Anthony Davis went nowhere but Jabari Bird did. These were the two pieces of news that affected the Celtics at today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline:
In the end, all the rumors and drama and information leaks of the past 10 days worked against the Lakers, LeBron James, and Klutch Sports. And now they have more competition for Davis.
The NBA’s trade deadline has passed Thursday without an Anthony Davis deal, which catapults the Boston Celtics to the front of the line among suitors with hopes of acquiring the All-Star big man this summer.
The Athletic reported a few minutes before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline that Davis will not be traded. Davis’ representation pushed hard for a deal that would have delivered Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers and paired him with fellow Klutch Sports Group representative LeBron James. But the Pelicans appeared unmoved by Los Angeles’ offers, all at a time when Boston couldn’t make a deal because of a snag in the collective bargaining agreement that prevents teams from acquiring two players signed via the designated player exception (or often referenced as the “Rose Rule”). Teams cannot acquire two such players via trade and Boston already had one in Kyrie Irving.
When Irving opts out of the final year of his current contract after the season, it will pave the way for the Celtics and Pelicans to talk unencumbered about a potential trade package. Boston has an assortment of young talent, headlined by 2017 No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum and 2016 No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown, along with multiple future first-round draft picks that might have encouraged New Orleans to tread cautiously at Thursday’s deadline.
NBC Sports Boston: Celtics now in driver’s seat in quest for Anthony Davis
Now we must wait almost five months for all the Davis rumors, drama and leaks to start again. Meanwhile, the Lakers might settle for a consolation prize. LOL.
The Celtics have finally found a way to cut ties with Jabari Bird, the shooting guard who was arrested last year on charges of assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping.
It was obvious when the arrest occurred that the Celtics should get rid of Bird sooner than later. However, they were unable to do so, reportedly because the league was handling the internal investigation.
Bird’s new team isn’t keeping him either, probably ending his NBA career.
The upshot is that Boston now has an open roster spot and possibly will move to acquire someone like Enes Kanter or…
Although the deadline has passed, the day isn’t over. Stay tuned.