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 Portland Trail Blazers
Pelicans Recieve: C.J. McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Gary Trent Jr, 2020 Second Round Pick
Trail Blazers Recieve: Anthony Davis, Wesley Johnson
While I haven’t heard many rumors with the Blazers attempting to trade for Anthony Davis, this could be the perfect opportunity for Portland to really break into the contenders of the Western Conference. There have been rumors for years now ever since C.J. McCollum was named most improved player that he and Lillard wouldn’t fit next to each other. While they have made it work over the past couple of seasons, the opportunity to play a top-five point guard next to the best center in the NBA is really hard to pass up on for Portland.
In my opinion, in order to consider yourselves a real title contender, you need at least two top-ten players on a roster. These types of players are capable of singlehandedly carrying their teams to wins in the playoffs. With two of them, the other is allowed to have an off-night without completely destroying their team’s hopes to win. Lillard and Anthony Davis seem to compliment each other perfectly, and this could be the type of team that gives the Warriors trouble in May.
The trade also gives the Pelicans an interesting new core that could be ready to compete sooner rather than later. Even without Anthony Davis, the Pelicans have an interesting group of players breaking into their primes: Jrue Holiday, Julius Randle, and Nikola Mirotic. Add C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic into the picture, and the Pelicans could be looking to get back into the playoffs as soon as next season. It seems to me that Dell Demps wants to keep the Pelicans at least a competitive team so this move may have more validity than one may think.
The Blazers have the opportunity to challenge the upper-echelon of teams in the West like the Warriors and Nuggets and the Pelicans are able to fight for a playoff spot as soon as next season. It seems like an easy win-win trade for me, as both teams may improve on paper immediately following the move.