Anthony Davis Lakers trade is best case scenario for the Boston Celtics

Arnold Nichols
June 12, 2019

New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is reportedly sharing with potential trade partners the rough parameters of what a successful deal for Anthony Davis might look like, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In February, Davis told the Pelicans he preferred to be traded to the Knicks, Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers or Milwaukee Bucks.

While the Knicks and Lakers are the two teams that will feel most confident in signing Davis long-term, other teams could still feel compelled to enter the fray. According to Charania, "several teams" are interesting in pursing Davis even if he's a one-year player.

The New Orleans Pelicans' All-Star center still wants a trade out of the Big Easy. Those wants are on a sliding scale.

Anthony Davis has long made it clear that he wants out of New Orleans, but might have to settle for a short-term move to another team before becoming eligible for free agency a la Kawhi Leonard.

While Griffin has offered no firm timetable on a trade taking place, he has indicated he prefers the acquisition of 2019 draft picks to take place before the June 20 event in Brooklyn, Wojnarowski reports. The Pelicans get a first-team All-NBA defender in Smart, who improved his 3-point shooting this year, and two guys with All-Star potential in Brown and Tatum. It would take an very bad lot for LA to land Davis, and now that there are rumors that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would not be included in any potential trade, the Clippers are much more limited in terms of tradable assets. While they won't be title contenders, the Pelicans can do a lot of damage with the current roster plus Lonzo Ball, Zion Williamson, Kevin Love and the fourth overall pick in the draft.

This doesn't necessarily mean that the Clippers are out of the running for Davis, though. The Lakers could send the rest of the package - a combination of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the No. 4 pick, future first-round picks - to the Pelicans and get Davis in return. While there is certainly no shortage of interest, negotiations have proven to be rather hard with the Pelicans looking to get a heavy return for the six-time All-Star.

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