But, saying something is so does not make it so, and with that out of the way, I'd like to discuss a buried lede I've buried a bit myself that is quite pertinent to the above discussion and Boston Celtics fandom more generally:
Anthony Davis may not be the (only?) superstar Boston is after.
"A way to look at this would be that Boston's seemingly big plan of pairing Irving and Davis no longer seemed ambitious enough. LeBron and Davis in Los Angeles with a big chunk of cap space is a higher wattage spotlight. Durant, Irving, and Zion Williamson (or maybe even Davis) in New York is every columnist's dream. Maybe that's right, but not in the way the current conventional wisdom says. If we're in the era of true super teams, why do we assume that Boston would stop at "only" Irving and Davis? If Durant and Irving have a long-standing desire to play together, why would they settle for doing it with a skeleton crew of teammates in New York? League sources have told me that KD has expressed interest in joining the Celtics."
The emphasis above is mine, but it's not like it needed to be - the implications here could, if Danny Ainge and company manage to convert said interest into a reality, be league-transforming. And of course, I have interest in joining the Celtics on a five-year max contract, but in this case, we have evidence from Durant himself that this was at least once true, given the notorious meeting in the Hamptons before he joined the Golden State Warriors.
I reiterate, this is silly season, and "having interest" is worlds away from "playing for", but in a week of dispiriting narratives, some hints big things might just not be off the table, but actually could be bigger things is most welcome - to me at least.