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NBA rumors: Lakers "dream" of beating Celtics for Anthony Davis trade

NBA rumors: Lakers "dream" of beating Celtics for Anthony Davis trade

The next great battle in the storied rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers isn't likely to happen in the NBA Finals. It could happen in the trade market, where Anthony Davis is the latest elite player whose future is in question.

The New Orleans Pelicans superstar center is signed through the 2019-20 season, if he declines his 2020-21 player option. He's eligible for a super-max contract extension next summer, though, and if he refuses to sign such a a deal, the Pelicans would have no choice but to trade him. 

The Celtics' interest in Davis has been well-documented for a long time. The Lakers are in the mix now, too. LeBron James is 33 years old and the Lakers are flush with talented young players to dangle in the trade market. The Lakers' window to win is now.

How competitive could a showdown for Davis between the Lakers and Celtics get? Marc Stein of the New York Times provided some insight in his latest newsletter:

The Lakers’ fantasy haul, of course, is twofold. They want to sign an elite free agent from the Kevin Durant/Kawhi Leonard tier next summer with the significant salary-cap space they are on course to possess. But the Lakers also dream of beating out Boston’s well-chronicled treasure trove of trade assets in a pitch for Davis with some combination of L.A.’s own promising starlets: Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball.

The Lakers definitely have a lot to offer, and Ingram probably is the best of the bunch. The Celtics have their own impressive collection of talented young players, but where they really stand out above the Lakers is their horde of draft picks. The C's could have as many as four first-round draft picks in 2019. The best of the bunch likely will be the Sacramento Kings' 2019 first rounder. Sure, the Kings are playing well right now, but that pick should be in the lottery when all is settled. 

The Lakers are in an interesting spot. If they don't sign an elite free agent next summer, they pretty much have to make an aggressive swing at landing Davis. The problem is the Celtics reportedly have been "hawking" Davis for years and have better trade assets to offer.

Watching it all play out will be fascinating, and the outcome of this Davis pursuit could determine which franchise dominates the 2020s.

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Tacko Fall's agent: 'If the Celtics release him, I don’t think he goes unclaimed'

Tacko Fall's agent: 'If the Celtics release him, I don’t think he goes unclaimed'

Tacko Fall signed with the Boston Celtics after going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. And in the two months since that occurred, the 7-foot-6 center has quickly developed into a fan favorite.

After a solid performance at the Las Vegas Summer League where he showed off his excellent length and dunking and shot-blocking abilities, Fall's potential to make the Celtics' roster became a hot topic of discussion.

Though Fall was only on an Exhibit 10 deal, meaning that he wasn't guaranteed to make the roster, some thought he did enough to earn a chance to make the Celtics roster. Still, the possibility remains that the team could try to stash him with the Maine Red Claws, as they have already inked two two-way players and have at least 15 players with at least partially-guaranteed contracts on the roster.

However, if they take that path, it's possible that another team could try to claim him on waivers. And Fall's agent, Justin Haynes, thinks that a team would take a shot on Fall if the Celtics did part with him.

"If the Celtics release him, I don’t think he goes unclaimed," said Haynes, per Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. "I think somebody will take a shot on him because he’s done enough to show he can find a place in the NBA. I’m really hopeful that it’s Boston. I hope they find a way, and they do have a vision for him."

Of course, it is worth noting that Haynes is Fall's agent, so he certainly is going to be confident about Fall's ability to make an NBA roster. But still, it does seem possible that another team could target Fall if the team did waive him, especially if they are thin at the center position.

That said, it does seem like the C's have a vision for Fall. The Celtics brass and players have had nothing but positive things to say about Fall since bringing him onboard. Danny Ainge even said developing Fall was a "high priority" back in July and said that Fall would have a chance to make the roster. 

If Fall continues to show growth and the ability to impact the game, the team will likely find a way to keep him around, whether it's by signing him to the 15-man roster or opening up a two-way slot for him.

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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca 'almost crashed his car' when he heard of Kemba's interest

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca 'almost crashed his car' when he heard of Kemba's interest

This offseason, the Boston Celtics were in a state of flux. With the impending departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, it seemed that the team was entering a rebuilding phase in which they would have to build around their young talent.

Instead, the team was able to retool. That was largely thanks to Kemba Walker's interest in joining the team. Walker's interest surprised their co-owner, Steve Pagliuca, who shared how he reacted when he heard the news.

"I almost crashed my car when I heard that," Pagliuca said, per Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe.

It's easy to understand why Pagliuca was so surprised. Walker, who had spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets, could've gotten a supermax to stay put with the Hornets. Instead, he wanted to join a winner and evidently was impressed with the Celtics.

Walker should be the perfect replacement for Kyrie Irving and should help to build better chemistry in a locker room that dealt with numerous issues last year. And Walker's addition plus the acquisition of rookies Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards, and Tremont Waters has done a lot to transform the Celtics' personality, as Pagliuca noted.

"There’s just really a positive attitude from everybody this year," Pagliuca said, per Yang. "We’ve got a bunch of hard-working players that really want to achieve. We couldn’t ask for anything more."

After last season, that should be refreshing to Celtics fans, especially if they can stay competitive in what should be a wide-open Eastern Conference outside of the favored No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks.

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