Kyrie Irving was told by Celtics front office ahead of time about not making deadline moves
The Boston Celtics were the only Eastern Conference contenders who did not make any moves at the trade deadline on Thursday, but All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was completely fine with it, as he said that Celtics management made it very clear to him that they probably wouldn’t do much of anything before the deadline expired, according to Jay King of The Athletic.
Because of the “Rose rule” concerning Irving, Boston was not able to trade for Davis before this past Thursday and will have to wait until the summer to make a move for the superstar.
Of course, the Los Angeles Lakers were aggressively trying to land the 25-year-old before the deadline passed, but the Pelicans did not seem to have much interest in what the Lakers were offering, with reports stating that New Orleans was content to wait until the offseason where it would be able to officially engage the Celtics in trade talks.
While the C’s have reportedly not made any promises to the Pels, rumor has it that Boston will be willing to include young star Jayson Tatum in a deal for Davis, and the Celtics also have a treasure chest of assets in addition to Tatum that the Pelicans can choose from.
Davis is under Pelicans team control through the end of next season, when he can opt out of his contract and become a free agent. So, New Orleans really had no need to deal him at the deadline, which greatly benefited Boston.