The Cleveland Cavaliers will ask for Boston Celtics second-year forward Jaylen Brown or rookie forward Jayson Tatum as part of the ongoing trade talks centered on All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, according to a new report from ESPN.
Boston has already offered point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, rookie center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 pick in return. However, a hip injury suffered by Thomas in May is apparently worse than the Cavs initially suspected.
The Cavs and Celtics are now revisiting talks in an effort to complete the trade.
“Now, Cleveland is going to try to inquire about a couple of the Celtics’ young players, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, who they tried to get in the original trade, that is very unlikely,” NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said during an appearance on SportsCenter. “But Boston still has a war chest of future first-round picks of their own, and some picks they control from other teams, and Cleveland is going to try to get one more of those to finalize this deal.”
As reported on Amico Hoops, the Cavs’ preference is to find a satisfactory conclusion to the deal, but will veto the trade if it’s not tweaked to their liking.
“Boston is resisting, and will initially at least, resist this idea,” Wojnarowski said. “Boston believes that it was completely transparent with Cleveland about where Thomas was physically, his rehab. Cleveland’s version of this is that they didn’t realize how long Thomas could potentially be out this season, he’s in the final year of his contract, and obviously, that matches up with what will likely be the final year of LeBron James’ current deal, and so there’s going to be a showdown between these two teams that may last a couple more days.”
In the event talks break off, the Cavs and Celtics will continue to seek trades centered on Irving and Thomas, respectively, sources told Amico Hoops.
Brown averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in his first season. Tatum was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick in June.