Celtics

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The Summer of Anthony Davis has unofficially begun.

New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin will meet with Davis on Wednesday, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported.

Griffin, who took over for general manager Dell Demps in April, has said openly he'll try to convince Davis to stay in New Orleans despite the Pelicans star requesting a trade earlier in the season.'

That may be a tall task, as the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are among several teams expected to aggressively pursue Davis in a trade.

The Celtics will be particularly interested in how Davis' meeting with Griffin goes. Boston reportedly hopes to use the lure of Davis to convince Kyrie Irving to re-sign with the C's once free agency begins July 1.

That means the earlier the Celtics could swing a trade for Davis, the more leverage they could have to create an AD-Kyrie duo in Boston (and prevent other teams from attempting the same).

But Griffin could be the wrench in Danny Ainge's plans, as the former Cleveland Cavaliers GM reportedly will attempt to pitch Davis on staying in New Orleans with No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. ET): Davis and Griffin did meet in Los Angeles on Wednesday, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and it sounds like the Pelicans still have a shot at keeping their superstar.

 

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