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Anthony Davis wants Pelicans to trade him; Lakers a favorite to do deal

Anthony Davis wants Pelicans to trade him; Lakers a favorite to do deal

The day doesn't start until ESPN's Adrian Wojinarowski drops some news on Twitter. The latest from him is surrounding Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

Well, he's still a Pelican .. for now.

"Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship," Paul told ESPN. "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that's the reason for informing them of this decision now. That's in the best interests of both Anthony's and the organization's future."

With the NBA trade deadline coming up on Feb. 7, this opens up some options. 

The Lakers are the primary team being brought up as a suitor, since LeBron James previously mentioned the team acquiring Davis would be "amazing."

The Celtics are another team in the sweepstakes since they have the best assets to do so. But there is this:

However, the decision won't be ultimately in the hands of the Lakers. It'll be a combination of being up to the Pelicans and, of course, Davis. The Pelicans reportedly have not expressed interest in trading him before the deadline, but obviously, this could change things.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst mentioned Monday morning on "Get Up!," The Knicks could put together a competitive offer.

The Knicks have some mechanisms at their disposal as well and apparently, Davis has some interest in playing in New York. Still, the team needs to decide whether they would be willing to trade their unprotected first-round pick, which could turn into a future star such as Zion Williamson. 

The Pelicans are currently sitting at a 22-28 record, a few spots behind the Lakers. If Davis ends up on the Lakers and LeBron is finally back to being healthy, that's double the exposure for the Warriors and Kings in the Pacific division.

Davis is currently averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, but is sitting on the sidelines with a fracture on his left index finger. He's only supposed to be out a few weeks.

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And while Davis has a lot of power in this final decision, his agent, Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron, won't force him to make it. You hire a Paul-type if you want to execute a deal of this magnitude. And at this moment, the Lakers are a team that could put together the perfect packaged deal to send the five-time All-Star to Los Angeles.

But the ball, so to speak, appears to be in the Pelicans' court. 

Warriors to face Raptors in NBA Finals with Bucks eliminated in Game 6

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Warriors to face Raptors in NBA Finals with Bucks eliminated in Game 6

The Warriors' road to a third straight NBA championship runs through The Six. 

Golden State will square off with the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at Scotiabank Arena, thanks to Toronto's 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Saturday night's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. 

The Raptors trailed two-games-to-none in the best-of-seven series, but advanced to the first Finals in franchise history after winning four straight games. Toronto trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter Saturday, but outscored Milwaukee 29-18 in the fourth. 

The Warriors lost both regular-season matchups with the Raptors, and Toronto was without two-way superstar Kawhi Leonard in a 113-93 win over Golden State on Dec. 12. But the teams have not faced one another in over five months, and DeMarcus Cousins did not play in either of those games.

Golden State's center could return in time for Game 1 of the Finals after injuring his quad in Game 2 of the Warriors' NBA playoff first-round series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Kevin Durant, meanwhile, has not been cleared to resume on-court activities. 

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The Raptors are dealing with injuries themselves, with stars Kawhi Leonard (quad) and Kyle Lowry (thumb) playing through pain during the postseason. But, just like the Warriors, Toronto won four straight games to reach the Finals. 

Toronto very well might be a better matchup for Golden State than Milwaukee would've been, but we'll learn one way or another when Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips off Thursday night at 6 p.m. PT. 

Warriors' Andre Iguodala alludes to retirement, fine with NBA playoff workload

Warriors' Andre Iguodala alludes to retirement, fine with NBA playoff workload

OAKLAND -- The Golden State Warriors have dealt with myriad injuries throughout the NBA playoffs. That burden has caused 15-year veteran Andre Iguodala to play extended minutes during the team's quest for a third consective title.

Iguodala has averaged nearly 30 minutes over his last four games. Now, after a calf injury kept him out of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, Iguodala believes his health will be fine, even if his years in the league are numbered.

“Just a lot of minutes and overuse. I’m old,” Iguodala said after practice Saturday. “It just flared up real quick, but we have a good training staff. When you’ve been playing for five long seasons, it’s bound to come up. It’s rare that you see it. It’s hard for it to be realized. My career is almost over, anyway. So I don’t really care.”

To help Iguodala recover for the NBA Finals, which will begin Thursday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr has held the 35-year-old out of practice over the last three days, allowing him to get treatment on his left calf.

While recent weeks don't show it, Iguodala has had a relatively clean bill of health this season. He played in 68 regular-season games, averaging 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists. His play has picked up in the postseason, as he's bumped his scoring average to 10.1 points per game, helping Golden State overcome injuries to Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.

Since joining the Warriors six years ago, Iguodala has been a vital veteran presence. Long known for his strict diet, the forward occasionally will take younger players under his wing. Two summers ago, Iguodala played a role in improving Kevon Looney's diet, helping the forward lose more than 25 pounds before his breakout third season. During Patrick McCaw's rookie season, Iguodala, unprompted, sent a box of tailored suits to McCaw's residence.

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Iguodala's play and positive influence on the Warriors could end soon. Earlier this season, he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that he was pondering retirement. With one year left on a three-year, $48 million contract, Iguodala's decision will have to come soon. For now, he says he's focused on his fifth NBA Finals appearance.

“We have a tough series ahead. But I’m going to enjoy it,” Iguodala said. “I’m about to be done playing, anyway.”