The biggest aspect of the Anthony Davis trade saga was his upcoming free agency in 2020. Not only did it force the Pelicans’ hand, but it also scared away a lot of interested teams, If he could leave after one season, what was the point in giving up assets to get him?
Davis’ “list” was revealed later, and included the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, and Bucks as places that star big man would sign long-term deals if traded to.
Interestingly enough, the Celtics remain active in these Davis talks, despite not being included on the list. They seem to be confident they can convince him to stay if they do, indeed, trade for him this summer. That confidence appears to be well-founded. Because, in a confession to the media, Davis himself proclaimed that Boston is on that list after all.
Anthony Davis is asked about the Boston Celtics not being on his list. “They are on my list.”
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 16, 2019
This must be fantastic news for the Celtics. They were always willing to make a deal for Davis, even before they found out he might be willing to commit. Now, they can act as though they’ll have Davis for good and will be able to make any decision after accordingly.
The biggest losers in this news are the Lakers. After failing to take advantage of their head start before the deadline, they’ve been all but shutout by the Pelicans in negotiations. Knowing what Boston has to offer, and knowing they no longer have a reason to hold back, it seems far-fetched to think anybody can outbid them this coming summer. The Lakers will likely have to look elsewhere for their secondary star as a result.
It’s also important to note that Davis also included, along with Boston, “all other 29 teams” in his supposed “list” of trade destinations.
Anthony Davis on the Boston Celtics being on his list: “All 29 other teams are on my list” & says he’s never gave the New Orleans Pelicans a preferred destination pic.twitter.com/QE01xOpH3A
— kingtisemedia (@kingtisemedia) February 16, 2019
So the Celtics weren’t the only ones to get a dose of good news. But, if we’re being real, they are probably the only team that it matters for. Again, nobody can really match what they have in terms of offering up a trade package.
So while anything can happen between now and the end of the season, it seems almost inevitable that Anthony Davis will be suiting up with the Boston Celtics next season.