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Trades are easier to do when the people involved have a good relationship. Ainge and Demps share a common history and negotiate a deal in 2015 (a three-team deal in which Jeff sent Jeff Green to the Memphis and also took on Austin Rivers of New Orleans, which is also the deal at Boston's Grizzlies this year acquired round pickup). Demps is the guy Ainge talked to in the process. He's the guy who has decided to wait in part to see what Boston has to offer.
The new General Manager may not have the rich history of Rich Paul and Klutch Sports, which Demps has. The new GM comes into play with a clear perspective and a new perspective, and this new person could value the assets of Los Angeles Lakers differently than Demps. Boston's fortune is believed to surpass LA's, but the new GM may not agree.
MassLive: Anthony Davis's Trade Summary: New Orleans Pelicans Shoot General Manager Dell Demps
The entire Davis situation was badly treated on all sides, costing Demps his job and perhaps Davis a retired New Orleans number.
It's going to be a big story on Saturday, when Davis trains LeBron All-Star with his teammates despite his shoulder injury. Davis will also have to turn to the national media for the first time since his trade request to explain his actions and intentions for the remainder of the season.
Will Ferry have Davis closed for the rest of the season? Will Gentry pass the season? Will the NBA intervene and order a healthy Davis to play for the pelicans? For a player who was considered to be one of the NBA's nice NBA's before this mess, Davis's reputation has suffered a blow because of his decision to raise trade demand in the season.
Globe: Anthony Davis' Demands in the NBA
Just When we thought the Anthony Davis saga could take a back seat, Friday's temperature cooled quickly. There was no guarantee that Demps would trade with the Celtics, but at least the management of Cs knew him. Now it's a shitty shot who might be the future potential trading partner.
Then there is another angle, which could make the situation even more complicated.
Cairn would be a fascinating choice for the pelicans, who have the great task of swapping superstar Anthony Davis in this offseason. It is expected that Boston will be one of Davis's main opponents, and Zarren obviously has a close relationship with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who would help immensely in these negotiations if he accepts the job.
Whether Zarren would leave Boston is another story: the lifelong Celtics fan and long-time season ticket subscriber had been with the organization for 14 years, and in 2013 rejected a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.
For now, Zarren seems to be taking over the Pelicans' job a long shot. But it is still a development to monitor, as it is an expert on salary caps and plays a crucial role in Boston's decision-making.
NBC Sports Boston: NBA Rumors: Mike Zarren May Be Interested in Pelican's GM Quest
We only know that Kyrie Irving and Davis are teammates for the All-Star Game tomorrow night. Everyone can or may not play due to a recent injury. Meanwhile, Kyrie must sell The Brow after coming to Boston and not coming to LeBron in LA. If all goes well, Kyrie will have the plot for "Uncle Drew 2".
Related – NBC Sports Boston: What Does The Pelican Dumping Demps Mean For The Celtics In Their Persecution Of Anthony Davis?
Page 2: Celtics in Charlotte
Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum overtook the Cs in the Rising Stars game on Saturday's all-star weekend. The best moment was during the morning workout, when the little son of Tatum made a special appearance.
For some reason, Kyrie was assistant coach to the US team, who reached world class 161-144 in a completely forgotten game. Tatum scored 30 and stubbornly played the defense. (Just a joke, only one of these things is true.)
At some point, Antoine Walker smiled during the game with celebrities.
(Toine was once asked why he shot so many threes, he replied, "Because there are no fours.")
Related – NBC Sports Boston: Tatum shines and Team USA helps with 161-144 victory MassLive: NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2019: Jayson Tatum scores 30 goals for a USA team against World Team
And finally … What about Mike?
Ralph Lawler is undoubtedly one of the best natives announcers in the NBA. He is known for inventing Lawler's Law: The first team with 100 points will win the game. He's retiring after this season, so it's time to receive the Gowdy Award honoring media members whose years of effort have been instrumental in basketball.
But the question I ask every year is, what about Mike Gorman?
Mike and Tommy Heinsohn have been a team since 1981 – no duo ever been together longer. How many great games has Mike called in these 38 years? And everyone loves the guy. Find a person who has ever said a bad word about him. You can not do it.
In the meantime, winners of the Gowdy Award have received broadcasts such as Max Falkenstien, Al McCoy, Jim Durham, Bill Schonely and Woody Durham. You say you have never heard of them? Exactly. If you do not mind, it's likely that more NBA fans are familiar with Mike.
With Tommy (as player and coach) introduced twice, it would be wonderful if his broadcaster could feel good. deserved honor Perhaps they could even be welcomed as a tandem. Just wait until next year.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Bulpett: Danny Ainge, Celtics would rather not think about bullets they might have repelled in 2015
NBC Sports Boston: Fitch, Westphal among the 10 Finalists of the Basketball Hall