Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Pelicans exploring multi-team trades for Anthony Davis

Pelicans exploring multi-team trades for Anthony Davis

This gives the Pelicans a chance to meet and more closely examine draft candidates slotted in the vicinity of picks potentially traded to New Orleans. Overall, Wojnarowski reports, Griffin hasn't sounded convinced that a team-to-team swap for Davis is likely to fulfill his wishes for the franchise in a post-Davis state.

All of the Los Angeles and NY franchises - the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, and Nets - have inquired about Davis.

Davis submitted a four-team preferred destinations list to the Pelicans in February, featuring the Lakers, Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Wojnarowski says Griffin has not laid out a specific timetable for when a deal needs to be completed, although he has expressed a desire to acquire any 2019 draft picks days before the rapidly approaching June 20 NBA Draft, giving the team ample time to closely examine potential draft picks.

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. It's on a sliding scale, so if a team offers a top-30 player or young prospects with big upside, the draft picks won't need to be as high, and vice versa.

Woj adds that David Griffin wants teams to get creative and explore three-team scenarios. Shams Charania of The Athletic now reports that Davis has reduced that list to two: the Lakers and the Knicks.

For example, those sorts of scenarios could include the Lakers helping find a team that hypothetically values its young players more than New Orleans, or NY could flip its two first future first round picks via Dallas into players that New Orleans prefers.

This trade scenario leans heavily on Griffin's opinion of this year's draft class, but it checks nearly all the boxes; the hope would be that the quality of the picks offsets the lack of a current All-Star. 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.

Davis averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games in 2018-19.

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