Pelicans expected to reach out to Celtics about Davis

Pelicans star Anthony Davis requested a trade in January and the Celtics have had him on their radar since.

The New Orleans Pelicans are expected to reach out to the Boston Celtics about a potential trade centered on Anthony Davis if Davis doesn’t back off his trade stance, according to Steve Bulpett the Boston Herald.

Per the report, Pelicans top basketball executive David Griffin is expected to meet with Davis next week. Griffin suggested his first order of business is to try to get Davis to stay. The Pelicans won the draft lottery Tuesday and are expected to draft Duke star Zion Williamson.

“(The lottery) doesn’t change anything about our situation with Anthony, other than the fact it maybe gives him one more sign things are turning in a different direction,” Griffin said. “I think relative to Anthony, what he’s wanted to do is win. And he was frustrated with the situation and didn’t think he could do that in New Orleans at the time.

“I think if he looks in totality of what’s happened since (Pelicans owner Gayle Benson) and her ownership team have empowered us and put us in position to make a difference, I think he is going to have a lot of reason to be confident.”

If not, according to Bulpett, the Pelicans will reach to the Celtics, who are armed with three first-round draft picks and some tantalizing young players such as Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown.

Davis requested a trade in January.

“There have been reports that Davis hasn’t moved from that stance, and if such is the case, sources here told the Herald the Pelicans will reach out to the Celtics as the most obvious trade partner,” Bulpett reported.

“The Celts may still not be sure about a deal because it’s not known yet what the Pels will want in return for the All-Star, but there seems to be a belief that they’d be able to work things out.”

The Celtics have had Davis on their radar since his trade request. He is also expected to be heavily pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks.

It was reported earlier this week that the Pelicans do not have an interest in negotiating a deal with the Lakers.