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Bucks, Knicks, Lakers or Clippers? Ranking likelihood of Anthony Davis landing with each team on his list

first_imgAnthony Davis’ representatives have informed the Pelicans that he would sign long-term with the Lakers, Knicks, Bucks and Clippers if he is traded, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 4, 2019TRADE RUMORS: Lakers, Pelicans moving closer to Davis dealIt’s worth noting the absence of the Celtics from that list. The “Rose Rule” prevents Boston from making a trade for Davis with Kyrie Irving on the roster until July 1 when Irving can become a free agent. (More details on why Boston is limited before the trade deadline can be found here.)Charania and Wojnarowski claimed the list came from Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, who initially leaked the information that Davis requested a trade. According to Wojnarowski, this list “appears to be an effort [by Paul] to facilitate a deal prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline, and spare a prolonged stay into the offseason for Davis with the franchise.”But are any of those teams a legit contender to land Davis by the trade deadline? Let’s examine each team’s chances at facilitating a trade.4. Milwaukee BucksPairing AD with Giannis Antetokounmpo would be incredible to see, but it seems highly unlikely Milwaukee can pull this off. Thon Maker, Khris Middleton, Tony Snell and some draft picks would be about the best Milwaukee can do, and that doesn’t seem like enough for New Orleans.And before Bucks fans start photoshopping Davis in a team jersey, it appears the team isn’t even really interested in making a deal for the star forward.The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the teams on Davis’ new extended list, league sources tell ESPN. Milwaukee hasn’t inquired about a Davis trade, sources say, and its roster composition does make the pathway to a trade extremely difficult.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019While it doesn’t seem like a trade would work, it is interesting that Milwaukee made the final cut. Davis’ list involves two big-market teams (Los Angeles, New York) and then Milwaukee. Management should be proud of the fact that Davis wants to play there, but it just can’t offer enough to make a deal work.3. New York KnicksNew Orleans rejected the Knicks on a Porzingis offer recently, and likely don’t have the assets to gain the Pelicans’ interest unless they defy the odds on a 12 percent chance in the draft lottery to get the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019As Woj points out, the Knicks are basically in the same boat as the Bucks — they just don’t have enough to make a worthy deal happen with Kristaps Porzingis gone. New York has to wait until the draft lottery before it has something worth consideration.But if Woj’s reporting is right and Paul wants a trade completed before the deadline, then waiting until the draft lottery is just entirely too late.2. Los Angeles ClippersThe Clippers do have some intriguing assets, but the question then becomes: is it worth it? You’d be giving up a lot of depth in order to gain one star, with the hope of potentially bringing in Kawhi Leonard this summer.According to Wojnarowski, the Clippers “are another team holding onto cap space and assets for summer free agency,” and added, “so far, Clippers haven’t made an offer on Davis.” But now that the Clippers know Davis is interested, they might be ready to engage. Yahoo reporter Chris Haynes recently said the Clippers were “monitoring the Anthony Davis situation.”1. Los Angeles LakersDavis’ list may as well have been “The Lakers and three other teams that can’t make a deal.” The Lakers are really the only team that makes sense. They have the most assets, and they are one of the few franchises that can pull this off. And Paul’s plan just might have worked, as Woj says talks between the Pelicans and Lakers have increased.Lakers president Magic Johnson and Pelicans GM Dell Demps have had multiple conversations today, league sources tell ESPN. There’s no sense how much progress sides have made progress toward a possible trade, but the Lakers have absolutely gotten more serious in the discussions. https://t.co/R84Aetv9n3— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019It probably doesn’t hurt that the Lakers are willing to give up anything to acquire Davis. And we mean anything.Landed in Indy; update on Lakers-Pelicans talks. Magic Johnson, Dell Demps talked twice today, per source. Lakers willing to give Pelicans cap relief for Anthony Davis by taking Solomon Hill for Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ingram, Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Beasley, 2 1st round picks.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 4, 2019While Bucks, Knicks and Clippers fans might be excitied by the idea of a trade list, the Lakers are really the winner here. No deal is complete yet, obviously, but it would be a surprise to see something happen by Thursday’s deadline. The NBA trade deadline is on Thursday, Feb. 7, which means everyone is on Anthony Davis watch over the next few days.We were hit with a number of reports from The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday discussing Davis, but this is the key takeaway:last_img

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