The word Celtics during the last few weeks in the NBA community was that Kyrie Irving's decision to live in Boston had no bearing on their practice of Anthony Davis. This was apparently at best.
Yes, the Celts were still trying to negotiate a deal with New Orleans, but according to a Pelicans source, the offers were understandably never as good as intimidated, as there was still a fair belief that Irving could be kept. In this scenario, it was assumed that Celtics would have opened their asset drawer wider to take a shot on an Irving-Davis ticket for 2019-20, hoping that success would entice the latter to stay longer.
(And if you want to go much further back to when C&S turned their long-distance thoughts toward Davis, what would they have been willing to offer if they also had a pre-injury to Gordon Hayward?) [1
And the bottom line is that it would probably not have any significance.
When the Lakers backed up their truck and unloaded a payload of players and the first round picks on the Pelicans Dock, there might be no way that Celtics would be willing to hoard their future by treating three first round picks and allowi ng for others potential exchanges of draft positions.
Lakers wishing to make the most of LeBron James & # 39; Hollywood years, have shone a bright green light in the present, hoping that they can lure the best frayers into the open spaces when this herd of stars leaving the set.
Although this current trade will not be completed until the beginning of next month, the pelicans are not happy to sit back and wait until as late as 2025 for all those who are elected – including Thursday's No.4 – for to become players. According to league sources, New Orleans has already started contacting teams to discuss trades involving these elections and players, seeking to speed up the arrival of benefits by abolishing its best player.
By making this step with the Lakers, the key element has been David Griffin. His appointment in April as the leader of Pelican basketball operations brought a voice undeveloped by the enmity against LA that evolved as this club and Davis's representation (Rich Paul, Which also happens to be LeBron's agent attempting to force this movement within the month of February's trading deadline.
Although trading with the Lakers and giving Paul what he wanted, he could not sit well with anything higher in the Pelicans' organization – or with other NBA clubs – the consensus is that New Orleans has done well for himself here. But Fur & # 39; s anti-Laker mood seemed to play in Kelts favor when a New Orleans source told Herald last month that the team "won't do business with that club." But clearer heads and a better Laker offer prevail.
As to how Celtics will see this season, there is still much to be determined. They seem pretty good at the fact that Irving will be gone, but they also feel comfortable about a young core of Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart – not that they have much choice, to be honest. And if things are drafted with Al Horford, there may be a measure of stability here.
Up until Tuesday, Horford has been recording for $ 30,133,015 for the next season, but the pages have discussed a plan where he will come in at a lower number next season and get two years back in a new deal. It is not known whether the way things have played out over the last few weeks will affect Horford's outlook.
But the biggest uncertainty about Kel's competitiveness in 2019-20 may just be the rest of the Eastern Conference.
In fact, Toronto is your reigning NBA champion, but what if Kawhi Leonard bends to Clippers? What will Philadelphia look like if Jimmy Butler does the same? And how will Milwaukee navigate a new deal for Khris Middleton as it seeks to keep franchise Brook Lopez (unlimited) and Malcolm Brogdon (limited)?
Injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have further confused the warrior's waters and threw the vest into a blender as well.
So while Celtics may look confused to a great extent now, they actually reflect much of the NBA landscape.