Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has reportedly wanted New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis ever since he was playing college ball at the University of Kentucky.
Anthony Davis was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Celtics had the 20th and 21st pick in that year's draft, so they weren't able to snag Davis. However, Ainge has been keeping tabs on AD for a while now.
By now, everyone knows that Ainge and the Celtics are enamored with Davis and are willing to do whatever it takes to get the star to Boston.
Davis can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020. The Pelicans can offer him the supermax extension this summer, but if he turns that down, New Orleans might have to trade Davis so they don't lose him for nothing in free agency.
“Now Anthony Davis, Danny Ainge has been wanting to get this guy since he was at Kentucky,” Chris Sheridan told Brandon Robinson on Scoop B Radio.
“And we have to remember Danny has four-1st round draft picks coming up. He has players that can’t even get into the lineup. He’s also got contracts he can move like Gordon Hayward. The question is can Kyrie [Irving] last in Boston because Terry Rozier can probably take his spot.”
The Celtics can't trade for Davis while Kyrie Irving is on the roster because of the Derrick Rose rule. Irving can become a free agent after this season ends and he has made it known he wants to stay in Boston.
Ainge has a bevy of assets at his disposal which the Pelicans would want should they trade Davis.