Whenever a player as talented as Anthony Davis becomes available, every single GM in the world needs to work overtime to try and take him home, and that’s exactly what’s happening right now.
Even though the Lakers and Knicks look like frontrunners to go all-in for Davis, the Pelicans are going to find the best deal for them, so that leaves the door wide open for pretty much every team in the league to try and get him.
But, which teams could actually try and make a run for him? Who could come on top after risking it all to have him on a 6-month rental? Let’s take a look at the top 3 contenders that should try and get him right now.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are great but they’re one star away from contending, and they still face the risk of losing Jimmy Butler this offseason, so they might as well go all-in and try and get the Brow as well.
An Embiid-Davis frontcourt would be a nightmare for opposing defenses, although health may be a huge concern. With Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick, they would have the best team in the Eastern Conference.
Maybe this could be the last shot for the Sixers because if they lose, Jimmy Butler will probably leave them and sign somewhere else.
In order to get Anthony Davis, the Sixers would have to part ways with Zhaire Smith, Wilson Chandler and sadly, Ben Simmons.
2. Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are the best team in the Eastern Conference as of today, but they know this one’s their one and only chance to win a Championship with Kawhi Leonard likely to leave in the summer.
They would have a really good starting lineup with Lowry, Green, Kawhi and Anthony Davis, and for the first time in the franchise history, they would become the favorites to win the NBA Championship.
Having Kawhi and Davis on board would take the Raptors a couple steps ahead of their competition, and they could get him in return for Fred VanVleet, Serve Ibaka, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and a 1st and 2nd round pick.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
Sam Presti hasn’t hesitated to make bold and risky moves before, so there’s no reason to think he wouldn’t love to try and make a deal for the best power forward in the league like he did when he traded for Paul George.
Just imagine a Big Three with Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Anthony Davis. That would be the best thing in the NBA this season and I guess everyone would like to watch Oklahoma City Thunder against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
The Thunder took a major gamble on George and it paid off big time for them, and they could try and get Davis in return for Steven Adams, Jeremy Grant, Timothe Luwawu, Terrance Ferguson, Hamidou Diallo, and a 1st and 2nd round pick.