Nobody’s comments during 2022 Boston Celtics media day were particularly assuring. Jayson Tatum admitted he didn’t find out about the Ime Udoka situation until everyone else did, Marcus Smart shared the same sentiment, and Jaylen Brown sounded defeated as he described what life has been like since being drafted by former GM Danny Ainge in 2016: constant trade rumors and never knowing when his time with the team will be done.
The present didn’t seem all that cheerful besides Malcolm Brogdon’s excitement about being somewhere he can win and Al Horford’s commitment to playing back-to-backs during the 2022-23 season. Well, I suppose there was some cheer after all.
Still, a veteran group that has been through several iterations of dysfunction now faces one of the toughest seasons in recent memory. 2021-22 didn’t lack in drama as Udoka tried to get the players to buy into his system, but given how it ended, the follow-up was always going to draw eyeballs — and that was before the Cs landed Brogdon in the offseason in a highway robbery deal, signed Danilo Gallinari to the MLTPE before the Italian forward tore his ACL in FIBA play, and the recent Udoka suspension which now puts his assistant Joe Mazzulla into the interim head coaching role.
Heavy’s Adam Taylor, while speaking on a recent proposal for the Cs to land Anthony Davis in exchange for Brown and Smart, said that Jaylen Brown could have interest in playing with LeBron James for a few years before potentially taking the reins of the Lakers himself eventually:
"“Given that LeBron is entering the finals years of his career, and Davis no longer projects to be the future of the Lakers franchise, Brown could be tempted to spend a year or two playing alongside one of the greatest players in history before assuming control of the Lakers and becoming their leading star.”"
The Boston Celtics have no use for Anthony Davis
It’s been three years since Anthony Davis being an option for the Boston Celtics was a realistic possibility. Before Kyrie Irving bolted for Brooklyn and proceeded to win exactly won postseason series with the Nets, causing chaos for the franchise in the ensuing years, Davis might have been on the table.
Ever since winning a bubble championship in 2020 and signing a 5-year, $190 million extension with the Lakers as a result, Davis has proven undeserving of such a payday. The ship has sailed for the Cs and AD. It’s just not meant to be.