SportsPulse: The Brow is about to be on the move. FTW’s Charles Curtis looks at potential trade destinations for Anthony Davis.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks are the four teams with which Anthony Davis will sign a long-term deal if traded, a person with direct knowledge of Davis’ wish list told USA TODAY Sports.
The person was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.
A list that extends beyond the Lakers opens up the possibilities and increases the offers teams are willing to make to the New Orleans Pelicans for Davis, who is an All-Star big man putting up impressive and rare stats.
It is clear from the list that Davis is interested in joining another superstar – Giannis Antetokounmpo with the Bucks and LeBron James with the Lakers. Also, the Clippers and Knicks will have salary cap space to add a max salary player in free agency.
The Pelicans do not have to trade Davis before Thursday’s trade deadline, but if they get an offer they can’t refuse, maybe they pull the trigger now. But waiting until the summer to make a move may yield a better deal.
For example, if the Knicks, who don’t have an attractive trade offer right now, get the No. 1 or No. 2 pick in the draft, they would have something to spice up the deal.
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Davis, who is on pace to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1974-75 season) as the only players to average at least 29 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal, can’t become a free agent until 2020. But his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told the Pelicans last week that Davis will not sign an extension with them and wants a trade.
The Bucks are an intriguing option. Antetokounmpo and Davis on the court at the same time would create a near-unstoppable offensive combination. But the construction of their roster – not enough high-priced players on long-term deals and not enough game-changing young players – make it difficult for Milwaukee to put a strong offer on the table. Milwaukee also owes its 2019 and 2021 first-round draft picks to other teams.
Obviously, the Lakers are interested, and this behooves their front office to make a reasonable offer. Davis alongside James would elevate Los Angeles to one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
The Knicks need to hope the Pelicans wait until after the trade deadline, and the Clippers are a wild card. But like Milwaukee, the Clippers do not have the pieces to offer New Orleans anything substantial.
As for the Celtics, late last week, Davis’ dad, Anthony Davis Sr., told ESPN that he did not want his son to play for the Celtics because of the way they treated guard Isaiah Thomas, who battled injuries only to get traded for Kyrie Irving. Also, there is concern Irving may not re-sign with Boston in free agency this summer.
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