Pelicans want 2 players, 2 picks for Davis

Mae Harvey
June 11, 2019

This will gives the Pelicans a chance to meet and scout draft selections before deciding on a trade. Overall, Wojnarowski reports, Griffin hasn't sounded convinced that a team-to-team swap for Davis is likely to fulfill his wishes for the franchise in a post-Davis state.

Anthony Davis has narrowed his list of preferred teams to the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers, Knicks, Clippers and Nets are the four teams that have had conversations with Griffin thus far, while the Boston Celtics remain interested in Davis but may wait to see how the Kyrie Irving situation plays out.

Woj reported that 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" and that a team trying to deal for Davis could "find a team that hypothetically values its young players more than New Orleans".

For example, those sorts of scenarios could include the Lakers helping find a team that hypothetically values its young players more than New Orleans, or NY could flip its two first future first round picks via Dallas into players that New Orleans prefers.

He's also open to making it a multi-team deal and would prefer any deal with 2019 draft picks be finished before the draft, which opens up a variety of options for the Pelicans' new head of basketball operations.

Among the suitors the Knicks have the worst crop of players (that's why they won 17 games) but the best draft asset at third overall. The Pelicans get a first-team All-NBA defender in Smart, who improved his 3-point shooting this year, and two guys with All-Star potential in Brown and Tatum.

For now, a Davis trade looms as a premium free-agent recruiting tool for those big-market teams engaged with New Orleans.

The Boston Celtics have to tread lightly in discussions because of the possibility of losing Kyrie Irving in free agency. Those talks were led by New Orleans general manager Dell Demps and Lakers president Magic Johnson - both of whom are no longer employed in those positions. The Pelicans are starting to take calls from teams regarding a Davis trade. The Pelicans are eligible to sign him to a five-year, $235 million supermax contract beginning next month.

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