Report: Pelicans VP David Griffin now listening to trade offers for Anthony Davis
Despite the recent meeting with New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is now listening to trade offers for his prized talisman, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
It is believed that the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets are four of the teams that can dole out the best offers for Davis, though his preferred destinations list of four teams includes the Lakers, Knicks and LA Clippers, which will only embolden those teams to pursue him in free agency.
Davis had also listed the Milwaukee Bucks as a potential destination, but a pairing alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo now seems far fetched, given the signings the teams must take care of in the offseason after a deep playoff run.
Davis was seen going through his usual workout regimen with fellow Pelicans players such as Jrue Holiday, Frank Jackson and Stanley Johnson only weeks ago. Griffin and Holiday spent time with each other in Los Angeles as well, still holding a strong rapport with players in the roster.
Holiday is still considered a cornerstone player for the Pelicans, as a two-way guard who has become a leader for this roster.
The Pelicans will have a decision in their hands, but now at a much lesser imperative cost, only weeks from potentially drafting Zion Williamson with the top overall pick in hand.
No longer does New Orleans need to scrunch up the most talent possible in return for Davis, but now they can be patient and address their needs to accelerate the rebuild, rather than put together a roster in the works in the wake of their superstar’s departure.