13 February 2019 05:31
The former Newcastle United striker offers the perfect player to get at Forest as West Brom look to continue their promotion push. MEXICO CITY — Despite the arrest, extradition and now conviction of narco-lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, his Sinaloa cartel marches on — and the proof is in huge, multi-drug shipments detected on the border in recent weeks. "All 23 of our divisions have an investigation at least at the local level that ties back to the Sinaloa cartel," said Will Glaspy, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent in charge of the Houston division who has held posts along the U.S.-Mexico border from California to Texas. Guzman, whose conviction Tuesday in New York likely means he will spend decades behind bars in the United States, is famous for twice pulling off brazen escapes from maximum-security prisons, earning him international notoriety perhaps rivaled only by the late Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Just because it didn't happen at the trade deadline last week — as Davis, his agent Rich Paul, and the Lakers wished and pushed for — doesn't mean the Pelicans will keep him into next training camp.
New Orleans understands it needs to get as much back for Davis as it can to help jumpstart a rebuild, and the Pelicans believed they could get a better deal this off-season than they could in February. If the team that wins the draft lottery is potentially willing to deal the pick — we're looking at you, New York Knicks — the Pelicans will listen. The Celtics lobbied the Pelicans to wait, not to trade Davis at the deadline, to give them a chance to get in on the bidding and fulfill GM Danny Ainge's dream scenario of pairing Davis with Kyrie Irving. Talk to front office people/scouts around the league and they believe almost to a man the Celtics can put together the best offer the Pelicans will see. (Some Lakers' fans push back on this idea every time I write it, I will tell you what I've heard from sources in the league: Jayson Tatum is higher rated because of his potential than any Laker youngster, the Memphis pick is not only more valuable than any Laker pick it could be the second-best asset offered to New Orleans, and most have Jaylen Brown right in the mix with the Lakers Lonzo Ball/Brandon Ingram/Kyle Kuzma core.) The Celtics have played like individuals, Irving has called out his young teammates for not sacrificing enough of their games (while he has sacrificed almost nothing in terms of shots and usage rate), and rumors persist around the league that Irving wants to join Kevin Durant in New York.
McMahon says that becoming the face of a franchise is appealing to Tatum and he may not have that opportunity in Boston if the Celtics re-sign Kyrie Irving and/or trade for Davis. If Davis couldn't succeed in New Orleans, there's no reason to believe Tatum wouldn't mind getting a crack of pulling it off. The All-Star center has requested a trade but New Orleans couldn't find a deal to its liking before last week's deadline. Part of the reason was the fact that the Boston Celtics were prohibited from trading for Davis, because of the complicated contract status of guard Kyrie Irving (see the details here). However the Celtics are expected to make a run at Davis in July, and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge reportedly will consider trading anyone in a deal for the 25-year-old big man, including Jayson Tatum.
While the Lakers have suffered from chemistry issues after dangling most of the roster in the trade negotiations, the Celtics — who also put most of their players into a Davis pitch — appear to be facing their own internal issues. Tatum could become the face of the Celtics if Irving leaves, but it honestly feels like no one knows what Kyrie is going to do at this point. They might up end in New Orleans [for Davis].It's gossip, but the gossip is Jayson Tatum wouldn't mind if he's shipped to New Orleans and has a chance to be the face of the franchise somewhere.