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NBA Rumors: Is Lakers-Pelicans trade for Anthony Davis off the table?

NBA Rumors: Is Lakers-Pelicans trade for Anthony Davis off the table?

The Los Angeles Lakers tried and (very publicly) failed to wrest Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans prior to the NBA trade deadline.

Might they have to wait until 2020 free agency for their next shot at the All-Star big man?

The Undefeated's Mark J. Spears suggested as much Wednesday afternoon on ESPN's "The Jump."

"I have been told that there’s no way Anthony Davis is coming here (to Los Angeles) through the Pelicans," Spears said.

Co-host Michael Wilbon then chimed in with his confirmation: "They're just not going to do it. I've heard the same thing."

The Pelicans and Lakers seemingly left trade deadline talks on acrimonious terms, with New Orleans reportedly upset L.A.'s multiple trade offers for Davis became so public and the Lakers skeptical the Pelicans gave them a fair shake in negotiations. The whole mess even led New Orleans to fire general manager Dell Demps and its head coach, Alvin Gentry, to publicly call the situation a "dumpster fire."

So, yeah. You can see why the two sides may not be willing to deal.

That would appear to open the door for the Boston Celtics, who are in fact on Davis' "list" and boast a wealth of assets to offer the Pelicans in trade talks this summer.

The caveat, of course, is that Davis can opt out of his contract after the 2019-20 season and become a free agent. Reports suggest he prefers signing in Los Angeles when that time comes -- both Spears and Wilbon didn't rule this out, simply noting Davis wouldn't go to L.A. through New Orleans -- so the Celtics' risk of dumping all their assets for one year of Davis still is very real.

Interestingly enough, Spears and Wilbon also mentioned the Clippers could be in play for Davis, with Spears noting a source told him there's "another team in Los Angeles that you've got to worry about."

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Celtics' Smart 'feeling great' and 'ready to get back out there' for Team USA

Celtics' Smart 'feeling great' and 'ready to get back out there' for Team USA

Marcus Smart has had to watch his teammates - including Celtics' Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown - on Team USA play in scrimmages and exhibition games while he rests his injured calf, but he told NBA TV that he's "ready to get back out there."

Smart, who has been out since Aug. 7, told Jared Greenberg in a sideline interview that he's "feeling great.“

"We’re just taking it slow and making sure I’m a hundred percent and [then] get back out there.”

The Americans beat Spain 90-81 Friday in a tuneup behind 11 points each from Walker and Tatum. They'll play three more games in Australia next week before the FIBA World Cup opens in China Aug. 31.

Smart said to join his C's teammates playing for the US should help build chemistry for the season ahead.

"To have us four here with each other and going through this journey with each other is something that's going to help us in this NBA season coming up," Smart said. 

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Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum help Team USA beat Spain 90-81 in tuneup

Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum help Team USA beat Spain 90-81 in tuneup

It's something Celtics fans are hoping to see a lot of this season, and it helped Team USA get off to a good start in their 90-81 exhibition win over Spain on Friday night in Anaheim.

Kemba Walker dishing to Jayson Tatum and Tatum driving strong to the hoop and finishing with a dunk.

Walker had 11 points and eight assists, Tatum also scored 11 and Jaylen Brown had nine points. The other Celtic on Team USA, Marcus Smart, again sat out with a calf injury. Spain is No. 2 in the FIBA world rankings, the US is No. 1.

Walker's hesitation move added to the Americans early lead:

Here's a super-slow-motion look at Walker driving past fellow NBAer Ricky Rubio of Spain:

And one of Tatum's four assists as he feeds the Lakers' Kyle Kuzma:

Team USA will travel to Australia for three more exhibitions next week against the Aussies and Canada before the FIBA World Cup opens in China Aug. 31.

 

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