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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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Report: Jaylen Brown seeking more than this Celtics extension offer

Report: Jaylen Brown seeking more than this Celtics extension offer

Jaylen Brown and his new agent reportedly are getting right down to business.

The Boston Celtics have offered Brown a four-year contract extension worth $80 million, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Wednesday.

But the 22-year-old guard, who is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, is "pursuing a bigger offer," according to Haynes.

A $20 million-per-year deal would make Brown the third-highest-paid player in Boston, behind only max-contract players Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward.

Brown may be wise to bet on himself, though. He'd likely be a top-10 free agent in a weak 2020 class, and possibly could vault into the top five with a strong fourth season.

Whether Brown deserves a maximum contract remains to be seen, but it sounds like he's pushing for more than what the Celtics are offering him.

"Everybody says that they’re not concerned with it, but in some way, shape or form they are,” Brown told The New York Times' Marc Stein in a recent interview, via Stein's latest email newsletter. "But to be honest, it’s really not overwhelming me or ruling my thoughts. I know what type of talent I have. I’m confident in myself. I’m confident in my ability."

The Celtics have until next Monday to offer Brown an extension, or risk him testing the market in restricted free agency.

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Kendrick Perkins roasts Cavs after Celtics, Carsen Edwards cruise to easy win

Kendrick Perkins roasts Cavs after Celtics, Carsen Edwards cruise to easy win

Kendrick Perkins did not shy away from criticizing the Cleveland Cavaliers on Twitter after another horrendous loss to the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics destroyed the Cavs by 46 points in a preseason game in Boston earlier this week. Boston traveled to Cleveland for Tuesday night's preseason finale at Quicken Loans Arena and left most of its best players back home. The C's, despite not having a full squad, dominated the Cavs again with a 118-85 victory.

Celtics rookie guard Carsen Edwards put on a show in the third quarter, hitting eight 3-point shots in the period and finishing the game with a team-high 30 points.

Perkins, who played for the Celtics and Cavs (among other teams) during his 14-year career, roasted Cleveland on Twitter for Tuesday's performance.

The second post-LeBron James era has been rough in Cleveland, and more pain likely is on the way. The Cavs have a new head coach in John Beilein, a lot of young and inexperienced players, and only one star-caliber veteran in Kevin Love.

Oddsmakers at the Westgate in Las Vegas have set the Cavaliers' 2019-20 season win total at 24, and only the Charlotte Hornets have a lower number. It wouldn't be surprising at all if Cleveland goes under that win total. This team is in another rebuild and should prioritize improving its NBA Draft Lottery odds.

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