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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