Anthony Davis Remains With Pelicans Following NBA Trade Deadline

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One of the biggest stories of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline was center Anthony Davis remaining with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Most NBA pundits have long believed Davis will eventually go to the Los Angeles Lakers to play alongside LeBron James when he becomes a free agent in 2020. That timeline was sped up recently when Davis told the Pelicans he would not sign a long term deal with the club and a trade would make the most sense for both parties.

The Boston Celtics are another team interested in Davis but couldn’t deal for him unless they moved star guard Kyrie Irving in a trade because NBA rules will not allow them to have multiple players on their roster who are on rookie contracts with max extensions. That means they can try again on July 1 when Irving’s rookie contract is complete.

The Lakers can try again this summer where they’ll look to entertain offers involving their young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma, along with draft picks.