Celtics look longingly at Pelicans’ Davis

Pleicans star Anthony Davis is undoubtedly on the Celtics' radar.

Boston Celtics fans dreamed of Gordon Hayward and they got him. They probably didn’t have any dreams of somehow landing Kyrie Irving, but they got him, too.

Now, the Celtics and their supporters will get a look at Anthony Davis, as the New Orleans Pelicans’ big man makes his lone visit of the season to TD Garden on Tuesday.

Unlike Hayward, who signed with Boston over the summer, Davis isn’t a free agent at the end of the season. And unlike Irving in Cleveland, Davis appears completely content with his current surroundings.

He’s playing especially well, too. In his previous game, Davis erupted for 48 points and 17 rebounds in an overtime win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Overall, the Pelicans have won three of four.

Of course, Irving and the Celtics sit in first place in the Eastern Conference. But despite the midseason struggles of the favored Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics understand LeBron James is always lurking.

A player like Davis would certainly put them over the top.

Now, no one has any illusions of the Celtics being able to land Davis with some sort of unforeseen trade before the Feb. 8 deadline. The Pelicans have no plans to trade their franchise player, and again, Davis has indicated he’s perfectly happy in New Orleans.

But could all that change during the offseason?

Well, even that appears doubtful.

Then again, fellow frontcourt star DeMarcus Cousins is a free agent at season’s end — and while the Pelicans have played well lately, they still have the look of a team that’s headed for a first-round playoff exit.

So a lot can change between now and July. If it does, and Davis has a change of heart, the Celtics wouldn’t be the only team interested. They would be one of 30, actually.

It’s far-fetched, and odds are, the Pelicans won’t let Davis out of their grasp, even if Cousins bolts.

But stranger things have happened, and Celtics fans are certainly allowed to dream.

After all, lately, many of their dreams have come true.