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Celtics put first-round picks on trade block

Field Level Media

June 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm.

Peers are not surprised to hear Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge is ready to deal.

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.

Ainge 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’s reportedly interested in playing in New York with either the Knicks or Brooklyn Nets.

Ainge has been rumored 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 center from the New Orleans Pelicans.

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

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