While this may seem pretty obvious in the way the Celtics handled the trade negotiations between Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, it was affected by what's going on with Kyrie Irving – which Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald has reported – several reports appeared before Saturday's agreement indicated the opposite. .
Even though there was a desire to get Davis, the risk of acquiring it was too great. Because even if Irving wants to play alongside Davis, it seems less likely that the day he covets for the Celtics next season. If the Celtics had ceded Jayson Tatum and other assets to Davis, it could have meant that Boston walked in 2020-21 without Davis, Irving or Tatum.
Which is why the Celtics were not willing to offer New Orleans as much as promised at the time of the transaction. However, despite the initial report following the Lakers-Pelicans trade that the Celtics were unwilling to give up Tatum, the Herald's report says Tatum was available, but it would have been closer to one's agreement. Even with the guarantee of losing Davis after 2019-2020, this decision would not have been worthwhile at the time of the Pelicans.