How latest Knicks rumor involving Anthony Davis could impact Celtics

How latest Knicks rumor involving Anthony Davis could impact Celtics

The Anthony Davis trade sweepstakes appears to be heating up, but could the New York Knicks be wavering in their interest in acquiring the New Orleans Pelicans center?

The Pelicans reportedly have told interested teams what type of assets they are looking to acquire in exchange for the superstar center. The asking price for Davis understandably is sky-high, and every team interested in Davis must weigh the risk of him leaving in 2020 as an unrestricted free agent.

It's a risky scenario, and according to Ian Begley of SNY, some people with the Knicks are hesitant to give up premium assets for the 26-year-old big man.

The Pelicans, according to an ESPN report, weren't enamored by any offer the Knicks or any other suitors had made for Davis. So the Knicks had engaged in some dialogue with teams in an effort to improve their offer for Davis, per SNY sources. It's unclear how far along -- if at all -- any of that dialogue was, but some people in the organization were uncomfortable with the idea of trading away significant assets for Davis, citing the way things played out for New York in the wake of the Carmelo Anthony trade, per SNY sources.

The Knicks have some nice trade assets, highlighted by 2018 first-round pick Kevin Knox and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Knox has a promising future after a rollercoaster rookie campaign, but he's not one of the elite young talents in the NBA. The No. 3 pick certainly is valuable, but many experts believe this is a two-player draft coming up. New York doesn't have any established young star to offer for Davis, either.

What looked like a promising offseason to come for the Knicks could end up being terrible. How so?

The potentially serious Achilles injury suffered by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night could throw a wrench into New York's summer plans. If Durant remains in Golden State as he recovers from his injury and doesn't go to the Knicks in free agency this summer, could Kyrie Irving decide to re-sign with the Boston Celtics? If that happens, would the Celtics be more aggressive in their pursuit of Davis? An Irving-Davis duo in Boston could be enough to vault the C's to the top of the Eastern Conference contenders list, especially if the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers lose key free agents in July. 

Boston reportedly has coveted Davis for years, and they have the quality trade assets to make a strong offer to New Orleans. The Celtics' assets, at least on paper, trounce the Knicks' collection of young players and draft picks. The C's have talented young players such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, established veterans including Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward, three 2019 first-round picks and other future draft selections of value to dangle in trade packages for Davis. The Knicks would be foolish to go all-in for a Davis trade if Durant and Irving both decide not to sign in New York as free agents next month.

There are so many possible scenarios to consider as the start of free agency and the draft near. Durant's injury could impact several teams' summer plans, including where the Pelicans trade Davis.

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Kendrick Perkins: We just have to continue to use our voices

Kendrick Perkins: We just have to continue to use our voices

Over the last few days, we've seen several notable athletes take to the streets to protest George Floyd's murder and the racial injustices that continue to plague the country.

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown led the charge on Saturday, driving 15 hours from Boston to Atlanta to organize a peaceful protest with fellow NBAer Malcolm Brogdon.

Brown's Celtics teammates Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter, and Vincent Poirier followed suit on Sunday with a peaceful protest in Boston, showing the tremendous impact athletes can have on their communities when they let their voices be heard.

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Monday on Early Edition, former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins discussed how Brown and other athletes affect social change when they decide to speak up.

"We just gotta continue to use our voices. We can't change racism overnight, but we can change the system, and our voices need to be heard. It don't matter what race you come from. It's just speak what's right, and stand on what you believe in. It's leading by example.

"When you look at even a guy like Stephen Jackson who I think set the bar, and then all of a sudden Jaylen Brown who's a younger guy in this league say, 'Oh, if Stephen Jackson is out here, a retired player, and he's standing on the frontline, then let me do it. And then all of a sudden, guess what, Jaylen Brown, he influenced Enes Kanter. It's a chain reaction, so whether you're a veteran or a young guy, that don't matter. It's just about taking a stand and taking a trend."

As Perkins notes, when one player finds the courage to speak up, it starts a chain reaction. Some may hesitate to use their voice in fear of the backlash they may receive, but now more than ever it's important to put that fear aside and stand up for what's right.

There's no doubt Brown's admirable actions influenced other athletes and public figures to take a stand, and that's something we should start to see more of in our society.

You can watch the full interview with Perkins below:

Brad Stevens breaks Twitter silence to endorse need for change after George Floyd's death


Brad Stevens breaks Twitter silence to endorse need for change after George Floyd's death

Brad Stevens isn't very active on Twitter. In fact, his last tweet before Monday came during March Madness in 2017 when his former team, Butler University, was making its NCAA Tournament run.

Stevens broke his three-year Twitter silence Monday morning with two tweets, both of which stressed the importance of making real change to combat racial injustice in America following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

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The first tweet from Stevens was his support of the NBA Coaches Association's statement on Floyd's death.

The second tweet was a message from Stevens regarding former President Barack Obama's article that he wrote for Medium titled, "How to Make This Moment The Turning Point For Real Change.” 

Boston Celtics players have taken an active role over the last week in calling for change and engaging in peaceful protests.

Celtics guard and Georgia native Jaylen Brown made the long drive from Boston to Atlanta to lead a peaceful protest Saturday. Celtics centers Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier, and guard Marcus Smart also joined protesters in Boston on Sunday.

The Celtics released their own statement Sunday, which included the following passage: "We stand with our players, employees, partners, and fans in being committed to championing the change we need.”