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Last week 's NBA Transaction Deadline arrived and has passed without the most important price: striker Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans landing in a new home. This was not a major surprise, as the Los Angeles Lakers seemed to be the only team to offer serious bids.
Naturally, the Pelican would prefer that the Lakers compete with another team, which could happen during the off season.
The Boston Celtics should be one of the teams leading Davis, even though he insists he will not sign a long-term deal if he is bought by Boston.
@NYTSports According to Davis, Davis remains convinced that he will not sign long-term agreement with Boston if the Celtics exchange it in July and that he would like to play the rest of the season with Pelicans do not have any exchanges. before the deadline tomorrow
Davis is only locked in his contract through the 2019-20 season. The Celtics have not been able to make an official offer before the end of the season due to their latest acquisition of Kyrie Irving. Teams can not acquire two players who have signed extensions under the Rose rule.
Of course, New Orleans does not care whether Davis signs a long-term agreement or not. Managing Director Dell Demps cares only about getting the most value out of his job. If Davis is distributed to the Celtics, this value could include aspiring star Jayson Tatum.
"The Celtics have made no promises, according to a league source, but the Pelicans left the impression that Boston would get him into a deal with Davis," said Sean Deveney, of Sports News recently written.
Adam Himmelsbach from Boston Globe supported the notion that no promise was made by the Celtics regarding a potential deal:
League sources said the Pelicans had contacted the Celtics this week looking for specific promises about commercial packages, but the Celtics were reluctant to do so, knowing their window is coming up. a few months ago, but the Celtics have announced that their wardrobe will be open when the time comes "
Although Boston has made no concrete promise, it seems that pelicans have always intended to wait for the Celtics to join the auction. It did not work well with Lakers president Magic Johnson.
"No," said Johnson when asked if he believed the Pelican had acted in good faith during commercial negotiations with the Lakers, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.
Johnson also said that the absence of Davis will not affect Los Angeles plans for the next free agency period.
"It will not change our plans this summer," said Johnson, by McMenamin. "It's an excellent class and we just want to have one."
Free players waiting include DeAndre Jordan, Klay Thompson, Trevor Ariza, Kemba Walker and Ricky Rubio. Interestingly, Irving can also enter free mode if he chooses not to choose his player.
This is where things could potentially turn against Pelicans or Celtics. If Irving withdraws and chooses do not to sign again with Boston, the Celtics might not be so willing to move Tatum. The goal is not to acquire Davis so that he can be the only leading player in the team. Boston will have a taste of the team without Irving. He is daily a victim of a knee injury.
Kyrie Irving's right knee sprain is not serious and should be a day-to-day return, a league source told ESPN.
Now the Celtics owner, Danny Ainge, believes Irving will be back next season.
"I think it sounds more like a commitment," Ainge told Boston 98.5 Touch and Rich. "And we are going to get married on July 1. I think this commitment is still relevant, as far as I know."
However, Irving is going to have independent suitors. The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets seem to be in the mix, and it would be unwise to exclude a meeting with LeBron James in Los Angeles.
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"The Knicks and Nets, the two New York teams, have long believed that they will be able to shoot Kyrie Irving free," said ESPN's Marc Stein in Stephen A. Smith's podcast.
Golden State Warriors striker Kevin Durant is another Knicks star.
"Kevin Durant goes to the Knicks," Jeff Zillgitt told an Eastern Conference executive United States today at the beginning of the season.
The former Oklahoma City Thunder star may want to become the leader of his own team when he wins another title with Golden State this year. He too can withdraw from a player option in the offseason.
Whether or not he actually has New York mind, Durant is determined to keep his distance.
"I have nothing to do with the Knicks", Durant m said last week, Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "I do not know who traded [Kristaps] Porzingis. It has nothing to do with me. "
Interestingly, it seems that the Knicks may have tried to have a little too much to do with Durant recently. New York used a picture of Durant in a location to convince season ticket holders to renew themselves. The picture was deleted later.
"The action shots are used all the time for marketing purposes, but considering everything that's going on, we took the precaution of taking the picture," said the Knicks in a statement. To be clear, this was one of the many rotating pictures on the website. "
Showing an image of Durant in an advertisement is not really an alteration – teams usually show their own players playing against someone – but it's hard to believe that it was purely accidental. The Knicks can not really know that they are going to have Durant or Irving or anyone else in free agency, but they would probably like their fans to believe that a big move is happening. is coming.
* All contract information via Spotrac.