I feel the need to hit people over the head with this thought:
DANNY AINGE SHOULD MAKE ONE TRADE AND ONE TRADE ONLY: EVERYONE AND EVERY PICK FOR ANTHONY DAVIS.
CSN’s Celtics Insider, A. Sherrod Blakely, did his due diligence when he wrote that Paul George, Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin could all be on the Celtics radar.
- Avery Bradley's emergence as a vocal leader speaks volumes about his growth
- Pick or trade? Celtics in similar position as 2014 Cavs
- Age ain't nothing but a number? In the NBA Draft, it's a priority
- Markelle Fultz would be a rare freshman pick for Celtics
- Fultz to ESPN: 'I want to be No. 1 pick really bad
Hayward, fine. He's a free agent and won't cost personnel (or, more importantly, draft picks). Pay Hayward. But don't use any of that personnel -- or draft picks -- for Paul George or Blake Griffin. George has one more year before he can opt out. He can be a great player, but he’s not a great, great player. Let him go to L.A. if he wants. Griffin is done. End of story.
No, Trader Danny needs to go all in on one hand . . . and that hand has nothing but four of a kind of The Brow.
Now, the question is: Does Davis want out of New Orleans and will the Pelicans let him go? Bill Simmons of The Ringer laughed at me when I brought this notion up a few years back, but my thought now rings (see what I did there?) true.
The excellent NBA writer and former CSNNE scribe Kevin O’Connor, now of the same publication that laughed at me, wrote that great, great players like Anthony Davis rarely stay with bad teams. O’Connor wrote Davis is just the 12th player in NBA history to average 27 points and 10 rebounds in a season on a sub-.500 team. If players like Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul Jabbar can be traded, so can Anthony Davis.
Chris Mannix, a frequent CSN contributor (but he makes his real money from The Vertical), said on Arbella Early Edition that New Orleans is willing to give the Davis-DeMarcus Cousins experiment one more season. We know the chances are excellent that any formula involving Boogie will blow up the lab, so Danny should be standing by like an insurance-claims person at a natural disaster, ready to offer up his young players and next year’s Nets pick.
That is THE PLAY here, folks.
And if I know, Danny Ainge knows it.