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 Milwaukee Bucks
Pelicans Recieve: Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker, Donte DiVincenzo, 2019 First Round Pick, 2023 First Round Pick
Bucks Recieve: Anthony Davis
The Milwaukee Bucks push for Anthony Davis very closely resembles the rumors surrounding the Toronto Raptors; the Bucks are a team in the Eastern Conference making their first legitimate playoff push with the contender label. Giannis Antetokounmpo is an MVP candidate this season and the addition of another MVP candidate could be enough to turn the Bucks into real contenders in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks are the number-one seed in the Eastern Conference right now, a few games ahead of the Toronto Raptors who are also pushing for an Anthony Davis trade. While the East is better than some may think, there is really only a couple of true contenders. With the Bucks’ limited playoff experience, many are counting them out in terms of the true contenders in the East. In direct competition with the Raptors, an Anthony Davis trade could be essential. Not only is he playing for the Bucks, but he isn’t playing for the Raptors which is just as valuable.
While some could be worried about the Bucks’ depth following a trade like this one, I really don’t think they have much to worry about. Able to stagger the minutes of Giannis and Davis, playing them both at the end of games obviously, allows the offense to run through two separate players. As long as they are surrounded by shooters (like Brook Lopez, Eric Bledsoe, Tony Snell, and Ersan Ilyasova). Sure; the Bucks could struggle at times, but the opportunity to trade for Anthony Davis is too hard to pass up on.
This also gives the Pelicans four players at very different times in their careers. Khris Middleton has established himself as one of the best roleplayers in the league and even made the all-star this season. Malcolm Brogdon is one of the most efficient young guards in the league and can play either backcourt position. DiVincenzo and Maker are question marks; we still aren’t 100% sure of their niche in the league yet. They could be potential superstars, or even out of the league in a couple years.
Entering the trade deadline, the Bucks have one superstar and are riding him into the playoffs. The addition of another superstar to take some of the pressure off of the first, and could even guarantee an NBA finals appearance. The Pelicans, on the other hand, are entering the deadline with a disgruntled superstar and a mediocre group of players surrounding him. They could leave with a dynamic group of young players, a lot of trade value for this offseason, and some future first round picks.