Anthony Davis isn’t backing down from his trade request which leaves an opportunity for the Knicks or Nets to pursue the stud big man.
The NBA offseason never fails to disappoint. One of the biggest storylines of this upcoming summer is sure to be Anthony Davis. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets both appear to be potential suitors in the event that Davis is made available.
The disgruntled superstar still wants out of New Orleans and now the Pelicans have begun listening to calls from other organizations according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. General manager David Griffin has tried to pitch Davis on giving the Pelicans another chance, but it appears that his efforts to convince the superstar to stay have stalled.
“While the sit-down on Wednesday was said to have been respectful and productive, Davis’ stance regarding his desire for a trade is highly unlikely to change, league sources have told The Athletic,” Charania wrote. “As teams continue placing calls into New Orleans, Griffin has begun listening to teams and their inquiries on Davis, league sources told The Athletic. Previously, the Pelicans had been trying to pitch Davis to stay — and now they are at least open to hearing people out.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean that Davis is leaving anytime soon. However, this leaves open the door for a team like the Knicks or Nets to make an offer the Pelicans can’t refuse.
The Knicks can build a package around the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, future first-round draft picks, and a group of young players. Although it depends on how much the front office in New Orleans likes the young talent on the Knicks, New York can put together a compelling offer.
The Nets, on the other hand, will have to be a bit more creative in what they offer for Davis. A deal centering around D’Angelo Russell via sign-and-trade is probably where Brooklyn needs to begin.