With the prospect of playing alongside Zion Williamson still not enough for Anthony Davis to abandon his trade requests, it appears the New Orleans Pelicans are getting ready to acquiesce. But the Pelicans are seeking a king’s ransom to part with the six-time All-Star.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has provided potential trade partners with details on what he’s seeking. Per the report, the Pelicans want “a combination of assets” that combines an All-Star, potential All-Stars, and multiple first round picks.
Wojnarowski noted that those desires are on a “sliding scale.” There apparently is no timetable on making a deal.
Griffin is pursuing a combination of assets that include an All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks, league sources said. Those wants are on a sliding scale. For example, the better the player, the softer the asks on the draft picks — and vice versa.
The report further notes that the Pelicans acknowledge that a three-team deal might be needed to complete a move for Davis.
ESPN Sources: New Orleans EVP of Basketball Operations David Griffin has started to provide Anthony Davis' trade suitors with the framework of the package he's seeking in a deal —- which is likely to need multiple teams to complete. Story: https://t.co/hKZcySwpsG
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2019
The four teams from New York and Los Angeles are reportedly the main contenders to complete such a deal at this time.
All four of those teams have room on their rosters for a max-deal player like Davis, but are also expected to be massive players in free agency.
Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Pelicans last year.