The Boston Celtics are serious about trading for Anthony Davis. No, really: It’s not going to be like when they tried to trade for DeMarcus Cousins ... or Jimmy Butler ... or Paul George — they’re for real this time, they promise. No takebacks.
On the most recent episode of “The Lowe Post,” Zach Lowe of ESPN said that Boston’s stance of trading for Davis hasn’t changed despite Rich Davis’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, saying that he won’t re-sign if they do:
“Everything I’ve heard, and this is really interesting, is that Boston is not afraid. Boston is not afraid of Rich Paul coming out again in Sports Illustrated and saying ‘they can trade for him, it’s just going to be for a year.’ They’re not afraid. And I don’t see a way that Boston can get him without trading (Jayson) Tatum. Now, whether you have to include Tatum and the Memphis, which is their only golden chip left -- and by the way, the last golden chip they had was the Kings pick, and it didn’t turn out to be all that golden because the Kings got pretty good. So you never know.”
That’s super great for the Celtics. They should be very proud.
The only thing is: We’ve yet to hear exactly what the Celtics plan to offer for Davis. When Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was on SportsCenter on Wednesday, he said he didn’t know if Boston was planning on offering Tatum in a package for Davis. Meanwhile, he’s reported that the Lakers are building a package centered around Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and the No. 4 pick.
As it stands, we don’t know how the Lakers’ package stacks up against Boston’s because they don’t have one yet. Sure, Tatum might theoretically be the best prospect the Pelicans can get back in a trade, but there’s no guarantee the Celtics offer that, especially when all signs point to Kyrie Irving skipping town.
Can Boston put together a competitive offer for Davis? Absolutely, but they can’t compete if they’re not in the game. If the Lakers are lucky, things will stay that way, and we can all read about how hard the Celtics tried to trade for Davis this summer.