NBA Insider: Anthony Davis Will Become A Celtic

If the Pelicans liked the Lakers' offer, they would have taken it, Tom Haberstroh says

Reiter Than You
February 14, 2019 - 8:29 am

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As Anthony Davis lame-ducks his way through the rest of the season, chatter has shifted to where he will land this summer.

Tom Haberstroh has an educated guess.

“I think it’s Boston,” the NBC Sports NBA insider said on Reiter Than You. “The New Orleans Pelicans, if they really liked the Lakers’ deal, they would have done it. I think they might be holding out for finding out who gets the (top picks) in May at the draft lottery. That’s going to be a big game-changer for the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis. But also, Boston is going to be able to put Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on the table July 1. I think that’s the thing. I would take both of those guys over any of the guys in L.A.”

That includes Lonzo Ball.

“I think Lonzo Ball has a lot of potential,” Haberstroh said. “I really like hm. I’m probably higher on Lonzo Ball than most people, but I think he really needs to figure out the free-throw line, where he’s shooting 40 percent right now. Brandon Ingram has no three-point shot to speak off, and Kyle Kuzma is barely shooting 30 percent from downtown. Really solid, solid players, young players – but none of them are projecting to be an All-Star, all-NBA type player like Jayson Tatum, who averaged almost 30 points a game in the series against Philadelphia as basically a teenager. That guy has really high talent.”

Indeed, Tatum, who turns 21 in March, is arguably the Celtics’ most valuable trade chip. But the possibility of pairing Davis with Kyrie Irving is intoxicating, to say the least.

“I think if they want to win a title here and be the team to beat in the post-KD/Warriors era and the post-LeBron era, I think Anthony Davis is as good as you’re going to get,” Haberstroh said. “And as much as I want to say Jayson Tatum is going to be an All-Star, I don’t think he’s going to be an MVP just like Anthony Davis.”

Speaking of Durant, Haberstroh believes the 30-year-old will leave Golden State this offseason and sign with New York.

“I believe that the Knicks make a really interesting landing spot for him considering they cleared up the cap space to not just sign him, but another star,” he said. “It’s going to be a very interesting summer. I think Kevin Durant is likely to leave Golden State.”