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Bradley Beal reportedly a 'prime option' for Celtics; here's a possible trade package

Bradley Beal reportedly a 'prime option' for Celtics; here's a possible trade package

The Boston Celtics missed out on the big kahuna in Anthony Davis. But there are plenty of other fish in the NBA sea for president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to pursue.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal could be a "prime option" for Boston in a potential trade, "particularly if Kyrie Irving leaves" in free agency, The Athletic's Jordan Brenner reported Tuesday.

The two-time All-Star has two years remaining on his five-year deal with Washington and is set to make $27.1 million next season. If the Wizards decide to blow it up this offseason, Beal is their most valuable trade chip with John Wall still recovering from an Achilles injury, and the asset-rich Celtics could make them a tempting offer.

What might that offer entail? Here's Brenner:

One league source suggested that Washington would need to strongly consider an offer of Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and a protected pick for Beal or that Boston could offer Smart, Jaylen Brown and two future first-rounders as an alternative trade.

Beal, who turns 26 later this month, has averaged at least 22 points in each of the last three seasons and is just entering his prime. But would the C's be willing to part with Tatum after he was a reported sticking point in talks surrounding Davis, one of the five best players in the NBA?

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If Boston made that second offer of Smart, Brown and two first-rounders, it would pair two St. Louis natives in Beal and Tatum as the Celtics' young core of the future. Washington has been reluctant to even discuss a Wall or Beal trade in the past, though, and may hold out for more assets.

In any case, the C's appear willing to improve their roster via trade, and they're still in good position to do so with three first-round picks entering Thursday's 2019 NBA Draft.

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NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

Tacko Fall took the Las Vegas Summer League by storm not only with his size, but his ability to impact the game in ways players that big struggle to do consistently at the highest level. 

The Celtics got a front-row seat to Fall's play after signing the big man to an Exhibit 10 contract following the 2019 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.2 points, four rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 77 percent shooting to go along with some eye-popping dunks where he barely left the floor. 

It's up to Boston whether to carry him on the roster next season, and one anonymous Celtics staffer believes Fall is worth an investment, especially if he continues to develop at the rate he has been since the draft. 

The Celtics filled its last roster spot by signing Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed contract this week and have both two-way contract slots occupied by Max Strus and Tremont Waters. 

Boston typically brings in more than 15 players under contract into camp for competition purposes, but the Exhibit 10 contract gives Fall a guaranteed camp invite along with a $50,000 bonus if the Celtics waive him and want to sign him to the Maine Red Claws. 

It's difficult to see what the staffer means exactly by saying he's "worth an investment." But whether it means a full-time roster spot, a two-way deal or the $50,000 bonus to play in Maine all season, it's clear the Celtics want to give the 7-7 big man out of UCF an extended look this year. While Fall has a very long way to go before he can crack an NBA rotation, you can't deny how much fun it is to watch him dwarf the giants of the league. 

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WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

Former Celtics forward and NBC Sports Boston's own Brian Scalabrine showed he still has a little something left over from his playing days during a BIG3 game Sunday. 

Scalabrine found himself guarding former scoring wing Stephen Jackson, and when Jackson went up for a reverse layup on the right side of the rim, Scalabrine was there to send it back. Since BIG3 basketball is played in the half-court, Scal's team quickly turned the play into two points. 

This shouldn't come all that surprising though. Say what you want about Scal's offensive game when he didn't have his jumper going, but the man was always an underrated post defender. 

Given the state of the Celtics frontcourt going into the 2019-20 season, could they use some of Scal's interior presence on the defensive end? Probably not, but that most likely won't stop him from sharing his highlights with Brad Stevens and the Celtics coaching staff. 

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