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New Orleans Pelicans head of basketball operations David Griffin has started to provide interested teams with scenarios for possible trades centered on Anthony Davis, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
It appears Griffin and the Pelicans may think it will take a three-team (or more) deal to get back what they’re seeking in a Davis trade.
Per Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks are among those talking Davis trade with the Pelicans. The Boston Celtics are also expected to become strong suitors, if they have not done so already.
“According to front offices that have engaged in conversations with Griffin, he hasn’t sounded convinced that one team is likely to fulfill his wishes for a Davis deal,” Wojnarowski reported. “To that end, Griffin has been working to find multiteam trade scenarios that could redirect assets for players or picks more preferable to the Pelicans, sources said.”
Davis requested a trade in January. Since then, the Pelicans replaced former general manager Dell Demps with Griffin and won the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s draft lottery.
Griffin and Davis recently met face-to-face, but Davis has not changed his stance on wanting a trade out of New Orleans.
“Griffin is pursuing a combination of assets that include an All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks,” Wojnarowski reported. “Those wants are on a sliding scale. For example, the better the player, the softer the requests on the draft picks — and vice versa.”
The NBA draft is June 20, next Thursday, with free agency negotiations to begin a week after that. Davis, 26, is eligible for free agency following next season.