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Anthony Davis likes Lakers' final trade offer for him (on Instagram, anyway)

Anthony Davis likes Lakers' final trade offer for him (on Instagram, anyway)

What does it all mean???

The Anthony Davis saga took another turn Tuesday when the Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner reported the Lakers have "pulled out" of negotiations with the New Orleans Pelicans ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

The Pelicans reportedly were demanding a mother lode of players and draft picks, leaving L.A. to essentially bid against itself: The Lakers' last offer to New Orleans included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and two first-round draft picks, according to Turner.

... Which leads us to this development minutes later:

Davis' Instagram account apparently "liked" Bleacher Report's post about the Lakers' mammoth offer.

But what does this "like" mean? Does Davis think the Pelicans should accept L.A.'s proposal? Is he glad the Lakers are no longer making offers for him ahead of the trade deadline? Or is he just selfishly happy he garners so much value on the trade market?

We'll probably never know, as the 25-year-old hasn't exactly been an open book about the whole situation.

But we do know Tuesday's news is a good development for the Boston Celtics, who hope Davis remains in New Orleans past Thursday's trade deadline so they can make a run at him this summer.

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NBA Power Rankings: Trade winds are starting to pick up

NBA Power Rankings: Trade winds are starting to pick up

Though we often think about NBA trade rumors closer towards the February trade deadline, there a handful of teams that might be open to moving players they signed this past summer, moves that can be executed after December 15. 

Teams look to strike for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to add a talent that they think can take to another stratosphere in terms of their play, to clear salary cap space going forward, or to add what may be the missing piece for a run at the Larry O’Brien Trophy. 

Much of the talk surrounding the Boston Celtics and what they need to do to get better revolves around the center position. Multiple league sources have indicated the Celtics are open to the idea if a team wants to talk, but they are not aggressively looking to made a trade … yet. 

“You just never really know with Danny,” a league executive told NBC Sports Boston. “A ‘no’ on a deal today, could become a ‘hey, let’s do it’ tomorrow depending on if circumstances play out that make doing a deal a logical, sensible move to make."

And as deals get talked about and eventually completed, it also will impact where teams stack up in our weekly power rankings.

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Marcus Smart out, Al Horford questionable for Celtics-76ers showdown

Marcus Smart out, Al Horford questionable for Celtics-76ers showdown

The Boston Celtics will be without one of their most important players Thursday night when they host the rival Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden.

Smart, who's dealing with a left eye infection, was officially ruled out by the C's early Thursday afternoon. The veteran guard has missed the last two games, including Wednesday night's road loss to the Indiana Pacers.

The encouraging injury news for Boston is that Gordon Hayward is probable. He got whacked in the face during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game and didn't return.

Second-year center Robert Williams' absence also will be felt. The 76ers have a big frontcourt with plenty of size and length, headlined by star center Joel Embiid and power forward Al Horford. The Celtics don't have a ton of depth at center, and with Williams out, expect Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis to play the majority of the minutes against Embiid.

Speaking of Horford, he's questionable to play in his first game back in Boston since he left the Celtics to sign with the 76ers in July as a free agent.

Thursday's game is the second meeting of the season between these rivals. The Sixers beat the Celtics in Philadelphia on opening night. Boston is 10-0 at home.

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