Boston Celtics reportedly active in trade discussions as deadline approaches
From NBA media reports
After watching the Cleveland Cavaliers suffer another big loss Saturday, this time to the Houston Rockets, contenders in the East are believing the time is right to make a move, quite literally.
The Boston Celtics started the process by adding Greg Monroe and might not be done. The trade deadline (Feb. 8) is fast approaching and Boston GM Danny Ainge is going all in — to an extent. It remains to be seen if he’s willing to surrender a No. 1 pick that belongs to the Lakers this summer, but according to reports he’s thinking of everything.
The Celtics currently lead the East with the Toronto Raptors right behind. Here’s Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald with what he’s hearing:
According to two Western Conference sources, the Celts are still in pursuit of Lou Williams and Tyreke Evans. They have had discussions regarding others, but those two appear to be the main targets as the C’s look to add scoring off the bench.
The key in each of these cases is how much will be required to make a deal. The Celts are said to be willing to part with assets, but Ainge seems to be again holding the line on what he believes is proper value.
The strategy has frustrated other clubs and a percentage of the fan base, but it doesn’t appear to be changing.
Memphis has been asking for a first-round pick for Evans, but the Celts haven’t yet been willing to go there. Denver has reportedly offered Emmanuel Mudiay and a second-round pick, and while the C’s could propose something similar, the second -round pick (or picks) they could send would not be very high.
Also, sources say the Celts are being careful with their pursuit of wings. As much as they might be able to gain some level of help at the position, they have told people they do not want to do something that would too greatly impede the progress of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, who, they believe, will be even better by the postseason because of the minutes they have been getting all year.
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