Boston Celtics: Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis and the dream of dominance

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The Boston Celtics are once again linked  to a premier name in the NBA as Kyrie Irving reportedly spoke with New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis about potentially teaming up in Boston.

Shortly after announcing his confidence and faith with the organization, Kyrie Irving has Boston Celtics fans with a sharp eye on the NBA news world yet again.

It was Thursday evening when Irving stated “I’m planning on re-signing here next season” in front of a Celtics fan crowd at the TD Garden. Now we’ve got yet another rumor on the table with league sources stating the Kyrie Irving and New Orleans Pelican, Anthony Davis talking about a possible team-up in Boston.

This isn’t the first time in which Anthony Davis has been linked to the Celtics in the almighty, everlasting rumor mill of the NBA. Remember back in 2017 the Celtics were reported to be “vigilant” regarding the possibility of Anthony Davis in Celtic green.

However this was all prior to dominant roster which Danny Ainge has put together in the span of just a few seasons. This was before Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, and the man behind the possible plan Kyrie Irving were ever in Boston.

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Perhaps the summer abandonment of DaMarcus Cousins to Golden State will trigger Davis to counter act?

Couldn’t blame him with LeBron in the West now and Bouggie joining forces with the leagues most intimidating offense.

Another former teammate, Rajon Rondo did the same in bailing out of Nola for LA. That’s just the modern-day state of the NBA and it leaves Anthony Davis himself in the middle of an odd quandary. Does Davis also take action and join forces as many have in chase of adding a Larry O’Brien trophy to his resume?

Let’s take a further look into Davis’ current situation in New Orleans.

As of right now, Anthony Davis is locked down under contract for the next three seasons (through 2021) before he hits the free agent market. He’s also set to earn roughly $25,434,263 of annual salary within the next three years.

Making the money work

Obviously, from a financial standpoint, Boston would have to maneuver guys around the trade market in order to make room to welcome Davis. The Celtics have one year of commitment remaining with Al Horford in which he’s set to earn $30,123,015, three more with Hayward ($63,914,985), and one left with Irving ($28,928,710).

Yet, from New Orleans view, they certainly should consider shopping Davis, having already lost Cousins to Golden State for nothing in return whatsoever.

Asset wise, it no debate that Boston and Danny Ainge can be the suitor to get Anthony Davis out of Nola.

Last season, Davis averaged 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, and shot 53.4 percent from the field in 75 games played with New Orleans. Those numbers increased when Davis took the floor in the playoffs without DeMarcus Cousins by his side.

Davis went for 30.1 points and 13.4 rebounds per 9 playoff games. He’s also played some his best basketball when going against the Celtics. In 11 career meetings with Boston, Davis has tallied up 27.4 points and 12.4 rebounds. That’s tied for his highest rebounding split against any league opponent while his 27-plus is fourth highest in his career.

Just imagine adding this absolute scoring/rebounding machine who’s already proved himself in the spotlight and oh yeah… is only 25 years old! To a team already favorited by many to represent the Eastern Conference in June’s NBA Finals. That’s regardless of whether or not Anthony Davis walks out that TD Garden tunnel in green next season.

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Perhaps Irving will serve as Danny Ainge’s trade partner in the ploy to lure Anthony Davis to Boston? Can’t rule anything out when it comes to breaking down what’s on the mind of Danny Ainge prior to the season’s start.