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Anthony Davis to stay with Pelicans? New GM hoping to convince franchise star

Anthony Davis to stay with Pelicans? New GM hoping to convince franchise star

The assumption is Anthony Davis has played his final game for the New Orleans Pelicans, but new general manager David Griffin seems committed to trying to convince the superstar center to remain with the franchise.

Davis requested a trade in late January, setting off a firestorm of rumors ahead of the NBA's February trade deadline. Despite strong interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Davis was not dealt prior to the deadline. By waiting until the summer to trade Davis, the Pelicans could open the bidding to more teams, most notably the Boston Celtics.

But Griffin, in his introductory press conference Wednesday, made it clear he wants to convince Davis to stay, even if it's going to be a tough sell.

Griffin has to make an effort, but it remains to be seen if Davis actually can be convinced to stay. The franchise hasn't done much to build a winning roster around Davis since he was drafted by New Orleans in 2012. The Pelicans also haven't had a general manager as talented as Griffin, who helped build the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 NBA Finals-winning roster around LeBron James.

Davis is arguably a top-five player in the NBA and averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds per game last season. Although, he only played sparingly after the trade deadline.

Whatever happens with Davis, the Pelicans know they have a competent GM driving the boat. That's a good first step for what is about to become a critical time in the team's history.

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Breakfast Pod: After apparent departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, what's next for the Celtics?

Breakfast Pod: After apparent departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, what's next for the Celtics?

The draft is a few days away and NBA free agency opens at the end of the month, but it seems like the Celtics have undergone a transformation the past few days.

1:17 - Chris Forsberg joins the BST crew to discuss the surprising reports that Al Horford will not return to Boston next season.

7:43 - Jackie MacMullan stops by Early Edition to talk about the reports that Kyrie Irving is ghosting the Celtics as well as how Gordon Hayward may have played a role in the Celtics chemistry struggles.

13:20 - Brian Scalabrine calls into BST to give his thoughts on the Celtics potentially losing both Al Horford and Kyrie Irving this summer.


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Marcus Smart seems ready to take over starting point guard duties from Kyrie Irving

Marcus Smart seems ready to take over starting point guard duties from Kyrie Irving

It's a near certainty at this point that Kyrie Irving is leaving the Celtics to sign elsewhere, and even though it's not official yet, Marcus Smart seems ready to take over the starting point guard duties. 

In a season marred with inconsistencies from the Celtics on the court, Smart was a steadying presence on both sides of the floor. He was named to the NBA's First All-Defensive Team and shot a career-high 36.4 percent from three to go along with his all-around contributions on offense. Smart started 60 games for the Celtics as an off-guard this past season after he was used primarily as a sixth man in the previous two seasons.

With Irving's likely departure and Terry Rozier's upcoming restricted free agency, it may seem like the Celtics have an obvious hole to fill at starting point guard. Not so fast. Smart has shown he is more than capable of being the lead ball handler for Brad Stevens and the Celtics could certainly use as much of his infectious energy as possible at this point. 

What could be the most important part of Smart's tweet is that on a night where the Celtics were suddenly at a real risk of losing Irving and Al Horford at the start of free agency, Smart gave Celtics fans something to smile about. 

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