The Lakers and Pelicans agreed to a trade for Anthony Davis Saturday, sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first round picks, including the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft to New Orleans.
The Celtics were considered major players in those trade discussions, but after the deal was announced, Marc Stein reported that the Celtics refused to include Jayson Tatum in trade negotiations with the Pelicans.
The Boston Celtics refused to make Jayson Tatum available in trade talks with New Orleans, league sources say, putting the Lakers in prime position to strike the deal that teams Anthony Davis with LeBron James— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 15, 2019
Davis' interest in playing in Boston long term was always questionable. Rich Paul, who represents Davis, said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that if the Celtics traded for him, it would only be for one year before he presumably left in free agency next summer.
Couple that with the eroding belief in Kyrie Irving re-signing with the Celtics, sending Tatum to the Pelicans was too big a risk for Danny Ainge and the Celtics' brass.
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