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Report: Celtics offered ‘most of best picks’ for Kawhi


Even though the Celtics weren’t willing to part with any of their top five players in a trade for Kawhi Leonard, they apparently were willing to send value — and lots of it — to San Antonio.

Zach Lowe of ESPN, on a podcast with Michael C. Wright, the Celtics offered “most of their best draft picks” to San Antonio in a trade for Kawhi Leonard. On Yahoo! Sports, Dan Feldman laid out the picks (besides their own) held by the C’s:

  • Higher of the Kings’ and 76ers’ in 2019 – unless it’s No. 1, in which case Boston would get the lower of the two picks
  • Grizzlies’ top-eight-protected in 2019, top-six-protected in 2020 or unprotected in 2021
  • Clippers’ lottery-protected in 2019 and 2020 – though if not conveyed either of those years, it becomes the Clippers’ 2022 second-rounder

(The Sacramento pick could get the Celts back into the top five of next year’s draft.)

The Spurs, of course, went in another direction:

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Jayson Tatum’s admiration for Kobe Bryant is well-documented.

In May, Tatum was the subject of Bryant’s ESPN+ show “Detail,” in which the Lakers legend broke down aspects of Tatum’s game and suggested how he could improve. Tatum raved about having his childhood idol critique his play.

“That was really cool for me. Growing up, [Bryant] was my favorite player. That was really a special moment for me.” … “I’ve probably watched [the video] like 25 times already. It’s very helpful information that I can take with me.”

Today, Tatum got the chance to get up close and personal with Bryant. The Celtics phenom posted photos on Instagram of him and Kobe getting a workout in, with a motivational caption that reads, “How much does it mean to you – @kobebryant.”

The rest of the league should be afraid… very afraid.

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