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Report: Anthony Davis set on playing for the Lakers but Celtics remain fearless in pursuit

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe, and Brian Windhorst unloaded a whale of an article today about on the Anthony Davis trade market.
I’m going to pull out the major excerpts. First, Pelicans GM Dell Demps is pissed:
As the NBA trade deadline looms within a week, the Lakers‘ immediate pursuit of All-Star forward Anthony Davis is fraught with obstacles — including the fact that New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has yet to return a call to Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, league sources told ESPN.

If Davis wants to be a Laker, the Pelicans’ mantra so far is simply: Feel free to join L.A. as a free agent in 2020 and potentially punt on the 2019-20 season — when James will turn 35 — to keep the requisite cap space open.
Boom! Take that, Rich Paul. I think Paul and LeBron may have underestimated AD’s value as a one-year rental when they hatched this exit plan. Anthony Davis might just help another team pursue a championship next season while LeBron ages and the Lakers sit on their collective thumbs.
There’s more nonsense about Kyrie’s future in Boston:
The stance of Davis and his camp toward Boston is linked to their view of Kyrie Irving‘s future, sources said. Davis and his camp no longer believe that Irving is a sure bet to re-sign with the Celtics this summer, and that’s the primary reason they insist on clumping Boston with a similar message to the 28 other teams: Buyer beware on a trade for Davis.
If you’re shaky on Kyrie staying in Boston, I recommend you read this article by Steve Bulpett and pay particular attention to the final two paragraphs.
Back to AD, where Danny Ainge has a plan for everything:
Boston is remaining outwardly fearless in its pursuit of Davis, with word delivered to New Orleans: Hold on to Davis past the trade deadline, get into the offseason and we’re armed to give you the best possible return on this generational talent.
Boston remains confident in Irving re-signing, even if the Celtics don’t acquire Davis before free agency. But whatever happens between now and then, whatever issues might threaten to topple Irving’s preseason commitment to an extension, the Celtics believe the acquisition of Davis will soothe them all. Boston believes this: Getting Davis probably clinches an Irving commitment.
For now, the Celtics are unconvinced that Davis would be willing to walk out on a championship core with Boston for the Lakers. Boston has done a tremendous amount of research on Davis, especially intense in the past 18 months, league sources said.
I refuse to believe Kyrie would walk away knowing that AD is coming through the door.
What would it take to get AD? The motherload, of course. But naturally, Ainge is aiming to keep Jayson Tatum:
The most pressing question for the Celtics is whether they could acquire Davis without including Jayson Tatum in the deal. If the Celtics get the chance, Boston will be able to offer any or all of the following: Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier (though Rozier would have to agree to a sign-and-trade, raising thorny cap complications), its own first-round picks, Sacramento’s first-round pick, a Memphis future first-round pick (top-eight protected this season, top-six protected in 2020, and unprotected in 2021) and a lottery-protected LA Clippers first-rounder that converts to a 2022 second-round pick if the Clippers miss the playoffs both this season and next.
Holy crap that’s a lot of assets. At this point, I’ll be happy if the Celtics can keep Jaylen or Jayson.
Meanwhile, NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Mannix and ESPN’s Bobby Marks like the Celtics chances:
Chris Mannix said Wednesday on NBC Sports Boston the Celtics’ chances of acquiring the Pelicans forward in a trade will soar to “90 percent” if New Orleans doesn’t move him before the Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline.
Where does that leave the Los Angeles Lakers, who may be Boston’s primary competition for Davis? Former NBA front office executive Bobby Marks puts the Lakers’ chances of landing the Pelicans big man at “one percent.” 
LOL, so you’re saying there’s a chance?


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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics prove it’s better to win than to lose

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Aron Baynes: “We’ve still got a lot of room for improvement, but it’s better to learn when you win than it is to learn when you lose.”
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 24, 2018

The Celtics desperately needed to make a statement; not to the Hawks but to themselves. They have been a sputtering bunch for weeks and getting off to a strong beginning to one of the worst teams in the NBA, was exactly what they did in scoring 45 points which ranks among the highest scoring first quarters in Celtics history. That kind of early dominance set the tone for the rest of the game which was never really much in doubt afterward.
NBC Sports Boston: Balanced, steady Celtics attack keeps Hawks grounded
Sure, one might question how much meaning can be applied to a triumph over the now 3-16 Atlantans, who got just five points from prized rookie Trae Young. But, hey, the Celts had just had their lunch eaten by a Knicks outfit that arrived at the Garden with a 4-14 record.
In other words, they weren’t about to look an easy win in the mouth.
It was, for all intents and purposes, a first round knockout.
The Celtics had a 7-5 lead three minutes in. Then they bid the Hawks adieu.
With Kyrie Irving being aggressive from the get-go, the C’s pulled away quickly. It took fewer than nine minutes to lead by 20, and by the end of the opening period they had a 45-23 advantage.
It was easily their highest first quarter of the season (34 at Denver) and best period overall (40 twice — in the second quarter at Oklahoma City and the fourth on Wednesday against the Knicks when New York had 33 to keep their edge secure).
Herald: Celtics finally get back in black by routing Hawks
Boston was indeed in control all the way last night. In a reversal of Wednesday’s Knicks game, Boston led by as many as 29 and never trailed at any time. Their first quarter was amazing: 16 of 25 shooting, including a scorching 8 of 12 on threes. They had 12 assists in the period, too, and served notice that they weren’t going to underachieve again.
The Celtics finished the game making 42 of 91 shots for 46.2%, their fifth-best shooting performance of the season, and much better than their overall average of 43.5%. Stop me if you’ve heard this, but advanced analytics have consistently determined that it’s easier to win when your shots go down.
Not that they were sharp for the full 48. In the second quarter, they inexplicably hit just 4 of 18 from the field and allowed Atlanta to crawl within 16 at halftime. But that’s as close as the Hawks got all night.
So it was not a great win, but it was a comfortable win, which put the Cs back above .500 at 10-9. Coincidentally, that’s the same record as New Orleans, which lost last night to the Knicks, which might make you feel a tiny bit better about last Wednesday.
As a bonus to the one-sided contest, every Celtic got playing time and also scored. Best of all, the Timelord played nine minutes and had two dunks in two tries, which brought his perfect season totals to four shots, four baskets, four dunks, and one awesome tweet about all of that.

