Why the Boston Celtics aren’t out of the Anthony Davis race

Boston Celtics Anthony Davis (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics Anthony Davis
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After a day full of more Anthony Davis news, it seems more likely than ever that Magic Johnson and LeBron James will land their second superstar at the deadline. Don’t count out the Boston Celtics just yet, though.

So, today was an interesting day for NBA Twitter. With an array of Woj bombs concerning Anthony Davis’ future, it seems as though all signs point to his imminent departure for the Lakers by the trade deadline. The Boston Celtics can’t even make an offer due to the Rose rule, which prevents teams from trading for multiple players on Designated Player Rookie Scale Extensions (Kyrie Irving is currently signed under one).

Today’s news began with this story from ESPN, a summary of Davis’ intentions and the position that the Lakers and Celtics are in to acquire him. We’ve also seen a variety of interesting Tweets reporting trade talks between Lakers GM Magic Johnson and Pelicans GM Dell Demps.

And interestingly enough, one of the rumored scenarios was reported – and it’s admittedly a bold offer.

In more discouraging news for the Celtics, this little nugget was officially dropped as well, confirming Davis’ plans to land in Los Angeles no matter what.

One thing is clear: the Lakers aren’t messing around this time. We’ve seen this drama play out over the last couple years, first with Paul George, and then with Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers failed to land either of those players, and seem to have put all of their chips in on Anthony Davis coming to Los Angeles to be LeBron James’ second superstar.

With all of this noise being pointed towards a Lakers trade, it’s easy to assume that such a trade is inevitable. But at times like these, it’s important to keep a little perspective. Here’s why Boston Celtics fans should rest easy about the chances of obtaining the generational big man.