The Celtics, however, did not combine Tatum with enough of their best assets to compete with the Los Angeles Lakers' offer for Davis. The Celtics could have also considered trading Jaylen Brown and the first round pick they are owed from the Memphis Grizzlies.
Boston would have had to include Marcus Smart as salary ballast for Davis.
The Celtics were previously optimistic on their chances of trading for Davis, but his lack of interest in playing for the franchise and the probable departure of Kyrie Irving made that an untenable situation for them to invest in.
Marc Stein of the New York Times previously reported that the Celtics refused to include Tatum. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported that the Celtics "weren't entirely closed to the idea of including Jayson Tatum in the deal, but that there wouldn't have been much else included."
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports the Celtics were willing to offer Tatum or the Memphis pick, but not both to the Pelicans.