What would it mean for the Boston Celtics to give up all of their assets for Anthony Davis?

Boston Celtics (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

With an Anthony Davis trade to the Boston Celtics seeming more likely by the day, is it worth it for Danny Ainge to give up such high upside prospects to get him?

In a scenario where the Boston Celtics trade for Anthony Davis, Danny Ainge will likely be faced with two different paths. One path could include cashing in all of his assets in Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, and even Robert Williams to go along with multiple first round picks.

The other would be keeping the group he has right now, betting on upside over almost a sure-fire championship team with Davis and Kyrie Irving playing together. Whether it seems like an easy decision to you or not, both paths could lead to a championship, but you never know.

More from Celtics News

That’s really the key, isn’t it? You never know if the team you put together will win one or multiple championships. Few would’ve guessed the original Celtics “Big Three” would only win one title, and few could have predicted the struggles this year’s team has faced. When trying to build a contender, the best thing you can do is to have as much talent on the floor as possible and try to make sure it fits. After that, it’s basically out of your hands.

Taking into account all of the problems the Celtics have faced, their ceiling is still higher than anyone in the league except Golden State. When you have a player like Irving and a top defense, a series between the Warriors and Celtics could go either way. So why would Danny Ainge give up most or all of the young core when they’re already so close to the NBA’s mountaintop?

Because nothing in the NBA is guaranteed, especially potential.

If getting Davis hinges on including Tatum with Brown in a deal, Ainge should undoubtedly pull the trigger. That doesn’t mean the Pelicans will get Tatum. The Celtics can probably field the best package for him without giving up the second-year stud, but there’s no question you give him up to get Davis in the building with Irving.

If nothing were to change about Irving or Davis’ respective skills, you at least have one of the best scorers and creators in the league playing with a top-five big man. Irving and Davis will be 27 and 26 years old respectively by the time they could team-up in Boston.

Next. The Celtics are on Anthony Davis' list. dark

As good as I think Tatum will become, the tangible ceiling of a team led by Davis and Irving is impossible to pass up. At the end of the day, the question you have to ask yourself is this: Is there any team who could beat the Celtics if both teams are playing their best basketball? If the answer is yes, you keep finding ways to turn it into a no. Pairing Irving and Davis could do that.