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One NBA Team Holding Back Trade Offer For Anthony Davis

A closeup of Anthony Davis during warmups for the All-Star game.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 17: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Team LeBron warms up before the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

There are several superstars set to become free agents, but the biggest acquisition this offseason could occur in a trade. With only one year remaining on Anthony Davis' contract, the All-Star forward is bound to be on the move.

New Orleans was reluctant to move Davis during the regular season due to uncertainty in the front office. However, the NBA Lottery has allowed the franchise to change their stance on a potential deal.

One issue for New Orleans is that Davis wants to play in Los Angeles. Rich Paul, Davis' agent, recently revealed that his client wouldn't sign a long-term deal if he's dealt to Boston.

While Davis has made it known that he wants to be on the Lakers, the Pelicans prefer to ship him to the Eastern Conference.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, the Celtics are holding back their best offer. The reason Boston won't make its best offer is because of the long-term uncertainty surrounding Davis.

From the Boston Globe:

It is widely known that the Celtics have the shiniest collection of assets for a potential Davis deal, but there are questions about how far they would open their treasure chest. One league source said the uncertainty surrounding Davis’s long-term future in Boston has thus far limited the Celtics’ willingness to overwhelm New Orleans with an offer.

Boston is hesitant to trade its young talent in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. It'd be quite the risk to trade both for a potential one-year rental.

As for Los Angeles, it already made Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and the No. 4 overall pick available.

We'll continue providing updates on all the trade drama involving Davis.

[Boston Globe]