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 Toronto Raptors
Pelicans Recieve: Pascal Siakam (Raptors), O.G. Anunoby (Raptors), Fred VanVleet (Raptors), Zach Randolph (Kings), 2021 First Round Pick (Raptors), 2023 First Round Pick (Raptors)
Raptors Recieve: Anthony Davis (Pelicans)
Kings Recieve: Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors), 2019 Second Round Pick (Raptors)
While there has only been the occasional rumor of the Toronto Raptors making a legitimate push at Anthony Davis, it doesn’t make sense to me as to why they wouldn’t be all-in. This offseason, they traded their greatest player in franchise history and future draft picks for Kawhi Leonard, who could still potentially only be a one-year rental. The Raptors were all-in then and they should be now too. This is their best chance at a title in franchise history; Anthony Davis only raises those chances.
The Raptors are the number-two seed in the Eastern Conference right now, trailing only the Milwaukee Bucks. While the East is better than some may think, there is really only a couple of true contenders: the Bucks, 76ers, and Celtics. With the Bucks’ limited playoff experience and the interesting personalities of the 76ers and Celtics, the Raptors have a good shot at the finals already. The acquisition of Anthony Davis proves to Kawhi Leonard that the Raptors are truly all in, and this trade could be a huge factor in his free agency decision this summer. Not only are the Raptors trading for the best big man in the NBA, but also a chance to resign another top-ten NBA player.
While the package is nothing crazy, the Pelicans also retain three major pieces of a team contending for the NBA finals right now. I know this isn’t the Pelicans’ immediate goal, but for three young players to already play significant minutes on one of the league’s greatest teams, there are only positive things to say about the Pelicans’ return. With a bonus two first round picks, it is a hard offer to decline.
The Kings are able to smoothly enter this season’s trade market with the acquisition of a large post player, something they’ve been targetting for awhile. While Valanciunas has been injured recently, he could log very significant minutes down the stretch for a Kings’ team still looking to make a playoff push. The Kings also retain an extra second-round pick for taking on the contract of Valanciunas.
Three teams enter a trade in a good position; three teams leave the trade in a great position. Not often can you find a three-team trade that truly improves all teams involved, but this one fills needs for every team, could create an NBA dynasty, start the rebuild to a future dynasty, and help a mediocre young team make the playoffs for the first time in over ten years.