New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has requested a trade from the team. A lot of people are overreacting to the situation. Davis has been rumored mainly to the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics. Los Angeles can trade for him now, but Boston has to wait until July 1 to trade for him unless Kyrie Irving is a part of the trade.
There is a rule in the NBA that a team can't have two “Rose Rule” players. Irving and Davis are both “Rose Rule” players. The NBA Trade Deadline is on Thursday, February 7. For some strange reason, I could see another team trade for Anthony Davis that isn't the Lakers or the Celtics. Why is this the case?
I am not sure the Lakers want to give up Kyle Kuzma to get him. The New Orleans Pelicans want him, Lonzo Ball, Ivaic Zubac, and a first-round pick. Lebron James and Anthony Davis would be a solid duo, but James is starting to become injury prone. Davis is also injury prone as well.
The Celtics may not want to give up Jayson Tatum in a trade. They do have extra draft picks and players like Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown to trade, but Boston could be very hesitant. The Boston Celtics have a talented enough roster at the moment and they could win a championship with the way the roster is constructed right now.
The Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors, the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the San Antonio Spurs could very well be in play for Anthony Davis and I think he will wind up with one of those teams instead.
This is a gut feeling I have. I could see the Milwaukee Bucks or the Toronto Raptors going all in this season. The New York Knicks could attract other free agents by trading for Anthony Davis. Trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Clippers would be an interesting move and it could attract other free agents to the Clippers and not the Lakers and that would be a bad look for Magic Johnson and Lebron James.
The San Antonio Spurs would be an interesting fit because Greg Popovich is one of the best coaches in the NBA. However, San Antonio may not have the pieces that the New Orleans Pelicans want in return.
The Brooklyn Nets have good young pieces that New Orleans would want, but I don't think they want to go through another bad trade again. Brooklyn has done a very good job rebuilding the team and now would be a bad time to break things up.