New Orleans pursuing All-Star, young player with All-Star potential, 2 1st-round picks in Anthony Davis deal
Let the Anthony Davis trade speculation begin anew. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowki, New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has begun informing suitors of the trade package he’s seeking in any potential deal for the six-time All-Star.
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, league sources said. Those wants are on a sliding scale. For example, the better the player, the softer the requests on the draft picks — and vice versa.
Also of note, Griffin has reportedly come to the realization that New Orleans’ demands in any Davis trade are unlikely to be met by one team. As a result, he’s been “working to find multiteam trade scenarios that could redirect assets for players or picks more preferable to the Pelicans,” according to Wojnarowksi. Though Griffin has provided interested teams no firm timeline by which a Davis trade must be completed, he reportedly hopes to strike a deal before the NBA Draft on June 20th, allowing New Orleans time to properly vet prospects who the team could select with picks acquired in any deal.
Griffin went out of his way to project confidence immediately after the draft lottery about the Pelicans’ chances of retaining Davis. Such talk was quickly confirmed as bluster, though, as it was reported that the imminent addition of generational draft prospect Zion Williamson didn’t change Davis’ mind about preferring to continue his career elsewhere.
Davis, a five-time All-NBA honoree at just 26 years old, requested a trade from New Orleans in late January. He’s a free agent next summer.