NBA Rumors: Anthony Davis to Celtics for Bradley, Brown, Zeller, No. 1 pick, and Nets’ 2018 first-round pick

PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis emerged as one of the potential trade targets of the Boston Celtics this offseason. According to the latest NBA Rumors, the Celtics will send Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, Tyler Zeller, No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft and Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick to New Orleans for Davis.

The Celtics finished as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2016-17 NBA season. They managed to return to the Eastern Conference Finals but fell short against the Cleveland Cavaliers. As of now, the Celtics are focused on building a championship team this summer.

Gordon Hayward is reportedly the Celtics’ No. 1 target in the free agency market. Names of Jimmy Butler and Paul George are also linked to Boston. With the plethora of trade assets they have, the Celtics are in a strong position to become a legitimate title contender next season.

NBA Rumors: Anthony Davis to Boston Celtics

In order to achieve their goal, the Celtics obviously need an additional star power on their team. A. Sherrod Blakely of believes Boston should inquire about Anthony Davis’ availability this summer. Before the February trade deadline, the Pelicans engaged in a blockbuster trade with the Sacramento Kings to bring DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

The reunion of Davis and Cousins was expected to make the Pelicans a strong playoff contender. Unfortunately, they still ended up as a disappointment as both superstars failed to build a good chemistry. So far, the Cousins-Davis frontcourt can be considered a failed experiment for the Pelicans.

Unfortunately, they can’t immediately rebuild their roster with the current assets they have. This opens up the possibility of moving Davis to Boston. In Blakely’s suggested trade scenario, the Celtics send the No. 1 overall pick, Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick, Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, and Tyler Zeller to New Orleans for Davis. This trade works on the ESPN Trade Machine.

Does the deal make sense for both teams?

The deal makes a lot of sense for the Celtics. Anthony Davis is undeniably a big boost on both ends of the floor. Both Davis and Horford can play at 4 and 5 making them an ideal frontcourt partner. Unlike Cousins, Horford doesn’t always need the ball in his hands. This will let Davis become the No.1 option in the paint.

Meanwhile, the trade will definitely help the Pelicans rebuild their roster. However, this time they will be building around DeMarcus Cousins as their new franchise player. If the deal proceeds, it will help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr

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