David Griffin explains why Celtics weren't all-in for Anthony Davis

Ryan Hannable
July 11, 2019 - 8:32 am

The Celtics reportedly were in on Anthony Davis as he wanted out of New Orleans, but obviously they weren't major factors since talks never got too serious.

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Speaking to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on his podcast, Pelicans executive president of basketball operations David Griffin explained why the Lakers were really their only option in terms of a trade and why teams like the Celtics never really had a chance.

"We were in a situation where it was clear that Anthony was ready to move on, and it wasn't clear that he was willing to stay anywhere other than L.A.," Griffin said. "So, I think that probably played into Boston's thinking more than the Kyrie aspect of it, because Boston intended to stay elite. They wanted to compete at the highest level. I think the risk factor of him not staying put the trade conversations more in the space of those other deals we talked about."

He added: "We were really fortunate that Rich Paul was representing LeBron James, and the Lakers need(ing) to put another star with LeBron sort of dovetailed with the fact that Anthony had picked the time he had picked to want to move on. There was really only one destination (L.A.) where they were confident he would sign."

The Celtics ended up by replacing Kyrie Irving with Kemba Walker.

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