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. With that option available to him, Davis has apparently identified his top two long-term destinations.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Davis is focusing on the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks as his long-term targets. The report from The Athletic comes hours after a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that outlined what the Pelicans are seeking in a trade.
The Pelicans are reportedly seeking a package that includes an All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential, and multiple first-round draft picks. However, they are not opposed to taking part in a three-way trade in order to move Davis.
The Lakers and Knicks may not have all of the assets to acquire Davis in a trade this year, but could get him in free agency if he lets his contract expire next year.
Davis attempted to force a trade to the Lakers before the trade deadline, but the Pelicans would not acquiesce.
New Orleans has the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and are in the pole position to draft the highly-touted Zion Williamson.
With a chance to move their disgruntled superstar and get some more building blocks to work with Zion, they are apparently far more willing to listen to offers than they were this past season.