Pelicans star Anthony Davis will play vs. Celtics
Anthony Davis was forced to leave Sunday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons with a hip injury. He later returned to finish out the game.
There were speculations that Davis would sit out on Monday due to the brutal nature of back-to-back games. However, the potential MVP candidate will do no such thing. On the contrary, Davis is surprisingly durable for a player of his size, and he is currently averaging the most minutes per game in the NBA at 36.8.
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry is leaning on Davis this season, and rightfully so. The Kentucky Wildcats product is averaging a ridiculous stat line of 26.9 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.0 blocks per game. He is the engine that keeps New Orleans run.
Of course, anytime Davis faces the Celtics, rumors of a potential trade to Boston dominate the headlines. The Celtics have more than enough assets to acquire Davis. That being said, a technicality in the collective bargaining agreement prevents the Celtics from trading for Davis until Kyrie Irving signs to a new contract.
Teams can only have one player on the roster who was signed using the Rose Rule exception. Irving and Davis were both signed using this provision. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that a trade is impossible once Irving inks his new deal with the Celtics in the offseason.