I wasn't aware of this. If I wasn't aware, there's probably others here who weren't aware as well.
Technically, Kyrie has a player option on his contract for the 2019-20 season that would pay him 21.3mil. Obviously, he's going to opt out of that and become a free agent.
The deadline for him to opt out of that final year is June 13th. I guess it's standard for players to wait until the last minute just in case they have a catastrophic injury bicycle accident or something... so expect Kyrie to opt out on June 13th.
Once he opts out, the Rose Rule no longer applies and Boston is free to make their Anthony Davis trade offer. Since this is about a week before the draft, that means we can make our offer (Smart + Jaylen + Jayson + #14 + #20, #22 + future Memphis pick) for Davis prior to the draft. That gives the Pelicans an opportunity to use those picks and fill out the rest of their roster around Tatum and Zion.
For some reason, I had been under the impression that we wouldn't be able to trade for Davis until after the draft - which was complicated, because it would mean having to draft players with those picks and then selling the Pelicans on our draftees. But turns out - they can have a full week to figure out what they want to do with the picks.
Granted, Ainge probably doesn't do that unless he gets assurance from Kyrie that such a deal would get him to stick around. But who knows... Ainge might just do it anyways and figure out the rest from there.
This is how bad information spreads! I saw this on reddit too, just because somebody posts it, doesn't mean it's right! We're 3 pages deep here and nobody has corrected this yet? Shame on you CelticsStrong.
The June 13th deadline is just to decide if he wants to exercise his player option for the 2019-2020 season, but Kyrie's contract for the current 2018-2019 season still applies until the season is over. If Kyrie opts out of next
seasons contract on June 13th, he's still a Designated Player for this
C's cannot trade for Davis on June 13th, as he and Kyrie will both be under Designated Player status, and the league CBA limits the number of Designated Players a team can acquire in a trade to 1.
No matter what Kyrie does, he will be a Designated Player until July 1st.
It's like how the lease on my apartment is up on June 30th and the property manager sent me a letter 3 weeks ago saying I need to decide by May 1st if I wanted to renew my lease or not. If I said no I don't want to renew my lease next year, it doesn't let me out of my current lease. No my current lease still runs until June 30th. Same principle here.
The C's cannot trade for Davis until after the July moratorium.