Nuggets considered trading for Davis but cost was too high

Pelicans star big man Anthony Davis is headed to the Lakers following a weekend trade.

The Denver Nuggets had a fantastic year and like everyone, are looking for ways to build for the future.

One of those ways was to contemplate a trade for Anthony Davis, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post.

It’s too late now, of course, as the New Orleans Pelicans agreed to send Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks.

But the fact the Nuggets even considered the possibility of a one-year rental (Davis becomes a free agent next summer) just goes to show the Nuggets may not be content to stand pat.

While they did finish with the second-best record in the West, they dropped a Game 7 to the Portland Trail Blazers at home in the conference semifinals. There is still work to be done.

Ultimately, Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly decided Davis would have cost too much and dealing for him would have been too risky.

“The Pelicans insisted that any potential deal for Davis had to include Nuggets rising star Jamal Murray,” Singer reported. “That was a non-starter for the Nuggets, who a month ago finished their most successful season in a decade.

“The Lakers, with the knowledge that Davis wanted to be there, were willing to give up far more than the Nuggets wanted to offer.”

Basically, Davis won’t be going to Denver — but perhaps some other star will.