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The sources believe that the Boston Celtics are the most attractive trading partner for the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis contest, according to the Boston Heraldis Steve Bulpett.
The current collective bargaining agreement prevented Boston from acquiring Davis before the February 2019 trade deadline, since both he and Kyrie Irving were playing under the extensions of designated players.
However, that is no longer a problem, since Irving is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason.
Davis publicly requested a trade at the end of January with the hope of being transferred before the deadline. While the pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers entered into public negotiations, no agreement was reached. New Orleans general manager Dell Demps was fired about a week after the deadline, and Los Angeles president Magic Johnson retired at the end of the regular season.
Bulpett said Pelicans' new executive vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin, plans to meet with Davis next week to convince the six-time All-Star to change his mind. It's worth noting that New Orleans won the NBA 2019 draft lottery on Tuesday, giving the team the right to choose the Duke Zion Williamson phenomenon next month.
If Davis maintains the intention to leave the Big Easy, the AD draw will warm up during the summer.
The Lakers, who have the fourth overall selection, will probably try once again to race Davis, but sources in New Orleans told Bulpett that the team "will not be doing business" with L.A. after the fiasco of the deadline. The New York Knicks could focus a package around the third global selection, although their approach could be to sign potential free agents such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Boston may not have a selection of the top five, but it does have the ability to bademble a pack of draft picks and young talents. The Celtics have three first-round picks (numbers 14, 20 and 22) this year and also have promising players in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, among others.
However, Davis' father, Anthony Davis Sr., made it clear to ESPN.com Ramona Shelburne, before the trade deadline, did not want her son to play for Boston after the way the organization treated former star Isaiah Thomas. Davis himself, however, let it be known that the Celtics are "in my list":
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Anthony Davis says he does not have a preferred destination
Davis is under contract until next season and can become a free agent in the summer of 2020, which would give Boston a year to try to convince him to re-sign if he acquires the great man.
The athletic Frank Isola He reported Tuesday that the Celtics are looking to re-sign with Irving and team president Danny Ainge believes that landing Davis would badure him.