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Why Celtics have better shot at Anthony Davis trade than any NBA team

Why Celtics have better shot at Anthony Davis trade than any NBA team

The Boston Celtics have the money to buy the shiny new sports car. It's up to Danny Ainge whether he wants to spent it.

That's how NBA analyst Chris Mannix characterized the Celtics' potential pursuit of Anthony Davis, noting the C's are better-positioned than any NBA team to acquire the New Orleans Pelicans superstar.

"I still think the Celtics by far and away (have) more assets than anybody else when it comes to acquiring Anthony Davis -- or acquiring anybody in the NBA," Mannix said Monday night on NBC Sports Boston.

The only team with assets that even rival Boston's is the Los Angeles Lakers, Mannix says. But lingering questions about Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball make the Celtics -- who boast a wealth of future draft picks and a crop of talented young players led by Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier -- the clear front-runner.

Any Boston trade for Davis would have to wait until the offseason, unless Ainge and Co. decide to include Kyrie Irving in a return package. But if the 25-year-old big man really wants out of New Orleans, the C's absolutely can make a run at him.

Not that he'll come cheap, of course.

"Anthony Davis is going to require the biggest package of players in NBA history," Mannix noted. "It's going to be a Herschel Walker-type of deal to go get Davis."

Indeed, the C's would need to blow up this current roster and empty their "treasure chest" of assets to land Davis. But as Mannix points out, "To get something, you have to give somthing."

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Jayson Tatum gets rave reviews from Celtics teammates after practicing

Jayson Tatum gets rave reviews from Celtics teammates after practicing

For anyone still sweating whether Jayson Tatum will be able to pick up where he left off when the NBA season restarts later this month, Daniel Theis has an encouraging scouting report.

“[A lot of teammates] look great, especially JT,” said Theis. "He walked in the first day and couldn't miss a shot.”

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The Celtics started mandatory workouts Wednesday and Theis said that he’s crossed paths with most of his teammates as they shuttle through for individual work while ramping up activities in advance of relocating to Orlando next week.

"I know since the facility opened that I think everybody was around, working out,” said Theis. "I've seen the same faces every day because we have certain time slots. So I know Gordon [Hayward] is one of the first guys in the gym at 8 a.m., so I don't see him when I come in at 11. But I just know that everybody is really working and everybody looks good. Talking to players, coaches, everybody really used the time wisely to stay in shape, lifted as much as possible, and now just going back to basketball. I see guys like Kemba [Walker], JT, Enes [Kanter], I see those guys every day.”

Last month on The Enes Kanter Show podcast, Kanter pointed to Theis as the player that had most impressed him in individual drills. Theis stayed in the Boston area instead of relocating to his native Germany during the break and said the time off helped him get his body ready for what’s ahead.

"Overall, I think it was good for me, too, the break we had,” said Theis. “Just to get my body even more ready for the playoffs and for the rest of the season. Just my knees —  more lifting, more rehab because, in-season sometimes, it’s hard to get a lift in between games so I used the time really wisely. Just lifted a lot.”

Theis tore his meniscus during his first season in Boston and admitted he felt the lingering effects in recent seasons. He’s worked hard in the weight room to keep that knee strong and the shutdown could allow him to be particularly fresh entering the playoffs.

The Celtics will need a full-strength Theis, too. He’s Boston’s top option at the center position and could have to joust with the likes of Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo depending on Boston’s playoff path.

Theis said he’s eager to see what a healthy Boston team is capable of, especially on a neutral floor.

“From the basketball standpoint, I’m just excited,” said Theis. "I think it’s a great opportunity for us as a team and also every team has the same chance, because there’s no home-court advantage. It’s just about who is the better team on the court.”

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Footage of Kemba Walker's recent workout will get Celtics fans excited for NBA restart

Footage of Kemba Walker's recent workout will get Celtics fans excited for NBA restart

Boston Celtics fans don't have to wait too much longer to see their favorite team back on the court.

Training camps for the NBA's restart in Florida are expected to begin next week, with the eight seeding games scheduled to start July 30. Boston's first game back is against the Milwaukee Bucks on July 31.

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Many Celtics players have already made their way back to Boston to visit the Auerbach Center, where the team practices. Players have been going through workouts and getting up plenty of shots to fine tune their skills before traveling to Florida.

One of the players back in the gym is star point guard Kemba Walker. Check out footage from one of Walker's recent workouts in the video below:

It's good to see Walker's trademark smile hasn't gone anywhere.

Walker will be among the Celtics' most important players when the 2019-20 season resumes. He's the team's second-leading scorer and a player who head coach Brad Stevens can go to late in games when the team badly needs a bucket.

His last trip to the playoffs was with the Charlotte Hornets in 2016, when the Miami Heat eliminated them in an exciting seven-game series. Walker had most of the Hornets' scoring burden on his shoulders given the lack of talent around him. He doesn't have that problem in Boston. If Walker struggles, his teammates including Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward will be ready to pick up the slack on offense.