Former 1st pick overall of the 2012 NBA draft, Anthony Davis has slowly grown into a two-way juggernaut. Averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks, he has led the way for the New Orleans Pelicans ever since his tenure.
During the last Western Conference playoffs, he solidified his rise by notching his first playoff win and sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round. Proving once again that he can carry a team on his shoulders, when healthy he can anchor a team on his own.
There is no denying his talent, leadership, and ownership of this team, but that can only go for so long especially when you upset your franchise cornerstone.
With the recent friction regarding the departure of Rajon Rondo to the Lakers and DeMarcus Cousins to the Warriors, there might be morale-related issues due to the relationship he had with those two.
If push comes to shove, and worse comes to worst, here are realistic trades for an MVP caliber star like Davis.
Anthony Davis becomes a Bull
A homecoming for Davis would be a fairy tale chapter in his life and the city. Given that he is still as patient with seasons of not making the playoffs in the West, we can give this a shot. Brimming with young assets, Chicago can give the Pelicans what it needs.
A decent building block, a wing who can shoot the three, and an expiring contract.
Possible Trade: Robin Lopez, Justin Holiday, Wendell Carter Jr. and future picks for Anthony Davis.
Anthony Davis finally is a Celtic
Boston has the ability to be a major player when it comes to blockbuster trades, due to its impressive trove of young talent and picks. When there were Anthony Davis rumors Boston was always in the mix.
With Jrue Holiday locked in, it would not make sense for them to take in another guard. But with Terry Rozier’s current playoff heroics, he might prove everyone that it is not a fluke given an increase in playing time.
With Jaylen Brown being a stud, Al Horford consistent as ever, and Guerschon Yabusele an interesting prospect, it would be a good starting rebuild point for the Pelicans with picks as sweeteners.
Possible Trade: Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Guerschon Yabusele, and a future first rounder for Anthony Davis, Solomon Hill, and Darius Miller.
Cuban swings for Davis
It would be hard to believe that Mark Cuban would sit through this knowing that there is a possibility for Anthony Davis. Especially with Dirk Nowitzki in his twilight, Davis is a more than viable option to be the face of the Mavericks.
Wesley Matthews may never return to his old form, Finney-Smith may be nothing more than a role player, but 3rd overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft, Luka Doncic will be special for any team you put him in. Jordan and Davis make an interesting big man duo.
Possible Trade: Wesley Matthews, Dorian Finney-Smith, Luka Doncic, and a future first rounder for Anthony Davis.
Davis is the new apple of our eyes in MSG
Prime big market cities will always be appealing. Ask LeBron James. Anthony Davis will be the biggest name in basketball since Carmelo Anthony.
This option will definitely not mean championships for Davis. But if you are going in, then you better go in with a bang!
The Knicks clean house. It gets rid of an overpaid non-playing center, loses a unicorn that fails to be consistently healthy, but gets an MVP ballot stud. Win-win?
Possible Trade: Joakim Noah, Lance Thomas, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox for Anthony Davis and Solomon Hill.
Lake Show for Davis
How does a Pelican five of Jrue Holiday, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Nikola Mirotic, and Julius Randle sound? Not too shabby, right? How about a Laker five of Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. Oh, the endless possibilities.
If the Lakers are willing to break up their youth movement for a behemoth like Anthony Davis there should be no second thoughts. Pairing him with a guy named LeBron will be spectacular. I bet the Julius Randle reunion will be emotional, just like the Davis and Rondo party.
Possible Trade: Luol Deng, Brandom Ingram, Josh Hart, and a future pick for Anthony Davis.