Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, which put the NBA world into a frenzy on Monday.
Davis is one of the best big men in the game and is from Chicago. Naturally, Bulls fans want their team to make the hometown pitch to the perennial All-Star. However, the Bulls aren't a likely destination for a number of reasons.
Beyond the fact that Davis wants to play for a winner and the Bulls would likely have to decimate their roster to acquire him, Davis may not want to play in Chicago anyway. That's what ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on an episode of "Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective" after the Davis news broke.
“One of the worst kept secrets in the league is that Anthony Davis does not want to play in Chicago, his hometown,” Windhorst said. “The Bulls can put together a hell of an offer, but unless Anthony Davis has had a major change of heart since I was last informed, he does not desire to play in his hometown.”
You hear that? That's the sound of every Bulls fans' pipe dream going up in flames.
On the more optimistic side, NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh wrote about Davis' potential landing spots and why Pelicans general manager Dell Demps isn't likely to make a deal until after this season's trade deadline. The Bulls and the draft lottery are at the heart of one of the main reasons:
Let’s say the Bulls feel good about convincing Anthony Davis to sign longterm in his hometown of Chicago (whether they should feel optimistic is a story for another day). The Bulls could call up Demps this week and put Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter and its 2019 first-round draft pick on the table --- that’s a really nice return for the Pelicans.
But four months from now, that pick could fall to No. 4, a devastating blow in a top-heavy draft. If the Bulls win the draft lottery, they jump to the front of the line in the Davis sweepstakes. At the very least, the market will be much, much clearer come May 14; figuring out what an unprotected pick is worth today is like shooting darts in the dark.
So the good news for Bulls fans is the team has a chance to be able to make the best offer for Davis in a few months. The bad news is the team that would be left from that blockbuster would need further improvement to be a championship contender and Davis may not want to play in Chicago anyway. A team built around Davis, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn may not be much better than what Davis has in New Orleans now and this would be irrelevant if Davis doesn't want to sign an extension with the Bulls anyway.