Anthony Davis Trade Rumors: Lakers Unlikely to Land Pelicans Star; Celtics Remains Top Contender
Anthony Davis is still the talk within the league even though the Playoff Season is creating one headline after another. This isn’t surprising since there are multiple teams that are gunning for the big man in an attempt to snatch him out of the clutches of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Unsurprisingly, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers remain the top two organizations that are being touted to acquire Anthony Davis even though their chances are relatively low. Although the New York Knicks could also make a play to acquire the 26-year-old, their focus may be geared towards luring Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving once both players become free agents this summer, Bleacher Report said.
While the basketball Gods has smiled upon the Lakers in the recent NBA lottery, there’s a small chance that they can acquire Anthony Davis this summer. Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated previously said that inside sources told him that the Pelicans would not be conducting a dialogue with the Lakers following the much-publicized trade fiasco that unfolded a few months ago.
But make no mistake; Anthony Davis will undoubtedly wear purple and gold in the future. It’s just while he’s still with the Pelicans, there’s a really slim chance that the Lakers could acquire him.
That leaves the Boston Celtics the frontrunner in landing the talented center, especially since they have several key assets that could convince the Pelicans to let go of Anthony Davis. Jason Tatum is being speculated the vital factor in this regard, coupled with a few more players like Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.
With Kyrie Irving likely leaving the Celtics once he becomes a free agent, the team has room for a superstar to join their team. The problem for the Celtics is Anthony Davis’ father. The elder Davis previously said that he’s not interested in sending his son to the Celtics given how the organization treated Isiah Thomas.
As for the six-time NBA All-Star himself, he did say that he doesn’t have a preferred destination. But even with Anthony Davis intent at leaving his current team, Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin will still try to persuade him to stay.
With the team winning the first draft pick, the Pelicans are now in a position to acquire promising star Zion Williamson and pair him with AD. That could prove a potent combination for the team in the future. That is, of course, if Anthony Davis decides to stay.