Celtics to face surprise Anthony Davis battle
The Boston Celtics have long been linked with a move for Anthony Davis and could look at a possible trade next summer.
But Metro US report the Golden State Warriors could look at striking a deal if Kevin Durant chooses to leave as a free agent in 2019.
The report builds on an article from The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami which stated Davis is the Warriors’ “biggest target”.
And the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers are also mentioned as possible trade destinations for Davis.
The New Orleans Pelicans lost DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo this summer, leading to further question marks over Davis’ future ahead of his 2020 free agency.
They will not want to lose Davis for nothing and if the five-time NBA All-Star indicates he will not re-sign then New Orleans could start listening to trade offers as early as the February deadline.
Boston still have a number of assets which puts them at the front of the queue to sign any top player in a trade with a host of first-round picks to come.
It is reported the Celtics may consider looking harder at a trade for Davis in 2019 if Kyrie Irving decides to leave as a free agent.
Kawhi Leonard prefers Lakers and Clippers
The Toronto Raptors have already begun trying to convince Kawhi Leonard to re-sign with them in 2019 by hiring San Antonio Spurs’ Jeremy Castleberry.
But it still hasn’t changed Leonard’s mind about wanting to head to Los Angeles with either the Lakers or Clippers.
That’s according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who claims the acquisition of Castleberry – a long-time friend of Leonard – will not hurt the Lakers or Clippers’ chances.
Leonard’s immediate future may have been temporarily resolved when the Spurs traded him to Toronto, but it hasn’t stopped questions about what he will decide to do in 2019.
It was clear early on that the 27-year-old is only interested in heading home to Los Angeles to join whether the Lakers or Clippers and that has seemingly not changed.
Celtics announce signing
The Boston Celtics have announced PJ Dozier has joined the team on a two-way contract.
Boston still had one two-way roster slot to fill ahead of the new season following the acquisition of Walt Lemon Jr. last month.
And Boston have now confirmed Dozier, 21, will fill that vacant spot after a season spent in Oklahoma City.
He impressed for Oklahoma City in the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 11 points on 52 per cent shooting in five games.