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Anthony Davis: Celtics 'on my list' of possible trade destinations

Anthony Davis: Celtics 'on my list' of possible trade destinations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The only thing one can feel good about when it comes to Anthony Davis and that dumpster fire of a situation that now exists with him and the New Orleans Pelicans is that he will be playing somewhere else next season. 

For the longest time, it was believed that the list of possible teams he’s considering did not include the Celtics. 

But Davis put such talk to rest (for now) in addressing the topic on Saturday before the assembled media at NBA All-Star Weekend. 

“They are on my list,” Davis said of the Celtics. 

While that in itself is a reason for Celtics fans to feel better about their chances of landing Davis and keeping him around long-term, he would later appear on NBA TV and say that “all 29 other teams are on my list.”

So, you’re throwing the Celtics in the same boat as say, Phoenix and Sacramento and Chicago?

As much as Boston has the kind of assets that should be appealing to the Pelicans front office no matter who is running it, Davis acknowledging that Boston is under consideration bodes well for him and the Pelicans. 

For the Pelicans, it has the potential for them to hold out for a massive deal because if you are to take Davis at his word, he's open to playing for ANY team, which is something that one could not say before Saturday when word of a short list leaked and the Celtics were not on it. 

For Davis, it puts forth the image that his actions are more aligned with his words. 

Specifically, he talks about wanting to be in a winning situation, part of a winning culture. 

If he’s seriously considering a handful of teams, how could the Celtics not be on such a list if it, in fact, he's focused on finding the best possible location where he can win and do so at a high level. 

But you have to be somewhat pessimistically optimistic when you see that he’s talking about being open to everyone and not just the teams that would put him in the best position for success. 

And with New Orleans firing GM Dell Demps on Friday, Davis reiterated how that would have no bearing on where he stands now. 

“The Pelicans have to do what’s best for them,” Davis said. “My intentions are the same. No matter who the GM is, my intentions are the same. The Pelicans made a move they felt was best for the organization.”

And Davis is looking to do the same with his decision to demand a trade, a trade that Davis acknowledges may include the Celtics...or any of the other 28 teams that will surely look into ways in which they can acquire him. 

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Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum are NBA playoffs' hardest-working scoring duo

Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum are NBA playoffs' hardest-working scoring duo

More than any other sport's postseason, the NBA playoffs are dominated by the game's biggest stars.

That's why Kyrie Irving was so thrilled to be done with the regular season, and why he's elevated his game to drop a total of 55 points in two first-round wins over the Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics' second-best scorer, Jayson Tatum, is hot on Irving's heels, pouring in 26 points in Wednesday's Game 2 victory after adding 15 points in Game 1.

Just how central have Boston's "Big Two" been to the team's 2-0 start to the playoffs? Consider this eye-opening stat:

Per Boston Sports Info, the fellow Duke alums have scored 53.6 percent (98 of 183) of the Celtics' total points in Games 1 and 2. That's a bigger chunk than any other duo in the NBA playoffs, including the Portland Trail Blazers' super-backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum and the Golden State Warriors' feared 1-2 punch of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.

There's some manipulation behind these numbers, of course. Only the Pacers have scored fewer points in these playoffs than the Celtics, meaning there's a smaller slice of the offensive pie to go around. Indeed, Irving and Tatum's combined 98 points ranks a distant fifth in overall scoring among teams' top two scorers.

But Irving and Tatum combining for more than half of Boston's offense is a good sign in the NBA postseason, where teams usually travel as far as their star players carry them.

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