Report: If Celtics want Davis, they must include Tatum, Smart in any deal

If the Celtics are to deal for Anthony Davis this summer, any trade must include Jayson Tatum, according to a report.

If the Boston Celtics are to make a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis this summer, there are two must-have players the Pelicans will demand, according to Brandon Robinson of Basketball Society.

Per Robinson:

“Celtics have to include Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart,” a source who is in direct contact with the New Orleans Pelicans front office told me via text message.

“Obviously, the next GM will have the most say in that.”

New Orleans fired former general manager Dell Demps after the trade deadline, when the Pelicans decided to hold on to Davis, who has one season left on his contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.

It is well known Davis has long been a target of Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

More Robinson:

“And we have to remember Danny has four first-round draft picks coming up. He has players that can’t even get into the line up. He’s also got contracts he can move like Gordon Hayward. The question is can Kyrie [Irving] last in Boston because Tony Rozier can probably take his spot.”

Though the Los Angeles Lakers failed to swing a deal for Davis by the Feb. 7 trade deadline, there remains a possibility he could join LeBron James in Hollywood this summer, Robinson said.

Per a Pelicans source who spoke on the condition of anonymity via text message:

“Internally, Pels are still interested in Lakers offer. But would love for Lonzo [Ball] to be a part of it. They feel he could thrive alongside [Jrue] Holiday. Fine with [Kyle] Kuzma/[Brandon] Ingram and think they could win with that roster next year.”

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