Though the signing of forward Gordon Hayward was a decent splash this offseason, there's a prevailing thought that the Boston Celtics still have another big move to come in the next year or two.
Loaded with plenty of future premium draft picks and young players on the roster, Boston GM Danny Ainge has the flexibility to enter a conversation about acquiring almost any player in the league.
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Among the players the Celtics are reportedly eyeing is New Orleans center Anthony Davis -- one of the premier two-way players in the NBA.
Davis put up monstrous numbers in 2016-17 with 28.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg and 2.2 blocks per contest. And it was no fluke of a season. Outside of his rookie campaign in 2012-13, Davis has averaged at least 20.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 2.0 bpg every year he's been in the league.
The Pelicans brought in DeMarcus Cousins via trade last season to pair with Davis in the front court. They also re-signed point guard Jrue Holiday to a massive deal this offseason with the hopes of putting together a core that could take New Orleans back to the playoffs in 2017-18.
But even with that trio in place from February on, the Pelicans could only muster 10th place in the West. Even with Holiday back in the mix, and the recent addition of veteran guard Rajon Rondo factored in, SportsLine's Projection Model only projects the Pelicans to win 40.4 games and finish eighth in the West in 2017-18.
With Cousins' deal set to expire following next season, the Pelicans could have some challenging decisions to make if they struggle to contend.
That doesn't mean they would necessarily entertain shipping Davis -- who is under contract through 2020-21 -- but they might at least be willing to listen to a mega-offer from Boston.
Market-setting offshore sportsbook BookMaker.eu gave odds on Wednesday for where Davis will land by the end of the 2017-18 season:
New Orleans Pelicans -3000 (Wager $3,000 to gain $100)
Boston Celtics +1000 (Wager $100 to gain $1,000)
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That's a significant lean to Davis sticking around in New Orleans for the foreseeable future -- making this story feel like more of a far-fetched rumor than a solid possibility this season.
If there's a team that could make an offer for Davis that New Orleans GM Dell Demps wouldn't laugh at, Boston is likely it.
Still, don't look a deal like this to go down anytime soon.