are you sure about that? If they keep struggling, especially after mirotic comes back, and Davis keeps giving them hints that he's not going to sign the extension, they'd be smart to trade him now, he'd fetch a much higher value even if he's bent of going to LA.
Having Davis for two offseasons is worth a huge deal to a team like Toronto for example. Win a title or two and even if he leaves, it would have been worth it. And I doubt he would leave if that were to happen.
The only problem for them is Boston can't participate in a trade until the summer, and Boston has a lot of assets.
But I wonder if NOP wouldn't be more interested in established players, given their small market status. Replace davis with ibaka, siakam/og and wright and they'd still be a borderline playoff team imo. Less top value, but better depth.
The other aspect of interest for us could be holiday. If they do trade davis and decide to rebuild after all, he could be available and would be a great addition if we could get him cheap. Both now, and long term as a replacement for kyle down the road.
It isn't two seasons, 25 games + playoffs + 1 season, with same uncertainty they'll be facing in the summer. There isn't any added value now compared to summer yet there's a chance to create a bidding war in the summer and chance he accepts a super-max.