Brian Robb bearish on Celtics landing Myles Turner, Damontis Sabonis, Caris LeVert, or T.J. Warren

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MassLive’s Brian Robb isn’t seeing a path to the Boston Celtics and the Pacers coming to terms on any of the players Indiana is putting on the trade block.

Indy is rallying in the wake of that news, perhaps aiming to right the ship internally as opposed to embracing a rebuild. Whether or not that is the best thing for the franchise’s long-term health is irrelevant.

This sort of inspired run, defiant of all media narratives of where this team should go in the future, might actually be more beneficial. Rick Carlisle’s stock would rise and the group will have overcome adversity and strengthened its closeness for when the games get tighter in the playoffs…something they may not be far from qualifying for.

Of course, this current core’s run is very much on its last legs. Forget the group staying together if they can’t get over their win-less postseason series hump since 2014.

But it may not be time to write them off together. And it very much sounds like the Boston Celtics won’t be a team in the hunt for what the Pacers have to offer at this time.

Robb absolutely sees no way that Turner finally makes his way to Boston at this point, citing a lack of potential rotational synergy with the C’s current big men:

"We know the Celtics front office isn’t very high on Myles Turner after the Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade talks years ago. With Robert Williams signed long-term, it’s hard to see them giving anything of value for Turner to share those minutes with Al Horford also under contract."

The wing pair of Caris LeVert and T.J. Warren also doesn’t seem to make sense to MassLive’s Boston Celtics reporter:

"Caris LeVert and T.J. Warren are big injury question marks at positions that already have logjams for this Celtics group."

Finally, there is Domantas Sabonis. Undoubtedly he is the most attractive Indiana apple to the eyes of Celtics fans.

Due to his All-Star status–he appears likely for a third straight appearance, especially if the Pacers right the ship–he will probably cost the most. Nekias Duncan believes that conversation starts with Marcus Smart and Robert Williams.

It may require even more than that on Indy’s end.

Due to all of these factors, it appears unlikely that President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens will pull the trigger on a deal:

"The problem for Boston? I’m not sure he’d be worth the trade capital needed to acquire him. Offering up some combination of veteran guards (Marcus Smart, Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson) probably isn’t going to do anything for a Pacers team trying to build. Meanwhile, Boston’s younger prospects don’t have nearly enough value for a guy like Sabonis…"

The Boston Celtics aren’t likely to land Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Caris LeVert, or T.J. Warren from the Indiana Pacers.

The Houdini does expect some moves at the trade deadline. But hoping for anything to go down with the Pacers doesn’t seem like energy well-spent based on Robb’s bearish views on potential deals between the two teams.

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