Bucks enter sweepstakes for Pelicans’ Davis, offer everyone but Giannis

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have been near or at the top of the Eastern Conference all season.

The Milwaukee Bucks have spoken to the New Orleans Pelicans about Anthony Davis in an effort to team the New Orleans Pelicans star with Giannis Antetokounmpo, according to a report from Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal.

“The Bucks have entered the Anthony Davis sweepstakes and, according to sources, have offered the Pelicans any players on their roster not named Giannis,” Woelfel reported.

Davis requested a trade over the weekend and teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are expected to be among those in hot pursuit.

Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have been in first place or near first place in the Eastern Conference most of the season.

Following a Bucks-Pelicans game in Milwaukee earlier this season, Antetokounmpo jokingly yelled to Davis to join the Bucks — though it was purposely said loud enough for reporters to hear.

Davis is turning away a supermax contract extension with the Pelicans by demanding a trade. He can therefore become a free agent at the end of next season. There are rumors Davis and agent Rich Paul will tell teams that the Lakers are the only team with which he will sign an extension.

Still, those reports seemingly aren’t deterring teams from talking trade with the Pelicans. Along with the Boston Celtics, many teams would be willing to take a risk on an All-Star big man such as Davis.

It appears the Bucks are now one of them, as placing Davis next to the athletic, versatile Antetokounmpo would form the league’s most frightening frontcourt.

Davis, 25, is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 7, a week from Thursday.