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NBA Rumors: The Celtics Have An Edge Over The Lakers In Anthony Davis Trade

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The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have been rivals on the court for decades and now their rivalry is continuing off the basketball court and into free agency.

Anthony Davis may be on the move from the Pelicans and both the Celtics and Lakers are more than interested in acquiring the big man’s talent for the 2019-2020 season. According to reports, the Celtics have been in contact with the Pelicans for more than a year asking about a possible deal between the two franchises.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, if Davis becomes available and the Boston Celtics are willing to include Jayson Tatum in the trade, the Lakers may not be able to match it.

“If they were willing to put Tatum in a deal, there’s nothing the Lakers could do, there's nothing they could ... Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, none of those guys match up to his potential and production so far," Adrian Wojnarowski said on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday. "But I think any deal Boston would be willing to do they would love to be able to keep Tatum."

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Tatum has been outstanding value for the Celtics ever since Kyrie Irving went down with a Knee injury near the end of last season. The 20-year-old played a big role in the side pushing forwards towards an Eastern Conference Finals series against the Cavaliers. If the Celtics have a choice in the matter then they would certainly want to keep Tatum while attempting to acquire Davis.

The Lakers also have plenty of young talent to offer if they are serious about bringing Anthony Davis to L.A. Players such as Ingram, Ball, Hart and Kuzma have all shown plenty of value but it would be questionable that the Pelicans would be more intrigued in them rather than Jayson Tatum.

There’s still a lot of doubt and mystery about whether Davis will end up moving on from the New Orleans Pelicans next season with the franchise keen on retaining him if he wants to stay.

The Celtics may hold all the cards if the Pelicans are willing to play ball but whether they want to trade Tatum or not is the big question. As valuable of a servant he has been, it would be hard to keep him if they’re missing out on an opportunity in trading for one of the game’s best players.