After securing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans have unlimited options available to them. Unfortunately, there is still the matter of what to do with disgruntled forward Anthony Davis.
This past year, the Los Angeles Lakers attempted to swing a trade with the Pelicans for Davis, but it didn’t go through. However, the Lakers now own the No. 4 overall pick after last night’s lottery and are certainly in a better bargaining position now.
But according to NBA insider Brian Windhorst, the Lakers landing the No. 4 overall pick changes nothing. The Pelicans reportedly aren’t interested in dealing with the Lakers for Anthony Davis.
Brian Windhorst explains how the Knicks have the best offer for Anthony Davis and how the Pelicans aren't interested in making a deal with the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/GiHZuTxLYW
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Noticeably absent from the Windhorst report are the New York Knicks, who secured the No. 3 overall pick in the draft. There’s quite a difference between the No. 3 and the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft given the players available.
Additionally, the Knicks have significant assets available for the next few drafts, not to mention some intriguing young talents like Kevin Knox.
Of course, all of that means nothing if Anthony Davis is ultimately amendable to playing alongside presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.
It was widely speculated that an NBA could deal the No. 1 overall pick to the Pelicans in exchange for Davis. But with that pick now already in the Pelicans’ possession, the team has little incentive to let their star forward go.