Could Kevin Garnett’s statement about not waiting to long to leave for a contender be the catalyst to the next Celtics dynasty? Garnett was already a major link to the current Celtics roster after Danny Ainge swindled the Brooklyn Nets a few years back, but now an old quote could be coming into play. New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been thinking about his future and the current state of his team. Davis sat down with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to discuss his future, and is aware that he does not want to wait to long to compete for a championship.
There have been trade rumors swirling around Anthony Davis, and the Celtics are among the top teams on the list for potential suitors. New Orleans is in a bind at the moment with limited draft picks and bad contracts. They also lost superstar Demarcus Cousins to an ACL tear for the season and with his upcoming free agency and questions about his ability to fully heal lingering, this may be Danny Ainge’s time to strike.
Davis has heard talk from former players like Kevin Garnett that they should have left their original teams earlier in their career. In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Davis said it has made him think about his future.
“It makes you think. I’m not going to lie, it makes you think because you wonder if you’re following in that same path,” Davis said. “But then again, you be like, ‘This year could be the year.’ You don’t know.”
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Now what would it actually take to bring Davis to Boston. New Orleans would certainly be looking for a reboot with some young talent as well as a plethora of draft picks. The real question is how much would Danny Ainge be willing to pay?
When you have a shot at a transcending player like Davis you do what must be done to acquire him in my opinion. I would imagine the starting point with matching salaries would be something like Al Horford and Jaylen Brown in return for Anthony Davis and E’Twaun Moore. This would perfectly match the salaries and give New Orleans a great young talent in Brown as well as make them remain competitive with Horford. That obviously would not be enough to get a deal done. It would probably need to include the Lakers/Kings pick along with an assortment of the Memphis, Clippers or Celtics upcoming picks. A few youthful throw in’s might also be acceptable for New Orleans with a player like Guerschon Yabusele.