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Rumor: Pelicans not interested in trading Anthony Davis to Lakers

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As was the case at the February trade deadline, the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly remain uninterested in trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The Lakers now have the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and could package that in a deal along with Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram to the Pelicans for Davis.

However, it doesn’t appear the Pelicans want to do business with the Lakers and will speak with teams such as the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks instead if they decide to honor Davis’ trade request:

The Celtics can offer the Pelicans a trade package centered around Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and multiple draft picks for Davis. The Knicks, meanwhile, could offer the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and the future draft picks they got from the Dallas Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade for Davis.

Davis can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020. The Pelicans technically are under no obligation to trade AD. David Griffin is hoping he can change AD’s mind since New Orleans has the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft and will likely select Duke star Zion Williamson.