Anthony Davis focused on Knicks, Lakers as long-term destinations

Anthony Davis focused on Knicks, Lakers as long-term destinations

Those wants are on a sliding scale.

Back in February, Davis submitted a list of the teams that he's willing to be traded to, and it consisted the Knicks, Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.

The Pelicans have been in the midst of Anthony Davis trade chatter for several months now, with most of that talk centering on New Orleans sending Davis to one team for a trove of either assets and/or young players.

The Celtics, who have always been rumored as a potential landing spot for Davis, are not said to be among the initial teams that have contacted New Orleans about a possible trade.

Davis is now focused on the Lakers and Knicks as the two desired long-term destinations, league sources told The Athletic.

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For that reason, don't expect Griffin to rush into a trade that doesn't favor the Pelicans, even if there's pressure from Davis' camp to send him to two of the biggest markets in the league.

Wojnarowski says Griffin has not laid out a specific timetable for when a deal needs to be completed, although he has expressed a desire to acquire any 2019 draft picks days before the rapidly approaching June 20 NBA Draft, giving the team ample time to closely examine potential draft picks.

On the Lakers' front, this means they'll likely package together some combination of their #4 overall 2019 draft pick, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, or Moritz Wagner.

Griffin met with Davis in Los Angeles at the end of May, having what was a reportedly "respectful" and "productive" conversation about his future in New Orleans. While there was some thought the Pelicans securing the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft would change Davis' mind, that's not the case. A multiteam trade might be the most likely scenario. Those comments came during a conference call to introduce newly hired GM Trajan Langdon, at which time Griffin also said he planned to talk with Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, in Los Angeles at some point soon. The Pelicans' high asking price is one that the known suitors for Davis probably can't meet on their own. Duke's Zion Williamson is locked in as the No. 1 pick for the New Orleans Pelicans, but what comes after that?

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