Anthony Davis created the biggest headline of National Basketball Association trade deadline season Monday morning, when he officially announced that he has requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Pelicans can offer Davis a 5-year, $240M contract extension this summer entering the final season of his current contract. "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that's the reason for informing them of this decision now".
While the pairing of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Davis would be a sight to be seen and would instantly take the team with the best record in the National Basketball Association and take them to a higher level talent wise, it would take a lot of moving pieces.
E'twaun Moore fits into this as more as a salary piece, but Moore is a 6'4 combo guard that is averaging 12.3 points per game on 48.3% from the field and 41.7% from three, and would ease the loss of Middleton and Bledsoe for the next two seasons. Most insiders seem to believe they will listen to most teams and weigh all offers, then make a deal either closer to the February 7 trade deadline - or even wait until the offseason.
Boston can't now put Davis and Kyrie Irving together because of the "Rose Rule". The reward would be the potential of winning a championship, and accomplishing that goal might influence whether or not Davis wants to stick around. Aside from the fact that Davis reportedly has no desire to play in Chicago, whatever package the Bulls put together is going to decimate their roster.
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Davis, 25, who is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, is now sidelined with a volar plate avulsion fracture of his left index finger. In that time, the Pelicans have only made the playoffs twice, and have advanced past the first round once. The Lakers now have the best odds to trade for Davis if they are willing to pay the price.
"We're not trading him", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said last month, one of many times he's addressed the topic. "I can say that to the world".
Boston is another possible destination, since the Celtics are a contender and have more than enough assets to make a good deal for New Orleans.
It would arguably make the most sense for Davis to end up with the Lakers as well.
On this hour: New Orleans is still upset about the non-call in the NFC Championship game. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers, as expected are going to be one of those interested teams.