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David Griffin reveals New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis trade demands

Monday 10 June 2019 19:13, UK

Anthony Davis looks set to leave the New Orleans Pelicans.
Image: Anthony Davis looks set to leave the New Orleans Pelicans this summer

New Orleans Pelicans front office chief David Griffin has revealed the trade assets he will seek for wantaway center Anthony Davis this summer.

Griffin, the newly-appointed vice president of basketball operations, began providing an outline of demands to teams interested in acquiring Davis, the All-Star center who demanded a trade before the 2019 All-Star break.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Griffin is not optimistic one team can satisfy his list of needs and it might take two or even three trade partners to facilitate a deal.

David Griffin poses after the New Orleans Pelicans won the right to pick first in the 2019 NBA Draft
Image: David Griffin poses after the New Orleans Pelicans won the right to pick first in the 2019 NBA Draft

"So far, Los Angeles and New York teams - the Clippers and Lakers, Knicks and Nets - have been among front offices enquiring with New Orleans, league sources said," Wojnarowski reported.

"The Boston Celtics have long considered a run at Davis, but they must take into consideration the future of free agent Kyrie Irving before committing to a significant offer of assets to New Orleans."

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Griffin helped assemble a championship roster for the Cleveland Cavaliers after LeBron James' return from the Miami Heat.

The rebuild in New Orleans is unlikely to have an established star as part of the Pelicans' nucleus, but it likely will include prospective No1 overall pick Zion Williamson.

Zion Williamson is expected to be the No 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans at the June 20 NBA Draft
Image: Zion Williamson is expected to be the No 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans at the June 20 NBA Draft

Davis would be eligible for a five-year supermax contract if he stays in New Orleans, with a value above $235m. A sign-and-trade could be considered, but Griffin is said to be pushing for a deal to completed before the 2019 draft on June 20.

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That timing and the start of free agency 10 days later could call for creative accounting and asset-for-asset type deals, which would also beckon the involvement of multiple teams.

The Lakers engaged the Pelicans in trade talks in February but those fell apart before much traction had been gained. However, the principal negotiators for the two sides - Magic Johnson for the Lakers and Dell Demps in New Orleans - are no longer employed by the teams involved.

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New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis dominated the LA Clippers, scoring 46 points with 16 rebounds and three steals

The Pelicans' previous regime did not place a high value on the young talent the Lakers were attempting to send to New Orleans, including Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

The Lakers also own the No 4 pick in the 2019 draft.

The Knicks are expected to make a major push for All-Star talent this summer. What is not certain is whether they prefer to serve up a pairing from the "Special K" group of Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Kemba Walker without parting with the assets it would take to acquire Davis.

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