The Boston Celtics want to move up in the 2018 NBA Draft, but it doesn’t sound like they are willing to part with arguably their two best trade assets: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
USA Today’s Sam Amick provided an update Thursday on Boston’s pursuit of a top-five draft pick.
The Celtics reportedly are one of the teams interested in acquiring the No. 4 pick from the Memphis Grizzlies, and Boston also reportedly has used Terry Rozier in trade packages aimed to move up in the first round.
If you exclude Brown and Tatum from the Celtics’ list of best trade assets, Rozier and the 2019 Sacramento Kings first-round pick (protected for No. 1 overall) are Boston’s best pieces to swing a deal.
The Celtics would be smart to keep Brown and Tatum off the table in trade talks to move up. Both players have All-Star potential and multiple years remaining on team-friendly rookie contracts.
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