Celtics Left in Limbo After Lakers Reach Deal for Anthony Davis

The Celtics struck out on Davis, and now with Kyrie Irving's likely departure are trying to rebuild on the fly.


Well, that’s that.

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.

To get Davis the Lakers will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and several picks — including the No. 4 overall selection in Thursday’s NBA draft.

The future picks going to the Pelicans are a 2021 top-eight protected pick that becomes unprotected in 2022 and an unprotected first-round pick in 2024. In addition, the deal also includes unprotected pick swaps in 2023 and 2025.

The package far exceeded what the Celtics were able to offer, especially when President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge decided not to include Jayson Tatum in any deal.

Ainge’s reluctance to include Tatum was likely to do with the fact that there was no certainty that Davis would re-sign with Boston after this year.

The move now pairs AD with LeBron James in LA and leaves the Celtics with a likely core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward. Kyrie Irving seems all but gone, likely to head home to Brooklyn to play for the Nets.

Even Horford isn’t a certainty to stay at this point. He has to decide this week if he wants to opt into the final year of his deal, which would pay him $30.1 million. Horford was a candidate to re-structure but may be less willing to do so now that the Celtics are trying to rebuild on the fly.

The Celtics also have 3 picks in the upcoming NBA draft (14, 20, 22) and have to decide quick whether to fully embrace the youth movement route or try and package picks and players for some higher end NBA talent.