Report: Celtics and Lakers engaged in trade talks for Anthony Davis


The Celtics and Lakers are engaged in trade talks with the Pelicans for star Anthony Davis, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Davis' agent Rich Paul made it clear his client does not see a long-term future in Boston and will not sign a contract extension when his deal expires in 2020. That doesn't appear to have scared off the C's, who certainly have the assets to get a deal done.

Wojnarowski also states acquiring Davis could give Boston the best chance at retaining Kyrie Irving, who is set to hit unrestricted free agency on June 30.

If you were wondering whether this means the Celtics and Lakers would work together to get Davis to Boston or L.A., that is not the case. They're negotiating separate deals, and if the Lakers part ways the No. 4 pick for Davis, it won't be in a deal with the C's.

Along with the No. 4 pick, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports the Lakers are making Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball available in a potential deal.

It is notable that the Celtics still wouldn't be able to officially trade for Anthony Davis until after July 1, as ESPN's Bobby Marks points out. Still, the team could agree on the framework for a deal in the coming weeks.

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