Pelicans star Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, requests trade

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With the recent news from the weekend regarding Anthony Davis telling the New Orleans Pelicans he would prefer a trade from the team, just about every Philadelphia 76ers fan has been doing their best to figure out a scenario in which the superstar forward joins Brett Brown's squad.

While most of us were asleep, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski hit us with one of his patented Woj Bombs. Utah is interested in both players - if they're available at the right price.

It's hard to imagine the Clippers not making an offer to New Orleans, but it's unlikely that they'll emerge as a frontrunner. With the February 7th trade deadline nearing, struggling teams will look to ship away their All-Star talent in exchange for assets that could promise a brighter future. With the Grizzlies about to enter a rebuild that pick could be among the highest in 2021, when high-school prospects may be able to bypass college and enter the league, creating a Super-Draft.

Essentially any trade package for Davis from the Lakers, from New Orleans perspective, would have to include Lonzo Ball. Davis and Irving each signed this kind of extension, and since the Celtics traded for Irving, that pushes Davis off the table. Since the Pelicans aren't that good keeping Davis for the remainder of the season has the potential to make things worse. Paul is James' long-time agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have always been seen as the main teams expected to make a trade for Davis, although the Celtics can not make a move until July 1 as long as Kyrie Irving is still on the roster. Cousins played out the second half of the 2016-17 campaign with New Orleans and then began the following season with the team.

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This trade works for a few reasons.

Davis can opt out of his current deal after next season.

E'twaun Moore fits into this as more as a salary piece, but Moore is a 6'4 combo guard that is averaging 12.3 points per game on 48.3% from the field and 41.7% from three, and would ease the loss of Middleton and Bledsoe for the next two seasons. In the past, I wrote multiple times about acquiring Davis, but those deals had former 76ers player Dario Saric, so below is a new hypothetical trade proposal to trade for the Pels big man.

It's hard to imagine the Knicks giving up this early on Knox, their 2018 lottery pick, trading for Davis and leaving the cupboard bare.

There is also concern that Davis and Antetokounmpo may not coincide great together.

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