Anthony Davis made headlines earlier this season when he requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. The franchise was unable to find a suitable deal before the trade deadline and the young All-Star big man didn’t find a new home.
The Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin, has started to search for team’s worth trading to with a potential multiteam scenario that would expand the Pelicans assets in a deal that league sources told ESPN.
As of now, the four teams from Los Angeles and New York are the main franchises to inquire with the front offices of New Orleans. The Boston Celtics were also one of the main teams in the running but the uncertainty about Kyrie Irving and whether he’ll remain in Boston may be the main concern and priority right now.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says that sources have revealed that the Pelicans are more focused on assets and picks with the franchise focused on youth.
According to front offices that have engaged in conversations with Griffin, he hasn't sounded convinced that one team is likely to fulfill his wishes for a Davis deal. To that end, Griffin has been working to find multiteam trade scenarios that could redirect assets for players or picks more preferable to the Pelicans, sources said.
For example, those sorts of scenarios could include the Lakers helping to find a team that hypothetically values Los Angeles' young players more than New Orleans does, or New York could flip its two first future first-round picks via the Dallas Mavericks into players the Pelicans prefer. New Orleans seems determined to be creative in constructing a deal to maximize the return on Davis, one of the NBA's elite talents.
The Los Angeles Lakers had plenty of interest for Anthony Davis earlier this season as they were willing to trade anyone except for LeBron James. When Davis remained a Pelican and the Lakers failed to secure him, it left the franchise in a tough position where many players were upset with the way the situation was handled. The franchise currently holds picks 3 and 4 of this year’s NBA Draft and it may be used in a potential trade with the Pelicans.
The Pelicans will almost certainly pick up Duke sensation, Zion Williamson with the first pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, the franchise was thrilled to win the pick during the Lottery Draft where they came into it very unlikely to get it. There’s a clear path for the franchise to find future success if the Pelicans handle the trade right.