Anthony Davis was he blowing smoke during the weekend of the stars of the NBA?
The pelican star of New Orleans turned heads Saturday in Charlotte when he said the Boston Celtics were on his list of preferred commercial destinations, despite a previous report to the contrary.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium downplayed Davis' comments Monday, however, reporting that the All-Star has won six matches still does not consider Boston as a long-term landing point.
Davis' "list" still includes the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks, according to Charania.
Davis requested an exchange with the Pelicans several weeks ago, but New Orleans chose not to treat the 25-year-old player before the February 7 trading deadline. Instead, pelicans will likely trade with Davis this off season, while they could maximize their performance based on potential contenders competing for his services.
The Celtics should be aggressive in their pursuit of Davis despite his apparent reluctance to commit to Boston in the long run. They could be favorites to land at Davis, as the Cs have several promising young players, including Jayson Tatum, and a multitude of projects with which to build a tantalizing commercial package.
Boston's pursuit carries a considerable risk, coinciding with the Celtics' attempt to sign Kyrie Irving again, who can withdraw from his contract and become a free agent. Davis is set to become a free agent after next season, which means that it could only become a one – year rental for Boston.
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