The Boston Celtics need a big man, but a small splash involving their disabled player exception, one of their traded player exceptions, or using non-core salary are the most likeliest means of getting one.
That didn’t stop one talking head from speaking of the Cs in the same breath as one of the most notable trade targets on the block right now following a slow start from said star’s squad in 2022-23.
Anthony Davis, whose Los Angeles Lakers look like a lottery-bound franchise that lacks the benefit of their own draft pick during the next NBA Draft, was the superstar in question — and Undisputed with Skip and Shannon co-host Skip Bayless was the talking head in question who linked ‘The Brow’ and Boston:
“I don’t know exactly what you do, but the idea that the Lakers are going to potentially trade Davis to the Celtics to possibly got them the ring that puts them further ahead in the chase … that’s a tough one to spin…”
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have no base-line for Anthony Davis trade
Truthfully, unless the Boston Celtics were able to re-route, say, Al Horford and Derrick White, to a third team that’d receive picks from both the Cs and the Los Angeles Lakers, and then that third team had an upgrade for Anthony Davis to send to L.A., there’s virtually no shot of a union between ‘The Brow’ and Beantown.
Jaylen Brown would undoubtedly be what the Lakers would want in such a deal from the Cs, and the Los Angeles front office would potentially ask for even more value given his gaudy per-game totals this season (23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks). Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations slams the phone on Rob Pelinka in that scenario.
While Davis was one of 2019’s biggest targets for the Cs, he’s no longer someone that makes sense considering the price that’d need to be paid to add him to a core who is already deep at his positions.