The New Orleans Pelicans reportedly are taking calls for superstar Anthony Davis.
The Athletic's Shams Charania recently reported newly hired Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin had a "respectful and productive" meeting with Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, last week.
But Griffin now is listening to trade offers for Davis, Charania reported Tuesday.
As teams continue placing calls on Anthony Davis, Pelicans and executive VP David Griffin have begun listening to teams, league sources told @TheAthleticNBA. Inside Pass on Davis and more from around the league: https://t.co/YjRmRT2JU2— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2019
Before Tuesday, New Orleans' plan was to try to convince Davis to stay and sign a contract extension.
According to Charania's sources, the Boston Celtics are among the teams with the most assets to trade for Davis. A package centered around Jayson Tatum and draft picks likely tops anything the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets — other potential suitors — can offer.
It's still uncertain whether Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge would put Tatum on the table. Davis is under contract for one more season, and his father has previously said he wouldn't want his son in Boston. The Celtics were not included in Davis's list of preferred destinations, so trading young stars for a player who can leave in a year is risky.
Before last season's trade deadline, Davis requested a trade from New Orleans. Shortly thereafter, the Lakers infamously tried to acquire him by offering essemtially all of their players not named LeBron James.
Still, this doesn't mean the Pelicans will deal Davis before the NBA Draft on June 20. They can still hold on to Davis, see how he plays and gets along with presumptive first overall pick Zion Williamson, and trade him at February's deadline.
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