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News broke Monday morning that Anthony Davis has officially requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. Which teams should be most excited by the news?
The shadow of Anthony Davis’ happiness in New Orleans and willingness to sign a contract extension has been looming over the NBA for months. This morning, Adrian Wojnarowski did as Woj does, and casually knowledgeable Twitter that Davis had simply knowledgeable New Orleans he wouldn’t signal an extension when it was formally supplied this summer time and that he wish to be traded from the spiraling Pelicans.
This story has been constructing for lengthy sufficient that we’ve been monitoring it with an Official Anthony Davis Doomsday Clock. Each group within the NBA has been getting ready, at some stage, for this second and a number of other groups must be completely thrilled at this information. In the event you had been to rank groups by their pleasure, clearly the Pelicans could be a distant 30th. A methods forward of them could be groups just like the Warriors, Rockets or Bucks, who could be absurdly unlikely to amass Davis however whose path to a possible title may very well be sophisticated by him relocating to a rival.
On the high of the record, you’d must anticipate the Lakers to be pouring some mimosas this morning. Their curiosity in Davis is among the many NBA’s worst-kept secrets and techniques and this simply clears another impediment (the subsequent one is convincing the Pelicans that Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are nonetheless future stars). Behind the Lakers are the Celtics who’re reportedly considering Davis, have the items to drag off a deal however must wait till after July 1 to make it work without trading Kyrie Irving as well.
Groups like Philadelphia, New York, Denver and Miami might all put collectively intriguing commerce packages for New Orleans however would seemingly want assurances from Davis that he’d be pleased with the deal and prepared to signal an extension there, in any other case they’d threat mortgaging the long run to search out themselves in the identical place because the Pelicans.
The reality is, 29 groups are wanting over their books proper now, attempting to determine what they might sacrifice to make a participant for probably the greatest gamers within the league. One group is crushed, and everybody else has somewhat pep of their step.