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Breakfast Pod: DeMarcus Cousins to Boston? Nathan Eovaldi the closer

Breakfast Pod: DeMarcus Cousins to Boston? Nathan Eovaldi the closer

After the Celtics bring in a bevy of big men do they have room for DeMarcus Cousins? What's the message the Red Sox are sending by making Nathan Eovaldi the closer?

1:15 - Chris Mannix and Chris Forsberg stop by Early Edition to discuss the reports that the Celtics are not interested in pursuing Demarcus Cousins. 

6:04 - The US Women's National Team defeated England 2-1 to advance to the World Cup Final - the Early Edition crew reacts.

12:52 - John Tomase joins BST to discuss Nathan Eovaldi being named the Red Sox closer and the mixed messages the team is sending about the decision.

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Could Bradley Beal be the next big star that the Celtics pursue?

Could Bradley Beal be the next big star that the Celtics pursue?

In the wake of the Anthony Davis trade, the Boston Celtics no longer have a superstar target in their sights. The trade market doesn't have an obvious superstar available for the first time in what feels like quite a while. But with Danny Ainge still sitting on a treasure trove of assets, the Celtics could still look to be active in attempting to acquire franchise changing players.

In an appearance on NBC Sports Boston's Arbella Early Edition, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix gave his pick for a potential franchise cornerstone that the Celtics could target. That was Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Here's why Mannix thinks that Beal could be the next star-caliber player that becomes available.

I lean towards Beal just because he's the obvious guy that could be moved. Ted Leonsis, the owner in Washington, loves Bradley Beal, but a new GM could walk in there and say look, I've got John Wall probably not playing next season. Bradley Beal has three years left on his contract. He is an enormously valuable trade asset. Can you get a Bradley Beal without throwing a Jayson Tatum in a trade? I don't know. But Bradley Beal is the next big star, I think, that could be available.

And as NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg went on to point out, Tatum and Beal have a relationship as they did go to the same high school. So, in the event that the Celtics did have Beal and Tatum, they would have some immediate chemistry.

The Wizards could be heading towards a rebuild, as Wall will likely miss a good chunk of the upcoming season with a torn Achilles he suffered in late January. Wall is entering the first year of a four-year, $170 million supermax extension, so if he can't get on the floor, the Wizards will have a tough time surrounding Beal with solid offensive weaponry. And if the team struggles to start the season, they could move on from Beal to jumpstart a potential rebuild.

Of course, acquiring Beal would be no easy pursuit. He is coming off a season in which he averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, all of which are career highs. He made strides as a distributor with Wall out and as Mannix pointed out, he is on a controllable contract that comes in at roughly $25 million annually, well below the max. So, if he does become available, he could be a sought after target and may require the Celtics to ship out some of their young assets.

In fact, the New Orleans Pelicans are rumored to have an interest in Beal. So, if Washington does decide to sell Beal, the Celtics will have to get into the fray and construct a package that could work for the soon-to-be 26-year-old scorer.

There's no guarantee that Beal will become available. But certainly, his scoring would be a good fit with the Celtics. It will be interesting to see what Washington decides to do with him as they navigate a difficult situation with Wall's injury.

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Chris Mannix: Celtics' chances of acquiring Anthony Davis go to 90 percent after trade deadline

Chris Mannix: Celtics' chances of acquiring Anthony Davis go to 90 percent after trade deadline

Since Anthony Davis requested to be shipped out of New Orleans on Monday, Celtics fans have daydreamed about the 6-foot-10 superstar donning the Green and White.

Unfortunately, unless the C's part ways with Kyrie Irving, they can't trade for Anthony Davis this season due to the Derrick Rose rule. But if Davis isn't moved before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated believes Boston's chances of acquiring him are exceptionally high because of one key asset.

"If we get past Feb. 7, the Celtics' chances of acquiring Anthony Davis go I think to like 90 percent because of Jayson Tatum," Mannix said Wednesday on Celtics Pregame Live. "Now Boston won't want to include Tatum in that mix, but if other teams start to get involved, let me tell you this: The team I would be most nervous about come lottery night is the New York Knicks, because the New York Knicks could send [Kristaps] Porzingis and the No. 1 overall pick. That would scare me if I were the Celtics."

Involved in the Davis sweepstakes right along with the Knicks, of course, are the Lakers. Los Angeles is the favorite to land Davis if he indeed is traded before the deadline, but the Celtics undoubtedly can put together the best possible package to send to New Orleans if the five-time All-Star is on the market this summer.

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