Report: Celtics, Pelicans have discussed framework of Anthony Davis deal
The Boston Celtics cannot trade for Anthony Davis until the summer, but that isn’t stopping them from putting some preliminary building blocks in place in talks with the New Orleans Pelicans.
According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, the Celtics and Pelicans have been in contact about potential frameworks of Davis trades. The Celtics are reluctant to make promises knowing how much can change in a short period of time, but the team remains very interested, and has refused to say any player is off-limits.
The Celtics believe that the concerns about Davis’s unwillingness to commit to Boston long-term will fade once the player is paired with Kyrie Irving and the two get the chance to play together.
The Celtics will only be able to pursue Davis once they sign Irving to a long-term contract, which they clearly still believe will happen. After that, it will be a matter of convincing Davis, who is said to be reluctant, to stick around. They clearly think they can do it.