The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to pry Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum away from the Boston Celtics as they seek additional compensation for Kyrie Irving.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cleveland Cavaliers will inquire about two of the Boston Celtics’ young guns, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, as they try to receive additional compensation for Kyrie Irving amidst growing concern over Isaiah Thomas’ hip.
“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, Wojnarowski said. 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.”
With Thomas nearing 30-years-old, on the final season of his contract and recovering from a serious injury, it would be in the Celtics’ best interest to move Thomas. That’s especially true if they’re receiving Irving, a MVP-level talent, in return.
The Celtics, who have already offered Thomas, Jae Crowder and the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick in 2018, are perceived to have given up a king’s ransom for a player who was once the crowned prince of Cleveland. Adding in Brown or Tatum to appease the Cavs would seem like overkill and the idea that the Celtics would resist adding in a sweetener is sensible.
However, the big, looming question is if the Celtics want the young, superstar talent in Irving or to have to deal with the contract demands of Thomas at the end of the season? While they may not admit it publicly, considering the concerns that they’ll have about his age and health, probably not.
That’s the factor the Cavs will have to bank on when trying to pry Brown or Tatum from the Celtics. Both are promising young wings who could be the face of a franchise one day.
Brown, an athletic wing with confidence and potential to be a two-way player, averaged 8.6 points per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three-point range after the All-Star Break. For a rookie, those numbers weren’t bad.