In a story published Monday on ESPN.com, Adrian Wojnarowksi sat down with New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, and talked a lot about the big man’s desire to win. What’s more interesting is that Woj included the fact that the Boston Celtics have remained vigilant in acquiring Davis from the Pelicans, and that Davis is well aware.
Davis mentioned the Celtics a few times throughout the article. One thing was abundantly clear when reading Davis’ quotes, and that’s the fact that he wants to win more than anything else.
“You look at the Warriors, Cleveland, Boston,” he said. “They lose Gordon [Hayward], they’re still playing well. KD-Steph-Draymond-Klay. They play so well with each other. They move the basketball. They don’t care who scores. Steph and Draymond are out, and they still won. KD is out. They still win.” -Anthony Davis
Davis also said how he hear about the Celtics calling last season about a trade for him, so he asked the Pelicans general manager about it.
“He told me that [Boston] was calling, but nothing was going to happen,” Davis said. “At the same time, though, you see how organizations treat players. Isaiah Thomas. DeMarcus [Cousins] told me that the [Kings] told him that he wasn’t going to get traded, but they traded him. Isaiah took his team to the Eastern Conference finals, and they traded him.”
And then of course, the subtle Woj bomb slid into the end of the story.
The key here is that while the Celtics may be doing their due diligence like any other team would on a transcendent talent like Davis, New Orleans still appears to have no intentions of letting the superstar go. There’s no way to know how far things are between the two teams, but it’s something to keep your eye on nonetheless.