While the Celtics built a 20-point lead and showed signs of regaining their status as an Eastern Conference contender, the Pelicans made numerous mistakes that led to last week's 0-3 road trip. But lingering questions about Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball make the Celtics - who boast a wealth of future draft picks and a crop of talented young players led by Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier - the clear front-runner.
Sheridan does add, however, that it doesn't mean a trade to the Lakers is a certainty, especially given the assets Boston has at their disposal. Trading Kyrie would guarantee that the Celtics receive something back for the point guard, and it could potentially be a star player, as teams are increasingly open to trading for a so-called "one-year rental".
Boston have not been able to get a run going this season so far, falling to a 10-10 record after 20 games.
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Kyrie Irving, who led the way for Boston with 26 points, said having Smart alongside him in the starting backcourt made a big difference on many different levels. "We've got to get off to better starts so that when we do go on a run, we're creating separation and not just pulling even". "Put Anthony (Davis) at the point guard". Haynes reported that teams like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers would also monitor the situation in New Orleans.
The debate over the future of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis certainly hasn't cooled off as the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season rolled on. "We don't talk about it".
ESPN released their first batch of Real Plus-Minus figures for the 2018-19 season and if we compare players marks from this year to last year, we can see which players appear to have regressed the most. Now is the time for Hayward-a star player who has struggled out of the gate-to step up and take on a bigger role with the team.
"I just don't know that we're that good". So we expect him to be in the right spots and doing the right things.