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Trades are easier to make when people have a good relationship. Ainge and Demps have a history together, negotiating a deal in 2015 (and a three-team deal where Boston sent Jeff Green to Memphis and also acquired Austin Rivers from New Orleans.) This is also the deal in which Boston acquired this year's Grizzlies first round pick). Demps is the guy Ainge has been talking to this process. He is the guy who has decided to wait, in part, to see what Boston has to offer.
The new General Manager may not have the sour history with Rich Paul and Klutch Sports that Demps has. The new GM comes in with a clean slate and fresh perspective, and that new person might value Los Angeles Lakers assets differently than Demps.
MassLive: Anthony Davis Watch Watch: New Orleans Pelicans fire General Manager Dell Demps
The whole Davis situation has been poorly handled on all sides and it costs
It will be a major story line Saturday if Davis practices freely with his teammates at Team LeBron All-Star workout, despite the shoulder injury.
Will Ferry shut down Davis for the rest of the season? Davis is also going to have to address the national media for the first time since his trade demand and explain his actions and intentions for the rest of the season. Will Gentry last the season? Will the NBA intervene and mandate that a healthy Davis play for the Pelicans? For a player who was considered one of the NBA nice guys before this chaos, Davis's reputation has taken a hit because of his decision to make an in-season trade demand
Globe: Anthony Davis's demands reverberate around NBA
Just when we thought the Anthony Davis saga could move to the back burner, the temperature quickly returned to boil on Friday. There was no guarantee that Demps would trade with the Celtics, but at least Cs management knew him. Now it's still another angle that could complicate the situation even more
Zarren would be a fascinating choice for the Pelicans , who have the tall task of trading superstar Anthony Davis this offseason. Boston is expected to be one of Davis' top suitors, and Zarren obviously has a close relationship with Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge who would help immensely in those negotiations if he takes the job
Whether Zarren would leave Boston is a different story: The lifelong Celtics fan and long time ticket holder has been with the organization for 14 years and has turned down a golden opportunity to be the Philadelphia 76ers' general manager in 2013.
For now, Zarren taking the Pelicans job seems like a long shot. But NBA Sports Boston: NBA Rumors: Mike Zarren May Draw Interest in Pelicans' GM search
At this point, all we know for sure is that Kyrie Irving and Davis are teammates for the All-Star Game tomorrow night. Everyone may or may not play due to recent injury. Meanwhile, Kyrie has to sell The Brow on Boston and not joining LeBron in LA. If anything works out, Kyrie will have the plot for "Uncle Drew 2."
Related – NBC Sports Boston: What Does the Pelicans' Dumps Demps mean to the Celtics in their pursuit of Anthony Davis?
On Page 2: Celtics in Charlotte
Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum repped the Cs in the Rising Stars game at All-Star Weekend on Saturday. The best moment came during the morning practice, when Tatum's little son made a special appearance.
Kyrie was an assistant coach of the US team, which topped the World, 161-144, in a totally forgettable game. Tatum scored 30 and played tenacious defense. (Just kidding, only one of those things is true.)
Finally, somewhere Antoine Walker was smiling during the celebrity game
(Too was once asked why he shot so many threes;
Related – NBC Sports Boston: Tatum shines, helps lead Team USA to 161-144 win | MassLive: NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2019: Jayson Tatum scores 30 for USA team in win over World Team
And, finally … What about Mike
Ralph Lawler is no doubt one of the best local announcers in the NBA. He is famous for inventing Lawler's Law: the first team to 100 points will win the game. He is also going to retire after this season, so it's timely that he receives the Gowdy Award, which honors media members whose long efforts have significantly contributed to basketball.
But the question I ask every year is this: What about Mike Gorman?
Mike and Tommy Heinsohn have been a team since 1981 – no duo has ever been together longer. How many big games has Mike called in those 38 years? And everyone loves the guy. Find one person who has ever said a bad word about him. You can not
Meanwhile, recent Gowdy Award winners have included broadcasters such as Max Falkenstien, Al McCoy, Jim Durham, Bill Schonely and Woody Durham. You say you never heard of them? Exactly.
Seeing how Tommy has been inducted twice (as a player and coach), it would be great if his broadcast partner could get his own well- deserved honor. Maybe they could even be saluted as a tandem.
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