Nets to pursue trade for Pelicans’ Davis ‘as hard as anybody’

Anthony Davis will be a target pursued by the Brooklyn Nets this summer.

When it comes to The Pursuit of AD, most across the NBA landscape point to the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks or even the Los Angeles Lakers as the frontrunners to land Anthony Davis.

However, one NBA insider fingers another team as one which will strongly pursue making a deal for the New Orleans Pelicans’ disgruntled superstar.

FS1’s Chris Broussard, appearing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, suggested the Brooklyn Nets could be a dark horse when it comes to landing Davis.

The Nets’ hope is to bring both Davis and free agent-to-be Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn, he said.

“Brooklyn is going as hard after Anthony Davis as anybody,” Broussard said. “Their dream is to pair AD with Kyrie.”

Broussard mentions the Nets could offer the Pelicans a package that could include D’Angelo Russell (as part of a sign-and-trade to be included), big man Jarrett Allen and their two first-round picks in the June 20 NBA Draft, the No. 17 and No. 27 overall selections.

A complication for such a deal going down would be Irving will not hit free agency until June 30, while the 2019 NBA Draft will be held June 30, meaning Nets general manager Sean Marks might have to include another player, such as Caris LeVert, to make a deal.