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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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NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

Since the NBA's suspended season has given Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant months to recover from their respective injuries, some believed they could return and make the Brooklyn Nets title contenders.

That theory was put to rest on Friday.

Durant confirmed to ESPN's Marc J. Spears he will not be returning to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando, Fla. next month. As for Irving, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says the former Boston Celtics guard suggested on Friday's NBPA conference call it's possible he could join the team... as an inactive player.


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Durant missed the entire 2019-20 campaign after rupturing his Achilles tendon in last year's NBA Finals. Irving underwent surgery in March to repair an impingement in his right shoulder that ended his first season with the Nets after only 20 games.

Brooklyn currently holds the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 30-34 record on the season.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

On Thursday, the NBA announced a 22-team plan to resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Fla.

The plan passed by an overwhelming 29-1 vote among teams, with the Portland Trail Blazers as the only organization to vote against it. Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, obviously, was one of the many in favor of the plan and discussed why Friday on Felger & Mazz.

"The point that seemed the most fair is not to give a team that was lagging farther behind in the East, and that was for example [the Charlotte Hornets] who are seven games back," Grousbeck said. "In the history of the NBA, no one has ever come from seven games back at this point in the season. And so, it's more fair to say no, we can only take so many teams because of safety.

"We don't want to have 500 more people with all 30 teams. We'd just have more of a chance of getting shut down because of the virus. So there was a line to be drawn, and we all decided 29-1 that this was the most fair line."

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With safety as the No. 1 concern going forward, it's a no-brainer to limit the teams heading down to Walt Disney World to only the ones that can fight for a playoff spot.

Grousbeck also suggested that the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks could be the C's first opponent when the league returns to action. The Celtics were preparing for a matchup in Milwaukee when the season was suspended in mid-March.

"I think our first game is going to be Milwaukee, which that would be interesting," Grousbeck said. "Because that's what the schedule looks like just from the current schedule. We don't have the new schedule yet. But we'll probably start right off with Milwaukee."

The C's currently have the No. 3 seed in the East as they prepare to return to the court.

You can hear the rest of what Grousbeck had to say in the video above.