We hate to interrupt your Super Bowl reverie, but we have an update on the Anthony Davis front.
The Celtics, expected to be one of Davis' top suitors this summer if the New Orleans Pelicans don't move him before the NBA's Feb. 7 trade deadline, aren't among the "handful" of teams that Davis would be a willing to sign a long-term contract with after a trade, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday.
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
The Athletic's Shams Charania then reported the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers are on Davis' short list.
Anthony Davis’ representatives have informed the Pelicans that he would sign long-term with the Lakers, Knicks, Bucks and Clippers if he is traded, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 4, 2019
Davis would be willing to sign a long-term contract if traded to the Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks, per Wojnarowski. But the 25-year-old reportedly has no plans to sign an extension with any club he joins this summer entering the final season of his contract.
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
That would mean the C's couldn't pull of the maneuver they used with Kevin Garnett, who came to Boston via trade in 2007 despite initially ruling the team out and signed a long-term extension days later.
The latest rumors don't bode well for Davis coming to Boston: The superstar forward reportedly is concerned about Kyrie Irving's long-term commitment to Boston, and his father apparently isn't a fan of the franchise, either.
However, the Celtics reportedly remain undeterred and are convinced they can not only acquire the superstar forward but convince him to sign a long-term deal, especially if Irving sticks around.
Wojnarowski also notes Monday's report appears to be an effort by Davis' agent, Rich Paul, to drum up interest in a deal for the big man before Thursday's deadline.
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