Julian Edelman Offers Recruiting Pitch For Anthony Davis To Join Celtics

Arnold Nichols
February 1, 2019

Failed attempts to patch the relationship together led to Irving being traded to the Boston Celtics.

While one has to imagine Danny Ainge and Co. are preparing to wine and dine Davis to the highest degree in the offseason, the New England Patriots on Thursday provided some assistance to their local pals in the recruitment process. Los Angeles is reportedly Davis' preferred destination and he shares an agent with LeBron James, while the Celtics have a number of assets they can dangle in front of the Pelicans.

Irving is set to opt out of his contract on July 1, and the Celtics can offer him a max contract over five years and more money than any other team.

The source added that Irving could change his mind before July 1, but added that if he does, it nearly certainly would not be to reunite with LeBron James, calling that notion "a joke". My feelings have not changed. Rumors are swirling that Davis wants to play for the Lakers and he wants the Pelicans to send him there before next Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline, but GM Dell Demps isn't entertaining that notion right now.

Davis will not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded, agent Rich Paul told ESPN. "I feel like Kyrie likes it in Boston, but I certainly can't talk about Kyrie's impending free agency".

Although the Celtics aren't interested in acquiring Davis before the NBA's trade deadline on February 7, expect Boston to make an offer over the summer if the superstar big man isn't dealt within the next week.

Irving's reported opening to the Lakers comes a particular intriguing time, as on Monday Yahoo Sports reported that there was a "growing belief" he will not re-sign with Boston this summer. That would give them a great shot at convincing Davis to do the same the following summer.

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