Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

The Pelicans have reportedly set the asking price for Anthony Davis

The Pelicans have reportedly set the asking price for Anthony Davis

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.

Back when Anthony Davis' request originally went public, there were many teams that seemed like they might be wanting to jump in the action outside of the Lakers and Celtics, including the Nuggets, Knicks, and Clippers. The Boston Celtics must take into consideration the future of Kyrie Irving before committing to a significant offer to the Pelicans for Davis. 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.

The Celtics, who have always been rumored as a potential landing spot for Davis, are not said to be among the initial teams that have contacted New Orleans about a possible trade. That's not to say either the Bulls or the team dealing for Davis would be interested in a swap for the 7th pick. This doesn't come as too big of a surprise, but after New Orleans won the National Basketball Association draft lottery, some speculated that Davis could have changed his mind, and want to remain in New Orleans.

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This will gives the Pelicans a chance to meet and scout draft selections before deciding on a trade. 3 and 4 picks in this month's draft, respectively, and those are prime trade assets for the Pelicans to consider. 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. New Orleans gets two players with All-Star potential, though, and can use their two draft picks to either make more transactions or add two more guys to build around Zion, essentially giving them a brand-new starting five, should they wish.

With recent All-Stars Al Horford and Gordon Hayward, All-Defensive guard Marcus Smart and rising stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, along with three 2019 first-round picks and a lightly protected future selection from the Memphis Grizzlies, the Boston Celtics may be the lone team capable of meeting Griffin's ask by itself.

Speaking of Irving, the Knicks and Nets are going hard after Davis to try and lure Irving and free agent Kevin Durant to their teams. This report nearly certainly means potential suitors will have to include other teams in order to meet these considerable and appropriate demands in a Davis deal.

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