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Despite the buzz, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis was not traded on the final day to make a deal, per Shams Charania of Stadium.
Davis, 25, informed the Pelicans nearly two weeks ago that he would not sign a supermax contract extension and requested a trade.
The 6-foot-10 All-Star had been heavily been pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers, who reportedly offered their entire young core and multiple first-round picks before backing off earlier this week. The Pelicans reportedly did not make counter-offers to the Lakers.
Apparently, they were put off by Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, who clearly tried to orchestrate a deal to LA to pair Davis with Lakers star LeBron James.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in touch with the Pelicans about trading for Davis over the summer and are now the likely frontrunners to land him.
“Sources said the Pelicans had sought guarantees from the Celtics surrounding specific packages, but the Celtics were reluctant to make absolute promises, simply because so much can transpire in five months, such as injuries,” Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported.
“Nevertheless, sources said, the Celtics have made it clear that they will be ready and willing to offer an explosive package when the time arrives, and that no specific player will be off limits in negotiations.”
The Celtics have to wait until the offseason to acquire Davis because they already have Kyrie Irving on a designated contract. Davis is as well and NBA rules only allow one player with that type of contract on a team at a time.
“According to a source close to the Pelicans, that club has been informed the Celtics still will be willing to make a major offer for Davis in the offseason,” Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald wrote. “Danny Ainge has, in other words, let it be known the Celts are ready to take their chances with keeping Davis beyond the summer of 2020 when he can become a free agent. As reported here again last Friday, the club took a similar stance in its pursuit of Paul George from Indiana during the 2016-17 season.
“The Pelicans still are said to most covet the package of young players and draft picks the Celtics can provide as they move on from their franchise cornerstone.”
Davis is 6-foot-10 and averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
He has been medically cleared to return from a broken finger and said before the deadline he would like to return the lineup.