ainge does not view their selections as simple steps of a greater plan to use them as chips in a future deal.
“I’m certainly not looking or anticipating [trading them] happening,” Ainge told Dale & Holley with Keefe. “But of course, when you’re in a business of basketball, and I think it’s important for young players to understand and appreciate where they are in the league and so forth and understand the business side of the game.”
With a great number of trade targets that have been presented to the Celtics over the last two years — be it Jimmy Butler, Kristaps Porzingis, or Paul George — there’s no doubt that the Celtics have had their opportunities to move either the player in Brown and/or the pick that became Tatum. It’s believed that the Knicks wanted both Brown and the No. 3 overall pick in a potential deal for Porzingis (although most executives believe that the Knicks were simply bluffing this entire time and never really wanted to move the 7-foot-3 big man), and Brown was long connected as a piece Chicago would have wanted included in a deal for the Butler before his (merciful) trade to the T’Wolves.
Ainge stressed the importance of young players simply understanding such situations.
“We do know that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been traded,” Ainge said. “Some of the greatest players that have ever played the game of basketball have been traded. So certainly there’s a price, and we all can be replaced. And I think that’s healthy way to feel opposed to being above the team, the organization, or the league.”
But in the now, with the C’s thrilled with landing Tatum and the promise Brown showed with an increased role in the playoffs, involving either one of these promising prospects in a deal does not appear to be in the cards for the Celtics.
“I don’t anticipate [trading them], and I’m not looking to do that,” Ainge concluded.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog