According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics are not included on a list of teams where Anthony Davis would be willing to sign long-term with upon a trade.
Beyond the Lakers and Knicks, the Pelicans have been made aware of "a handful" of teams that Anthony Davis would be willing to sign long-term with upon a trade, league sources tell ESPN. Boston isn't included on that list.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019
This is the latest update in the Anthony Davis scuttlebutt (noun courtesy of Brad Stevens) leading up to Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline.
Wojnarowski noted that the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are already ideal landing spots for Davis to sign long-term, with the Lakers leading the charge to sign the all-star big man in the summer of 2020. He went on to reiterate in his report that Davis has no intention of signing an extension this summer.
This could help open up marketplace on a trade for Davis between now and Thursday 3 p.m. deadline, creating stronger offers to Pels. No matter destination, Davis has no plans to sign extension this summer. The plan is signing a new deal in July of 2020, once he opts out. https://t.co/RWqXzaV4va— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019
This comes following multiple reports that the Celtics are not amongst Davis’ top choices for a long-term destination, including a message from the 25-year-old’s father to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne stating that he would never want his son to play for Boston after they traded Isaiah Thomas.
Sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium it's four-team list for Davis -- with inclusion of the Clippers and Bucks along with previous teams (Lakers, Knicks). The Knicks are unlikely, however, after moving Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas. https://t.co/Vh3l4XJ51t— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 4, 2019
According to Wojnarowski, New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps has had multiple conversations today with Magic Johnson. The Lakers reportedly offered a new deal to New Orleans that includes “multiple young players, multiple draft picks and Pelicans salary cap relief for Anthony Davis”, per Wojnarowski.
The trade deadline is this Thursday, at 3:00 PM EST.