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With the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft securely in his pocket, new head honcho of the New Orleans Pelicans has a legitimate case to make to Anthony Davis to stay with the team, but according to Stadium's Shams Charania, that aspiration may be doomed unless something else changes.

After initial talks were held about such an eventuality, Charania is reporting that Davis' camp is "highly unlikely" to change their stance on wanting a trade.


For teams with plans on adding the coveted big man to their roster, there's some room to breathe (and believe) for the moment. But even if Davis is dealt, there are few signs available about where that might be given the opacity of what exactly it is that the Pelicans are looking for -- and who they are willing to do business with.

We have conflicting reports about owner Gayle Benson's feelings about the Los Angeles Lakers after the mid-season debacle manufactured by AD's management, Klutch Sports and the subsequent disposition of Benson towards the team Klutch tried to force a trade to (the Lakers).

While quite possibly accurate that she would not allow such a move, with the Lake Show now holding the fourth overall pick, those feelings may have changed -- or concern over the leverage they might lose if it does not at least look like it has -- may be in play.

The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and even Toronto Raptors might find themselves in the mix, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Houston Rockets tried their hand at landing Davis after rumblings GM Daryl Morey is shopping everyone on the team without a beard.

Where does this leave Boston in an AD hunt? No one really knows, despite what their "sources" may be saying. In the midst of the longer Silly Season, it's best to take any intel with a bucketful of salt.



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Justinquinnn 5/30/2019 12:45:00 PM Edit
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