The Celtics appear willing to do whatever it takes to land Anthony Davis.
Boston has told the Pelicans that “everyone can be available” this summer in a potential deal for the 25-year-old star, according to a report from the Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources.
Davis told New Orleans in late January he would not sign an extension and wanted to be moved. But, the Celtics could not acquire Davis during the season because of the “Rose Rule,” which prohibits teams from adding multiple players via trade that have signed rookie extensions. Boston dealt for Kyrie Irving in August 2017.
Jayson Tatum has been at the center of the rumors regarding the Celtics’ pursuit of Davis. He told The Athletic the “talk doesn’t bother him.”
“I’ll play basketball anywhere,” Tatum said. “I’ll play for whoever wants me. That’s my job. I know I can’t control any of that stuff, so I’m not going to lose sleep over it.”
Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season.
The Lakers reportedly made multiple offers for the six-time All-Star before the deadline, including one which featured two first-round picks and multiple players, but ultimately no deal was reached.