Well, isn’t this just a punch to the gut to everybody else on the roster.
Just when you thought the Los Angeles Lakers were in the drivers seat to acquire Anthony Davis — advice from Gregg Popovich has the New Orleans Pelicans slowing down the process of moving their superstar in order to receive the best deal possible.
The Boston Celtics would love to make an offer now, but they can’t because of an NBA rule that won’t allow them to until the offseason. Both Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis are designated rookie scale players, and teams are limited to one such player acquired by trade.
New Orleans does not have to pull the trigger now since Davis is still under contract for next season, and they may have gotten word from the Celtics to wait until the offseason to hear their offer, instead of just the Lakers.
I think Boston has sent a message to the Pelicans: “Be patient. Wait for us. We are going to be in this, and we’re going to be willing to talk about essentially everyone on our roster outside Kyrie Irving.”
The most valuable single player the Pelicans could get for Davis is 20-year-old Jayson Tatum who is under contract for 3 more years.
As far as their other assets, it kindly looks like this:
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