What the Boston Celtics could offer for Anthony Davis

Sherman Parsons
February 6, 2019

As a result, it appears Magic Johnson and the Lakers will now sit back and hope for a counteroffer from New Orleans prior to Thursday's 3pm National Basketball Association trade deadline. The last three stars to demand trades - Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and now Davis - have all mentioned the Clippers as one of the preferred destinations.

Not surprisingly, the Boston Celtics are pushing the Pels to wait until the summer for a Davis swap. As the Lakers elevate their offer, including more top young players and even more draft picks into the offer, they'll keep closing the gap.

Davis prefers a move to the Lakers, league sources told Wojnarowski.

The Pelicans and Lakers have engaged in trade talks for Davis, and Los Angeles made a harder push on Monday by offering six players and two first-round picks, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"They wanted more and more and more", the Times quoted one source familiar with the negotiations as saying.

I offered up some thoughts yesterday on why Davis gave the list that he did.

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That's a fact. You're going to have to give up a fortune to get Davis, and that's not worth doing unless you get him for the next several years. Irving, 26, previously said he planned to re-sign with the Celtics in the summer but has recently wavered in public on that promise.

How much of a splash the Blazers could make likely will depend on their willingness to include second-year forward Zach Collins in a deal. Is he glad the Lakers are no longer making offers for him ahead of the trade deadline?

The Celtics could have access to four first-round picks in the June draft.

Landed in Indy; update on Lakers-Pelicans talks. There's a real possibility that the Pelicans and Davis could agree on a limited playing schedule post-trade deadline, but that's undetermined. Zion Williamson is the unanimous first pick and has been for months, and he has the makings of a franchise player who would bring tremendous energy wherever he goes. But I need all three of my boys on the court 'cause that's 60 percent of the team that's in to winning and not anxious about how much money they're going to make. New Orleans must really like Jayson Tatum.

Davis, who requested a trade a week ago through Paul, can't become a free agent until July 2020.

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