The New Orleans Pelicans would prefer to keep Anthony Davis after landing the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft (and, therefore, Zion Williamson), but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.
Davis, who requested a trade out of New Orleans during the 2018-19 season, has not changed his mind, despite meeting with the Pelicans’ front office last month.
NBA insider Shams Charania reported this afternoon that the Pelicans have begun to take calls for a Davis trade.
“As teams continue placing calls on Anthony Davis, Pelicans and executive VP David Griffin have begun listening to teams,” he reports.
As teams continue placing calls on Anthony Davis, Pelicans and executive VP David Griffin have begun listening to teams, league sources told @TheAthleticNBA. Inside Pass on Davis and more from around the league: https://t.co/YjRmRT2JU2
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2019
Several teams will have interest in Davis, though the All-Star forward reportedly has a list of preferred destinations.
It’s the same list we’ve heard before: Clippers, Lakers and Knicks.
Boston, the franchise most discussed when it comes to Davis, is not on it.
Anthony Davis reportedly has a preferred trade list including the Lakers, Knicks and Clippers https://t.co/RmnnnE866J
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 4, 2019
Boston can still probably put together the best package for Davis, as the Celtics boast Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and a potentially great future draft pick from Memphis.
The Lakers might be the actual favorite, though, considering Davis’ list and the state of Los Angeles.
The Pelicans’ new GM, David Griffin, is reportedly a big fan of Brandon Ingram, too.
“I spoke to several people within the Pelicans’ organization in the past several months that have a really high opinion of Brandon Ingram, and beyond just Brandon Ingram, have a really high opinion of the trade package that was on the table that was ultimately rejected,” ESPN’s Dave McMenamin said on The Sedano Show.
With the NBA Draft two weeks away and free agency in less than a month, it wouldn’t be surprising if a Davis trade happens soon.