The 2018-2019 NBA season has been an entertaining one to say the least given the various storylines heading into the trade deadline and All-Star Weekend.
The most prevalent story has been Anthony Davis and where he may be traded to by Feb. 7. His trade request has put teams like the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers at the forefront of the league’s landscape given they are the current favorites to land Davis.
On paper, the Celtics would seem to be the most logical trade partner for the New Orleans Pelicans as they have both the necessary young players and draft picks. These assets would instantly jumpstart a Pelicans rebuild and help them get back to contention sooner rather than later.
This is a huge development given that Irving previously stated that he was planning on re-signing with the Celtics for the long haul but appears to have backtracked on that comment. Irving is set to hit free agency on July 1 and it appears his future with the Celtics is in doubt.
Reports have claimed the 26-year-old has had issues with his younger teammates and their performances throughout the season and it appears he does not want to wait around for them to develop. To stoke this notion further, Irving also reportedly called LeBron James offer an apology for the way he acted during their time together on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving’s uncertain future actually benefits the Lakers given the Celtics would likely not try to pull off a trade for Davis in the offseason if the former chooses to leave. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out in the coming months.