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Anthony Davis still wants out of New Orleans and other post-lottery thoughts

Zion Williamson isn’t enough to keep Anthony Davis in New Orleans.

Soon after New Orleans landed the No. 1 overall pick (Williamson), Shams Charania reported Davis is standing by his February trade request. The addition of one Zion Williamson won’t make Davis’ relationship with the Pelicans any better.

And it shouldn’t. The Pelicans had Davis for seven years and couldn’t put together a winning formula around him. What would Zion Williamson do for Davis and the Pelicans? Williamson is Julius Randle without gravity. Left-handed and all. Williamson is obviously good at basketball, but how much better is a Davis/Williamson duo than a Davis/Randle duo? And why should Davis trust the Pelicans to make it work? Again, New Orleans had seven years with one of the NBA’s best players and couldn’t find a way to win. Landing Williamson is big for fan excitement in New Orleans; for Davis, it should change nothing. He needs a big market and a fresh start, far away from that franchise.

New York, Los Angeles and Boston will all make a run at Davis. The Lakers lack the pieces to put together an attractive offer, so New York and Boston have the early edge. The Knicks will now try to use the third pick in a deal with New Orleans, which might actually work if Williamson has a say in things. His old Duke teammate and best friend, RJ Barrett, is expected to go third, and a trade would pair the two of them together with the Pelicans. It would take several other players from New York in the mix to complete a deal, including Kevin Knox, but it isn’t a crazy idea. Boston probably has the most to offer, but it has its own superstar to deal with first.

This is all uninformed speculation at this point with plenty of time ahead for it all to play out this summer. For right now, we know via Tuesday night’s lottery that Zion Williamson is going to New Orleans to replace Anthony Davis as the face of the Pelicans. In the months ahead we’ll see how the drawing of the Pelicans envelope will affect the futures of Davis, Julius Randle, Darius Miller and Kevin Knox. Randle is a free agent, so he will be on the move unless New Orleans wants two of him. Knox will be thrown into the Knicks’ attempt to get Davis out of New Orleans. And Darius Miller is an unrestricted free agent who is well liked in New Orleans, but that entire roster may get turned upside down before training camp.

One more post-lottery thought… How mad is the NBA right now? Zion Williamson to the Pelicans and Ja Morant to the Grizzlies? That’s a worst case scenario for the league.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

16 Comments for Anthony Davis still wants out of New Orleans and other post-lottery thoughts

  1. 4everUKblue
    11:20 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    Not sure why Zion would want his ball hoggin’ buddy to follow him to NOLA.

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    11:27 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    This is all uninformed speculation at this point …


    • brum90
      11:27 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

      “This is all uninformed speculation at this point” is the only statement in this post that’s sure to be accurate. NBA article written by a NCAA homer who should stick to what he knows, college basketball.

      This is far from the worst case for the NBA. It helps re-energize 2 of the lowest franchises in the league right now from a fan base/attendance standpoint. Both teams are about to undergo massive rebuilds and landing these picks are only going to expedite that. Additionally it helps the NBA b/c the new lottery style didn’t reward the teams who blatantly tanked (Knicks, Bulls, Suns,) to try and secure the first pick.

      I know this is UK site (and I’m a UK fan), but c’mon trying to say Zion is another Julius Randle? I hope I’m missing the sarcasm in that part.

      “The Lakers lack the pieces to put together an attractive offer” are you serious? Their pick is only 1 pick behind the Knicks. The Lakers have as many if not more unproven high lottery pick guys on their roster than the Knicks do. So what gives the Knicks an early edge. The 3rd pick?

  3. UKCatAttack
    11:45 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    I would argue that the Knicks and Lakers franchises have been bigger disasters over the past decade then the Pelicans. Aside from being big market teams they don’t have a whole lot going for them.

    • Luether
      12:52 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

      Agree. It’s not in Davis’ interest to go to either place.

      Obviously, he just wants out of NO. Can’t blame him as it’s like living in a steam bath 9 months of the year and the state bird is the mosquito…

  4. Cletis75
    1:13 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

    Not sure RJ Barrett is very enticing for the Pelicans. He and Zion barely made the sweet 16 together in college. Their chemistry is like oil and water!

  5. Tom Bombadil
    4:12 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

    Duke sux!! Hahahahahaha NBA can suck on it. Two Randles…lol great comparison. Lmao Do you A.D. Go Cats!

  6. memphis wildcat
    7:22 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

    As a grizzlies fan, i am so glad we got pick #2. I may eat my words on Zion, but until he commits to getting an nba body, i prefer Ja. That being said, Memphis hasn’t picked yet and given their history who knows who they are going to pick.

    • UKLugo
      7:24 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

      Ja gonna be a bust. Better grab Barrett.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:11 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

      Funny, all the real experts pick Ja over Barrett, maybe you’re in the wrong line of work.

  7. UKLugo
    7:23 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

    Zion Williamson>Julius Randle. Sorry. Still may not be good enough. But he is better.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:30 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

      Time will tell, Randle is pretty good and he’s definitely not better than AD.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      9:29 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

      Zion is a hype machine. Randle is a man. We will see.

    • 4everUKblue
      10:38 am May 15, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly! Zion is good within 2 feet of the rim.

  8. va kat
    12:19 pm May 15, 2019 Permalink

    AD is overrated. He is not going to lead any team to an NBA title unless he serves in a complimentary role. He certainly hasn’t made the Pelicans any better.

    • 4everUKblue
      3:24 pm May 15, 2019 Permalink

      Put the crack pipe down and seek professional help. Might need a psych eval while you’re at it.