One week from tomorrow is the NBA's trade deadline. The biggest question around the league right now is will Anthony Davis be dealt?
The New Orleans Pelicans big man is under contract for next season, but has told the franchise he will not sign an extension with them this summer and wants to be dealt. If he is traded before the deadline, many expect the Los Angeles Lakers to be the favorite to land him.
However, the latest update from ESPN's Dave McMenamin paints a picture of a Pelican front office that is being patient with its biggest star. There's no need for New Orleans to rush into a trade, and that seems to be the approach general manager Dell Demps is taking.
Any Lakers trade package presented to the Pelicans would include some combination of Ingram, Hart, Kuzma, Ball and Ivica Zubac, as well as a future first-round pick or picks. When that offer could occur leading up to the deadline is unknown. New Orleans general manager Dell Demps is "not picking up his phone," a source familiar with the situation told ESPN on Tuesday.
As McMenamin notes, Los Angeles does possess some intriguing trade chips. However, it might behoove New Orleans to hold tight and trade Davis in the summer.
That would give them more time to find the right deal, and potentially increase the market for the versatile 25-year-old. For example, the Boston Celtics can't trade for Davis right now, because they have Kyrie Irving's contract on their roster. However, Irving becomes a free agent this summer, and Boston would likely be very interested in acquiring "The Brow."
Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season.