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The Boston Celtics are the most likely destination for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, according to a forecast by ESPN predicting where the league’s biggest names will land next season.
Davis requested a trade last month and both the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers were in hot pursuit at the trade deadline. Talks will most definitely pick up again this summer — and ESPN gave the Celtics a 61.1 percent chance to land him, compared to just 27.8 for LeBron James and the Lakers.
Along with Davis, ESPN predicted the futures of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard and Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.
Unlike Davis, all four of those players are eligible for free agency this summer.
According to ESPN’s forecast, Durant will join the New York Knicks (63.9 percent) and Leonard will end up with the Los Angeles Clippers (66.7 percent).
Meanwhile, Irving will return to the Celtics (52.8) rather than join the Knicks (30.6 percent), and Thompson will return to the Warriors (a whopping 91.7 percent), ESPN predicted.
The forecast also predicts the future of Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins and answers whether the Philadelphia 76ers will retain in-season acquisitions Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.
You can check out the complete forecast and results here.