NBA Rumors: Pelicans listening to Anthony Davis trade offers

NBA Rumors: Pelicans listening to Anthony Davis trade offers

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. 

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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NBA Rumors: 'No traction' on Andre Drummond trade as deadline nears

NBA Rumors: 'No traction' on Andre Drummond trade as deadline nears

If the Detroit Pistons really want to trade Andre Drummond, they'll need to step on the gas pedal.

Teams have "kicked the tires" on a potential Drummond trade but there has been "no traction" on any deal ahead of Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported Friday.

The Boston Celtics reportedly are among the teams interested in the 26-year-old big man, who leads the NBA in rebounds per game (15.7) and ranks eighth in blocks (1.8).

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Drummond would give Boston an answer to Eastern Conference giants like Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Milwaukee's Brook and Robin Lopez while bolstering a thin frontcourt currently holding its own with Enes Kanter and an overachieving Daniel Theis.

As Mannix points out, though, Drummond's $27 million cap hit could be a deal-breaker for many teams, including the Celtics. The C's would have to move Gordon Hayward or Marcus Smart and at least one other player to make salaries match, but the team seems reluctant to part with any members of their core.

If Boston still wants an upgrade, it may find better luck with Davis Bertans; Mannix reports there's a "feeling around the league" that the Washington Wizards "almost have to shop" the 27-year-old big man, who is averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range amid a breakout season.

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