Despite rumblings, Celtics unwavering in pursuit of Davis

Pelicans big man Anthony Davis requested a trade in January and is being heavily pursued by several teams.

The Boston Celtics remain undeterred in their pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis despite what some may consider to be several roadblocks, as relayed by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

First, Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, suggested in a Sports Illustrated profile that Davis would not re-sign with the Celtics after the season.

Second, Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving reportedly has opted out of his contract and rumors suggest he will be moving on from the franchise.

Davis requested a trade from the Pelicans in January and the franchise has re-opened talks under new chief of basketball operations David Griffin. ESPN reported Wednesday that the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are strongly engaged in those conversations.

“Boston is still determined to trade for Davis, a six-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, and hope that he can be a lure to keep All-Star guard Kyrie Irving from leaving in free agency,” Wojanrowski reported.

While it has not been determined what the Celtics are proposing in a potential trade, they are armed with three first-round picks that sources have said they don’t really want — the 14th overall (from the Sacramento Kings), the 20th overall (from the Los Angeles Clippers) and the 22nd overall.

“No way are the Celtics bringing in three rookies with guaranteed contracts next season,” one opposing general manager told Amico Hoops. “I doubt they’d really even want one.”

Meanwhile, the Lakers are said to be offering a package centered on swingman Brandon Ingram, point guard Lonzo Ball and the fourth overall draft pick. A third team may be needed to make any Davis trade work, Wojnarowski reported.

The Pelicans will be selecting first in next week’s draft, and are widely expected to take Duke forward Zion Williamson.