The NBA went into a tailspin during the middle of the season when New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis demanded trade away from the Big Easy. The team seemed not to bat an eyelid at the demand shooting down any move to the Los Angeles Lakers as ESPN’s NBA analysts lost their collective minds over a possible trade.
Now in the offseason and with the ability to gain far better value in the trade market, New Orleans is ready to make a deal. Following Davis’ trade request, he played just eight more times for the Pelicans. A combination of healing from injury and getting him in top shape for a mega trade were behind the Pelicans’ decision.
With teams circling like vultures to take Davis off of New Orleans’ hands, which team is likely to land the big man?
Where will Anthony Davis land?
The truth is Davis’ destination won’t be known until the NBA Draft takes place on June 20th. It is then that the Pelicans will have the best possible deals available to pick from. The teams that desperately want Davis may not have the pieces now, or after the draft, to get the big man.
Davis still has two seasons left on his current deal making over $27 million in each season. The Pelicans do not have to trade him, but with his desire to leave apparent, getting him off the books is a priority. They must get equal or greater value in some way. Two teams lead the pack in adding Davis through trade.
Los Angeles Clippers
In the last 24 hours, news of the Los Angeles Clippers putting a deal together for Davis has emerged. The Clippers are desperate to sign any big name in the NBA and will attempt everything to land Davis or one of this summer’s free agents.
It is believed Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard do not want to sign with the Clippers. However, some NBA experts do claim Leonard wants to play in LA, just not for the Clippers.
According to ESPN NBA writer Bobby Marks, the Clippers could offer a package that includes: Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Landry Shamet, and Jerome Robinson. In addition, New Orleans could also land either Lou Williams or Montrezl Harrell and a first-round draft pick along with a 2020 and 2021 pick.
Regardless of what happens, the Pelicans will once again be adding pieces to “build for the future”.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks are more desperate than the Clippers to land big names to lead them out of the doldrums. Durant is destined to leave the Golden State Warriors and former ESPN NBA writer Bill Simmons believes it is a lock that Durant will end up in NYC.
Simmons also believes Kyrie Irving is on his way to the Knicks. Davis could be the third part to a big three. Can the Knicks pay all three players? Durant and Irving would arrive as free agents, but Davis would need to be lured through a trade with the Pelicans.
How could the Knicks land Davis in a trade? By moving No. 1 pick Zion Williamson, if they can get him in the NBA Draft, to the Big Easy.