Chris Mannix: Celtics' chances of acquiring Anthony Davis go to 90 percent after trade deadline


Since Anthony Davis requested to be shipped out of New Orleans on Monday, Celtics fans have daydreamed about the 6-foot-10 superstar donning the Green and White.

Unfortunately, unless the C's part ways with Kyrie Irving, they can't trade for Anthony Davis this season due to the Derrick Rose rule. But if Davis isn't moved before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated believes Boston's chances of acquiring him are exceptionally high because of one key asset.

"If we get past Feb. 7, the Celtics' chances of acquiring Anthony Davis go I think to like 90 percent because of Jayson Tatum," Mannix said Wednesday on Celtics Pregame Live. "Now Boston won't want to include Tatum in that mix, but if other teams start to get involved, let me tell you this: The team I would be most nervous about come lottery night is the New York Knicks, because the New York Knicks could send [Kristaps] Porzingis and the No. 1 overall pick. That would scare me if I were the Celtics."

Involved in the Davis sweepstakes right along with the Knicks, of course, are the Lakers. Los Angeles is the favorite to land Davis if he indeed is traded before the deadline, but the Celtics undoubtedly can put together the best possible package to send to New Orleans if the five-time All-Star is on the market this summer.

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