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Report: Pelicans have sought guarantees from Celtics surrounding Anthony Davis trade, but Boston reluctant to make promises

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The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly sought guarantees from the Boston Celtics surrounding specific trade packages for superstar Anthony Davis, but the Celtics have been reluctant to make promises, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

Despite not willing to make promises, the Celtics are ready to make a grand offer for Davis in the summer and no player on the roster — except for likely Kyrie Irving — will be untouchable.

Sources said the Pelicans have sought guarantees from the Celtics surrounding specific packages, but the Celtics have been reluctant to make absolute promises, simply because so much can transpire in five months, such as injuries. Nevertheless, sources said, the Celtics have made it clear that they will be ready and willing to offer an explosive package when the time arrives, and that no specific player will be off limits in negotiations

Because of the Rose Rule, named after Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose, the Celtics can’t acquire Anthony Davis this season while Irving is on the roster. Once Irving opts out of his 2019-20 player option in the summer, that’s when Boston can trade for AD and have him on the team alongside Uncle Drew.

Davis can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.