Anthony Davis Trade 2019: Why Boston and Lakers Will Not Acquire Pelicans Star this Summer
The narrative surrounding Anthony Davis is picking up steam once again as the summer draws to a close. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics remain the two teams that are likely to acquire the six-time All-Star even though there are factors that would greatly diminish these chances.
It’s already been reported that Anthony Davis appears to be uninterested in being a part of the Celtics franchise, even though the team is offering quite the trade for the young star. The Lakers, on the other hand, doesn’t have that much to offer, especially since Ball and Ingram are injured at the moment. But there is a new team that has recently emerged touted to make a play for the 26-year-old. The team in question is the San Antonio Spurs, according to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report.
Buckley speculates that the Spurs could offer the Pelicans DeMar DeRozan, Lonnie Walker, and a 2019 first-round pick for Anthony Davis. The problem is that the trade package pales in comparison to the deals that other teams may put together.
Indeed, Boston’s offer alone is enough to convince the Pelicans to let go of Anthony Davis as it’s being assumed that Jayson Tatum will be part of that trade package. But this brings the narrative back to the whispers around the league that the Celtics isn’t a long-term goal for Davis.
Add the fact that Anthon Davis’ father said that he’s not keen on sending his son to Boston on the grounds of how they treated Isiah Thomas and the Celtics’ chances decrease even further. Thus, it’s the Lakers that will likely land the young talent when he becomes a free agent next year and not while he wears a Pelicans jersey.
Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated previously said that the Pelicans will not be sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers period. "I have been told that there's no way Anthony Davis is coming here [Los Angeles] through the Pelicans. They're just not going to do it,” Spears told Jorge Sedano during a segment of “The Jump.”
Of course, there’s no denying that the 26-year-old will wear purple and gold in the near future. It’s just that the Lakers’ chances of acquiring Anthony Davis this summer is about as likely as the Celtics’ chance of convincing the young star to commit to their organization in the long run. As such, it’s still anyone’s guess which team will land Davis this summer.