--Says Pelicans realize AD is likely going to walk in FA and that AD has told them that. Apparently Pelicans and Celtics had "real serious talks" about AD last summer. They weren't close to a trade but groundwork was laid. Says Demps trading AD is more likely with the injury to Cousins because he thinks Cousins will leave and the Holiday contract is bad, so he might have no choice as the team realizes it can't win. Says the difference in situations between the Cousins trade and possible AD trade is that the Kings had been considering moving DeMarcus for years, but the Pelicans have only been seriously considering moving AD for a shorter time period. Also not moving AD would be cap hell for them with all the bad contracts.
--Celtics will try to hold on to Tatum in a trade if they can. Says a lot of people around the league think Jaylen could be Jimmy Butler eventually so his value is high. Also says along with the Lakers/Kings pick, the Memphis pick has a ton of value league-wide as well.
--Says if the Pelicans don't move AD this summer, the return for AD will be significantly less, kind of like PG13.
--Says that the Celtics felt Monroe was the most realistic target and that they wanted Tyreke, but at the right price. Says the offer of Yabusele and 2 seconds never occurred, it was Larkin/Nader and 2 seconds. Also, one of the second-rounders would be heavily protected. However, says the guy Memphis wanted all along was Marcus Smart, and Danny would never do that swap straight-up.
--Says Celtics wanted good player(s) and a first for Smart.
--Says he's heard the AD situation could be like the Cousins one, no one thought they'd trade Cousins after building their new arena, and then he was moved. Says Dell Demps will likely be fired, which could trigger a lot of roster moves, including AD. Of course, says their first choice is to re-sign Cousins if Demps stays, and Demps will not want to move AD, but he might have to.
--Heard people around the league think Cousins will never be the same player after the injury. Says it could help Pelicans keep him, hears LA and even Houston make sense and will likely pursue him