100% of Robert Williams' FGs this season have been dunks pic.twitter.com/81VKaHBSFV
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) November 24, 2018

With another game tonight at Dallas, the Cs will be tested again. The effort that they put forth in Atlanta will only matter if they continue it.
But the Celtics did not cure any of their biggest problems on Friday night. Their consistency woes can only truly be solved with sustained multi-game effort. They still have not given a full 48-minute performance but they can at least build off Friday’s showing when they visit Dallas on Saturday.
“Did what we were supposed to do,” Irving told reporters in Atlanta after finishing with 13 points. “Start of a business trip.”
But how can Boston build off this?
“Just not being complacent, not being satisfied,” added Irving.
NBC Sports Boston: Celtics start ‘business trip’ with much-needed win
Related –
MassLive: Boston Celtics roll Atlanta Hawks 114-96: Gordon Hayward improves, issues at the rim, plus 10 things we learned
NBC Sports Boston: Here’s what happened in the Celtics’ 114-96 win over the Hawks  |  Celtics erupt for historic 45-point first quarter against Hawks
NESN: Celtics Notes: Strong Start For Boston Helps Snap Three-Game Skid Vs. Hawks
On Page 2: Never mind
Two non-stories “broke” yesterday.
A source with intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the NBA told Get More Sports that Davis is considering five teams in the near and distant future: The Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
The determining factor in the short term will be the level of success the Pelicans do or do not have during the first half of the upcoming 2018-19 season. If they are middle-of-the-pack or worse in the competitive Western Conference, it is more likely than not that Davis will be moved before the trading deadline.
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_ BOSTON CELTICS (Even money):  Ainge has more talent on the roster right now than he knows what to do with, and there is a glut of young talent that could be moved. Because of salary cap rules, one big money player would have to be included, and that would likely necessitate putting Marcus Smart’s $11 million (this season) deal into a deal if Al Horford ($29M) and Gordon Hayward ($20M) were not included. Trade candidates would likely include Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, and Ainge is sitting on four first-round picks in the 2019 draft: Boston’s own, Sacramento’s (Top 1 protected), Memphis’ (protected 1-8 in ’19; 1-6 in ’20 and unprotected in ’21) and the Clippers (protected Top 14 in ’19 and ’20).
Get More Sports.com: Sheridan: Anthony Davis to Lakers a big possibility, but Celtics in the mix, too
This report is flawed because it fails to consider what Dangercart, Celtics Twitter’s resident salary cap expert, explained weeks ago:

No, it's against the rules to have Kyrie on his current contract and add Davis via trade because they both signed Rose Rule eligible extensions
— Ryan Bernardoni (@dangercart) October 31, 2018

And as Chris Forsberg explained on last night’s pregame show, the only way the Celts could deal for Davis before the summer is if they sent Kyrie to New Orleans (watch video).
That was one report, then there was this…

After marveling at Vince Carter's longevity this morning, Kyrie Irving was asked if he could envision himself playing that long.
"No, no," he said. "Once I’m done with this, hopefully in my early-to-mid 30s, I’m done with this."
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 23, 2018

Keep in mind, Kyrie entered the league at age 19, and this is his eighth season. If he plays until age 34, that would be another eight seasons. So let’s not worry about it yet.
Related – Herald: Kyrie Irving cuts short talk of long career  |  ESPN: Celtics guard Kyrie Irving hoping for early-to-mid-30s retirement
And, finally… Three views of sorcery
How?

KYRIE DIFFERENT pic.twitter.com/lMfexbFJmO
— Blue Devil World (@BlueDevilWorld) November 23, 2018

Ohh…

who did it better @KyrieIrving or @michaeljackson pic.twitter.com/BfK9d9s3JQ
— Bd (@Billyd2411) November 23, 2018

Ahh…

this dude is not human pic.twitter.com/E3nKTlqq0l
— xanny ainge (@Mr_546) November 23, 2018


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