That’s according to NBCS Boston’s Chris Forsberg, who references the ‘Rose Rule’ following rumours of the Celtics being on Davis’ list of teams he wants to join.
It was reported this week that Davis could look at forcing through a move away from the New Orleans Pelicans before the trade deadline this season.
The 25-year-old would supposedly consider leaving if it became apparent the Pelicans won’t be able to mount a challenge this season.
And the Celtics were mentioned as one of four teams Davis would consider joining, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
However, Boston have one huge obstacle standing in their way this season preventing them from putting together a trade – the ‘Rose Rule’.
The ‘Rose Rule’ essentially means Boston can’t trade for Davis this year while Irving is on their roster due to the contracts both players are currently on.
Of course, Boston could look at including Irving in a potential trade for Davis and it would be fine but they are unlikely to do so.
And Forsberg states the Celtics will have to wait until next summer if they are to trade for Davis, once and if Irving re-signs.
“This idea about it happening before the trade deadline cannot happen,” Forsberg said on NBCS Boston.
“It’s the thing called the Rose Rule.
“Kyrie and AD both signed their extension based on the Rose Rule.
“You cannot trade for two players who signed their extension on the Rose Rule.
“This summer, after you re-sign Kyrie long-term, then you can entertain all the AD notions all you want.
“But unless your putting Kyrie in that trade to get Anthony Davis, it cannot happen this year.”
It means the Lakers have a window of opportunity if the reports of Davis possibly wanting to leave this season.
They have multiple assets they could potentially use in a trade, however signing Davis would essentially stop them from making a move for a top free agent next summer.