take place if the All-Star center isn't dealt by the Pelicans before Thursday's deadline, sources told The Athletic's Sam Amick.
Kyrie Irving is currently a roadblock preventing the Celtics from dealing for Davis, as their contracts can't be on the same roster due to CBA rules. However, Irving will likely become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, clearing the way for a deal.
Meanwhile, the Celtics have reportedly urged the Pelicans to avoid trading Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers - one of his preferred destinations - and to instead wait until the offseason when Boston can officially send an offer.
The Lakers have reportedly offered their entire young core, multiple draft picks, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's expiring contract in exchange for Davis and Solomon Hill's contract. However, negotiations reportedly stalled, at least for now, due to the Pelicans' asking price.