Anthony Davis’ agent Rich Paul came out and said a few things early this morning that Celtics’ fans may or may not like. Paul basically confirmed in an interview with Sports Illustrated that Anthony Davis wouldn’t stay in Boston long-term and they’d be wasting their assets if they made a trade for him.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 12, 2019
Danny Ainge, also known as “Trader Danny,” needs to put his trading magic to the side on this one, because at this point it’s not going to be worth trading for Anthony Davis. Trust me, this hurts because I was all on board with a Kyrie Irving/Anthony Davis duo in Boston. I’ve been saying that this team with either feature a Kyrie/AD duo, or a Jaylen/Jayson duo next season, and I think we’re going to get the latter here.
The biggest issue with trading for AD was worrying if he’d sign an extension. To me, Kyrie re-signing in Boston would’ve solved all those problems, and AD would decide to stay long-term. This interview is screaming to us that Anthony Davis wants to go to LA with LeBron. Rich Paul and LeBron James are the best of friends, so it doesn’t shock me or anyone that he wants to pair AD with his best friend.
Rich Paul is basically making this situation worse for the Pelicans. Teams that hear this, not just the Celtics, will be turned off from trading for AD because of these comments.
“Where he’s going to land? I have no idea,” Paul says. “And it don’t matter. We’re going into free agency. Why does it matter to me where he goes? Earth: We’re going into free agency. He has a year, he has to play. But after that, I can’t say it no bigger: WE ARE GOING INTO FREE AGENCY. 2020: ANTHONY DAVIS WILL BE IN FREE AGENCY.”
We’ve seen players get traded who we believed would leave after one year (Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, etc.) but we’ve seen that those trades have worked out for the Thunder and Raptors. Kawhi hasn’t committed long-term, but they’re one win away from an NBA Championship, so there’s that. The same could happen here if a team takes a chance on AD, but this situation is much different simply because of Rich Paul.
At this point moving forward, I’m becoming fully invested in Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Marcus Smart. I will welcome back Kyrie Irving with open arms, but my faith in him returning lessens day after day, especially after hearing this interview, basically shutting down the chance of a Kyrie/AD duo in Boston. Who knows what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve, but I’m not sure if he can get lucky with this one. It’s time to move on.
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