It appears the Celtics never were close to a deal for Anthony Davis after all.
The Pelicans dealt the superstar big man to the Lakers in a blockbuster trade on Saturday. The C's reportedly were unwilling to include forward Jayson Tatum in a trade package, so New Orleans went with Los Angeles' lucrative offer instead.
According to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, Danny Ainge and Co. never felt they were near the finish line with a deal.
Hearing that there was never a time that the Celtics felt a deal for Anthony Davis was close. The idea of sacrificing major pieces in exchange for a potential one-year rental made them uneasy from the start.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) June 15, 2019
The Celtics' unwillingness to beef up their trade package likely was due to the uncertainty with Davis' long-term commitment to Boston. His agent, Rich Paul, warned the C's earlier this week that his client would not sign an extension and instead would enter free agency in 2020.
As the Davis sweepstakes finally come to an end, all eyes are on Kyrie Irving and what the star guard will do once free agency begins on June 30.
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