Would the Pelicans trade Anthony Davis for the first overall pick?

Would the Pelicans trade Anthony Davis for the first overall pick?

BOSTON -- While history tells us that’s it’s more likely the Celtics will hold on to the top overall pick in the June 22 draft rather than trade it, you can’t help but have a Kevin Garnett “Anything’s possible!” moment when you think about what the pick might haul in via trade.


Like any kid putting together a Christmas list, you might as well ask for the world knowing you probably won’t get it.

After all, a closed mouth doesn’t get fed right? So why not at least inquire about New Orleans star Anthony Davis’ availability?
The reasons why Boston would do so are pretty clear: He’s a 6-foot-11 big man who can defend (2.2 blocks per game, No. 2 in the NBA), rebound (11.8 per game, fourth in the NBA), score (28 points per game, 4th in the league) and is just 24 years old.
So why in the world would the Pelicans do such a deal?
Davis has been with New Orleans for five seasons, with only one (2015) ending with a trip to the playoffs, with that lone postseason berth lasting just four games. And during that time, he has been impressive with four all-star berth appearances which includes being named all-star MVP last February in New Orleans. But his time in the center of the Bayou has been marred by injuries. In fact, Davis has averaged 15 games missed during his career. While it may not seem like that big a deal, it is when you’re talking about your centerpiece/franchise player.

LeBron James has had just two seasons in his 14-year career when he has missed double-digit games. And seven-year guard Stephen Curry, whose durability was among the many questions about his game coming into the NBA, has had just one season in which he missed double-digit games.
Davis’ track record for getting hurt coupled with the team’s lack of success in his five seasons, may give them reason to ponder a trade that could provide assets in both the short and long-term growth of the franchise.
As part of the DeMarcus Cousins trade with Sacramento at the February trade deadline, the deal included New Orleans giving the Sacramento Kings their 2017 first-round pick which is 10th overall. That means the Pelicans will pick no better than 40th overall in this year’s draft if they don’t make a move. A chance to add a handful of young veterans from Boston via trade in addition to the number one overall pick, might be at least worth talking about as a possible trade.

The Pelicans will once again be pegged to finish among the bottom-feeders in the Western conference next season, unless they find a way to shake up their roster in a big way to get better players. Boston has young veterans with big-game experience now and a variety of draft picks that can only help speed up the rebuilding process in New Orleans. Because as good as Davis is, the talent around him isn’t, outside of DeMarcus Cousins. But even with Cousins and Davis, this team still years away from being a playoff contender, let alone a team fighting for one of the Western Conference’s top spots. Anything short of significantly altering their roster will keep them in back-of-the-pack status for years to come.

Marcus Morris and the shorthanded Celtics continue to make magic happen

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Marcus Morris and the shorthanded Celtics continue to make magic happen

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 105-100 comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. 

WATCH - Morris drills clutch 3-pointer vs Blazers


Marcus Morris: He continues to fill the void that exists with Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) not returning to the lineup anytime soon. For the second straight game, Morris wound up with the game-winning shot. Morris led all scorers with 30 points, one shy of tying his season high.

C.J. McCollum: Team scoring honors were shared between McCollum and Damian Lillard, but it was McCollum’s baskets in the closing minutes that positioned the Blazers with a shot at winning. For the game, he had 26 points on 12-for-22 shooting with seven rebounds and four assists.

Damian Lillard: Not quite as efficient as McCollum, but Lillard was very much a load for the Celtics all game. He had 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting from the field and eight assists.



Shane Larkin: There were others with better numbers, but few had as big an impact on the game as Shane Larkin. He did a great job all game of running the team, as well as scoring nine points to go with seven assists and four rebounds. But it was his defense on Damian Lillard that was absolutely huge for the Celtics getting the win.

Greg Monroe: Boston’s second unit was a key factor tonight with Greg Monroe being among those leading the second unit charge, finishing with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. 

Al-Farouq Aminu: He wasn’t much of a factor down the stretch, but Aminu had another solid stat line for the Blazers, finishing with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds along with five steals.



Blazers bench: Portland’s second unit was dreadful, shooting a combined 4-for-19 from the field while totaling just 13 points with each of the four players off the bench finishing with a plus/minus of no better than -9.


Marcus Morris leads Celtics to comeback victory over Trail Blazers, 105-100

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Marcus Morris leads Celtics to comeback victory over Trail Blazers, 105-100

In the first quarter, the Boston Celtics had one of those “not again!” moments when Marcus Morris, with a noticeable limp, headed to the Celtics locker room with a member of the training staff. 

Even though it didn’t seem like that big a deal, Celtics fans have seen this scene before and more often than not – at least this season – it hasn’t ended well for Boston. 

Fortunately for Boston, Morris went back to get his right ankle re-taped, returned to the floor and started to do Marcus Morris-like things like, you know, hit late-game daggers. 

Morris, whose 3-pointer lifted Boston to an improbable win earlier this week over Oklahoma City, was once again coming through in the clutch as Boston swept the season series against Portland with a 105-100 win. 

“I’m just being aggressive and … shots are going down for me,” Morris told NBC Sports Boston’s Abby Chin after the win.

Boston’s execution in the closing seconds was huge for the Celtics, but it was Morris’ 3-pointer with less than a minute to play that gave the Celtics a 101-96 lead that would later serve as the game-winning shot, his second in as many games. 

Morris also led all players with 30 points, with Terry Rozier (16 points) and Jayson Tatum (13 points) also coming up big for Boston. 

The Blazers were led by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum who each had 26 points.

Morris’ big game came hours after the Celtics learned that leading scorer Kyrie Irving was going to have a “minimally invasive” procedure performed on Saturday, which meant the Celtics would have to continue searching for a go-to scorer in Irving’s absence.

That player appears to be Morris who led the Celtics to yet another unlikely win against one of the better teams in the NBA. 

Morris’ late-game heroics began earlier in the fourth when he hit a top-of-the-key 3-pointer that put Boston up 85-84 with 6:26 to play. 

But the Blazers responded with a 7-2 run with all seven points scored by McCollum to put Portland back on top 91-87.

Boston came back with four straight points to tie the game at 91, with all four points being scored by Al Horford only for Lillard, following an offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer.

But back came Boston, scoring five straight that included a pair of go-ahead free throws by Rozier with 2:07 to play.