After the New Orleans Pelicans secured the No. 1 pick overall in the NBA Draft, Anthony Davis still wants out and the Boston Celtics make the most sense.
Enter Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.
While this rumor has been swirling for almost two years, the cards appear to be lining up for Ainge to at least have a shot at the big man. Unless Davis somehow has a change of heart and warm up to the idea of teaming up with Zion Williamson, he will continue to push his way out of the Big Easy.
With the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks expected to also be in pursuit of the big man, the Celtics still have the most attractive package to off New Orleans if Anthony Davis is still adamant about not re-signing with the Pelicans after his contract is up.
If and once that happens, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported that the Pelicans will then reach out to the Celtics within the next week.
Here is what he wrote:
"“If such is the case, sources (in Chicago) told the Herald the Pelicans will reach out to the Celtics as the most obvious trade partner. The Celts may still not be sure about a deal because it’s not known yet what the Pels will want in return for the All-Star, but there seems to be a belief that they’d be able to work things out.”"
This or any potential deal has always depended on whether the Boston Celtics could convince Anthony Davis to stay long term. That could depend on Kyrie Irving and his free agent plans. If a deal for Davis could keep Irving in Boston, Ainge probably pulls the trigger because if Irving sticks around, so does Davis in all likelihood.
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On the flipside, Ainge or any team for that matter may have an advantage over New Orleans if the fear is that he is a one-year rental. A package of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the Memphis Grizzlies pick to start would be too much if Davis walks away following the 2019-20 NBA season.
At the same time, it is the strongest package for the Pelicans and may just come down to Danny Ainge’s willingness to take a lottery size risk with obtaining Anthony Davis with or without any commitment by Kyrie Irving.
In summary, the timing certainly works for both sides. The Pelicans have another potential star coming in and the Boston Celtics are triggered to set off their biggest fireworks thus far.
Let’s just hope a playoff failure doesn’t result in the team getting burned sacrificing the future for a ping pong opportunity to score the next dynasty led by Davis, Kyrie Irving and a fully healthy Gordon Hayward.