Anthony Davis is the biggest pre-agent (a player who is close enough to the end of his contract that he can request a trade and have leverage) right now, his team is currently 17-21 (8 games out of first place and 14th in the conference, only ahead of Phoenix) and they are showing no improvement. The biggest acquisition the Pelicans ever made with Davis on roster was the DeMarcus Cousins trade, which would’ve been great if Cousins didn’t just leave the team and the biggest prize for Sacramento (Buddy Hield) wasn’t having a career year. The Pelicans biggest acquisitions this offseason were Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle, so if Davis wanted out no one would blame him. The only consistent thing in New Orleans has been low attendance and utter mismanagement of the biggest talent they’ve ever had. Here are some potential trades for the Brow:
The Klutch Factor (Lakers)
Along with the assets above let’s say the Lakers also give up their 2019 unprotected 1st-round pick and 2021 top-3 protected 1st- round pick. If the Pelicans decide they want to get young players and start over this makes a lot of sense, the most obvious reason this happens though is if Davis makes it clear that he is only interested in the Lakers. Ever since Anthony Davis announced hi signing with Klutch Sports in September the Lakers became an obvious destination with LeBron being Klutch’s main client. Even if Davis makes it clear the Lakers are his choice of team in free agency they could still get nervous since they didn’t trade for Paul George and missed out on him completely in free agency.
The Big Green Asset Machine (Celtics)
These assets along with the Philadelphia/Sacramento 2019 1st-round pick, Memphis 2019 1st-round pick or whatever else the Pelicans ask for to get the deal done. The Celtics can offer more than anyone else as far as pick and young players it just depends on what they’re willing to give up, for a long time Davis has been the ultimate prize for Danny Ainge. This trade cannot happen until the 2019 offseason when Kyrie Irving is a free agent (unless Boston decides to ship Kyrie the other way) because of a new stipulation in the CBA that prevents Boston from having two “designated” players. Also the way Boston values a player like Jayson Tatum could play a lot into this trade.
The Wild Wild West… (Warriors)
The Warriors may get nervous about KD’s free-agency, get tired of Draymond’s antics and say we will build a future around 3/4 best players not only in the west but the league. This is out there but considering Klay Thompson’s impending free-agency and reports that Draymond Green wants the super-max, this could make tons of financial sense as well. This trade would cause an all-out war on NBA twitter and NBA media, while the Warriors are low on depth this would give them the ability to pair up AD and Boogie again. This trade would be creating a starting line up of Steph, KD, AD and Boogie and they could focus on wing depth instead of trying to figure out big man depth.
Lets get Freaky (Bucks)
After defeating the Pelicans on December 19th Giannis reportedly talked to AD and said “Come to the Bucks, man”. The size and length of that team would be impressive, this trade would be insane and the Bucks would OWN the eastern conference. This is the weirdest one yet if I’m being honest, but this duo would be impressive along with pieces like Lopez, Brogdon and Bledsoe. An underrated contract year guy is Khris Middleton who is currently averaging 18 ppg, 6 rpg and 4 apg and if Milwaukee thinks he’s not worth what they will have to pay him they could just decide to deal him.