Anthony Davis Narrows Preferred Teams To Knicks, Lakers

Anthony Davis Narrows Preferred Teams To Knicks, Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans are monitoring the trade market for Anthony Davis.

"New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has started to provide potential suitors with the framework of the package that he is seeking in a trade for All-NBA forward Anthony Davis, including multi-team scenarios that would expand the Pelicans' pool of assets in a deal", Wojnarowski wrote.

Griffin isn't convinced that a single team has the assets desired in a trade, making it more likely that he'd look into multi-team trades to make a deal possible.

The teams that are consistently the most involved in the Anthony Davis trade sweepstakes are the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Lakers.

In February, when Davis submitted an initial list of teams that he'd be interested in playing with long-term, the Bucks and Clippers were on that list.

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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 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.

Griffin met with Davis in Los Angeles at the end of May, having what was a reportedly "respectful" and "productive" conversation about his future in New Orleans.

The Pelicans have set their asking price for Anthony Davis. Duke's Zion Williamson is locked in as the No. 1 pick for the New Orleans Pelicans, but what comes after that? 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.

That's certainly a starting place in trade talks, but there remains uncertainty on how many assets teams will be willing to move for Davis, who could leave as a free agent next July. The Pelicans are eligible to sign him to a five-year, $235 million supermax contract beginning next month. He averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds per game with the Pelicans last season. The Pelicans finished with a 33-49 record and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.