The New Orleans Pelicans are ready to talk business when it comes to superstar forward Anthony Davis.
After sitting down with the 6-foot-11 big man last week in hopes of convincing him to withdraw his trade request and potentially re-sign with the franchise, Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that New Orleans has begun listening to trade offers for Davis.
“While the sit-down on Wednesday was said to have been respectful and productive, Davis’ stance regarding his desire for a trade is highly unlikely to change, league sources have told The Athletic,” Charania said. “As teams continue placing calls into New Orleans, Griffin has begun listening to teams and their inquiries on Davis, league sources told The Athletic. Previously, the Pelicans had been trying to pitch Davis to stay — and now they are at least open to hearing people out.”
According to the report by The Athletic, there are four teams that league executives view as the strongest contenders to land Davis in a trade: The Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets.
Two of those teams – the Lakers and Knicks – were on Davis’ reported list of preferred destinations back in February, also joining the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Davis, who demanded a trade back in January, has said that he wants to play for a team capable of contending for championships on a regular basis. While the Pelicans have made an effort to show the former Wildcat they can be one of those contending franchises moving forward, especially with the potential addition of Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s NBA Draft, Davis appears ready to move on.
And with that, let the bidding wars for the six-time NBA All-Star begin.