CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORENew Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis wants out of the Big Easy But where does he want to go? Better yet — where will he end up? And will he be moved before the NBA’s Feb 7 trade deadline? We take a look at some potential landing spots for the 25-year-old big man who, despite emerging as one of the top-five talents in the league since being drafted No 1 overall out of Kentucky in 2012, has only won one playoff series — last season — during his time with the Pelicans Keep in mind: Davis can become a free agent in the summer of 2020. LeBron James smiles as he walks past Anthony Davis (Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP)Los Angeles LakersDavis landing with the Lakers has had a preordained air about it since he raised eyebrows by signing with agent Rich Paul in September Then there was LeBron James’ comment that it would be “amazing” to play with Davis, followed by Davis’ own admission that he was more concerned with “legacy” than money It sounded like a plan then, it feels even more like one now.Los Angeles’ current woes with James injured point to their lack of depth, but there are some trade parts that could interest New Orleans While the Lakers would prefer to hang on to most of their young core, letting go of some combination of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and draft picks in order to get arguably the best big man in the game would surely be something they could live with The fact that Davis, it seems, has the Lakers as his top option, makes this the likeliest outcome Boston CelticsIt’s no surprise the Celtics would like to acquire Davis.
They’ve had their eyes on him for years, and they have the assets and players on the roster to pull it off But the Celtics can’t make a deal for Davis — while keeping Kyrie Irving — until July 1 NBA rules prevent teams from acquiring more than one player via trade who signed a “Derrick Rose Rule” extension, which allows teams to pay a player coming off his rookie contract a higher percentage of the salary cap if he meets certain requirements The Celtics traded for Irving, meaning they can’t acquire Davis via trade until after the season when Irving becomes a free agent and signs a new deal Anthony Davis dribbles the ball past Noah Vonleh. (Photo: Catalina Fragoso, USA TODAY Sports)New York KnicksPaul told ESPN that Davis “wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship ” While the Knicks don’t exactly fit the bill, the bright lights of the Big Apple almost always keep the franchise in consideration when it comes to landing big-name players ESPN reported that the Knicks are going to be “aggressive” in their pursuit of Davis, and with budding superstar Kristaps Porzingis, a high lottery pick this summer and a few other young and talented pieces on the roster, the Knicks have a lot they can offer Chicago BullsThis is a longshot, for sure, but Davis is from Chicago, and the Bulls have players (Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr , Zach LaVine) and picks to trade.
But it would be a huge gamble, especially with no guarantee Davis re-signs with Chicago when he becomes a free agent With Paul saying Davis wants to play on a winning team, that makes the Bulls less likely, especially considering what they would have to give up to get him Further complicating: Davis has no desire to play in his hometown.Los Angeles ClippersCould Davis somehow end up playing in Staples Center, but not in the Purple and Gold? It’s certainly possible The Clippers are expected to be one of the biggest players in the free-agency game this summer, and while they don’t have the rich history of the Lakers, Celtics, Knicks or Bulls, they have some enticing assets — forward Tobias Harris, 26, is in the midst of a career year, and rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has the potential to be a star Golden State WarriorsDon’t discount Golden State automatically. There’s no way the Warriors would make this move before the trade deadline, but in the offseason, they have some decisions to make Do they re-sign Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson? What does DeMarcus Cousins do in free agency? What is Draymond Green’s future with the team? It would be a bold move, and Golden State would have to give up key pieces from a dynasty But if they want to keep it rolling …Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt, Martin Rogers and AJ Neuharth-Keusch on Twitter FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInAnthony Davis through the years Fullscreen Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed Flip through the gallery to see Anthony Davis through the years.
Anne Ryan, USA TODAYFullscreen2011: Anthony Davis celebrates with teammates during a game against the Loyola Greyhounds Mark Zerof, US PresswireFullscreen2012: Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist walk out of a huddle during a game against the Tennessee Volunteers Mark Zerof, US PresswireFullscreen2012: Anthony Davis and Darius Miller laugh at practice during the NCAA tournament Paul Abell, US PresswireFullscreen2012: Anthony Davis leaps off the court during a Final Four game against Louisville David J. Phillip, APFullscreen2012: Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist celebrate after defeating the Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four Mark Zerof, US PresswireFullscreen2012: Anthony Davis celebrates as he cuts the net after beating Kansas for the NCAA championship David J. Phillip, APFullscreen2012: President Barack Obama shows off the championship ring he was presented by the University of Kentucky’s Anthony Davis David Cooper, USATFullscreen2012: Anthony Davis is introduced as the No.
1 overall pick to the New Orleans Hornets Jerry Lai, US PresswireFullscreen2012: New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson presents a jersey to Anthony Davis during a press conference at the New Orleans Arena Derick E. Hingle, US PresswireFullscreen2012: Anthony Davis, Andre Iguodala and James Harden stretch during practice in preparation for the London Olympic Games Jerry Lai, US PressiwreFullscreen2012: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony celebrate after defeating Spain 107-100 during the men’s basketball gold medal game in the London Olympic Games Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2012: Anthony Davis celebrates after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs Derick E. Hingle, US PresswireFullscreen2012: Anthony Davis smiles during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2013: Anthony Davis blocks a shot by Zach Randolph Derick Hingle, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2014: Anthony Davis sitting out with a chest contusion watches from the bench Derick E Hingle, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2015: Anthony Davis arrives prior to a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2015: Anthony Davis celebrates a win against the Golden State Warriors Derick E.
Hingle, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2015: Anthony Davis celebrates after defeating the Houston Rockets 110-108 at the Smoothie King Center Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2016: Anthony Davis goes through dribbling exercises before a game against the San Antonio Spurs Ronald Cortes, Getty ImagesFullscreen2017: Anthony Davis talks to Buddy Hield in the second half of their game against the Orlando Magic Chuck Cook, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2017: A view of a Nike ad in New Orleans featuring Anthony Davis Peter Casey, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2017: Anthony Davis dunks the ball in the NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center Bob Donnan, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen2017: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins during the second quarter of a game against the Sacramento Kings Derick E.
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