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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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How Gordon Hayward helped ensure Kobe Bryant would score 60 in final game

How Gordon Hayward helped ensure Kobe Bryant would score 60 in final game

Kobe Bryant had one of the most iconic final games in NBA history.

With the Los Angeles Lakers well out of the playoff race in his last year, the team's final regular season game served as a send-off for Bryant. In the outing, Bryant dominated the game, took as many shots as he wanted, and ultimately scored 60 points to cap off a comeback win over the Utah Jazz.

It was a great way to end an amazing career.

And believe it or not, Gordon Hayward actually played a part in ensuring that Bryant would be guaranteed to get 60 points late in that game.

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As Mike Tirico detailed on a recent episode of The Ringer's Ryen Russilo Podcast, Hayward, then playing for the Jazz, actually made a key move late in the contest that few people remember. Hayward intentionally committed a lane violation on Bryant's final free throw just to give him a chance to to get to 60 in case he missed it.

And to Tirico, that decision stands out and makes him "a fan of [Hayward's] for life."

That, to me, was the most unique example I could give to people of the fraternity of the NBA. And the reverence for greatness in the NBA is at a different level that any of the other sports that we watch or cover.

He had the complete wherewithal at 59 to just put a foot in the lane and look over at the ref just in case Kobe missed it to make sure he got another shot at 60.

That is just one of those things that nobody ever remembers, that very few people see, but every time I see Gordon Hayward, I think of that. I'm like, 'You know what, dude, you get it. You get it at a level that other people don't and I'm a fan of yours for life for that.

That is pretty incredible. And it does demonstrate just how good of a teammate and person Hayward is, even though the move was inconsequential as Bryant nailed the free throw.

Of course, this moment is even more poignant after Bryant's tragic passing. Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday afternoon.

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Celtics vs. Heat start time changed to 8 p.m. ET after Lakers vs. Clippers postponed

Celtics vs. Heat start time changed to 8 p.m. ET after Lakers vs. Clippers postponed

The Boston Celtics were originally scheduled to take on the Miami Heat starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday night.

However, the time of the game has changed in the wake of the NBA's decision to postpone the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers game.

The battle for L.A. was originally scheduled to take place at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday and would air after the conclusion of Celtics-Heat on TNT. But with the former game no longer being played in the aftermath of Kobe Bryant's death, TNT has elected to move back the start of the Celtics game into the 8 p.m. ET window.

The Celtics will enter Tuesday night's game with a record of 30-15 while the Heat sit at 31-14, pending the result of their Monday night game against the Orlando Magic.

Pregame coverage of the contest will begin on NBC Sports Boston at 7 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live.