Thursday's NBA trade deadline came and passed without the movement of New Orleans Pelicans franchise star Anthony Davis to a new team.
Unfortunately for the Eastern Conference, and basically the entire NBA, this all but assures that Davis will be donning Celtic green come the 2019-2020 season.
Anthony Davis’ agent Rich Paul tells me Davis is not being traded today— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) February 7, 2019
Pelicans general manager Dell Demps' incredibly steep asking price for the MVP candidate discouraged most teams interested in acquiring him from even pursuing a trade. The lone serious contenders, the Los Angeles Lakers, pieced together a worthwhile package only for it to be declined.
The only team in the NBA that could even hope to approach the value of the aforementioned "Ball, Kuzma, and Co." deal would be none other than the Boston Celtics.
Celtics Expected To Offer Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams, 3 First Rounders For Anthony Davis https://t.co/ntcxJVdxTm— RealGM (@RealGM) February 7, 2019
In the offseason, the Celtics are expected to offer a trade package that will include a healthy mix of young talent and veteran experience. Phenom Jayson Tatum, fan-favorite Marcus Smart, and three first round picks are among the assets expected to be included in their offer.
As for the rest of the NBA, nobody can compete with what the Boston Celtics have to offer. And even after they've offloaded that sheer amount of talent, they'll still be playing under the brilliant basketball mind of Brad Stevens.
This year's trade deadline was the rest of the league's only hope of keeping Davis away from Boston. Now, it's nothing more than a wasted opportunity.