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Haberstroh: Anthony Davis to Lakers is a 'crushing blow' to Celtics

Haberstroh: Anthony Davis to Lakers is a 'crushing blow' to Celtics

Did the Celtics make a mistake by not overwhelming the Pelicans with an offer for Anthony Davis?

The C's reportedly refused to include forward Jayson Tatum in a deal, so New Orleans opted to roll with the Lakers' lucrative trade package instead. Davis probably would have only been a one-year rental with Boston, but NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh still believes their failure to acquire Davis is a "crushing blow."

Here's why:

As for the outside teams looking in, this is a crushing blow to the Boston Celtics, who might lose Irving now that Davis is heading West. The Celtics have long believed that trading for Davis would be the best chance in keeping Irving long-term, sources say. But now they’re looking at a revamped 2018 playoff redux with Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the way with Gordon Hayward back in the driver’s seat.

Assuming Irving doesn't re-sign -- a fair assumption given the Nets rumors flying around -- the Celtics will have to find a way to build around Tatum and Jaylen Brown while hoping Gordon Hayward returns to being Gordon Hayward.

Irving's free agency isn't the only murky situation right now for the C's. Al Horford's contract situation remains up in the air as well, as the veteran big man reportedly remains undecided on his player option for next season.

Time will tell whether the Celtics' decision to not pull the trigger on a Davis trade will be a regrettable one. For now, it'll be interesting to see what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve for a backup plan.

Clint Capela, anyone?

>> Read Haberstroh's full column on the Davis deal here

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Vincent Poirier confirms he's joining Celtics in Instagram message to fans

Vincent Poirier confirms he's joining Celtics in Instagram message to fans

Vincent Poirier reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics back on July 2, but we haven't heard much from the French big man since then.

That changed Monday morning, as Poirier posted a message to his Instagram story confirming he's parting ways with his European club team, Baskonia, to join the Celtics.

Baskonia also made the announcement on Twitter while thanking Poirier for his contributions.

Poirier spent two seasons with Baskonia in the Spanish ACB, averaging 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season while earning All-EuroLeague Second Team honors.

In Boston, he'll join a new-look frontcourt that lost Al Horford (free agency), Aron Baynes (trade) and Guerschon Yabusele (waived) while adding Enes Kanter in free agency and bringing back Daniel Theis.

It sounds like Poirier is excited to get started with the "mythical" Celtics franchise and compete for minutes as he realizes his NBA "dream."

UPDATE (1:35 p.m. ET): Poirier officially has signed with the Celtics, the team announced Monday. Boston didn't confirm the terms of his deal.

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Five takeaways from Celtics' performance in Las Vegas Summer League

Five takeaways from Celtics' performance in Las Vegas Summer League

When the Celtics completed their run at the Las Vegas Summer League over the weekend, it signaled the start of the quiet part of the year for basketball fans.

All the big-name free agents have already come off the board. The summer league action is over, and the preseason is still more than two months away. We even have to wait about a month until the 2019-20 regular season schedule gets announced.

But watching the C's play five games in Las Vegas provided fans with several takeaways heading into next season.

Tacko Fall was a fan favorite, but will he get a contract with Boston — or a two-way deal — for next year? Carsen Edwards finished with the Celtics' highest summer league scoring average in 15 years, but where will he slot in to the lineup? There were also positives from both Williamses — Grant and Robert — as well as second-round pick Tremont Waters.

Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's five takeaways from the Celtics' performance in summer league.>>>>

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