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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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How Tacko Fall, Carsen Edwards, Romeo Langford and Tremont Waters fared for Red Claws on Friday

How Tacko Fall, Carsen Edwards, Romeo Langford and Tremont Waters fared for Red Claws on Friday

The Maine Red Claws had plenty of star power for Friday night's game vs. the Iowa Wolves. 

Tacko Fall, Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters and Romeo Langford each suited up for Maine in its 127-121 victory. It marked Edwards' first game with the Red Claws, as well as both Tacko Fall and Romeo Langford's first game back from injury.

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Here's how the four Celtics rookies performed:

TACKO FALL

Tacko made his mark in his 14 minutes played on Friday night. The 7-foot-5 phenom contributed 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting while bringing down 5 rebounds.

CARSEN EDWARDS

Edwards was solid in his first game in a Red Claws uniform as he racked up 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (2-for-9 from 3-pt).

ROMEO LANGFORD

Langford was slow out the gate, but picked it up in the second half to finish with 8 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. The Celtics' No. 14 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft will look to simply stay healthy going forward, as he's dealt with a nagging ankle injury all season.

TREMONT WATERS

Waters, the G League Player of the Month for November, was relatively quiet in this one. The LSU product dropped 8 points while adding 3 assists in 27 minutes.

Also with standout performances were Yante Maten (26 points, 16 rebounds), Kaiser Gates (17 points, 7 rebounds), Bryce Brown (15 points, 4 assists) and Justin Bibbs (12 points, 6 rebounds).

Next, the Red Claws will take on the Grand Rapids Drive on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Celtics Talk Podcast: What is your level of confidence with this Celtics team?

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Celtics Talk Podcast: What is your level of confidence with this Celtics team?

Ahead of a strange five-day break in mid-December, the Boston Celtics are sitting at 17-7. But it's hard to figure out exactly how confident to be in this team.

On the one hand, the squad has certainly surpassed expectations to kick off the season. They have been dominant at the TD Garden and did have a 10-game home winning streak to start the campaign.

However, the C's just dropped two close games in a row to other Eastern Conference powers, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers. Do those losses mean that the confidence in the Celtics that many were feeling to start the season should wane?

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On the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Chris Forsberg, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Abby Chin all weighed in on how confident they currently are in the Celtics. And despite the team's mini losing streak, they all are still fairly confident in the squad.

Chin gave the team a 7-of-10 confidence rating. She cited the performance of the Celtics' bigs against the 76ers and the "flashes" the team has shown this season as the primary reasons for that.

I feel like the Celtics bigs, Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, did a serviceable job against Joel Embiid and held their own on the offensive end, and that gave me a lot of confidence in this team. I think that there's no way you're going to get that kind of game from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum on the same night maybe ever again in their careers in what they put up against the Sixers. And I still think we see flashes of what this team can be here and there which is why I'm excited about them.

Blakely was a bit more non-committal on a rating, and instead gave a range of somewhere between 7 to 8 with 8.5 being their ceiling.

I see two different teams. I see a team when they're complete and I see a team when they're incomplete. When they're incomplete, I'm with you, they're a 7. They were incomplete against Philly. When you have a healthy Marcus Smart and a relatively healthy, good-to-go health-wise team, they're an 8.

Blakely also called the Celtics "a good team" and said that if every team in the Eastern Conference was fully healthy, his top two teams would be the Milwaukee Bucks and the Celtics.

Hear Forsberg's confidence in the Celtics along with more analysis from Blakley and Chin on the latest episode of "The Celtics Talk Podcast," which drops every week on YouTube and as a part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Mavericks, which tips off Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call at 9:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.