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Potential Trade Destinations for Anthony Davis

It is sad I even have to write this article. The Brow has requested a trade from the Pelicans, leaving Pelicans fans hopeless for the future. However, it’s possible to look forward. AD already stated he wants to be on a team that can offer him a chance to win a championship, meaning the Pelicans may have slim pickings if they want to please Davis. Although no team can really give a trade package that would immediately constitute Davis, some teams can offer some young players with great potential. Thanks to NBA Trade Machine, fans have a way to work out potential trades based on NBA rules and teams’ salary caps. Here are some trades that Dell Demps and the Pelicans front office could consider:

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers, thanks to LeBron James and their plentiful young talent, are the favorites to land AD. They have numerous young pieces that they could give the Pelicans and draft picks to go along with those players. The Pelicans would surely demand at least 3 out of the 5 of Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Ivica Zubac. The Pelicans would also probably want some draft picks to secure some future talent. The only problem is that all these young players have small contracts, meaning the Lakers would have to trade an older player making more money. Although the Lakers would like to keep Kuzma on the roster considering his great talent, it would be hard to resist Anthony Davis if it means parting with him. Here are two trades that could give the Pelicans a nice, young core and stay within the salary restrictions.

Lakers receive: Anthony Davis

Pelicans receive:  Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and a 1st and 2nd round pick.

OR

Lakers receive: Anthony Davis

Pelicans receive: Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson, Ivica Zubac, and a draft pick.

Boston Celtics

The team that could arguably give the Pelicans the best return, the Boston Celtics are another favorite to land Davis. Although due to the “rose rule” restricting the Celtics from trading for Davis this season, they could wait until July 1st to get the trade done. The Celtics have great pieces in place to win a championship now, but they would have to lose some of these pieces in order to acquire AD. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are two of the best young players in the league, but Boston would have to part with one if not both of these talents to get Davis. New Orleans could land both young pieces and another solid player in Gordon Hayward in exchange for their superstar.

Celtics receive: Anthony Davis and Solomon Hill

Pelicans receive: Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and multiple draft assets.

The Longshot: Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers and their Big 3 of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Jimmy Butler have shown they are in win-now mode. They were willing to part with Robert Covington, a longtime 76er, and Dario Saric, a young and promising big man, to acquire Butler. Philly believes they are indeed in contention for a championship, and Anthony Davis may be the missing piece. The only problem is, Philly would have to trade one of the Big 3 to get Davis. They do not have any assets besides those players, and they wouldn’t have enough cap space for all 4. Joel Embiid is untouchable, and Jimmy Butler is brand new to town. The move that would make the most sense if they genuinely want Davis would be to send Ben Simmons back to Louisiana, where he attended college. Although it is not a favorite target, if Philly truly trusts “the Process”, an Embiid-Davis pairing would be one of the best pairings ever.

76ers receive: Anthony Davis

Pelicans receive: Ben Simmons, Wilson Chandler, Markelle Fultz, and 2021 Miami Heat 1st round pick.

The Underdogs: Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks

The Toronto Raptors have been a solid team for multiple years now. They haven’t missed the playoffs since 2013. Yet somehow, they always seem to be missing something. This past offseason they traded for Kawhi Leonard, hoping he could push them over the hump. So far they have been playing fantastic, but securing Anthony Davis might make them too good to stop. While they lack big-name assets, they still have players to offer that New Orleans could consider.

Raptors receive: Anthony Davis

Pelicans receive: Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Jonas Valanciunas

Milwaukee is the best team in the East right now in large part to their star Giannis Antetokounmpo. They are a top-2 team on both sides of the ball in the entire league. They also are great at 3-point shooting, rebounding, and are top-5 in assists. Basically, the Milwaukee Bucks are nearly unstoppable right now. Pairing Anthony Davis and Giannis, who actually have similar stats, build, and age, might put them over the top and bring a championship to Milwaukee. While they would have to trade key pieces to their offense, it would be hard to stop the slashing of Giannis along with the paint-dominance of AD.

Bucks receive: Anthony Davis

Pelicans receive Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, Thon Maker, and a protected 1st round pick.

