So you would give up Tatum in a trade for Leonard?That trade isn't able to happen. We would need to add more salary. Probably need to send Yabu too.
Here was the rumor/speculation that I heard:
Celtics get: Leonard. Spurs get: forward Marcus Morris, guard Terry Rozier, forward Jayson Tatum, forward Daniel Theis, 2019 top-eight protected first-round pick (from Boston, via Memphis). So, is that too steep of a price to pay for one of the NBA’s best players? Perhaps, and Leonard is just one year away from free agency. But such a deal would give Boston a starting lineup of Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford. If you ask us, that squad could rival — and even surpass — the Golden State Warriors’ star-studded unit.
Read more at: https://nesn.com/2018/04/should-celtics-offer-this-hypothetical-trade-for-spurs-kawhi-leonard/
4 players and a Memphis protected pick for Leonard? Would you really do this trade?
Tatum, Rozier, Morris, Theis and Yabusele plus a pick or picks
No way. Too much.If I could trade just Tatum and picks, I woukd do it but given we would need to shred the roster and rotation to get him, I would pass.
so you wouldn't want to give up Tatum and the 3rd PG, the 4th swing, the 4th big man, and a guy who spent most of the year in the GLeague for Leonard. That seems a bit strange to me.
So post-trade, you'd have a starting 5 of Irving, Hayward, Leonard, Horford, Baynes. The team would have Smart, Brown, and Monroe as the first 3 off the bench. It would still have its own 2018 1st, Larkin, Semi, Nader, and Bird/Allen, plus whatever free agents could be added for the deeper bench.
I just don't get why all of the deep bench players would somehow be a deal breaker. I like Tatum, but if Tatum is even 90% the player Leonard is, he would be a huge homerun and the odds of that happening are small. Leonard also fits the Irving/Hayward/Horford timeline so much better, that the team has to make that trade.