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Boston Celtics put first-round picks on trade block

Thursday 13 June 2019 07:07, UK

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge is ready to deal
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Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge is ready to put all his team's first-round picks up for trade.

Ainge is informing teams hungry for young talent that any and all of the team's first-round picks - No 14, 20 and 22 - can be had via trade, ESPN reported.

He has been a successful wheeler and dealer in and around the draft and stocked Boston's current core with shrewd moves involving first-round picks.

The Celtics are viewed as contenders even as point guard Kyrie Irving's future drifts into limbo in July.

Irving has a player option but is widely expected to enter free agency.

He is reportedly interested in playing in New York with either the Knicks or Brooklyn Nets.

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Anthony Davis records a 48-point game to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a comeback victory over the Dallas Mavericks

Ainge has been rumoured to be in the middle of the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, but it will take much more than the three first-rounders the Celtics hold to pry the All-NBA centre from the New Orleans Pelicans.

The 14th pick could be coveted by the Pelicans depending on what else their vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin, can accumulate in a Davis sell-off.

Jayson Tatum is viewed as the necessary centrepiece in any deal between the Pelicans and Celtics.