Pelicans open to multi-team trade involving Davis

Pelicans Anthony Davis

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The New Orleans Pelicans are actively exploring possible trade scenarios for Anthony Davis, and it sounds like there is a good chance any deal for the star big man could involve more than one other team.

New Orleans Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has revealed a framework for the package of assets that he'll seek in exchange for superstar center Anthony Davis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

The Denver Nuggets could be a sleeper team in the Anthony Davis trade sweepstakes.

For example, those sorts of scenarios could include the Lakers helping find a team that hypothetically values its young players more than New Orleans, or NY could flip its two first future first round picks via Dallas into players that New Orleans prefers. With his proven track record and likely selection of Zion Williamson ahead, Griffin hoped to sway Davis into remaining with the team.

The Boston Celtics' interest in Davis might be tied to whether Kyrie Irving stays or walks in free agency, according to Wojnarowski.

For example, those sorts of scenarios could include the Lakers helping find a team that hypothetically values its young players more than New Orleans, or NY could flip its two first future first round picks via Dallas into players that New Orleans prefers.

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Griffin is pursuing a combination of assets that include an All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks, league sources said. Those wants are on a sliding scale.

They are now in the process of letting teams what they want if they want Anthony Davis.

Woj adds that David Griffin wants teams to get creative and explore three-team scenarios. For example, Brooklyn and NY are pursuing Davis to partner with the likes of Kevin Durant or Irving once free agency begins June 30.

What Woj is reporting here, essentially, is that no one team has enough attainable and realistic assets to acquire Davis, who hasn't budged on his demand for a trade request he made back in January.

The Pelicans hired Griffin in April, and he immediately embarked on a campaign to convince Davis to reconsider his desire to leave the franchise. The Pelicans are eligible to sign him to a five-year, $235 million supermax contract beginning next month.

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