It looks like the Boston Celtics will be able to offer the best potential trade package for Anthony Davis, but it's not because of their young assets, as many would suspect.
Due to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, Boston would have to give up All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving if they have any designs on acquiring Davis before the summer.
Anthony Davis requesting a trade, as @wojespn has reported, gives teams other than Boston a chance to get involved before the trade deadline while Boston can’t because it already traded for Kyrie Irving while on a Rose rule deal. Celtics arguably can offer the best deal for him.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 28, 2019
Known as the "Derrick Rose Rule," players coming off rookie scale contracts are allowed to make 30 percent of the salary cap, as long as they have earned an MVP award, two NBA All-Star starts, or two All-NBA selections in their first four professional seasons.
An extension of the rule is that the league prohibits teams from having two players who signed these designated player extensions on their roster at the same time.
Rich Paul to ESPN on a preferred destination for Anthony Davis: "Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
The only way the C's would be able to pair the two stars would be when Irving becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. The team could then re-sign him and trade for Davis without breaking any league rules.
This is dangerous for Boston as this opens the door for the Los Angeles Lakers. Already a client of LeBron James' management team Klutch Sports, LA is a huge threat to land The Brow.
A pairing of James and Davis would immediately make them top contenders in the West ... or as much as possible in a world that the Golden State Warriors exist.