Boston Celtics: Anthony Davis has always been the endgame

For the Boston Celtics, it appears that Anthony Davis has always been the endgame in their effort to stockpile assets. It’s almost time to cash in

Roughy four years ago, when the Boston Celtics traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets in their officially signal to rebuild and compile assets, perhaps Danny Ainge and management didn’t have a clear endgame.

All they knew at the time was that they need to get as many assets as they could, and wait for their opportunity for another franchise-changing superstar.

While they did accomplish acquiring Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, neither of those players are exactly a franchise-changing superstar. Both are potential All-NBA players and perennial All-Stars, but neither are the players you want to build your franchise around.

But that type of player, the one that you exhaust all your assets on, could potentially hit the market as soon as this summer. And that is one Anthony Davis, who has two years remaining on his contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

And according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Davis has been the endgame for the Celtics for years.

“Boston has been hawking Anthony Davis for years,” said Wojnarowski. “They always hoped that it would be—whether it’s the end of this season or the beginning of next before the trade deadline—that they would gather up all those assets, all those picks Danny Ainge has, young players, and they’d be the team to be able to get Anthony Davis.”

But, it won’t be that easy for the Celtics. Nearly every team in the NBA will try to land Anthony Davis if he hits the trade block. Including another team with a reasonable amount of assets – the Los Angeles Lakers.

Davis is the type of player that could help end, in the right situation, the Golden State Warriors dynasty. Boston has been working for this very moment. They have the assets to land a player like Davis, but a big part of this is the Pelicans coming to the conclusion that it’s time to trade Davis.

And that likely won’t come this season, and won’t be something that is easily concluded.

Nevertheless, this really isn’t big breaking news. The Boston Celtics want a really great player. But if in fact Anthony Davis has been viewed as the endgame for the Celtics, they have to hit. After compiling all these assets, they can’t afford to whiff on Davis.

Kyrie and Hayward can’t be the best the Celtics come up with after all the asset collecting they’ve been doing over the last few years. Time will tell if they could get it done.