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The Boston Celtics are reportedly looking to get into the Damian Lillard sweepstakes as well.
Of course, fitting his big salary on their books is going to be tricky, considering they just signed Jaylen Brown to a $304 million contract extension and will have to pay even more for Jayson Tatum next offseason, not to mention they also have Kristaps Porzingis.
But big market teams usually find a way to get deals done, and this shouldn’t be the exception to that rule.
With that in mind, NBA insider Kevin O’Connor reported that the Celtics could offer up to four first-round picks and Jordan Walsh, who was viewed as a first-round pick by some scouts, for Lillard (via Dru).
“Boston can trade up to 4 firsts [for Dame]—Jordan Walsh was just an early 2nd round pick that some teams had ranked as a first-rounder, so really like 5 firsts. I don’t think it’s better than what TOR can do. But I do think it’s better than what Miami can do”@KevinOConnorNBA
— Dru (@dru_star) September 26, 2023
Of course, he acknowledges that the Toronto Raptors might be able to top that offer, but he believes that could be enough to take the Miami Heat out of contention.
There have been multiple reports about several teams looking to join the sweepstakes for Lillard, such as the Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, and now, the Boston Celtics.
NBA insider Chris Haynes — who has always stayed close to Lillard — pretty much ruled the Celtics out of contention early in the offseason, stating that Lillard would never want to play there.
Then again, given how tough it’s been for him to force his way out of Portland, he might have no choice but to reconsider his stance.
As of now, just one thing seems certain, and it’s that Lillard is unlikely to be a part of the Trail Blazers by the start of the season.
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