Anthony Davis stays with the Pelicans since the team did not complete his exchange for him on time. Eric Gay / Associated Press
The buzz after the NBA trade deadline is the same as it was before.
Anthony Davis is a superstar suddenly available. He made it clear that he was not planning to sign an extension with the New Orleans pelicans, which means the team is likely to trade him. Although they have not moved to the February 7 deadline, they can engage in an exchange after the season during which they could work for a more lucrative contract.
The Boston Celtics are one of the potential trading partners. They have a plethora of assets that they could move to Davis.
Even if the Celtics had wanted to get involved before the trade deadline, they would not have been able to do it. NBA teams can recruit a single player who has signed a designated rookie extension and the Celtics already have Kyrie Irving who fits that description.
However, Irving may terminate his contract on July 1 and the Celtics may sign it again. They could also acquire Davis at this point and possibly sign him for a long-term contract.
The Celtics have assets to trade against Davis, and that includes talented young players such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and they can also pick a draft in any potential deal.
The Pelicans called the Celtics before the trade deadline to know if they would make specific promises on the package that they would offer to Davis according to the sources of the championship, according to Adam Himmelsbach, of the Boston Globe. They did not engage in a specific package.
While the Celtics will certainly be included in discussions with Davis on the Pelicans, they will likely have to compete with teams including the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Clippers and perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers, who were pushed back in their attempt to acquire Davis at the trade deadline.
Those who are on the market for Davis will have to wait until July 1 to embark on the game of the big star, which totals an average of 29.3 points and 13.3 assists.
Davis is under contract during the 2020-2021 season and after two full control seasons, pelicans can take their time to find the best trading partner.
The Philadelphia 76ers have taken a big step forward with the acquisition of Tobias Harris. He is able to enter the starting lineup and give the Sixers five dangerous players: Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid and Harris.
The Raptors added Marc Gasol. Although the 34-year-old may no longer be at its peak, he is a legitimate center and Toronto does not have to sacrifice young key players to bring him back north of the border.
The other big move among the Eastern Conference teams saw the Milwaukee Bucks acquire Nikola Mirotic Pelicans. Mirotic's ability to hit three-point goals will make the dangerous Bucks with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe an additional threat to a long playoff run.
After the deadline for exchanges, Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted (with Malika Andrews, another ESPN journalist), that the Chicago Bulls are buying Robin Lopez.
Lopez, 30, averages 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per night while he plays just over 17 minutes per game.