Davis will stay in the Western Conference and more importantly away from the Boston Celtics.
Now there’s one less star for the Celtics to acquire to build a “super team.”
Ripple effect of the trade
With Davis off the market, the aren’t many other stars the Celtics can add via trade. They have the assets to make a deal but it’s not often a star of Davis’ caliber is on the trading block.
Following the trade, it’s unlikely they can greatly improve their roster from last season. The team will likely get worse, since Kyrie Irving appears not to be interested in staying in Boston.
Since Davis is no longer an option, they can’t use him to convince Irving to stay for the long-term.
If the Celtics were successful in adding Davis via trade, perhaps Irving would have considered staying to team up.
We will never know the answer to that theory.
Another blow to the Celtics
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 18, 2019
Horford declined his 30.1 million option for the 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
After it appeared initially that Horford and Boston were looking to get a deal done, that no longer seems to be case.
Boston and Al Horford had discussed contract scenarios, but the gulf is too great for sides to believe they can close on a new deal now, league sources tell ESPN. Horford is prepared to enter the free agency to find a three or four year deal elsewhere.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 18, 2019
This is a big deal for the Sixers, who have struggled mightily against Horford who always plays tough defense on Joel Embiid.
But that’s a problem for another day.
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