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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum is the player Pelicans covet the most in an Anthony Davis trade

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It turns out the New Orleans Pelicans are coveting Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum the most in a potential trade for disgruntled All-Star center Anthony Davis.

This was what a league source told WDSU sports reporter Fletcher Mackel on Thursday. The package for Anthony Davis includes guard Marcus Smart, a Celtics role player, and at least the 14th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

News of a potential trade involving Jayson Tatum and Anthony Davis spread like wildfire last February, per The Athletic’s Sam Amick (via NBC Sports’ Dane Delgado).

We got word Tuesday morning that the Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans – who can’t complete a trade for Anthony Davis until July 1 when Kyrie Irving becomes a free agent – haven’t directly talked about a Jayson Tatum swap.

Tuesday evening, a report surfaced that the Celtics and Pelicans have had direct contact about a Tatum-Davis deal that could take place this summer.

According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, while no formal offer can be made at this juncture, the talk between the New Orleans front office and GM Danny Ainge has centered on Tatum.

Should this deal fall through, Jayson Tatum will join a Pelicans squad which features Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore, Jahlil Okafor, and Julius Randle. Assuming New Orleans winds up drafting coveted Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson first on June 20, it should have a solid foundation for the future.

On the other hand, if Anthony Davis becomes a Celtic, he joins a Boston team which won 49 games this season and reached the second round of the playoffs. Davis will join forces with Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford in Beantown.

These are interesting scenarios, to say the least. It should be interesting to see Tatum and Davis switch teams during the offseason.