Anthony Davis only focused on Lakers or Knicks long-term

Florence Fletcher
June 11, 2019

Thus far, the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks are among the teams inquiring about a potential deal.

After the Pelicans hired David Griffin as their new General Manager, some hoped that Griffin would present a desirable pitch to Davis for the superstar to remain a Pelican despite requesting a trade midway through this past season.

For example, those sorts of scenarios could include the Lakers helping to find a team that hypothetically values Los Angeles' young players more than New Orleans does, or NY could flip its two first future first-round picks via the Dallas Mavericks into players the Pelicans prefer.

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. This is obviously speculation - though Ball has been connected to the Bulls for quite some time this offseason - but if the Pelicans aren't sold on Ball, or simply value the 7th pick more, the Bulls could become a third team in a Davis deal, sending the No. 7 pick to New Orleans in exchange for Ball. 3 and 4 picks in this month's draft, respectively, and those are prime trade assets for the Pelicans to consider. Those wants are on a sliding scale. Rumor has it, Brooklyn wants to go after AD, but with the recent Allen Crabbe trade that shipped away a 2019 first round pick, they might not have the ammo to pull off a deal. So when people close to the situation talk about Los Angeles, New York, or even Boston being the most engaged teams in the Davis trade talks, it wouldn't be entirely shocking to see him land somewhere else. He will be a free agent in.

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The Boston Celtics have to tread lightly in discussions because of the possibility of losing Kyrie Irving in free agency.

That runs contrary to a report last week that indicated the Celtics would pursue Davis, no matter what Irving's future holds. Those talks were led by New Orleans general manager Dell Demps and Lakers president Magic Johnson - both of whom are no longer employed in those positions.

It's worth noting that although Davis' preference may be to end up with the Knicks or Lakers, Griffin and the Pelicans' have little reason to acquiesce if there are better offers on the table.

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