Anthony Davis continues to be the biggest potential prize of every NBA team, not just the Boston Celtics. It’s still unlikely that the superstar big man is traded at all – but the C’s are still making sure they’re in the mix.
A new feature story by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski details Davis as “the NBA’s great big trade obsession.” The Celtics are cited heavily in the article as a team that hasn’t given up on trying to get him. According to Wojnarowski, they have “remained vigilant on the possibility” of acquiring Davis.
Davis clearly wants to join a contender – and that list includes the Celtics, who he mentioned by name.
“You look at the Warriors, Cleveland, Boston,” he said. “They lose Gordon [Hayward], they’re still playing well.”
Making the call
He also recently spoke with Pelicans GM Dell Demps about the Celtics’ reported interest in trading for him, confirming that Danny Ainge has at least been checking in with New Orleans. But the probability of Davis being traded before his contract runs out in 2021 remains extremely low.
“He told me that [Boston] was calling, but nothing was going to happen,” Davis said.
The 24-year-old also spoke of the concept of loyalty, wondering how much the Pelicans may really want him. He also brought up the Celtics’ surprise trade of Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. But it’s more likely that any team acquiring his services would consider him the centerpiece of a championship run.
Anthony Davis: World-Beater
Davis remains one of the most productive players in the NBA, averaging 25.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game. Through 25 games this season, he’s shooting a career-best 56.9 percent from the field.
The C’s would certainly have to put Jaylen Brown and/or Jayson Tatum on the table to even begin discussing an Anthony Davis trade. But based on Wojnarowski’s story, it’s apparent that Ainge is at least putting forth an honest effort.