Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe is reporting that the New Orleans Pelicans have reached out to the Boston Celtics seeking promises regarding the framework of potential deals for Anthony Davis. This comes just under 24 hours before the NBA trade deadline.
New: Per sources, the Pelicans have reached out to the Celtics seeking promises on specific AD packages. The Cs have been reluctant to do that 5 months early, but have made it clear no one is off limits and that it’ll be worth the wait. The latest: https://t.co/FYdcR1VIpj— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) February 6, 2019
Sources tell Himmelsbach that the Celtics “have been reluctant” to make such promises considering those offers are five months away. Boston has reportedly made it clear that no player is off-limits, except one. Of course, Davis cannot be acquired until Kyrie Irving’s contract is restructured this offseason, unless they were to trade Irving in a deal for Davis. League sources tell the Globe that the Celtics have made it clear to teams that Irving is off-limits.
With a Davis deal potentially looming in the offseason, Boston is likely to remain relatively quiet heading into Thursday’s deadline. However Himmelsbach is reporting that the Celtics are expected to try and move guard Jabari Bird, in hopes that some team will take on Bird’s $1.4 million contract. He is currently facing domestic violence charges, with the next court appearance set for Wednesday, February 13. If the team is able to trade Bird, it would open up a roster spot and allow them to be active in the buyout market later this season, while also lowering Boston’s luxury tax bill.
According to Himmelsbach, the Celtics organization remains focused on trying to win a championship this season and that it remains a possibility.
Read the full report here.