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REPORT: Celtics unable to acquire a player like Anthony Davis qualified for Rose Rule

Anthony Davis

The Boston Celtics will not be pursuing a trade for Anthony Davis this offseason. Not necessarily because they aren’t interested in a player of his caliber, but because they are prohibited from trading for two players signed using the Rose Rule according to Bobby Marks of ESPN. During the 2017 offseason, the Celtics traded for Kyrie Irving who was signed using the Rose Rule.

The Rose Rule allows for players finishing a rookie contract to sign for a higher percentage of their team’s total cap if they hit certain thresholds. The Rose Rule is reserved for players who have won an MVP, been named to two All-NBA Teams, or have been voted in as an All-Star starter.

The Rose Rule is aptly named after Derrick Rose. The provision in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement was named after the point guard won the MVP for the 2010-11 season, only his third year in the league.

The New Orleans Pelicans wisely utilized the Rose Rule to sign Davis, but now this takes away any chance of Boston trading for the unbelievable big man—so long as Kyrie remains in Boston.

The Celtics remain poised for future success despite their inability to make an offer for Anthony Davis. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will return to a team that took LeBron James and the Cavaliers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

So while the NBA offseason plans to be a whirlwind of free agent signings and possible trade rumors, any rumors of Anthony Davis winding up in Boston can be put to bed.