Will Blazers put in quality bid for available Pelicans star Davis?

Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers fell to Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in the playoffs last season.

The Portland Trail Blazers could emerge as a darkhorse in the chase for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, according to a report from Stever Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

“Leagues source have labeled the Blazers as being aggressive in trying to find one more star-level guy to pair with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum,” Kyler wrote. “Given the youth, ending contracts and future picks the Blazers could offer, they could be an interesting option, especially if it does not cost Lillard or McCollum.”

Some around the league have even suggested to Amico Hoops the Blazers may be willing to include McCollum in a Davis trade — with the belief that a Davis-Lillard duo could make a deep playoff run should the Golden State Warriors lose free agentĀ Kevin Durant next season.

Davis requested a trade over the weekend. He is eligible to become a free agent in 2020.

Davis and agent Rich Paul have not given the Pelicans a list of preferred destinations, but it is assumed they want to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers. Some around the league believe Paul has solely the interests of Lakers star and top client LeBron James in mind in dealing with Davis and the Pelicans.

The Pelicans have made it clear they will not be rushed into a trade and may wait until the summer to even make one. It is believed they would prefer not to trade Davis to the Lakers or another Western Conference team and instead send him to the East.

Either way, the Blazers have quietly again contended in the rugged West after finishing third a year ago. They were eliminated by Davis and the Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Davis is 6-foot-10 and averaging 26.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists on the season.

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