Anthony Davis has announced via his agent that he wants to leave the New Orleans Pelicans before the trade deadline or in the summer after making it clear that he will not sign an extension. He is now keen to join a team that will allow him to challenge for the NBA championship.

All the focus has been on the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been installed as favorites to land the in-demand power forward, while there is also interest from the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and other franchises.

The Boston Celtics are also long-time admirers of Davis and according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the only reason they have been acquiring draft picks and young talent during the course of the last few years is to utilize them in a trade to sign the Pelicans forward, who is their number one priority.

But their hands are tied until the trade deadline as they cannot have two players on designated contracts and at the moment Kyrie Irving is on one. They can only make the move after the trade deadline, and are said to be imploring the Pelicans hierarchy to hold on until summer.

However, despite their interest, there are multiple reports claiming that the Celtis are not high on Davis’ list of potential destinations despite the team possessing some of the best young players and one of the top point guards in the NBA in Kyrie Irving.

One of the concerns of the Pelicans forward is said to be the future of Irving, who despite saying that he will re-sign with the Celtics when he enters free agency in the summer continues to be linked with a move away.

The Celtics guard gave a verbal commitment to his current employers before the start of the current campaign, but many expect him to leave if they do not match their pre-season expectation of being the favorite to make the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference.

Kyrie Irving
Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will be a free agent in the summer. In this picture, Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half of the game against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 09, 2019. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

According to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, a source close to the Celtics has revealed that Irving has a genuine interest in quitting the Boston franchise and reuniting with his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James in Los Angeles. An Irving, Davis and James team will be a formidable one which can surely challenge the dominance of the Golden State Warriors.

And for that reason, NBA expert Colin Cowherd has labeled Irving an untrustworthy player owing to the number of rumors he has heard about him in the past year. He believes Davis should sign for the Celtics just to team up with Irving as the point guard might well leave in the summer.

"I've heard 4 rumors in 2 years. I heard Kevin Durant and Kyrie to NY. I heard he's signing long-term with Boston. I've heard he's going to the Knicks with Jimmy Butler. Now I'm hearing LeBron, Anthony Davis, Kyrie in LA,” Cowherd said on his show “The Herd with Colin Cowherd”.