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NBA rumors: Celtics 'made several strong offers' for Wizards' Davis Bertans

NBA rumors: Celtics 'made several strong offers' for Wizards' Davis Bertans

The Boston Celtics' failure to acquire Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans before Thursday's NBA trade deadline wasn't due to a lack of effort.

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported Thursday the Celtics made a serious attempt to trade for Bertans, but they were turned away by the Wizards.


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The reported asking price for Bertans was two first-round draft picks. The Celtics could have three first-rounders in the 2020 draft (their own, plus picks from the Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks). The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach reports the C's were reluctant to pay that price.

Bertans would've been an ideal trade deadline pickup for the Celtics as a bench scorer who can shoot a high percentage from 3-point range. The 27-year-old forward is averaging 15 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.9 percent on 3-point attempts.

The Celtics didn't make any trade before the deadline, which isn't too surprising given president of basketball operations Danny Ainge's history of midseason moves. Boston could still add players through the buyout market, which they've done several times during Ainge's tenure in charge.

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NBA trade rumors: Should Celtics pay this asking price for Davis Bertans?

NBA trade rumors: Should Celtics pay this asking price for Davis Bertans?

One of the most popular names rumored to be available ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline is Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans, but the price to acquire him is pretty high.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Thursday afternoon that Washington is seeking multiple first-round draft picks for Bertans.

The Celtics have been linked to Bertans in trade rumors for weeks, and his quality outside shooting would address a need for Boston's roster entering the Eastern Conference playoffs. Bertans is averaging 15 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting a very impressive 42.9 percent from 3-point range.

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The asking price is a lot, but the Celtics could make it work. Boston could have three first-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft -- their own, the Memphis Grizzlies' (if it's outside the top six) and the Milwaukee Bucks'. 

The Philadelphia 76ers bolstered their bench with the reported additions of Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III in a trade with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. The Miami Heat reportedly acquired Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala from the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. So some of the Celtics' top rivals in the East are loading up, and it will be interesting to see if Boston does the same.

Bertans would be a stellar acquisition for the Celtics and improve their chances of winning a wide open Eastern Conference.

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NBA Rumors: How Celtics could land Davis Bertans in trade with Wizards

NBA Rumors: How Celtics could land Davis Bertans in trade with Wizards

Danny Ainge said Monday the Boston Celtics won't make a trade just for the sake of doing so.

But the Celtics reportedly have a few players they're interested in acquiring, and Davis Bertans still is among them.

Boston has "strong interest" in the Washington Wizards big man, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported Tuesday.

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The question is how the Celtics could coax Bertans away from the Wizards, who have "rejected overtures" for the 27-year-old Latvian to date, per Mannix.

"Washington has effectively hung up on teams looking to extract Bertans," Mannix wrote, "but Boston could make things interesting if they throw a pick or two into the pot."

The Celtics have three 2020 NBA Draft assets: the Grizzlies' top-six-protected pick (likely to convey this season with Memphis currently eighth in the Western Conference), the Milwaukee Bucks' top-seven-protected pick and their own pick.

Mannix suggests the C's would have to send Washington at least one of those assets to land Bertans, who is making $7 million on the final year of a team-friendly deal.

That's a steep price, as Boston also would have to include a mid-level contract like Daniel Theis or Enes Kanter to make salaries match. But Bertans, who's averaging 15.0 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range, would fill a specific need for a Celtics team that lacks a knockdown shooter off its bench.

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