Multiple reports indicate Celtics still going after Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis
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If you just can’t take the Kyrie Irving nonsense anymore, you’re in luck: Anthony Davis rumors are back in style.

On the latest episode of Sports Illustrated’s podcast “The Crossover,” Chris Mannix said he’s under the impression the Celtics are “not going to take their foot off the gas when it comes to pursuing Anthony Davis.”

Now, should this be the case, Boston will be in an odd spot if Irving bounces. That’s partially because the Celtics will have just as many superstars as they did before the 2018-19 season — assuming Davis and Irving are the only players defined as superstars in all of this. More importantly, in order to get Davis, Boston will have to get rid of Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown, maybe even both if New Orleans wants to push the envelope.

The one name that seemed to pop up most in the course of the Davis chaos surrounding the NBA Trade Deadline was Tatum. Brown came up, as well, but Tatum was the guy the Pelicans, and pretty much everyone else around the league, seemed to value most.

Well, according to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, NBC’s New Orleans affiliate, the Pelicans still want Tatum above everyone else. Mackel is also reporting “Boston is (the) landing spot for Anthony Davis.” But it’s also going to take Marcus Smart along with either Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye or Guerschon Yabusele as “filler” and the 14th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

NBA source (who I trust a lot) told me tonight he thinks Boston is landing spot for Anthony Davis.Says Tatum is player NOLA covets most.Tatum, Smart (who @PelicansNBA also really like), filler (Williams, Ojeyele or Yabusele) & at least pick #14 this year.I. Love. It!

— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) June 7, 2019

Seems like a great move for the Pelicans and a roll of the dice for the Celtics.

Boston isn’t on Davis’ list of desirable teams or whatever Rich Paul wants to call that thing. Not to mention, Davis couldn’t handle the heat in New Orleans. It was to the point that he wore a shirt that read “That’s all Folks” across his chest in New Orleans’ final game of the season. (Though, he did say he doesn’t pick out his own clothes, so you can only blame him so much, in fairness.)

Anthony Davis says he has no control over his clothes. Someone lays clothes out for every game & he just puts them on. #pelicans

— Julie Boudwin (@Julie_Boudwin) April 10, 2019

More importantly, the Celtics would be giving up on Tatum, who just one season ago was supposed to be a huge part of the team’s future.

If Irving stays in Boston, acquiring Davis is one thing. But if he heads home to New York, a move that gets rid of Tatum and brings in Davis does not seem like the right move at this stage.