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Report: Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to Lakers

Report: Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to Lakers

The Celtics are officially out of the Anthony Davis sweepstakes.

The Pelicans on Saturday pulled the trigger on a deal to send Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks including the No. 4 overall selection in the 2019 Draft, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics' unwillingness to include forward Jayson Tatum in a deal for Davis prompted the Pelicans to take the Lakers' trade package instead, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

UPDATE -- 11 p.m. ET

The Lakers included two unprotected swaps along with the three first round picks they sent to the Pelicans with Davis. 

Teams have rarely included unprotected first round picks in trades after the Celtics fleeced the Nets for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, so it goes to show the Lakers' motivation to get this deal done. 

Uncertainty with Davis' long-term commitment to Boston likely had a lot to do with the C's refusal to put together an overwhelming deal. Davis' agent, Rich Paul, warned the Celtics earlier this week that his client would not sign an extension if traded to Boston and would enter free agency in 2020.

Now that the Davis drama is over, the Celtics could turn to Rockets big man Clint Capela as a backup plan. And with this blockbuster trade finally completed, the attention shifts to Kyrie Irving's upcoming free agency.

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NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

Tacko Fall took the Las Vegas Summer League by storm not only with his size, but his ability to impact the game in ways players that big struggle to do consistently at the highest level. 

The Celtics got a front-row seat to Fall's play after signing the big man to an Exhibit 10 contract following the 2019 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.2 points, four rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 77 percent shooting to go along with some eye-popping dunks where he barely left the floor. 

It's up to Boston whether to carry him on the roster next season, and one anonymous Celtics staffer believes Fall is worth an investment, especially if he continues to develop at the rate he has been since the draft. 

The Celtics filled its last roster spot by signing Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed contract this week and have both two-way contract slots occupied by Max Strus and Tremont Waters. 

Boston typically brings in more than 15 players under contract into camp for competition purposes, but the Exhibit 10 contract gives Fall a guaranteed camp invite along with a $50,000 bonus if the Celtics waive him and want to sign him to the Maine Red Claws. 

It's difficult to see what the staffer means exactly by saying he's "worth an investment." But whether it means a full-time roster spot, a two-way deal or the $50,000 bonus to play in Maine all season, it's clear the Celtics want to give the 7-7 big man out of UCF an extended look this year. While Fall has a very long way to go before he can crack an NBA rotation, you can't deny how much fun it is to watch him dwarf the giants of the league. 

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WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

Former Celtics forward and NBC Sports Boston's own Brian Scalabrine showed he still has a little something left over from his playing days during a BIG3 game Sunday. 

Scalabrine found himself guarding former scoring wing Stephen Jackson, and when Jackson went up for a reverse layup on the right side of the rim, Scalabrine was there to send it back. Since BIG3 basketball is played in the half-court, Scal's team quickly turned the play into two points. 

This shouldn't come all that surprising though. Say what you want about Scal's offensive game when he didn't have his jumper going, but the man was always an underrated post defender. 

Given the state of the Celtics frontcourt going into the 2019-20 season, could they use some of Scal's interior presence on the defensive end? Probably not, but that most likely won't stop him from sharing his highlights with Brad Stevens and the Celtics coaching staff. 

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