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Jan 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

As the NBA offseason approaches, rumors continue to swirl about potential trades involving All-NBA big man Anthony Davis.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans have started to tell teams interested in Davis what they could be looking for in return. It is also possible that the Pelicans could consider a multi-team trade, Wojarnowski said.

“New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has started to provide potential suitors with the framework of the package that he is seeking in a trade for All-NBA forward Anthony Davis, including multi-team scenarios that would expand the Pelicans’ pool of assets in a deal,” Wojnarowski wrote.

The Celtics, who have long been rumored as a potential landing spot for Davis, are not said to be among the initial teams that have contacted New Orleans about a possible trade.

“So far, Los Angeles and New York teams — the Clippers and Lakers, Knicks and Nets — have been among front offices inquiring with New Orleans,” Wojnarowski said.

“The Boston Celtics have long considered a run at Davis too, but they must take into consideration the future of free agent Kyrie Irving before committing to a significant offer of assets to New Orleans.” Wojnarowski added.

That runs contrary to a report last week that indicated the Celtics would pursue Davis, no matter what Irving’s future holds.

Davis’ future will likely come more into focus as July approaches. The Pelicans are eligible to sign him to a five-year, $235 million supermax contract beginning next month.

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