Celtics, Lakers already keeping close eye on Pelicans’ Davis

Pelicans star big man Anthony Davis remains sidelined with an injured finger.

Not surprisingly, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are among those monitoring how things play out with Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Not surprising because an All-Star big man such as Davis could put the Celtics over the top and give the Lakers even more reason to believe by pairing Davis with LeBron James. And those teams aren’t alone.

According to a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, opposing executives think Davis could become available, quickly, if he passes on a supermax contract extension in July.

If that happens, “the franchise would be forced to contemplate trading its cornerstone,” Haynes wrote.

That said, Davis reiterated his focus is solely on the Pelicans and the Pelicans have been making it clear no matter what happens, they are not open to trading Davis this season.

“I really don’t listen to [the noise] to be honest,” he told Yahoo Sports. “I hear it from everywhere from social media, to people around you. But my biggest thing is focusing on playing basketball. That’s all I can do. I can’t do nothing else but play basketball to the best of my ability to help my team. … We have one goal and that’s winning a championship, and my job is to try to help them reach that goal.”

Davis is 6-foot-11 and an annual league MVP candidate. He is averaging 25.2 points and 13.5 rebounds in five appearances this season.