The Celtics are still aggressively pursuing Anthony Davis in trade talks despite Davis' representation making it clear that its star doesn't plan on committing to the team long term. If Boston decides to take the risk, they could potentially put up the best package of any team. However, yet another caveat could hold them back.
Davis' contract has a 15% trade kicker worth $4 million that will activate after July 1. This trade kicker will further limit the team financially and is a obstacle that won't be an issue (or as significant) for other teams.
Due to the Rose Rule, the Celtics cannot trade for Davis until at least July 1 when Kyrie Irving either leaves or re-signs with the team. Meanwhile, other teams such as the Knicks and Lakers are able to make the transaction before the trade kicker deadline, avoiding the extra financial burden.
Of course Davis could always waive the trade kicker, but with how much the superstar has seemingly tried to avoid a trade to Boston, that seems unlikely. This small obstacle could end up being a major tool for Davis' team as it can have significant financial implications.
While $4 million doesn't seem like a lot, the number grows due to the Celtics being over the luxury tax threshold.