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Celtics are reluctant to make promises now, but they remain all-in on Anthony Davis

Danny Ainge likely to stand pat at Thursday's deadline given what could happen this summer.

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Anthony Davis talks to reporters after the Pelicans' practice on Feb. 1, 2019. –AP Photo

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As Thursday’s 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline approaches, the Celtics are in the thick of the juiciest trade possibility of all while simultaneously being stuck helplessly on the sidelines.

The good news for Boston is that Anthony Davis remains a member of the Pelicans for now, and the longer that holds true, the better the Celtics’ chances are of ultimately acquiring him next summer. Because of a rule that forbids teams from acquiring multiple players on designated rookie extensions — Kyrie Irving already became the first — Boston is unable to trade for Davis until Irving opts out of the final year of his deal at the start of free agency July 1.

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