Tatum said that after his workout for Philadelphia, the 76ers told him they intended to select him with the third pick. He flew to Phoenix anyway to meet with the Suns, and he was enchanted by the warm weather and easygoing lifestyle. Maybe Phoenix was where he belonged, he thought. But while he was there, Krzyzewski called. “I just talked to Brad Stevens,” Krzyzewski told him. “I think they might trade their pick. I think you should go to Boston for a workout.”
Tatum was exhausted from the process. He didn’t want to fly to Boston for a second workout for a trade that might not even happen. But the Celtics were moving quickly. “Danny [Ainge] and I were talking many times a day about how to approach the Philly trade negotiations,” said Zarren, the assistant general manager. “And when it became clear during that time that we were taking Jayson No. 1 anyway, it made the trade discussions much easier.”
During a recent podcast, several media members discussed whether the Wizards should reassemble their roster in the offseason. They pointed to an example of what the Los Angeles Clippers did in the past year, trading Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst mentioned that Los Angeles would be able to pursue Beal in a potential deal.
Brian Windhorst: “If they made Bradley Beal available, I mean this is a guy with three years left on his contract, you would have multiple aggressive bids … You know what team that would be interesting for Bradley Beal would be the Clippers. They have two lottery picks. They’re in the need of a star.”
If Kawhi Leonard is really unhappy on the Spurs and wants out, Clippers star Patrick Beverley says they’d LOVE him in L.A., telling TMZ Sports getting Kawhi would be like “Hitting the lottery.” […] “We’d hit the lottery with that, but those decisions aren’t up to me!”
Joe Freeman: This is a tired debate, IMO. Important people have made it clear to me that McCollum isn’t going anywhere. (http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2018/02/portland_trail_blazers_brace_for_nba_trade_deadlin.html) And I can assure you Lillard isn’t going anywhere. It’s incumbent on the front office to put the right players around them.