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The NBA draft is a week from Thursday but that doesn’t mean Anthony Davis has to be traded by then.
In fact, New Orleans Pelicans head of basketball operations David Griffin says there is no time limit on a possible deal.
“I’m open-minded,” Griffin said while introducing new front office hire Swin Cash on a conference call with reporters. “If things devolve in such a way that it’s time for us to make a decision relative to Anthony Davis or any other part of the organization, we will.
“But we’re not in a hurry to do anything and we don’t feel there is a time sensitivity to anything that we’re talking about — and that includes AD’s desire to stay or not stay. That’s not something there’s a shot clock on.”
Griffin reportedly already has the ball rolling when it comes to opposing teams and their strong desire to land Davis in a trade.
Griffin has a busy offseason ahead. Along with the Davis saga, the Pelicans own the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. That part may be easy — as everyone expects New Orleans to go with Duke forward Zion Williamson.
Davis requested a trade in January and supposedly has not back off that stance even after a meeting with Griffin. According to reports, Davis prefers the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks as next destinations.
According to more reports, the Pelicans don’t really care. Not surprisingly, any trade they make will be done with the franchise — and only the franchise — in mind.
The Knicks, Lakers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers are expected to be the strongest suitors for Davis.