The New Orleans Pelicans have begun providing potential Anthony Davis suitors with the framework for a possible trade, including multi-team scenarios, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Lakers could send the rest of the package - a combination of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the No. 4 pick, future first-round picks - to the Pelicans and get Davis in return.
Marred by injuries to James and the young core along with the Anthony Davis trade rumors, the Lakers ultimately missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. That is unlikely to come before the draft on June 20, when Griffin would like picks in hand in order to select the players he prefers.
Woj also reported that in addition to the Lakers, the Clippers, Knicks and Nets have also inquired about a Davis deal. Teams will be less likely to part with as many assets as Griffin is seeking if they are not assured of re-signing Davis to a long-term deal beyond then.
However, a change may be afoot in that thinking for the Pelicans' new executive vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin.
It sure sounds like the Anthony Davis saga will finally be over soon. It's on a sliding scale, so if a team offers a top-30 player or young prospects with big upside, the draft picks won't need to be as high, and vice versa.
This trade scenario leans heavily on Griffin's opinion of this year's draft class, but it checks nearly all the boxes; the hope would be that the quality of the picks offsets the lack of a current All-Star.
Why: Apparently the Celtics are committed to pursuing Davis whether they get Kyrie Irving back or not. The Lakers, Knicks, Clippers and Nets are the four teams that have had conversations with Griffin thus far, while the Boston Celtics remain interested in Davis but may wait to see how the Kyrie Irving situation plays out. Duke's Zion Williamson is locked in as the No. 1 pick for the New Orleans Pelicans, but what comes after that? "Smart and Yabusele are there to even out the salary". The Lakers own the fourth overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. This isn't the best trade route for New Orleans, but it could happen if the Celtics pull out of the race and Griffin decides he doesn't want AD in the same conference or to do the Lakers any favors.