3 Possible Trade Destinations For Anthony Davis

According to reports, the Lakers, Knicks and eventually Celtics are in position to trade for Anthony Davis. 

Anthony Davis announced to the basketball world that he wants to be traded and is not re-signing with New Orleans when his free agency hits in 2020.

The announcement has the NBA buzzing about Davis’ landing spot. There’s some nice superstar free agents on the market this summer. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Boogie Cousins, to name a few.

None, however, are as young and multi-faceted as Davis. Per Basketball-Reference, he is the only player in league history to tally at least 10,000 points, 1,000 blocks and 100 made 3-pointers in his first 500 career games.

The trade deadline is quickly approaching, but 10 days is enough time to change the course of history.

Here are three potential trade destinations for AD by Feb 7.  

 

1. LA Lakers

The assumptions that AD will inevitably end up in LA with LeBron began when The Brow signed with Lebron’s agent, Rich Paul. The second clue came when Paul was the one that announced that AD wanted a trade on Monday.

 

Various reports say the Lakers are willing to give up Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Josh Hart and multiple unprotected first-rounders to get Davis. That’s not a bad haul for the Pelicans, who risk losing Davis completely in free agency.

 

2. New York Knicks

Believe it or not, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst dropped a bomb on  “Get Up!” this morning.  

 

According to Windhorst, if the Knicks were willing to include their unprotected first-round pick in a package, they could “put together a competitive offer that would help the Pelicans do a rebuild and they could get their hands on Anthony Davis in the next ten days.”

The Knicks would have to start with their unprotected 2019 first-round pick and injured franchise player Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks would also have to tank to do everything they can to ensure a Top 3 pick.

A package of Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, Enes Kanter (for cap purposes) and the unprotected 2019 pick for Davis would work under the salary cap.

Of course, the Knicks would have to know that AD is willing to sign a max extension in July and make The Garden his home, or the point is moot. 

Most folks weren’t even considering the Knicks as a potential trade destination for Davis. The names Durant, Butler and Kyrie Irving have been mentioned, but not the 25-year-old AD. What a bombshell that would be.

 

3. Boston Celtics

Davis’ name has been linked to Boston in the past because of the wealth of young talent and draft picks that President Danny Ainge has acquired.  If the Pelicans don’t want to trade Davis now, the team can always gain an advantage by waiting until this summer to trade Davis, which would allow the Celtics to get in the mix.

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Due to the “Rose Rule” in the current CBA, Boston cannot trade for Davis until Kyrie Irving opts out and signs his new deal in July.

Ainge would then have to have a deal in place and send Kyrie somewhere as part of a blockbuster three-team trade.

Kyrie has been killing it lately for Boston and has said he’s content with his situation. If anybody has the pieces to entice New Orleans, it’s Boston. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and some draft picks might do it.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.