Rich Paul has warned Celtics about trading for Anthony Davis
In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price, Paul said that should the Celtics pursue a trade for Davis, his client will only spend one year with the team before hitting free agency in 2020. He also said that he should not be blamed if Boston gives up a lot of assets and then loses AD after next season:
“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year. I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”
The All-Star big man has reportedly narrowed down his choices of preferred long-term destinations to two: the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.
It is possible that Paul is only saying this so he can prevent other teams from trading for his client. After all, his plan is to pair him with another NBA star that he handles: LeBron James.
The Celtics may still pursue Davis this summer, but only if they are assured that Kyrie Irving will stay. If not, and it’s looking like that won’t happen, they might just move on from Davis and explore their other options.