Anthony Davis has wanted to be traded out of New Orleans since February. As of last week, Davis and his agent Rich Paul spoke with David Griffin, the Pelicans executive vice president, who tried convincing the All-Star forward to stay in New Orleans.
Though as of this morning, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Pelicans have begun listening to offers for Davis.
As teams continue placing calls on Anthony Davis, Pelicans and executive VP David Griffin have begun listening to teams, league sources told @TheAthleticNBA. Inside Pass on Davis and more from around the league: https://t.co/YjRmRT2JU2
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2019
According to Charania, rival executives feel that the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets will be able to produce the best offers. However, only two of those teams are included in Davis’ top three choices.
It’s been reported after the Pelicans won the top pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, the organization tried to convince Davis to stay. The team is expected to select Duke’s Zion Williamson. Yet, it does not appear to have changed the power forward’s mind.
As teams continue to place calls into New Orleans, Griffin has begun listening to teams and their inquiries on Davis, according to The Athletic. Previously, the Pelicans had been trying to pitch Davis to stay – and now they are at least open to hearing people out.
The Lakers have been interested in Davis since the trade deadline in February. At that time, the organization had offered a trade package that included Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and Kyle Kuzma, in addition to draft picks. The Pelicans rejected it.
However, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, who spoke on The Sedano Show, the package has the potential to still be an option.
“I spoke to several people within the Pelicans’ organization in the past several months that have a really high opinion of Brandon Ingram, and beyond just Brandon Ingram, have a really high opinion of the trade package that was on the table that was ultimately rejected,” said McMenamin.
When the deal was originally proposed, Dell Demps was the general manager. That has since changed, resulting in the hiring of Trajan Langdon as general manager and Griffin as executive vice president. Before the taking on his role with the Pelicans, Griffin spoke very highly about Brandon Ingram as a television analyst on The Sedano Show.
“Earlier this year, I saw him get blown by like he was nailed to the floor at times against point guards,” said Griffin of Ingram. “He’s very quickly adjusting. That’s a big deal. He’s 21 years old. It defies the imagination. How old was Victor Oladipo when he hit for Indiana? And [Ingram> is way more physically gifted that Oladipo.”
Since then, Ingram’s 2018-2019 season was ended by a blood clot scare. There is no guarantee that Lakers offer the original package, which includes Ingram, to the Pelicans again. Though, it is possible, in addition to offers from the Knicks, Clippers, Celtics, and Nets.
Davis, 26, will become a free agent next summer if he isn’t signed to an extension or traded by next February.
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