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 Clippers
Pelicans Recieve: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson, Montrezl Harrell, Avery Bradley, 2021 First Round Pick
Clippers Recieve: Anthony Davis
While the Los Angeles Lakers are the most likely destination for Anthony Davis, rumors came out today that the Pelicans were trying at all costs to not trade Davis to the Lakers. If Anthony Davis wants to play in Los Angeles that bad, he should consider the L.A. Clippers, who are already in a great position to succeed in the future.
In my opinion, the Clippers have been the most surprising team this season. Led by forwards Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari (averaging 21.2 and 19 points per game respectively), the Clippers keep their top three players even after the trade (Lou Williams). While the Pelicans still take a huge package in return, none of the players are absolute key factors to the Clippers’ current success. Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams can easily play more minutes with the starters to replace the Clippers’ old backcourt and Anthony Davis obviously fills the role previously played by Montrezl Harrell.
Like the Lakers’ and Kings’ trades, the Pelicans receive a slew of young assets, helping out their current and future depth. Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson, and Montrezl Harrell all project to becoming starters in the coming seasons. Say the Pelicans move Holiday into a full-time shooting guard role; Gilgeous-Alexander is the perfect player to counter the shooting and defense of Holiday. While Harrell may not be Anthony Davis, he should do a fine job of replacing the MVP candidate.
For the upcoming future, this trade allows the Pelicans to build through a brand new young core, as most of these trades will. It’s all up to the Pelicans as to who they prefer on the open market.