The million dollar question; the trade that could shock the NBA; the move that could bring banner 18 to Boston. We’ve heard rumblings about a potential Anthony Davis trade going down if his situation in New Orleans didn’t get any better. If the whole Anthony Davis/DeMarcus Cousins experiment doesn’t work out, one of them could be on their way out as the Pelicans would hit the reset button.
Trading either one of these superstars would be stupid if you ask me, but if the Pelicans decide to go into full rebuild mode, then that’s just what could happen. Over the summer, reports came out saying that Boston had its eye on Anthony Davis, and could possibly send an offer to New Orleans if he became available. If Anthony Davis became available, Boston would surely be the frontrunner to land him. They have the most assets out of any team in the league. Danny Ainge and the Celtics could bring in yet another superstar if they felt the need to strip the team of its young star(s) if it meant winning a title.
Would this be a smart move, though? That’s the real question. Before Jayson Tatum was drafted, or Jaylen Brown emerged as a threat in the NBA, that question would’ve been answered without hesitation. Yes. Trading the world for Anthony Davis makes so much sense for a team like Boston. Not only would they be getting a 24-year-old superstar, but they’d be getting arguably a top-5 player in the NBA. Trading a not-so-sure thing in Tatum or Brown for a legit superstar is a no-brainer. Hypothetically, let’s say that the pieces moved from Boston to Cleveland in the Kyrie trade aren’t pieces that would be involved in an Anthony Davis trade. The Celtics would have Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Anthony Davis, either Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum, and then some. And let’s say Hayward never got hurt. This is all hypothetical, so bear with me. Boston would have three superstars aged 24, 25, and 27, and then a 19 or 21-year-old potential superstar. Not only would that team be good enough to compete with Cleveland in the Eastern Conference, but that team could quite possibly compete with the rest of the league and be legit championship contenders.
During the summer, I’d be all in for a trade for Anthony Davis, and I’m sure plenty of Celtics’ fans felt the same way. He’s a one-of-a-kind talent who has the brightest future ahead of him. If he continues to play at the highest level in which he does, he could end his career as one of the best big men of all time. No, seriously. That’s how good Anthony Davis is, and that’s why New Orleans would rightfully want a whole lot for him in a trade.
That was then, and this is now. Riding a 14-game winning streak, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have proved to be two of the NBA’s best young stars. In the absence of Gordon Hayward, both players have shown that they can handle a heavy workload and have taken full advantage of the opportunity presented to them when Hayward got hurt. Fans, and myself, love Tatum and Brown. They have proved time and time again that their game is far ahead of their age. Tatum is playing like a number one overall pick who has been in the league for at least five years. Jaylen plays like he has the biggest chip on his shoulder everytime he steps on the court. Getting rid of either one of these guys may be harder on me than when the Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas. That’s how invested I am in these two guys.
So let’s ask this question again; would you trade Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown for Anthony Davis? If this were over the summer, this wouldn’t even be a discussion. Fast forward to now. The answer isn’t as easy as it was a few months ago, huh? We know about all the potential that Tatum and Brown possess and just how good they can become, and we all know what Anthony Davis is capable of. To make a trade like this work, I’m afraid the Celtics would have to trade away Al Horford as well. The money just wouldn’t work if he weren’t involved in any trade. So you can’t look at it as a player-for-player swap. The Celtics would strip themselves of at least two starters and then some for Anthony Davis. Is that something the Celtics are willing to do? Over the summer, maybe, but not now, and not anytime soon. Let me tell you why.
The Celtics are the best team in the NBA currently, record-wise. They just beat the defending champs, and are on a 14-game winning streak, WITHOUT Gordon Hayward. Gordon Hayward is one of the biggest reasons why making a trade for Davis won’t happen this year. This Celtics’ team is phenomenal. They’re thriving without Hayward and have proved to be able to stand toe-to-toe with the league’s best. If the Celtics can beat the Warriors without Hayward, what does that say about the team? Just how good can this team be when Hayward comes back?
These are all questions that can’t and won’t be answered for some time. Until those questions are answered, Danny Ainge should hold off on making yet another blockbuster deal. We need to see just how far this team can go when fully healthy. If they can be as good as people think they can be, is an Anthony Davis trade even necessary? You don’t fix something that isn’t broken. Just because Hayward is out for the year doesn’t mean you hit the panic button and trade the world for Anthony Davis. Not only does that mess up the team’s chemistry and such, but you can ruin a really, really good thing. I’m confident that Danny Ainge wouldn’t make a move like this. He knows to be the best, you have to have patience. Wait for the right deals to come your way and your time will come.
Boston’s time is coming, and it may be a lot closer than people think. Potentially messing everything up by trading for Anthony Davis could have negative long-term effects for the team. Who knows, Danny Ainge has done crazier and being crazy has worked out for the team. A trade like this would be crazy, but maybe too crazy for Danny Ainge right now. Let’s ride it out for another year or two and see what happens. Maybe Davis will land in Boston as a free agent. You never know, but for now, let’s enjoy what we have. Hell, maybe Tatum and Brown will end up being better players than Davis in the long run. It’s all about chasing banner 18, and I think the team the C’s have now holds the best odds of bringing that banner to Boston.