Griffin Meets with Anthony Davis to Discuss Star’s Future in New Orleans
Despite securing the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Anthony Davis appears to be all but certain that his time in New Orleans is coming to an end sooner rather than later.
Davis, requested a trade through his agent Rich Paul last January, triggering a number of trade rumours, including a blockbuster offer from the Los Angeles Lakers which ultimately fell through. The Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors were all teams rumoured to be involved in the Davis sweepstakes.
The 26-year old superstar is eligible to enter free agency next summer and has essentially shutdown all notions that he will sign for the five-year, $235.5-million supermax this summer. With Duke superstar Zion Williamson expected to be taken first overall, Shams Charania of The Athletic believes that Davis is still leaning towards leaving the team that drafted him.
While New Orleans Pelicans executive Vice President David Griffin and All-Star Anthony Davis‘ agent Rich Paul will continue discussions, it’s highly unlikely Davis‘ stance changes on trade, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 29, 2019
According to reports, Davis met with the team’s new executive vice president, David Griffin, this morning for breakfast in Los Angeles to discuss the team’s vision as well as Davis’ future with the franchise. Charania and other knowledgable people close to the situation believe that Davis is still very unlikely to change his stance on wanting to be traded.
With the New York Knicks in control of the third overall pick and a strong desire to acquire Davis, the Pelicans may opt to rebuild around Williamson and the Knicks first round pick, which in all likelihood will be Duke star RJ Barrett.