Pelicans will reach out to Celtics as most obvious Anthony Davis trade partner if Davis doesn’t change stance on trade request
The New Orleans Pelicans may have lucked into the No. 1 overall pick and the chance to draft Zion Williamson, but that does not necessarily mean that superstar forward Anthony Davis is ready to change his trade demands. The Boston Celtics are aware of this.
With their franchise player still expressing discontent with the franchise, the Pelicans will reportedly be making contact with the Boston Celtics regarding a potential trade package centered around Anthony Davis, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald:
There have been reports that Davis hasn’t moved from that stance, and if such is the case, sources here told the Herald the Pelicans will reach out to the Celtics as the most obvious trade partner. The Celts may still not be sure about a deal because it’s not known yet what the Pels will want in return for the All-Star, but there seems to be a belief that they’d be able to work things out.
The Pelicans had held out from trading Anthony Davis at the February deadline mostly because of the “Rose Rule” and the belief that the Celtics were the team that could offer the best package.
Any trade for Davis would almost certainly involve Jayson Tatum, and may also include Gordon Hayward plus draft considerations. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge may deem such an offer as suitable, but it also may not matter considering the fact that the Lakers jumped into the top four in the NBA Draft Lottery.
Los Angeles could now package the fourth pick with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball to acquire Davis, which could be the most appealing deal to David Griffin and the Pelicans.
Whether they feel comfortable trading Davis to another Western Conference team is another story.