 

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Where Will Anthony Davis Land

The New Orleans Pelicans franchise player Anthony Davis has requested a trade according to early reports this morning. Pelicans have a record of 22-28 and are 13.5 games back in the west. Davis said that he wants to go to a contender that can provide him a chance of winning a title.

Teams that could be in the mix and possible destinations for Davis’s service could include Boston Celtics,  Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, and many other teams that are in the playoff hunt could be vying for the young superstar’s service. It would be in the best interest for the Pelicans to move him now while contending teams will most likely offer the max for AD’s services.

The future of the Pelicans is about to change, and hopefully, it will be for great composition but only time will tell how and what the Pelicans will receive. This is not the first time this has happened to the team down on the bayou as the New Orleans Hornets traded away point guard Chris Paul back in 2011.

The deal ultimately led to the Pelicans landing Anthony Davis after it was all said and done, but what is to say this won’t happen for a third time? Landing a superstar is tough, but keeping one appears to be more stringent in New Orleans.

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Anthony Davis Requests Trade

The day a Pelicans fan wished would never come is here. Anthony Davis, one of the greatest players of the current generation, has requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.

In the early morning of January 28th, Twitter went nuts as Davis’ agent Rich Paul reported Davis “will not be signing a contract extension if or when presented and is requesting a trade.” Although many saw it coming, it hurts just the same. Davis is a phenomenal player, averaging 29.3 points per game, 13.3 rebounds, and a career-high 4.4 assists this season. Davis is a true all-around superstar, being a top-5 player on both sides of the ball for many years. Unfortunately for New Orleans, Davis wants to be in a position where he can win more games and compete for a championship.

Its no surprise Davis wants out. A superstar wants to show off his talent, and that’s hard for him to do when he’s always on a team with a losing record. The next step is to see when and where Anthony Davis gets traded to. Although most expect the trade to happen in the offseason, there is still over two weeks until the NBA Trade Deadline. A trade could happen this season, leaving fans wondering who the Pels might get in return.

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Pelicans Defeat Division Rival Without Anthony Davis

Even though Anthony Davis was not able to play due to a sprained finger, the Pelicans defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on January 21st. With a starting lineup of Elfrid Payton, Jrue Holiday, E’twaun Moore, Julius Randle, and Jahlil Okafor, the Pels were able to hand the Grizzlies a loss by a score of 105-85.

The lack of star-power did not bother the Pelicans, as 3 of their starters were able to produce a double-double. Holiday scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while also dishing out 6 assists. Both Randle and Okafor had 20 points and double-digit rebounds, with 12 and 10, respectively. 6th man Nikola Mirotic also had a solid game, scoring 21 points and bringing in 6 rebounds.

Their defense was surprisingly solid without their star center, holding the Grizzlies to the second-lowest score of their season.

The biggest weakness from the Pels was their bench scoring. Without including Mirotic, the Pelicans bench only contributed 8 points. Fortunately, it did not matter, as the Pelicans still came away with a convincing win.

Hopefully, the Pelicans can keep up these efforts, as they will be without Davis for at least 4 more games, and have some tough competition ahead.

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Anthony Davis Suffers Sprained Finger, Out 1-2 Weeks

The Pelicans suffered a devastating blow during their January 18th loss to the Portland Trailblazers. Late in the 4th quarter of their 128-112 loss, Anthony Davis injured his finger, taped it up and tried to play through it.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t finish the game, exiting without return with less than 2 minutes remaining. Davis went through an X-Ray after the game to ensure no fractures. Thankfully, nothing is broken.

This year, AD is averaging 29.4 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game; these numbers are all career-highs. Davis has a history with injuries, missing plenty of games over his 5-year career. Anthony has only missed 5 games this year, due to elbow and ankle injuries. This newest injury could put him out anywhere from 4-8 games.

The Pelicans do not have the easiest schedule coming up either. They need to find a spark, as they are 4 games out of the playoffs as of January 19th. Hopefully, for the Pelicans, who truly count on Davis’ star power, Davis will come back sooner rather than later.

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