Windhorst: "Difficult Times" Coming For Celtics

The Celtics have a decision to make about Anthony Davis, but they also have decisions to make about Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum

Reiter Than You
February 13, 2019 - 8:31 am

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Anthony Davis is not a member of the Boston Celtics, but he could become one this offseason. In fact, that may be the biggest reason Davis is still a Pelican.

“I think the Celtics really had an easy position to take here,” ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst said on Reiter Than You. “They called the Pelicans up and said, ‘Everything is on the table as soon as our season is over.’ Why wouldn’t they say that? Even if they do want to do hard negotiating later, because they were precluded from making a deal now, there’s no reason why you’d want to close any door. There’s no reason why you’d want to have the Pelicans have any incentive to consider the Lakers’ offer or anybody else’s offer. So the Celtics played it exactly that way.”

Still, that doesn’t mean the Celtics will have an easy decision to make this summer.

“They’ve got a chicken and egg thing coming their way,” Windhorst said. “Most likely, an Anthony Davis deal, if it happens, it’s going to happen between the lottery and the draft. But at the draft, they’re not necessarily going to know what Kyrie Irving is going to do. They may have a good idea, but they may not know. Do they trade for Anthony Davis without knowing what Kyrie Irving is going to do? Do they feel like they have to trade for Anthony Davis to make sure Kyrie Irving stays? And if they don’t know, can they make the offer that includes all fo their assets, including Jayson Tatum? 

“So the Celtics’ difficult times are coming with Anthony Davis,” Windhorst continued. “But last week, it was pretty simple for them: watch the clock and hope the Pelicans wouldn’t get interested elsewhere.”