The New Orleans Pelicans' continuing dysfunction - and the position the Celtics are in - make an Anthony Davis-to-Boston scenario a real possibility, say Chris Mannix and Howard Beck on The Vertical Podcast.
Beck, a senior NBA writer for Bleacher Report, joined CSN contributor Mannix on The Vertical Podcast and they agreed that the Pelicans' murky offseason moves and the tenuous partnership of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans could lead to the Pels being receptive to a Celtics offer down the road.
"Boston's sort of lurking out there," Mannix said. "Boston, which still has infinite assets. They still are rich in these draft picks and young players...Is there any scenario where you would explore trading Anthony Davis?" he asked Beck.
Said Beck: "From the moment they acquired DeMarcus Cousins [last season], my thought process went something like this: This isn't going to work. DeMarcus is going to leave after one year. Everybody going to get fired. The Pelicans are going to end up in Seattle. Anthony Davis is going to demand a trade."
Beck doesn't foresee the Cousins-Davis thing working, nor a smooth partnership of recently signed Rajon Rondo with Jrue Holiday in the Pelicans' backcourt.
"It's not that far-fetched," he said of New Orleans parting with Davis. "They did nothing [in the offseason]. They've added no one of consequence. I don't get any part of this."
Mannix said the Celtics have the capability of putting together a hard-to-turn-down offer, especially if the lottery luck continues with the Nets and Lakers picks the C's own.
"If you're the Pelicans, they're going to be very few offers that make you pause for Anthony Davis," Mannix said. "Spin it forward to next June and the let's say ping-pong balls fall Boston's way. The Nets are bad, let's say they're number one. The Lakers land in the two through five range. Let's say they wind up at three.
"One and three and Jayson Tatum?" Mannix theorized. "That's going to be hard for New Orleans to turn down."
Beck said the Celtics could potentially put together the best trade package the NBA has seen "in decades."
"It's reasonable to think that he will want out and that his people will start pressing to get him out," Beck said. "If you're the Boston Celtics and you're still sitting on that cache of picks and players, you are sitting so perfectly to make that kind of deal. Arguably, given Anthony Davis' talent and his age, this should be the best package we've seen in, I don't know, decades. It should be the kind of package that blows you away. The kind of package people thought they wanted to see Boston do for Paul George or Jimmy Butler.
"That may be the kind of package we see for Anthony Davis. And if the Celtics pull it off, all the people who were throwing tomatoes at Danny Ainge for not making deals are going to be thinking about him much differently."