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NBA Rumors: How Pelicans winning lottery impacts Anthony Davis trade

NBA Rumors: How Pelicans winning lottery impacts Anthony Davis trade

The Anthony Davis trade saga just went from interesting to fascinating.

Tuesday's 2019 NBA Draft Lottery saw the best asset to lure Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans go to ... the New Orleans Pelicans, who now can draft Zion Williamson at No. 1 overall.

That begs an obvious follow-up question: Will the Pelicans still trade Davis to a team like the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks, or keep AD around to pair him with Zion?

According to Bleacher Report's Ken Berger, New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is pushing hard for the latter.

"Griff was never going to trade AD. That's why he got the job," a rival general manager told Berger on Tuesday night.

Per Berger, another executive confirmed a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Griffin "spent the hours after the lottery scouring the league for players to pair with Davis, not seeking scenarios to trade him."

That's not ideal for the Celtics, who at one point were considered favorites to land Davis in a trade and still have arguably the best assets to get a deal done, Kyrie Irving's uncertain future notwithstanding.

But here's the good news for Boston: Davis reportedly still wants out of New Orleans, and a person close to the Pelicans superstar told Berger that Davis' stance hasn't changed since the Pelicans secured the No. 1 pick. (Another silver lining for the C's: The Knicks and Lakers both didn't get the No. 1 overall pick, which would have significantly boosted their odds of acquiring Davis in a trade.)

What the top pick gives Griffin, though, is significant leverage in Davis trade talks. Even if Davis wants out, Williamson at least gives him some reason to stay, so Griffin can stand pat unless another team makes him an offer too good to pass up.

The Pelicans winning the lottery is a juicy plot twist in the Davis sweepstakes, which remain murky as ever as free agency approaches.

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Aron Baynes bids farewell to Boston in Instagram post

Aron Baynes bids farewell to Boston in Instagram post

As the Aron Baynes era in Boston comes to an end, the big man has a message for the city he's called home for the last two years.

Baynes, who was traded to the Phoenix Suns during the 2019 NBA Draft, posted a simple yet thoughtful message to his Instagram on Wednesday.

"Loved my time in Boston," he wrote. "Appreciate all the messages, support and kind words."

Baynes averaged 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in his two seasons with the Celtics. With the 6-foot-10 Australian gone and veteran big man Al Horford reportedly planning to leave in free agency, the C's are left searching for rim protectors to fill the void.

As for what the Celtics got from the Suns in the deal for Baynes, they acquired Milwaukee's first-round pick in next year's draft.

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Julian Edelman makes pitch for Kevin Durant to join Celtics

Julian Edelman makes pitch for Kevin Durant to join Celtics

Julian Edelman has been making the media rounds over the last week to promote his upcoming Showtime documentary, "100%: Julian Edelman".

On Wednesday, the Patriots wide receiver held an AMA on the Bleacher Report app and answered all sorts of questions, both football and non-football related, from fans. One of those non-football related questions asked Edelman where NBA free agent Kevin Durant is signing, and whether he is prepared to sell the superstar on joining the Celtics.

Check out Edelman's response below. . .

This isn't the three-time Super Bowl champion's first time recruiting Durant to the C's. Edelman made his pitch for KD to come to Boston the last time he was a free agent in 2016.

That pitch proved to not be enough as Durant ultimately chose to sign with the Golden State Warriors instead. That decision worked out pretty well for him, of course, as he went on lead the Warriors to two NBA titles while earning two NBA Finals MVP awards.

As he prepares to hit free agency for the second time, Durant reportedly has been getting "pressed" by Kyrie Irving to join him in signing with the Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks are expected to meet with the 10-time All-Star as well.

So if Edelman really wants to get KD on the C's, he's going to have to step up his recruitment game this time around.

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