Its been about four seconds since the latest Anthony Davis-To-Boston rumor, so Adrian Wojnarowski decided to give us our fix for the week. According to Woj, the Celtics have been "Hawking Anthony Davis for years" and will be making a significant run at the 25-year-old superstar either this offseason or next season before the trade deadline. New Orleans will be able to offer Davis a five-year, $230 million super-max contract but rumors have surfaced that he may not be interested in re-signing with a middle of the road team in the Western Conference.
Woj pointed out two teams, the Celtics and the Lakers, that will be putting all of their eggs in Davis' basket if he becomes available in the next 12+ months. For the Lakers, this is a somewhat surprising move but if one takes a deeper look at it, it makes all the sense in the world. With LeBron James already under contract and a surplus of cap space available, the Lakers could quickly be one of the top teams in the Western Conference. The Kawhi Leonard rumors are still prevalent, even as he excels with the top seeded Toronto Raptors. Now, the rumors have not specified if Leonard has a preference for the Lakers or Clippers, but it is very clear he wants to still go to LA. If the Lakers have James and Leonard, they could make a serious run at Davis. If you're a Celtics fan, you should be rooting for Leonard to sign with the Lakers in my opinion. If Leonard decides to go to the Clippers or even re-signing with the Raptors, then they will be desperate to land another star. Now, I don't think the Lakers have the same assets as the Celtics, but who knows what they would be willing to give up compared to the Celtics. They may give up the farm plus some more for Davis, while the Celtics may not be willing to go there. We really don't know at this point.
For the Celtics, landing Davis could be the final piece to the puzzle that brings them Banner 18. Ultimately, as I just discussed above, it all comes down to the price. What would it take to get Davis to Boston? I don't think the discussion even starts to take place without offering one of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. For me, that decision is not even worth having. Brown has shown a bit more arrogance than I would like for someone his age and he has gotten to the point where he is now coming off the bench. Tatum, on the other hand, is already a budding star that could be a top five or 10 player in the NBA in a few seasons if all goes according to plan. Plus, the Celtics can't keep all these guys forever. With Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and the aforementioned Tatum all either under a max contract or will be in the not so distant future, the Celtics have to start making decisions about who will be on this team moving forward.
So, after Tatum, who else is on the move? I would almost instinctively say Marcus Smart after he signed his fat contract this season, but I have honestly loved what I have seen out of him since he cracked the starting lineup. At this point, he is one of the biggest x-factors on this team and a huge key to their success. If I can keep Smart out of the deal, I will. After that, the Celtics do not have a lot of those middle of the road deals that can help make the money work. Al Horford is a key name that comes to mind that could be eligible to move. He has been a good Celtic, but he is not worth his max contract and appears to be breaking down at this point in his career. If the Celtics were to include Horford, they would need the Pelicans to send them over some cap filler. Perhaps old friend E'Twaun Moore? That would make the trade successful.
Lets recap, shall we? If I am the Celtics, I am sending the Pelicans an offer of Brown, Horford, and as many draft picks as they want for Davis and whatever type of filler they have coming to Boston. It is important to note that the Celtics cannot trade for Davis until after they re-sign Kyrie Irving due to the Derrick Rose Rule. So, unless Irving is in this deal, don't expect to see Davis in Celtic green until, at the very earliest, this summer.