As the NBA Finals rage on, a different storyline is unfolding behind the scenes. David Griffin, the Pelicans’ new Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, has revealed what assets they are looking for in a potential Anthony Davis trade, via ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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 requests on the draft picks — and vice versa.
The ask is strong, but Griffin has made it clear that this will be the price for Anthony Davis — a player considered by many to be amongst the top 5 in the league.
In whatever deal the Pelicans make, Griffin wants the assets to continue building a Western Conference playoff team around guard Jrue Holiday and the projected No. 1 overall pick, forward Zion Williamson, sources said.
Only a few teams are going to really have enough to make an offer, and the Lakers are not one of them. This favors Boston, as they are one of the few teams with enough assets to make a realistic offer.
It will be interesting to see where Davis ends up this summer. Neither he nor the Pelicans seem particularly anxious about the situation, but it has become clear that he has already played his last game in New Orleans.