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Anthony Davis addresses trade rumors, LeBron James' Lakers endorsement

Anthony Davis addresses trade rumors, LeBron James' Lakers endorsement

Anthony Davis has opened up about his NBA future.

OK, not really. But the New Orleans Pelicans big man did speak words on the record about his current contract situation and the rampant speculation he'll be traded to a team like the Los Angeles Lakers -- whose best player, LeBron James, endorsed such a move this week.

"I don't really care," Davis told ESPN's Zach Lowe of James' comments. "Obviously, it's cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me. But my job is to turn this team around. If we're 15-17, that means I'm not doing my job."

James said Tuesday night it would be "amazing" if the Lakers traded for Davis, who can become a free agent in the summer of 2020. But would the 25-year-old superstar even be willing to leave the Pelicans, especially if they offer him a five-year, $239 million supermax contract extension this summer?

"When that time comes, of course we will see," Davis said. "I love my teammates. I love New Orleans. I love the fans. I talk their slang. I love their food."

Davis didn't say anything revolutionary here, nor did we expect him to. But Boston Celtics fans will be following his every move, as the C's reportedly have been "hawking" Davis for years and have the assets to make an unrivaled trade offer to New Orleans.

It very well may come down to Boston vs. L.A. in a trade market for Davis. But if the big man has any opinions on the situation, he's keeping them to himself.

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Classic Celtics: Watch Larry Bird's heroics vs. Pacers in 1991 playoffs

Classic Celtics: Watch Larry Bird's heroics vs. Pacers in 1991 playoffs

Larry Bird was one of the most talented players in NBA history.

But he was also tough as nails.

Exhibit A: Game 5 of the Boston Celtics' first-round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers on May, 5, 1991, which NBC Sports Boston will re-air Wednesday night as part of our "Classic Celtics" series.

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Bird suffered a nasty head injury late in the second half of the winner-take-all Game 5, and Celtics fans feared he was done for the game.

The 34-year-old C's legend triumphantly returned in the second half, though -- much to the delight of the raucous Boston Garden crowd -- and incredibly finished with a team-high 32 points to help the Celtics defeat a talented Pacers team 124-121 and win the series, 3-2.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Pacers Game 5 begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday and will feature additional commentary from Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, an Indiana native who grew up rooting for the Pacers.

Here's how to watch:

When: Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and in the MyTeams app

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Who are the best small forwards in Celtics history? Ranking the Top 10

Who are the best small forwards in Celtics history? Ranking the Top 10

The crazy thing about the small forward position for the Boston Celtics is that the team has enjoyed such sustained longevity at the position that it’s actually a bit challenging to make a Top 10 list.

Larry Bird, John Havlicek, and Paul Pierce combined for 44 seasons (and 12 titles) in green, which makes it a tough for anyone else who played in the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 2000s to state a case for inclusion alongside some of the biggest names in franchise history.

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While those three clearly occupy the top spots on our list, the current iteration of the C's are also well represented, led by a pair of young stars on the rise who could continue to ascend on this list in the coming years.

Here’s what we came up with for Boston’s top 10 small forwards in franchise history.

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