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Despite the addition of David Griffin as head of basketball operations, little has changed for Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.
According to reports, Davis still wants traded and the Pelicans have begun to seek a partner. And Davis is still hoping he lands with the Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Davis has said the reason he wants traded is to win, but a bigger reason is clearly to play in a larger market — as both the Lakers and Knicks have been two of the league’s most dysfunctional franchises over the past half decade.
Davis has no say in where he is traded, though he is due to become a free agent following next season. So any team that trades for Davis runs the risk of him being nothing more than a one-year rental.
Davis’s agent, Rich Paul, seemingly wants Davis to play for the Lakers, considering the Lakers also happen to be the team for which LeBron James plays. James is Paul’s top client.
Like James did when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Lakers, Davis is turning away a chance at a supermax contract extension — something only the Pelicans can deliver.
The Pelicans didn’t factoring Davis’ supposed “wish list” into their trade talks when he requested the trade in January under former general manager Dell Demps, and aren’t likely to do so now under Griffin.
Along with the Lakers and Knicks, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers are supposedly among the teams that will make a strong run at Davis.
The Pelicans own the No. 1 overall pick in next week’s draft and are expected to select Duke star Zion Williamson. The Knicks own the No. 3 overall pick and the Lakers own No. 4. Both of those picks could be in play in a Davis trade.