There is no doubt that Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the NBA. As an MVP candidate for the second straight year and a top five player in the league, he is a very valuable asset for the New Orleans Pelicans. There have been many rumours surrounding Anthony Davis this season, but there was no word from Davis himself until January 28th, when the big man took the league by storm by demanding that the Pelicans trade him. He reportedly prefers to go to the LA Lakers, and that’s why Los Angeles feels they have a good shot at landing the big name superstar at the trade deadline on February 7th.
Before Davis let the league know that he wants to be traded, the Pelicans actually said that they have no intentions of moving Davis. His contract does expire in the summer of 2020, meaning that there are still 1 ½ years left on his contract. However, moving him this season, especially at the trade deadline would give the Pelicans a lot more in return, because the team that receives him will have two shots at a title with the big man rather than just one. It would be more of a long term rental than a short one, like what the Raptors may be doing with Kawhi Leonard.
Pelicans’ general manager, Dell Demps has said that he has no interest in trading Davis to the Lakers, although LA might be the best deal that they can pull in exchange for the six-time all star. Despite this news, president of the LA Lakers, Magic Johnson, has reportedly given the Pelicans five different trade offers for Davis. They are so desperate to pair him with LeBron, that they are willing to send off most of their young core, which includes Kuzma, Zubac, Ball, and Ingram. One of the trades that Johnson offered the Pelicans included those four players, as well as a 2019 first round draft pick.
It may be tough for Dell Demps to deny all of those offers, but he seems pretty firm on not dealing with the Lakers; especially after Davis was fined $50,000 for tampering with them. There are plenty of other offers that will be presented to New Orleans come the deadline, so it seems they will just wait it out and pull the trigger on the best deal that they can get at the trade deadline.
If the Lakers do manage to get Anthony Davis, it would be huge, because pairing the two superstars together will give the lakers a great shot at making a deep playoff run, and possibly even win the 2019 NBA finals.