The NBA is going crazy over Anthony Davis and rightfully so. He is one of the three best players in the league and adding him to your roster will make you favorites to win an NBA championship. While every team would love to land him, the Boston Celtics will be the ones to land the forward.
What makes the Celtics more likely to land Davis than another team? First, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, the Los Angeles Lakers. They have made it clear they will give up most of the roster for Davis. Yet, the New Orleans Pelicans still didn’t make the trade.
A good lesson here is to not piss a team off. Now, the Lakers won’t be getting Davis via trade. They will have to wait till free agency before they can attempt to sign him. With the Lakers out, there are still 27 other teams that the Pelicans can trade to. Trading for Davis will be expensive and most teams will not pay that steady price for him.
Luckily, the Celtics are loaded with talented players on their team. It also helps that the Pelicans like Jayson Tatum a lot. The Celtics have the assets to make the trade happen and they are in the Pelican’s good graces. And it looks like the Celtics need Davis more than ever.
Currently, the Celtics have struggled. They are losing games they should win and look like they won’t make it past the second round. If they do have an upset, the Celtics will be even more determined to land Davis. As it stands now, the Celtics won’t win the Eastern Conference and that will make the Celtics pursue Davis that much more.
Less than a year ago, the Celtics future looked very bright. Without Kyrie Irving or Gordon Haywood playing due to injuries, the Celtics were still winning. They made it to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Those Celtics didn’t show up this season and makes people speculate if the Celtics play better without Irving on the team. They seem to play better without Irving and when he does play, they tend to lose.
Boston had made a lot of big trades and signings the past couple of years and that trend will continue. They have the assets to land Davis and their current situation will be fuel to make it happen. Whether Davis wants to resign or not is a problem the Celtics are willing to risk. And rightfully so, their is a lot to gain and is worse the risk.