For years, we heard how badly Danny Ainge wanted Gordon Hayward, and when the All-Star swingman finally hit free agency, the Celtics got their man. The chatter on Kyrie Irving wasn't as insistent, but it existed, with the Celtics considered a potential landing spot for the championship guard when his contract with the Cavaliers expired in 2020. Ainge short-circuited that process by acquiring Irving in a blockbuster this summer. Al Horford was considered a free agent target of the Celtics for his final year in Atlanta, and Ainge grabbed him, too. Those three pale in comparison, however, to Ainge's white whale. And it turns out that New Orleans center Anthony Davis is as curious as the rest of us if he's eventually going to land in Boston. Speaking to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski about his plight as a top-flight player on a second division team, Davis not only said he's aware of Boston's interest, but relayed a story about marching into the office of GM Dell Demps to ask about it last year. "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. "It makes you wonder: Does this organization really have my back? I've been loyal to this organization. I love it here. I love this team. I think we're moving in the right direction. DeMarcus, [Rajon] Rondo, some other players that are helping us, but people get judged on winning. And I want to win." Let the Anthony Davis rumor mill roar back to life! The Celtics are one of the few teams in the league with the young talent (Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum) and draft picks (Lakers/Kings) to make a serious run at Davis, a monster big man averaging over 25 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks a game. Still only 24, Davis is signed through 2021 on a five-year, $127 million contract.
Wondering when the Celtics might acquire Anthony Davis? So is Anthony Davis
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