With the season essentially over, the Celtics and the rest of the NBA are anxiously awaiting perhaps the biggest trade since Kevin Garnett almost a decade ago. Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin attempted to coerce Davis into staying in New Orleans, but it appears as if his efforts have again fallen short. Davis appears dead-set on leaving New Orleans for greener pastures, whether that be Los Angeles, New York, or Boston.
While most dubbed the Lakers as the likely landing spot, the latest rumors shed some doubt on this theory.
According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, the Celtics have emerged as the most likely landing spot for Davis, citing the Pelicans' infatuation with 21-year-old phenom Jayson Tatum. According to Mackel, a potential package for Davis would be Tatum, Marcus Smart, and the 14th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. While this is clearly a great package, the Pelicans are also looking at LA's Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma as a great consolation prize.
Let's dive into this bad boy.
We should discuss the potential package that the Celtics would be giving up for Davis. While it is a steep price, I was always under the belief that the Celtics would have to give up the aforementioned Tatum and Jaylen Brown. If the Celtics could get away with having to give up only one of those players, I would consider that a win. While losing Marcus Smart would hurt, it makes the money work and makes this roster a little less crowded. Lastly, the 14th overall pick is essentially a non-factor. With so many picks in this upcoming NBA Draft, the Celtics have to trade some of them. No, seriously. They literally don't even have the roster space to take on all of these guys.
And, of course, as it has been talked about a million times, this is deeply tied in to the ongoing saga with Kyrie Irving. The latest reports have Irving deeply connected with the Brooklyn Nets, but he has also been linked to the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Most believe that he is not coming back to Boston after a sour season, but it would very Irving-esque to see the Celtics snag Davis, then sign the super max.
At this point, the Celtics are sort of at a crossroads. Yes, they have just about as much talent as anyone else in the NBA, but their roster simply did not gel this season. And to be honest, it started at the top with Irving being a BAD leader. If these guys could ever learn how to play together, the East would be a lock for the next decade. Sure, the Celtics have a ton of assets, but their current roster could be drastically different in as little as a few weeks. Should they build around Tatum and Brown, while telling Irving to go pound sand in New York? Possibly, but the prospect of having a team with Horford, Hayward, Irving, Brown, and Davis is about as good as the Celtics could get.
Danny Ainge is about to earn his paycheck....