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NBA rumors: Celtics have been hawking Anthony Davis for years

NBA rumors: Celtics have been hawking Anthony Davis for years

The clock is ticking until next summer when the New Orleans Pelicans can offer superstar center Anthony Davis a super-max contract extension -- in the likely event he makes an All-NBA team for the 2018-19 season and is eligible for such a deal.

That contract would be worth $235 million over five years, so Davis would be giving up a lot of money by turning it down. But if he accepts, he'd have to prolong his career in New Orleans, where he's unlikely to ever make a deep playoff run.

Davis declining that extension would pretty much force the Pelicans to trade him, and ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski recently talked about that scenario in a recent video segment. 

"If he says no to that, the entire league is now in disarray because anyone with trade assets, including LeBron's team, including a very good Boston team, will be doing everything it can to get Anthony Davis," Lowe said. "It's the biggest story in the league. The entire landscape could change based on what he does."

The Boston Celtics have been linked to Davis in trade rumors for a while, and Wojnarowski shed some light on that during this segment.

"Boston has been hawking Anthony Davis for years," Wojnarowski said. "They always hoped that it would be, whether it's the end of this season or the beginning of next before the trade deadline, that they would gather up all those assets, all those picks Danny Ainge has and young players, and they'd be the team to be able to get Anthony Davis. But now you have L.A. and if they get shut out in free agency, they're going to have to take all their young players to try to use them to get Anthony Davis."

You can watch the entire exchange between Wojnarowski and Lowe in the video below.

Few players have the ability to change the balance of power in the NBA with their free-agent decision, but Davis certainly fits in that group. Davis is averaging 28 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 50.3 percent from the field this season. The 25-year-old center is a generational talent. 

The competition for him, if he ever becomes available for trade, will be fierce. The Celtics likely have the most to offer, and it's up to president of basketball operatons Danny Ainge to find the right price without completely gutting the enormous depth he's built for Boston's current roster.

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Celtics 'City Edition' uniforms: First look, debut date for new threads

Celtics 'City Edition' uniforms: First look, debut date for new threads

The Boston Celtics are getting a makeover ... for a few select games, anyway.

The Celtics unveiled their new "City Edition" uniforms Thursday on social media, adding that Boston will debut the green-and-gold threads at next Wednesday's home game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Here's a look:

C's big man Enes Kanter seemingly leaked the team's "City Edition" uniform back in October, but these photos show the jersey with a richer green color along with the Irish-themed font.

The Celtics also put out a "hype video" of sorts to show the "City Edition" uniform in action.

All 30 NBA teams will wear their own "City Edition" jerseys in multiple games during the 2019-20 the season. The Celtics picked a great date to debut theirs, as next Wednesday is Kyrie Irving's first trip back to Boston since leaving the C's in the summer.

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Danny Ainge: Kyrie Irving deserves Celtics tribute video, shouldn't be booed

Danny Ainge: Kyrie Irving deserves Celtics tribute video, shouldn't be booed

Kyrie Irving is Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of many Boston Celtics fans. But his former boss continues to be diplomatic.

The Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden next Wednesday in what will be Irving's first game back in Boston (assuming he shows up) since his acrimonious departure last summer.

Most star players would receive a tribute video from their former team in this situation, but it's a trickier situation with Irving considering the bridges he reportedly burned in Boston.

During an interview Thursday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich," though, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he'd be perfectly fine with TD Garden giving Irving a tribute video.

"Sure. Why not?" Ainge said.

Ainge clarified it's not his call to decide whether Irving gets a tribute video, then insisted Celtics fans are too harsh on the All-Star point guard.

"It was a very good situation with Kyrie," Ainge said. "Kyrie was in a good place, and things were looking good for a year and a half and they went sour.

"... He gets blamed for a lot of the sour of last year, and I just think it's much, much bigger than that. So, I don't have any grudges against Kyrie. I'm grateful that he gave us a chance and it didn't work out. It wasn't his fault things didn't work out. It was a lot of people's fault, including my own."

Irving likely will be booed heartily in Boston, where C's fans haven't forgotten him reneging on a preseason promise to sign with the Celtics long-term before bolting to play with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn.

But Ainge said he's not on board with such a reaction.

"I think that's a sad commentary," Ainge said. "But I understand it just because I know there's been a lot of negative attention."

"I understand all that. I just think it's a bad conclusion to come to. It's not really fair."

Ainge won't make Celtics fans very happy by defending one of their biggest villains, but he's been consistent in taking the high road on Irving's Boston exit.

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