The New Orleans Pelicans landed the No. 1 overall pick on Tuesday, earning the opportunity to draft Zion Williamson and fresh hopes of keeping Anthony Davis, to build with their young potential superstar.
Davis, however, hasn’t changed his mind about staying with the Pelicans, according to the Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Assuming Davis’ resolve holds, New Orleans has a ton of options on the table. Whatever package the Pelicans eventually trade for Davis will likely be built around the future, meaning new GM David Griffin will be able to put together the type of promising young core that never really lined up alongside Davis. If, for example, the Pelicans traded Davis to the Boston Celtics, they would likely have Williamson, Jayson Tatum and a horde of draft picks going forward. If they dealt him to Los Angeles, they would likely have the No. 4 pick and some combination of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and other promising young players.
What does this mean for the Celtics? Essentially nothing — they presumably will still await word from Kyrie Irving as to his summer plans as they keep an eye on NOLA’s situation. The only real takeaway is that with New Orleans on the verge of picking Williamson, Boston no longer has to worry about New York or LA decimating their offer with the absurdly talented young athlete.