WOJ BOMB! At four in the morning on January 28, Adrian Wojnarowski typed out a tweet that would send the NBA world into an absolute frenzy.
“Agent Rich Paul has notified the New Orleans Pelicans that All-NBA forward Anthony Davis has no intention of signing a contract extension if and when presented and that he has requested a trade, Paul told ESPN on Monday,” Wojnarowski tweeted.
Sports headlines for the next week will be dominated by Anthony Davis trade rumors, and so will this website. Over this entire week, I will write and post seven articles containing seven teams for Anthony Davis to be traded to. Here are the seven teams (links will be added as they are written).
- Anthony Davis to the Sacramento Kings
- Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers
- Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Clippers
- Anthony Davis to the Portland Trail Blazers
- Anthony Davis to the Toronto Raptors
- Anthony Davis to the Milwaukee Bucks
- Anthony Davis to the Phoenix Suns
Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers
Pelicans Recieve: Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 2019 First Round Pick
Lakers Recieve: Anthony Davis
The Los Angeles Lakers are the most likely destination for Anthony Davis. Rumors came out today that unsurprisingly, the Lakers were Davis’ number one option for a trade and that he’d likely only be a rental until the end of last season for any other team. Rumors are that the Pelicans would demand a package of at least Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and Ivica Zubac, but even for Anthony Davis, that is a HUGE price tag.
Lebron James has been looking for a second and potentially third superstar all year. Kyle Kuzma is currently sitting in that role and while he’s playing pretty well, the Lakers would be stupid to not move on for a guy only two years older. While I doubt the Lakers are open to trading Ball and Kuzma so early on in the sweepstakes, I feel they’d be open to replacing either of the two in the trade with Brandon Ingram and a first-round pick.
With this return for Anthony Davis, the Pelicans immediately become a younger and deeper team, two aspects they lack harshly right now. Kyle Kuzma looks like a potential superstar, and can easily fit into the role previously played by Anthony Davis. While Brandon Ingram’s career hasn’t been perfect, he gives the Pelicans the young small forward that they’ve been clamoring for for years. Finally, Ivica Zubac has broken out this year, and apparently, the Pelicans are interested in the young center. That young Lakers’ core could lead you to a playoff spot in just a couple short years of rebuilding.