Fear not! The schedule has been planned and executed with precision so far, if I'm reading things right.
Consider the following:
The timing of Davis' trade request is not especially surprising; it's about as late in the season as he could have gone without signaling he might be open to staying, and when teams would be most likely in that stretch of him being under contract that his old team might be able to get a good haul, and thus be more open to cooperating.
The Celtics always have, and will likely remain, the team with the best potential package, no matter which way the New Orleans Pelicans front office wishes to turn. They have been laser-focused on this exact sequence of events and the ways it might unfold and who might try to get in their way, how, and with what, for some time in one of the league's worst-kept secrets.
This is why Terry Rozier has no deal beyond this season, yet remains with the team. Should the worst happen concerning rumored desires for Irving to decamp to another team, the Louisville product is waiting in the wings while...wait for it...we do not trade the farm for AD.
Think about it - this is, quite literally, the most important moment in the career of one of sport's greatest competitors. It will define Ainge's (and quite possibly Boston's) legacy for decades. Nearly a decade-and-a-half has led up to this moment, and it simply will not matter what The Brow thinks about re-signing, because at that point it'll be pretty obvious how that'll play out unless Danny pulls some other rabbit out of his hate.
Let Brad be your guide during Silly Season.
“I learned very early ... there was a lot that’s not true, a little that’s true, and you don’t really pay attention to any of it until it crosses your desk from somebody that’s involved in a conversation.”https://t.co/RpUEJ8Ynxa