Its been over a week now that the Trade Deadline of the National Basketball Association slammed shut, but while the deadline week 2019 saw the highest ever number of trades ever, the one trade everyone talked about never went through. Instead we get to watch it unfold all over again in the summer.
This time though the Lakers will have real competition though. There’s the New York Knicks with their possible number 1 overall pick, depending on how the chips fall.
There’s the Lakers who tried to get some leverage by pretending they would only deal for Davis before the trade deadline and they would not be interested in the summer, but did not manage to fool anyone.
There are dark horses all around the league. Any team that lands the top pick in the draft could potentially provide one of the best trading chips in the ability to draft Zion Williamson. Raptors with Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby are really underrated as possible players for Davis.
Pelicans fans, breathe easy. Anthony Davis will leave something special just for you as he exits: "I will always have love for the city of NO. When that time comes I am going to definitely have a heartwarming message for them and put it out on Instagram like everybody else does."
— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) February 16, 2019
Anthony Davis on the Boston Celtics being on his list: “All 29 other teams are on my list” & says he’s never gave the New Orleans Pelicans a preferred destination pic.twitter.com/QE01xOpH3A
— kingtisemedia (@kingtisemedia) February 16, 2019
But the one offer everyone is waiting for is the one from Danny Ainge and his Boston Celtics. A lot has been made of the Celtics desire to pair Davis with Kyrie Irving and create a perennial contender in the East. For that to happen three things have to fall into place.
1) Kyrie Irving has to agree to sign with Celtics.
2) Anthony Davis has to (at least informally) tell the Celtics that he is willing to sign with the Celtics in 2020 when he hits free agency.
3) Pelicans have to agree to the package that the Celtics offer for Davis
The first of these might be the most crucial because Irving’s future is uniquely tied with that of Davis. Davis and Kyrie formed a bond at the US camp and that seems to be a big factor in wanting to play together.
Boston can offer the easiest path to achieving that to both stars. But fail to sign Irving and trading for Davis becomes an extremely risky move as he can choose to bolt in one season and Celtics would be left without Kyrie and a lot of their depth (presumably in the trade for Davis unless Ainge really is a wizard, no not the mediocre team in Washington, the Harry Potter kind) and no Anthony Davis.
But crucially Davis so far had yet to confirm that Boston was a team he wanted to be traded to.
All we have heard so far is Los Angeles and some chatter about Knicks. All we heard about Boston was Davis’ father saying he would not want his son to be traded to the Celtics due to the way they treated Isaiah Thomas after he played for them in the playoffs and helped them win despite the emotional rollercoaster he was going through due to the loss of his sister.
But today ESPN reporter Tim Bontemps broke the news that Davis, when asked about Celtics not being on his list said “They were never not on my list”.
Anthony Davis just explained that he NEVER said Boston wasn’t on his list of possible destinations pic.twitter.com/wPfEs4dUgz
— (@KwaniALunis) February 16, 2019
As expected, Anthony Davis’s “list” would change as soon as the trade deadline passed.@ByJayKing was first to report early this season that Kyrie spoke last summer with AD about the idea of teaming up in Boston. Kyrie and AD are friends, and Kyrie is AD’s main draw to Boston. https://t.co/EIBwpz0xDp
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 16, 2019
When asked if he could confirm that Celtics are on his list he said “They are not not on my list”. He later confirmed though that Celtics are definitely on his list.
So, that’s one small part of the job done for Celtics it would seem. If all other things now fall into place, maybe the East is about to get a long term dynasty of its own in the familiar Green of Boston.