Adrian Wojnarowski has had quite the afternoon. One minute, he’s breaking the news about EJ Montgomery’s plans to return to Kentucky for a sophomore season, and the next, he’s weighing in on Anthony Davis’ next move. According to the NBA insider, Davis, along with his agent Rich Paul, met with the Pelicans’ executive vice president, David Griffin in Los Angeles Wednesday morning.
Davis requested a trade away from New Orleans back in January, and Griffin was hired in April. Woj’s sources say the duo is expected to continue a dialogue in the near future.
New Orleans star Anthony Davis and Pels EVP David Griffin met this morning in Los Angeles and are expected to continue a dialogue moving forward, league sources tell ESPN. Griffin is making his case to AD on a future with the Pelicans. Davis can be a free agent next summer.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 29, 2019
However, this dialogue may not be positive for the Pelicans.
Shams Charania, the senior NBA analyst for The Athletic, says his sources believe “it’s highly unlikely Davis’ stance changes on trade.”
While New Orleans Pelicans executive Vice President David Griffin and All-Star Anthony Davis‘ agent Rich Paul will continue discussions, it’s highly unlikely Davis‘ stance changes on trade, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 29, 2019
New Orleans could have eager trade suitors – including the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, for example – should Griffin engage in trade talks, but so far that hasn’t happened, Wojnarowski’s sources say. Instead, the Pelicans are trying to convince Anthony Davis to stay in New Orleans and pair up with another No. 1 pick – Zion Williamson.
Davis is eligible to sign a five-year, $235.5 million supermax contract extension on July 1.