Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Anthony Davis Trade Rumors: Pelicans Listening To Offers Again

Anthony Davis Trade Rumors: Pelicans Listening To Offers Again

While the fledgling New Orleans Pelicans front office has insisted in recent weeks that Anthony Davis is "open to staying" and that the team remains committed to rebuilding around him, newly hired executive vice president David Griffin has begun listening to trade offers for the National Basketball Association superstar, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. General manager David Griffin has tried to pitch Davis on giving the Pelicans another chance, but it appears that his efforts to convince the superstar to stay have stalled.

Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 10, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Davis requested a trade back in January, in what appeared to be an attempt by him and agent Rich Paul to manufacture a trade to the Lakers, which never panned out.

Davis requested a trade out of New Orleans prior to February's trade deadline but the organization failed to find a suitable deal. Davis' preferred destinations list of four teams includes the Lakers, Knicks and LA Clippers and that will embolden those teams to pursue him strongest of all.

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As we've been expecting, the Celtics, Knicks, and Lakers are three teams who could make compelling offers for Davis; Shams also adds that rival executives expect Nets to be in the mix.

Davis was seen going through his usual workout regimen with fellow Pelicans players such as Jrue Holiday, Frank Jackson and Stanley Johnson only weeks ago. He can become an unrestricted free agent in 2020, so his willingness to sign long-term with potential suitors could improve bids.

The first step toward an Anthony Davis trade may have just been taken.

The Pelicans own the No. 1 overall draft pick, and the Knicks own the third overall.

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