If the Boston Celtics were planning on making a move to acquire Anthony Davis in the off-season, they may want to hold off. It appears as though the star forward does not see the Celtics as a long-term fit.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Celtics are not a “preferred destination long-term” for the New Orleans Pelicans star. While it’s ultimately not up to Davis where he will get dealt, the 25-year-old appears to see Boston as only a rental destination, if he were to end up traded to Massachusetts.
In addition to Charania’s report, Anthony Davis Sr., the father of the Pelicans big man, reportedly told ESPN that he does not want his son playing for the Boston franchise. Davis Sr. cited poor treatment of former Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas — who was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a package to acquire Kyrie Irving prior to the start of last season — as the reason.
“I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas,” said Davis Sr. “No loyalty. Guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him.”
Davis Sr. did concede that this was solely his opinion and his views didn’t reflect those of his son.
His son made waves earlier in the week after he asked for a trade away from New Orleans, citing a desire to consistently win. The Pelicans, however, say they feel no pressure to move Davis imminently.
Wherever he ends up, Davis will bring a superstar pedigree that few teams possess.
The 2012 first-overall pick has once again put up monster numbers in his seventh pro season. Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 41 games for the struggling Pelicans. He has one year remaining on his contract after this one, and will likely decline his 2020-21 player option to become an unrestricted free agent.