Anthony Davis will leave the Pelicans, and the only way to land one of the best power forwards in the NBA is to send a great trade package this summer or to wait for one more year.
They have to find him a new home sooner than later, so even if several teams enter the mix for Davis, no one’s going to be willing to risk that much for a one year rental on the 25-year-old.
So, did the Pelicans do the right thing by waiting to deal him in the summer rather than letting him go right away as most people expected? Will they truly get more value in return or will they be lowballed? Let’s take a look at the 2 best offers they could get in the summer.
Trade Package 1: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, 2 first round picks
The New Orleans Pelicans seemed reluctant to engage in trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers, and some people even think they intentionally leaked their trade offers to disrupt their team’s chemistry, a plan that worked out great if we take a look at their terrible season.
However, it’s hard to think the Pelicans didn’t screw things up by not taking such a huge offer by the Los Angeles Lakers, even if they were trying to make a point by not letting them and Davis do what they wanted. This is probably the second best offer for the Pelicans.
Lakers can’t send better offer than this. Lonzo Ball is a very good defender, Kuzma is probably the best young player on the Lakers and Ingram could finally become a leader of the franchise.
Trade Package 2: Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Marcus Smart, multiple first round picks
In the paper, this offer looks great, but we know Danny Ainge is not going to go down without a fight. He’s said that no one’s off the table and that he’s willing to trade everybody on his team in order to get Davis, even though he and his father have stated that they have no intention of resigning with the Celtics.
So, is Ainge really going to lose his priced youngster Jayson Tatum for a one-season rental on Davis? I really don’t think so. I expect Ainge to massively disappoint the Pelicans and lowball the hell out of them, up to the point where they’ll regret waiting so long before dealing Davis. If not, this is a great deal for NOLA.
Pelicans want Tatum, and they will get Marcus Smart as a great defender and one of the smartest player in the league, Al Horford.
If they draft a good prospect this summer, the rebuilding process could be finished in one year.