The Boston Celtics were linked to Anthony Davis for a long time, as many wondered if GM Danny Ainge would eventually pull the trigger on a deal for the star big man.
However, when it came time for the New Orleans Pelicans to trade Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers emerged with the winning package. It was quite the haul: three young players and multiple first-round draft picks.
In the days leading up to the trade, it became clear that the Celtics likely weren't going to the destination. Davis' agent Rich Paul indicated that his client would only be a one-year rental in Boston, making it unlikely that Ainge would pony up a large number of assets for a short-term fix.
However, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne writes that the Celtics were legitimately in the mix for Davis and were considering trading for him. Ultimately though, they didn't have compensation on par with what LA could offer.
The Boston Celtics were serious about trading for Davis, as well. They were willing to discuss young, talented players such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, according to sources close to the negotiations. But the Celtics were never going to give up as much as the Lakers. And Boston didn't have a high draft pick this year to offer, because it simply hadn't gotten as lucky in the lottery as both L.A. and New Orleans.
It will be interesting to see what the Celtics' next move is. They did not land Davis and are likely to lose Kyrie Irving in free agency.
If Irving does leave as expected, Boston could opt to bring back his backup, Terry Rozier, but would still need to add another point guard to the fold.
Meanwhile, Al Horford reportedly may decline his player option for next season, but still wants to remain in Boston on a new contract.