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Paul Pierce: Anthony Davis Traded to Lakers or Celtics If Pelicans Start Poorly

Kyusung Gong

Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce believes one of his former teams or the Los Angeles Lakers could make a deal for New Orleans Pelicans All-Star big man Anthony Davis before the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Appearing Tuesday on ESPN’s The Jump beginning at the 1:29 mark, Pierce said a poor start may lead to the Pels trading Davis:

“If things don’t go well in New Orleans this year and they’re hovering around .500 or not looking like a playoff team, Boston’s going to make a run at him or the Lakers,” Pierce said. … “I guarantee you that. He will not be in New Orleans by the end of the year. … If they’re not playing well, he will not make it to All-Star Weekend.”

Davis recently parted ways with agent Thad Foucher, and Rich Paul of Klutch Sports is reportedly a leading candidate to replace him, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne.

Lakers superstar LeBron James is among Paul’s clients.

If Davis does join forces with Paul, Pierce thinks it could be a sign that he intends to make a move to the Lakers eventually: “What better guy to do Davis’ move to the Lakers than Rich Paul? He pretty much controls the market. Guys are running left and right to be represented by him. This is classic. … I think there are some things in the NBA we don’t know about. Something’s brewing.”

Last season, Davis led the Pelicans to the second round of the playoffs after averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 blocks per game during the regular season.

Davis was an MVP finalist, and he has been named an All-Star in five of his six NBA season.

He would potentially make the Celtics the favorites to win the NBA championship, and he would be the superstar the Lakers are looking for to pair with James and become a championship threat in the Western Conference.

Even so, New Orleans is under no pressure to make a deal since Davis has three years remaining on his contract.

After getting LeBron James to commit to a long-term deal, the Los Angeles Lakers were heavily criticized for not signing shooters to complement James in free agency. However, they were in the mix for one of the NBA’s best three-point snipers in JJ Redick, according to the 34-year-old shooting guard.

In an interview with Zach Lowe of ESPN on The Lowe Post, Redick talked about his options in free agency, which included an opportunity to return to Los Angeles.

“We were waiting on LeBron. Once LeBron made his decision, the Lakers were sort of involved as well. There was an opportunity there … It would have been fun.”

Redick spent four seasons in the opposite locker room at STAPLES Center with the Clippers before signing a one-year, $23 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers last summer. He re-upped with the Sixers on another one-year deal for almost half of what he was making last year and it’s possible the Lakers were offering him a similar deal, starting at around $12 million.

If that was the case, it looks like the Lakers opted to use that money to re-sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year deal worth $12 million. Aside from his ties to Klutch Sports, Caldwell-Pope is almost a whole decade younger than Redick and plays both sides of the ball.

Caldwell-Pope is also coming off of a career shooting year from behind the arc, averaging 38.3 percent from deep while averaging 5.6 three-point attempts per game. He might not be as efficient as Redick, a career 41.5 percent three-point shooter, but he’s far from hopeless from the perimeter.

Still, it would have been nice to have another reliable three-point shooter on the team. If the combined $13.5 million used on Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo could have been used to lure Redick Los Angeles, maybe the Lakers’ offseason would be looked upon more favorably.

But it’s too late to think about what could have been. All the Lakers can do is hope that they have enough shooting to carry them through the season.

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