The NBA Finals is coming to its end with only one or two games left in the series, and, as the days go by, the free agency gets closer and closer with plenty of rumors surfacing every single day. One of the biggest stories in the upcoming offseason is the one involving the New Orleans Pelicans’ big man Anthony Davis and his uncertain future. Davis has shown his desire to leave New Orleans in the last couple of months and it looks like his wish is about to be granted.
Things might be clearer now for the former University of Kentucky player, whose list of potential new teams has been shortlisted according to recent reports. He is believed to be leaving the Pelicans either with a good package on draft night or the Pelicans waiting until free agency to let the asset go.
On Monday night it was reported that Davis had a list of teams where he would like to go, featuring the Lakers, Knicks, Nets, Clippers, and Celtics. All of them good are franchises with good chances to land the Brow, but he is apparently interested in only two of the mentioned.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that AD is “focused” on going to play for either the Knicks or Lakers, although the insider states a new list of preferred destinations has not been given to David Griffin or the Pelicans. Plus, Charania says the Celtics are still willing to go all in for Davis, even if Kyrie Irving decides to leave the organization.
“Several teams — including the Celtics — are aggressive about pursuing Davis understanding they would potentially lose him after one season, when he is set to become a free agent. The Celtics want to pursue Davis and believe in their roster with or without Kyrie Irving, league sources said.”
Right now AD is one of the best players in the NBA and it’s not a surprise why he is so coveted among all the best teams in the league. He averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds per game with the Pelicans last season, has been a recurrent name in the All-Star team six straight seasons and has been named to the All-NBA team three times throughout his career.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) 10 de junio de 2019
Perhaps landing Davis on a one-year deal might not be the best option for some teams, but seeing how impactful Kawhi Leonard has been to the Toronto Raptors this season, maybe that kind of agreement doesn’t sound so bad for AD’s potential new franchise.