The NBA trade deadline is on its way, and Anthony Davis threw first bomb after deciding that he won’t re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans
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Davis’s agent, Rich Paul, informed the Pelicans Monday evening that the forward has no intention of signing a contract extension this Summer and wants to be traded to a team that allows him to win consistently and compete for a championship.
A couple of teams have already been speculated to be the ideal landing destination for Anthony Davis who has made a name for himself over the past few years. The five-time NBA All Star will be the talk of the trade deadline or perhaps until he signs with his new team. Despite not mentioning his ideal team, the front runners to acquire Davis are:
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are always in the talks of landing a superstar every year. With Lebron James now spearheading the team, the Lakers are looking to acquire another superstar to be able to compete against the dynamic teams around the league most especially in the western conference.
For the purple and gold to acquire Davis, they must give up the young hopeful rising stars in the team. The deal involves trading Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and a first round pick in exchange for Davis. Over the past year, the Lakers have held back in trading their young core for superstars like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. With the 25-year old Davis now in the market, this might just be the year the Lakers exchange their young core. Needless to say, Lebron has mentioned his desire to team up with a star like Davis.
The Lakers have held back in trading their young core for superstars like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. With the 25-year old Davis now in the market, this might just be the year the Lakers exchange their young core.
The Celtics have often been linked to Davis as an ideal market for him to play in. To acquire Davis, however, a huge block is in it for Boston due to the “Rose Rule” contract extension of Kyrie Irving. This would mean that Boston cannot trade for the superstar until July 1. If the talks go on until the said date, the trade involves Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III and 2019 first-round picks from the Sacramento Kings (top-one protected) and Memphis Grizzlies (top-eight protected).
New York Knicks
If the Knicks land their way to acquiring first pick rights in this year’s draft, New York would have the assets to acquire Davis in a deal. An appealing deal which involves Kevin Knox, who has shown much potential this year, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr and possibly the No.1 overall pick in this year’s draft in exchange for Davis.
If that’s not enough, the Knicks have Kristaps Porzingis to add to the offer if they are willing to give their star up. They also have the capacity to create enough cap space this summer for free agents like Kevin Durant even as vague as the idea may be, this could convince Davis to play for New York.
With Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry in the mix, the Raptors have become an appealing market. As seen in the NBA in the past years, a championship caliber team involves having a roster with multiple all stars. Toronto would have to offer Pascal Siakam, OG Aunoby, Delon Wright, Jonas Valanciunas and a 2021 first-round pick. A trio forming Leonard, Lowry and Davis would make them rule the eastern conference and possibly be top three in the league.
Davis has reportedly not told the Pelicans his prefered destination hence giving every team the chance to pursue the superstar. The bidding for Davis is expected to go sky-high especially with the trade deadline fast approaching. It’s going to be interesting to watch where the five-time NBA All Star will land; and even more so to witness the impact he’ll be making to change the league.