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Rich Paul Makes Clear That Anthony Davis Would Only Join Celtics as a 1-Year Rental

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Anthony Davis will be a hot commodity this summer, and his agent Rich Paul is doing all he can to make sure that Davis winds up in a situation where he can thrive and enjoy the environment. The Boston Celtics are one of the teams who are interested in the All-Star center, but Paul has made it clear that Davis won't be there long term.

In what felt like a warning statement, Paul suggested that if the Celtics traded for AD, he'd be in free agency by 2020.

Clearly Davis does not want to be in Boston long term and his agent is making it known now that if the Celtics do move a boatload of assets for Davis, it will not result in the big man remaining there past 2020.

This news has to be eye-opening to the Celtics front office who should now look for other options to improve their team. They were already considered unlikely to land AD, but his agent just tossed cold water on any hopes the C's had at landing the big-man long-term. Davis is certainly the best trade option on the market, but he is not worth all those assets unless he expresses willingness to re-sign with the franchise.

Paul represents some of the most elite players in the NBA and is undoubtedly among the best agents in the game. If the Celtics are smart, they will heed his warning and steer clear of Davis.