Anthony Davis is eager to leave the New Orleans Pelicans as soon as possible and no matter how hard the team’s old and new front office try to keep him on board or the chances they had to put together a couple of pieces that will take NOLA to the next level, AD won’t change his mind on the subject.
He recently met with the executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin recently in Los Angeles and knowing that Griffin was unable to change the Big man’s mind, the Pelicans reportedly have ‘begun’ listening to offers again. The Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, and New York Knicks are viewed as potential suitors for Davis’ services.
Kyrie’s latest rumors about his future will change the Celtics’ offer for Davis according to Ian Begley of SportsNet New York:
“If Irving indeed leaves Boston, it may have an impact on the teams in pursuit of Davis. The Celtics’ interest in Davis was reportedly predicated on their desire to pair him with Irving. Without Irving, you’d think the Celtics would be less inclined to give up a significant amount of young players/draft picks to acquire Davis.”
Begley added that based on that, the Knicks appear as the best destination for the Brow, as the Pelicans don’t want to trade Davis to the Lakers.
“That could make the Knicks’ trade pitches to Irving more attractive to New Orleans. The Lakers are expected to be in the mix for Davis as well. Though, as other reports have noted, some people in positions of influence in New Orleans continue to prefer to deal Davis to a team other than the Lakers, per SNY sources.”
Nothing is confirmed except the fact that New Orleans don’t want to let Davis go to his preferred team. However, things could be different now than three months ago, when then Pelicans GM Dell Demps turned down the first offer the Lakers tabled for AD. Now David Griffin might be changing his stance on this potential trade.
After Magic Johnson resigned as the Lakers president of basketball operations, Rob Pelinka is in charge of the team now and it remains unclear what he would offer to the Pelicans this time around.