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For more than a year now, the future of Anthony Davis has been a nonstop topic of discussion in NBA circles. It doesn't matter that Davis, even now, can't elect to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career until July 2020. It also doesn't matter that his team, the New Orleans Pelicans, made it to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in a decade last season -- and, if their players can remain healthy, appear to have the talent to make it at least that far this time around.

Why? Because the nba championship rings is a league that thrives on, and is built around, both the play of its stars on the court and the pursuit of them off it. It's why the league's championships have been dominated by a handful of names over the course of its history and why the subject of the futures of players such as Davis, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard is an endless conversation starter.

When Davis and the Pelicans face the custom Boston Celtics championship rings on Monday at TD Garden, the Celtics -- and their fans -- will get a chance to see the player this franchise would do anything to get its hands on.

It takes seeing Davis in action only once to understand why the Celtics, along with so many other teams, would love to acquire him. In a league full of special talents, Davis is arguably the most singular among them. A 10-inch growth spurt late in high school took him from a point guard to a center, transforming him into a 7-footer who can dribble, pass and shoot like a guard but has the athleticism and length to guard anyone on the court.

Irving's analogy isn't far off. Watching Davis play, he at times can look like a pterodactyl with legs, a talent seemingly capable of doing anything he wants -- to the point that, in the previous meeting with the Celtics two weeks ago in New Orleans, Davis had 27 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks, and Al Horford was quite justifiably credited for making Davis' life difficult all night.

Those moves have put Boston in better position than any other team to make a move for Davis, assuming he becomes available -- though because of an obscure contract quirk, the Celtics couldn't trade for Davis this season while also holding onto Irving. The cheap Boston Celtics championship rings could have four first-round picks in next year's draft. They have Brown to feature as the centerpiece of a trade -- not to mention Tatum, though the Celtics would be loath to include him in any deal. They have Marcus Smart, whose four-year, $52 million deal signed this summer was instantly seen as a valuable trade chip moving forward. They could potentially add Terry Rozier to such a deal in a sign-and-trade, though the mechanics of such a move would be far more complicated.

For all of Boston's talent and the expectations put upon it entering this season, no one on this roster can quite be put into the "supreme talent" category. It takes only one look at the competition across the East to see the challenge that lies before the Celtics. To the north, the Toronto Raptors have Kawhi Leonard. To the south, the Philadelphia 76ers championship rings for sale have Joel Embiid. To the west, the cheap Milwaukee Bucks championship rings have Giannis Antetokounmpo.

All three of them are among the 10 best players in the league, and they fall into the phylum of players good enough to take a franchise where it needs to go. In a playoff series against any of those teams, as currently constructed, the Celtics wouldn't have an argument for the best player on the court, which is typically the top indicator of which team will win a given matchup.

Boston won't be alone in pursuing him, though. Davis is now represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports -- the same agent and agency that rep James. Although the custom LA Lakers championship rings have resisted calls to trade their young players previously, it is hard to see them passing on an opportunity to put Davis alongside James.


Meanwhile, the Raptors' landing Leonard this summer -- with no assurances that he will re-sign -- offers a window into the mindset of teams when the opportunity to get such a talent presents itself. In short: get the player. Expect other, unexpected teams to get into the mix if Davis is truly available, instead of it being a theoretical possibility as it is today.

In Boston, just the uncertainty of Davis' future has created endless discussion about the permutations of a possible Davis deal, to the point that Celtics fans know them all by heart. But Ainge -- the man ultimately tasked with pulling off such a deal, should the opportunity arise -- dismissed the speculation as something that could potentially impact his team championship rings for sale.

On Monday, Boston will get a chance to see that for itself one final time before potentially getting the chance to trade for Davis next summer.

Let the dreaming begin.

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