Anthony Davis made headlines earlier this week when he publicly demanded a trade. Rumors had been circulating all season long, with the Celtics and Lakers leading the way as the two front runners to land Davis. By now everyone knows about how the Celtic’s can’t trade for Anthony Davis this season without trading away Kyrie, because you can’t have two players on your team that signed a contract extension under “The Rose Rule” which Davis and Irving both did. Therefore the Celtics would have to wait until this offseason, when Kyrie signs a new contract to acquire Davis in order to form a trio of Irving, Davis, and Jayson Tatum. The Lakers have reportedly offered Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Ivica Zubac, and a 1st-round pick to the Pelicans for a Anthony Davis, which is a
good ok deal, but not as good of a deal that the Celtics can make, while still keeping Jayson Tatum. Here is the trade the Celtics can and should offer.
Smart is arguably the best defender in the league. He impacts the game drastically, and is starting to development his offensive game as well.
The Timelord has been a pleasant surprise for the Celtics this season. He’s a shot blocking animal who can jump out of the gym each and every night. He is still raw, but has a ton of upside, looking as if he could be a Hassan Whiteside type of player one day.
Grizzlies 1st Round Pick
This pick is top 8 protected this year, and the Grizzlies are tanking in a loaded Western Conference. Therefore the Grizzlies will most likely keep this pick this year. What makes this pick valuable though is it becomes top 6 protected in 2020, and then unprotected in 2021. Worst case scenario it’s a lottery pick in 2020. Best case scenario its the number one pick in 2021.
King’s 1st Round Pick
Many people thought the King’s pick would be a top 5 pick this year. This pick has lost value due to the King’s overachieving so far this season. As we approach the playoffs, I see the King’s fizzling out a bit, making this pick a mid to late lottery pick.
This Is It
This is the trade that I believe will bring Anthony Davis to Boston. There will obviously have to be other players involved to make the money work, but no other team can offer something better than what the Celtics can. A starting lineup of Irving, Hayward, Tatum, Davis, and Horford will be hard to beat. I’ll see you in 2020 my friends, marking the start of the next great Celtic’s dynasty.