It was the trade request heard around the world. According to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, Anthony Davis‘ agent has informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he does not plan to sign a contract extension this summer, and has asked the organization for a trade.
Since the news of his trade request early Monday morning, all signs have pointed towards Davis moving to Hollywood, as the Los Angeles Lakers are heavy favorites to land the star forward. While the Lakers plan to go all out to acquire the unhappy star, Davis’ trade request could not have come at a worst time for the Boston Celtics.
After trading Paul Pierce during the summer of 2013, the Celtics have spent the past five years stockpiling on assets to use in a blockbuster trade. Although Celtics General Manager, Danny Ainge, has been open about his desire to get Davis to Boston, the Celtics might miss their window of opportunity to acquire The Brow.
According to the Rose Rule, the Celtics are prohibited from trading for Davis, unless they include Kyrie Irving in the deal. Why? Due to the CBA rule that was past in 2011, the NBA prohibits a team to have two designated players on their roster at the same time.
So if the Pelicans are interested in what the Celtics have to offer, then New Orleans must wait until the offseason to start shopping Davis around the league. However, despite the fact that Davis will become a distraction for the remainder of the season, it will be worth it in the long run for the Pelicans to wait for the Celtics this summer.
For the Pelicans, the best asset they can get in return for Davis will be Boston’s second-year star, Jayson Tatum. Sure, he is not a generational player like AD, but Tatum has proven he has what it takes to become an all-star in this league; something Lakers forward Brandon Ingram has yet to display.
As the Celtics second-leading scorer, Tatum is having a great year averaging 16.2 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting from the field, to go along with 6.2 rebounds in 50 games this season.
During the Celtics four-point defeat to the Golden State Warriors, Tatum had one of his best performances of the year. He recorded an efficient 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting, to go along with five rebounds and three assists in the loss.
Without a doubt, Tatum would be the most valuable asset the Pelicans can get in return for Davis, but he is not the only one. Another young star the Pelicans can welcome to the Big Easy is rising star, Jaylen Brown.
Similar to Tatum, Brown has shown flashes of a player who could become an all-star in the coming future. Despite a minor decline in his play, Brown is quietly having a solid season averaging 12.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
He is a great perimeter defender and would be a great second option for the Pelicans moving forward. During the Celtics’ 112-104 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, Brown led the way in Boston with 21 points and six rebounds, while shooting 56.3 percent from the field.
Throw in a few first rounders in the mix with Marcus Smart, and the Pelicans would be in great condition moving on in the post Anthony Davis Era. However, with the NBA deadline less than 10 days away, here’s hope that the Pelicans will wait to trade Davis this summer, then to make a deal now.
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