Pelicans open to multiteam Davis trade

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Those wants are on a sliding scale.

Davis, a free agent at the end of the 2020 season, was not traded by the Pelicans prior to the NBA's trade deadline in February. After a reportedly unsuccessful attempt to convince the superstar center to stick with New Orleans for at least one more season, David Griffin has reportedly begun to outline what a trade for Davis would look like to interested parties.

According to front offices that have engaged in conversations with Griffin, he hasn't sounded convinced that one team is likely to fulfill his wishes for a Davis deal.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Anthony Davis has narrowed down his "two desired long-term destinations" to the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

Back when Anthony Davis' request originally went public, there were many teams that seemed like they might be wanting to jump in the action outside of the Lakers and Celtics, including the Nuggets, Knicks, and Clippers.

But Davis' camp continues to leak the teams with whom he would re-sign, and that list has been trimmed to two, according to Charania: The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

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The Boston Celtics plan to pursue Anthony Davis with or without Kyrie Irving.

While Griffin has offered no firm timetable on a trade taking place, he has indicated he prefers the acquisition of 2019 draft picks to take place before the June 20 event in Brooklyn, Wojnarowski reports.

New Orleans has the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft. The Lakers could send the rest of the package - a combination of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the No. 4 pick, future first-round picks - to the Pelicans and get Davis in return.

Davis can have the same impact on his new team. However, it was considered "highly unlikely" that Davis would change his mind about wanting to be traded.

The four teams from NY and Los Angeles are reportedly the main contenders to complete such a deal at this time. The Pelicans' high asking price is one that the known suitors for Davis probably can't meet on their own. But the Pelicans are seeking a king's ransom to part with the six-time All-Star.

Davis averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games in 2018-19.

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