Jayson Tatum shock swap
The Boston Celtics could use Jayson Tatum and a first-round pick to land Devin Booker this summer.
That’s the shock scenario drawn up by Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes, who believes the Celtics may consider it if Kyrie Irving departs for the New York Knicks.
Tatum remains one of the most talented young players in the league and a key member of the Celtics line-up.
But if Irving leaves as a free agent, that may change their plans in trading for Anthony Davis.
“In this scenario, Booker joins the Celtics in advance of Kyrie Irving’s departure for the New York Knicks, forming a new starting five of Marcus Smart, Booker, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford (who’d have to pick up his $30.1 million player option to stick around),” he wrote.
“That’s an intriguing first unit. Boston would be selling low on Tatum, but shot creation would be a high priority if we’re assuming Irving is gone.
“And as much promise as Tatum has shown, Booker has already delivered huge numbers with better efficiency.
“Plus, the guard is only a year older than the forward.”
Joel Embiid for Anthony Davis
The Philadelphia 76ers should get rid of Joel Embiid if it means they have an opportunity at trading for Anthony Davis, according to Max Kellerman
Reports emerged last week that Philadelphia GM Elton Brand considered trading Ben Simmons, but they were swiftly shut down by the organisation.
However, it opened up the question on who Philadelphia would consider moving if it meant bringing in another superstar.
And Kellerman believes Embiid would be the player the 76ers should consider trading.
“Primarily, it’s because of Embiid’s back, his health… There’s been injury concerns about him since he was in college, which is why he went third overall,” he said on First Take.
“Embiid is also about to get paid so Embiid is not going to be a deal for much longer.
“Anthony Davis, in spite of the injury history…, he’s had a long career of 60 games or more every year.
“He’s played about as well as anyone we’ve ever seen and here’s the kicker – he’s 26 years old. He’s still young.
“I love Embiid but if I have a chance to trade him for Embiid then I’m doing it.”
Knicks to trade Zion pick
The New York Knicks could consider trading their 2019 draft pick this year, even if they had a chance at Zion Williamson.
That’s the suggestion for Knicks GM Scott Perry, who has seemingly opened the door to other teams to get on the phone once their lottery pick is revealed.
“Once the draft process plays out, your phone rings a lot of times,” Perry told Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“I can’t sit here and tell you exactly what would happen in that scenario.”
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