Report: Anthony Davis Narrows Focus Of Long-Term Destinations To Knicks, Lakers


The Anthony Davis sweepstakes are officially heating up.

The Knicks and Nets are among four teams that have been in contact with Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin about a trade for All-NBA forward Anthony Davis, according to a report Monday from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Clippers and Lakers are the other two teams that have reached out to Griffin about trading for Davis.

While at least these four teams have contacted the Pelicans about a possible trade, Davis has reportedly narrowed his focus of long-term destinations down to just the Knicks and Lakers, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

In February, it was reported that the Knicks, Lakers, Clippers and Bucks were the four franchises that Davis would be willing to sign a long-term deal with if traded there.

Boston has also considered making a serious run at at the 3-time All-NBA First Team big man, but would like more clarity on the future of pending free agent Kyrie Irving before offering significant assets to New Orleans.

In his report, Wojnarowski noted that front office executives around the league believe Griffin is trying to find a multiteam trade scenario in order to obtain the best possible assets for the star forward.

This might benefit the Knicks, who could flip the two first round picks acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade for players that the Pelicans might prefer in a deal.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis looks to pass as Grizzlies guard Mike Conley defends on Feb. 9, 2019, in Memphis.  Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Images

The price for acquiring Davis is reportedly very high. According to Wojnarowski, Griffin is in pursuit of a package that includes an All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks.

In addition, the report states that both New York and Brooklyn are pursuing a Davis trade to use as a recruiting tool in free agency, with the hopes of partnering the 6-foot-10 superstar with Irving or Kevin Durant.

While a timetable for a trade has not been set, the Pelicans prefer to have a deal completed prior to the NBA Draft, which takes place on June 20th in Brooklyn.

Some teams may be unwilling to meet Griffin's asking price, as Davis has just one year left on his contract and is not guaranteed to sign an extension with whatever team acquires his services. However, whatever team does end up trading for the superstar will be able to offer him a five-year, $235.5 million supermax contract starting in July. 

In 56 games for the Pelicans last season, Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 blocks per game.