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One week before the season’s trade deadline, New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis shocked the basketball world when he requested a trade via his agent, Rich Paul. Although it seemed out of nowhere, the speculations were his camp would want to team him up with LeBron James, who is currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Davis and James are both represented by Paul. The purple and gold were willing to gut their roster just to acquire AD from the Pels, but there were reports that Boston Celtics front office guru Danny Ainge called New Orleans management and told them to wait until this summer, as they will be willing to offer anyone on their roster as well.

Before that question is answered, let us first discuss an intriguing trade scenario that the Celtics and Pelicans could explore, as suggested by Ethan Krieger of PelicanDeFrief.com.

A three-team trade that also involves the Indiana Pacers.

So, who will get who?

Boston Celtics – Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans – Jayson Tatum, Domantas Sabonis, draft picks, other assets.

Indiana Pacers – Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart

Why it makes sense for Boston?

Their main goal is of course, to acquire AD, which they will, at least in this scenario. They would become the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference this June. Davis, alongside Irving, will make Boston an inside-outside threat. Sure, they will give up three young assets, but they will get a generational talent in return.

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Following the Pelicans’ devastating loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday night, a defeated Anthony Davis couldn’t hide his frustration to the media.

“We’re a better team than our record shows. Everyone is frustrated. Players, coaches, front office. We’ve just got to do better,” Davis told ESPN. “We wasn’t playing no defense. The whole first half, they did whatever they wanted. They didn’t feel us on the defensive end. We wasn’t physical, wasn’t talking. They got a lot of layups, a lot of open 3s. They shot the ball extremely well in the first half due to our lazy defense.”

Despite Davis finishing the game with 34 points and a career-high 26 rebounds, New Orleans failed to pull off a victory against a team they should’ve beaten. Sadly, this kind of narrative has been normal for the young star since he was drafted back in 2012.

This reality has us all wondering when Davis will call it enough. How long will he keep on losing? How long will he continue to put up with a franchise that has routinely lacked the ability to build and sustain playoff teams?

Most think it won’t be much longer and, as Kay Williams put it on ESPN’s morning show “Get Up,” it’s only a matter of time until Davis forces a trade out of The Big Easy.

Sadly for some NBA stars the franchise they play for don’t seem to learn from the mistakes of the past. When Kevin Garnett was with the Minnesota Timberwolves they failed over and over again to get him good enough pieces for them to seriously contend for a title. They wasted his prime so that he left for Boston when the opportunity arose.

The same happened with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, twice. The Cavs thought that just having James was enough, so LeBron left for Miami in 2010. Then when LeBron returned and won Cleveland the title in 2016 the Cavs failed again to keep the roster good enough and the LeBron left for Los Angeles in 2018.

The same thing looks to be happening in New Orleans with Anthony Davis. Despite Davis averaging 28 points and 12.4 rebounds with 2.8 blocks the Pelicans are 15-16 and don’t appear like they can improve. New Orleans is a very small market and they keep losing their good players like DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo. Davis is just about to enter his prime and he simply too good not to be reaching the Playoffs every season.

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