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.
WHO'D SAY NO?
- First potential trade: New Orleans' Anthony Davis
- Second potential trade: Indiana's Paul George
- Third potential trade: Golden State's Klay Thompson
- Fourth potential trade: New York's Kristaps Porzingis
- Fifth potential trade: Three-way with Kings and 76ers for Okafor, Saric and two picks
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?
TIME TO RESET
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.
If you were Danny Ainge, would you make the trade in the reply below for Anthony Davis?— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) June 5, 2017
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.
NO FIRST-ROUND PICK
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.
NEED MORE TALENT
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.