Anthony Davis' request to be traded from the Pelicans has the NBA world in a frenzy.
Davis' agent Rich Paul notified the Pelicans on Monday that the superstar big man has no intention of signing a contract extension with the team. With that news, the Celtics and Lakers are favorites to land Davis in a deal.
The Celtics are the only team that has a potential combination of young players and draft picks that would provide at least some salve and some hope for the Pels going forward.
And, getting Davis will allow Boston to shed the talent glut that has clearly factored into the Celtics’ sluggish play through large parts of this season. Twenty-nine other teams (the Warriors can’t say bleep about this) would love to have the Celtics’ problem, but it is nonetheless a problem: Boston has too many good players to go around. Dealing two or three of them as part of a trade for Davis would solve that issue. And Davis has been the whole point of Danny Ainge’s relentless collection of players and picks for the last half-dozen years.
As Aldridge goes on to mention, Boston has the disadvantage of having to wait until this summer to make a deal for Davis unless the C's part ways with Kyrie Irving. That's due to the Derrick Rose Rule.
The Celtics undoubtedly would be able to put together the best possible package for New Orleans, but it's a matter of whether Davis and the Pelicans are willing to wait.
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