Celtics refused to include Tatum in a possible trade for Davis

Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum averaged better than 15 points a game last season.

The Boston Celtics refused to include Jayson Tatum in any trade offer for Anthony Davis, opening the door for a trade of the New Orleans Pelicans star to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Davis was traded to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks, including the fourth overall pick this year, as first relayed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics were heavily involved in talks for Davis, and supposedly were willing to include their first three first-rounders this year, including the No. 14 overall.

This despite the fact Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told Sports Illustrated that Davis would not re-sign with the Celtics after the season. Davis will be an unrestricted free agent in July 2020 and Paul said he will not sign an extension regardless of where he’s traded.

As for the Celtics, there is growing belief around the league they will lose free agent point guard Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets in free agency.

If so, Tatum will be a key building block on a team that reached the Eastern Conference finals two years ago, while Irving was injured. With Tatum still in the fold, that unit will likely return intact.

The Celtics may still be looking to trade at least two of their three first-rounders.

Tatum was the No. 3 pick in the 20017 draft and averaged 15.7 points and 6.0 rebounds last season.