Even though the New Orleans Pelicans new Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin said his intentions were to keep All-Star Anthony Davis as a part of the team, the Brow seems reluctant to quit on his desire to leave the franchise via trade, even after the team got the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
With that being said, the Pelicans have no other option than to find a good package that allows them to let Davis go while getting valuable assets in the process. Some of the biggest franchises in the association are expected to make a run for AD’s services the upcoming offseason, and every day a new organization inscribe their name in the list of Davis’ possible suitors.
The Phoenix Suns, for instance, might have good things to offer to the Pelicans, even if they face competition from the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. Duane Rankin of Arizona Republic said in an article posted on USA Today that their connection with Griffin might play in favor of Phoenix if they want to pull off the Davis trade.
Rankin said that the Suns could offer a trade package that includes DeAndre Ayton, Josh Jackson, T.J. Warren, and the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft to the Pelicans. Moreover, to match the Pelicans’ outgoing salary, the Suns could use Tyler Johnson as a salary cap filler.
“So if the Lakers felt they had to put their young core on the trading block for Davis, the Pelicans would likely ask the Suns to do the same. New Pelicans General Manager David Griffin previously worked for the Suns, but this is a business. Griffin could ask for Warren, Jackson, the No. 6 pick — and Ayton — for Davis. The Suns could throw in Tyler Johnson to help match the salaries as Davis is due $27 million next season and $28.7 million in 2020-21 with a player option in 2020, but Ayton would make it worth it for New Orleans.”
Of course, trading the former No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton won’t be easy for the Suns if they want to land a player with the quality of Davis, some sacrifices need to be made. Pairing up Davis with one of the most electrifying ballers in the game right now, Devin Booker would turn things around for the Suns, taking the franchise from one of the worst teams in the association to a legit playoff contender in the West.