The Pelicans Seem to Realize Anthony Davis Is a Lost Cause

June 05, 2019 - 12:17 pm

The Anthony Davis sweepstakes are back on.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday that New Orleans Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has started fielding calls from teams interested in trading for the All-Star power forward.

That's potentially good news for the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.

Davis requested a trade shortly before February's trade deadline, but with him under contract through next season, the Pelicans elected to wait for making a possible deal. New Orleans has since brought in Griffin and Trajan Langdon as general manager, and it landed the top pick in the draft lottery, which it's expected to use on much-hyped Duke forward Zion Williamson. Last week, Griffin met with Davis to try to sell him on the changes happening in New Orleans, but Charania's report suggests the Pelicans are losing faith.

Davis' preferred destinations are the Los Angeles Lakers, Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers, Charania reported. Rival NBA executives told The Athletic that the Lakers, Knicks, Nets and Boston Celtics can offer the best packages for Davis.

The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Davis was the first overall pick by the then-New Orleans Hornets in 2012. In 56 games this season, the former Kentucky star averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals.

Davis is set to make $28.75 million in 2019-20.