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Anthony Davis says Lakers, Knicks, Bucks, Clippers interest is true

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New Orleans Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis recently confirmed the NBA teams that he would like to play for if he were to be traded in the offseason.

Davis told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News that the ‘list’ of reported teams that he wants to play for–which included the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers–is accurate.

The full list of teams also included the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers:

The February NBA trade deadline came and went with Davis remaining in New Orleans, but he is likely to be one of the most sought-after trade prospects in years.

“The Brow” is averaging career highs in points (28.1), rebounds (12.9) and assists (4.2) while posting the second-highest PER in the league.

New Orleans fired general manager Dell Demps yesterday in the wake of the Davis situation, naming Danny Ferry as the interim GM.

Davis also suffered another setback with a muscle contusion in his shoulder, though he is still hoping to play in Sunday’s All-Star game.

The Lakers were heavily involved in pre-deadline talks to acquire Davis, but an agreement was never reached.

Despite listing New York as a preferred destination, the Knicks are unlikely to have the trade pieces to land Davis. The Kristaps Porzingis trade also opened up room for a second max player this summer, so the Knicks will likely pursue that route.

By keeping Davis through the deadline, New Orleans also gives the Boston Celtics a chance to enter the fray.

The Celtics may have the most appealing package for the Pelicans, with the ability to offer Jayson Tatum along with multiple first-round draft choices.

And today, Davis rebuffed reports that he would not sign a long-term deal in Boston. Davis told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps that the team was in fact on his list.