When the Boston Celtics signed Al Horford over the summer, it looked like they had finally found their guy. He was a perfect compliment to their pieces and head coach Brad Stevens’ system, and he would help them return to title contention.
While that still may be the case, it hasn’t gotten off to a strong start. The Celtics are 5-4 to start the season, but Horford has missed time due to injury.
It isn’t the end of the world for them yet. But with how great the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, and the Charlotte Hornets look, it seems the Celtics may be the odd man out in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, young superstar forward Anthony Davis is wasting away on the hopeless New Orleans Pelicans, who have only won once all season.
There seems to be a clear solution to the problems of Davis and the problems of the Celtics. And the Celtics are pursuing this solution.
The Boston Celtics have played most of this season with at least one starter out due to injury, but even at full strength they’re going to struggle rebounding the ball.
“That is why they will forever — or at least the next three-plus months, whichever comes first — be linked with any and every big man who 1) wants to be traded or 2) is on the trading block.
“But I’m told the Celtics at this point are only interested in potential “game changers” on the trade market.
“One name to keep an eye on is New Orleans’ Anthony Davis.
“The only way Davis will come into play is if Davis wants out, something that isn’t that far-fetched when you consider the steady run of injuries he’s enduring on a team that’s going nowhere fast.
“The Celtics have draft picks galore, young talent with very team-friendly contracts and being in the East, that would mean the Pelicans would only see Davis twice a season.
“But again, it all depends on whether Davis wants out of New Orleans.
“That doesn’t appear to be his desire . . . for now at least.”
— via CSNNE.com
The Celtics are the obvious trade partner for any unhappy superstar around the league. They send over some combination of Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, and Marcus Smart, along with multiple Brooklyn Nets draft picks, and you’re in business.
As soon as Anthony Davis wants out, the first team Pelicans GM Dell Demps should call is the Celtics. And at this point, why wouldn’t Davis want out? The Pelicans are a disaster with no clear path to being good anytime soon.
Davis should learn from DeMarcus Cousins’ mistakes and get out of there before half of your career is gone. If the Celtics can get Davis, the Cleveland-Boston Eastern Conference Finals could be the first legitimately interesting Eastern Conference series in years.