Celtics Notes: Memphis Pick, Brown, Poirier, Walker

The Grizzlies‘ first-rounder that the Celtics own is a volatile asset heading into this year’s trade deadline, Sean Deveney writes for Forbes. The pick is top-six protected and becomes unprotected in 2021 if it doesn’t convey this year. Memphis is currently eighth in the West, but only three-and-a-half games ahead of the 14th-place Pelicans.

“(The Celtics) have been active in terms of seeing what is out there,” a general manager told Deveney. “I don’t think they want to sit on their hands. I am not sure how much they can realistically get done, though, because the Memphis pick is such a wild card. They can’t do anything significant unless they move that pick.”

Deveney identifies the WizardsDavis Bertans and the Timberwolves‘ Robert Covington as possible trade targets. He states that Bertans is probably available for the Memphis pick, along with Enes Kanter and Semi Ojeleye. However, Bertans is entering free agency and Boston probably can’t afford to re-sign him with Jayson Tatum due for an extension. Covington is under contract for two more seasons and Deveney suggests the Celtics could get him for Kanter, Daniel Theis and the Bucks‘ 2020 first-rounder, allowing them to keep the Grizzlies’ pick.

There’s more out of Boston:

  • Jaylen Brown doesn’t believe Brandon Ingram was referring to him when he talked about being surprised that certain players received rookie scale extensions, relays Tom Westerholm of MassLive. “When we talked about the extension, of course, I’m human,” Ingram said in a recent interview with ESPN’s Andrew Lopez. “When I look at other guys, I’m like, ‘This (expletive) got an extension? Oh my god. Man, we can lace up right now and play one-on-one to 15 and this (expletive) won’t score.’ That’s how I looked at it as a competitor.” Asked about the comments after last night’s game against the Pelicans, Brown, who received a four-year, $115MM extension, responded, “I don’t feel any type of way, because I don’t feel like they apply to me.”
  • Vincent Poirier could soon provide some depth at center, coach Brad Stevens tells Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. Poirier is nearing a return after being sidelined since December 17 with a broken finger.
  • The Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak last night, but the recent downturn wasn’t alarming for Kemba Walker, who brings an outsider’s perspective after his years with the Hornets, writes John Karalis of MassLive. “I’ve lost so many more than three games in a row throughout the course of my career,” Walker said. “Plenty of times, so this is nothing to me personally. It’s just about getting back on track at this point.”
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10 thoughts on “Celtics Notes: Memphis Pick, Brown, Poirier, Walker

  1. Of course Ingram was talking about hield.

    PS for picks isn’t west or East.
    It’s really hard Memphis will go into last #6, so Memphis take a ticket for the lottery, if goes bas it’s boston

  2. Theis and kanter for covington? Are you smoking crack? The twolves have no need for them and could receive a way better package.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      They will have multiple teams competing for Covington. He could be the most sought after player before the trade deadline.

    • steve

      Good point, Covington could easily fetch more. As a Celtics fan my immediate reaction was similar but more along the lines of “uhhhh whose gonna play the 5? Needed a big so trade two of your top bigs (lolols) for a wing? Makes sense.”. I get having a take for fillers sake but issssss outlandish to the point of mockery

    • x%sure

      “Boston would have to give up Theis and Kanter to get [Covington], hollowing out their middle. The Celtics [would include the Milwaukee pick] not the Memphis pick in a deal…”

      The writer steadily said no trade was likely and I think provided a Boston perspective on why. Not sure if Forbes has that imbalance.

  3. Jim Bernstein

    Absolutely right! Why wouldn’t the Wolves insist on the Memphis which could wind up a lottery pick and is a near certainty to be a better pick that the Bucks pick; we can be pretty certain that the Bucks pick will be very late in the first round. Kanter and Theis have no value for the Wolves. Amazing how often these trade scenarios involve giving one team spare parts while getting back a high value player.

  4. Curtisrowe

    It’s just some guy from Forbes saying Theis, Kanter and the Milwaukee pick for Covington.

    Writers have to come up with stuff to write or they don’t get paid. If you get your basketball news from Forbes you probably read The Ringer to find out about mutual funds.

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    Aldridge is the player Celts need. He fits perfectly. Their window is now. With him they contend the next 3 yrs. Is signed thru next yr. After then can sign for a lot less. Can probably work out multi player deal. Where they can keep Memphis pick. Give up their pick. They can co small with him in middle. Or go big with him and Kanter. I would definitely explore Aldridge.

  6. Tazza

    Why don’t Boston trade Romeo Langford for Mo Bamba.

    Celtics get a big thats got really high potential and Orlando get a back up SG with good potential.

    Then Orlando have a young core of Fultz Langford and Issacs which seem to fit better with Vuce and it’s other current players

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