Anthony Davis Rumors: New York Knicks "To Be Aggressive" In Trade Talks

Star big man Anthony Davis has requested a trade from the Pelicans

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have been "determined" to acquire Davis.

It might be a long shot for the Blazers to convince Davis to stay long-term, which may prevent them from even making the offer, but the presence of Jusuf Nurkic would allow Davis to play at his more favored power forward position, while getting to share the court with one of the most electric point guards in the National Basketball Association in a stable, well-coached franchise.

Davis, who is now out with a finger injury, is averaging a career-high 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds this season.

According to Wojnarowski, Davis is most concerned with being able to consistently compete for a championship. His agent Rich Paul reportedly told the Pelicans that Davis is requesting a trade and has no intention of re-signing with the team in 2020.

With the trade deadline fast approaching, what remains to be seen now is if the Pelicans look to trade Anthony Davis by the cut off date of next Thursday, or go into the summer where they could have more time to figure out the best package they can get in return for him.




It would arguably make the most sense for Davis to end up with the Lakers as well. LA, Boston, or another destination? The Association announced later on Thursday that it is investigating the entire Davis situation - focusing on his camp's "on the record" request for a trade. And that's bad news for the Celtics, as National Basketball Association salary cap rules prevent them from acquiring Davis until July, when Kyrie Irving can opt out of his current deal. This is due to the "Rose rule", which wouldn't allow their contracts under the designated rookie exception on Boston's roster together.

Davis is a five-time All-Star, and has thrice been named to the All-NBA First Team, and the All-Defensive teams. As we saw with the Kawhi Leonard trade last summer, the team can accept whatever offer it feels is best.

For first time, Memphis will begin listening to trade offers on franchise stars Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, league sources tell ESPN. But the Lakers will surely make an effort to get a deal done now, and other teams will put some interesting assets on the table.

The Clippers would likely need to start any trade with both Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, as well as Lou Williams or Montrezl Harrell, plus one of Danilo Gallinari or Tobias Harris.

The Knicks' 2017 lottery pick, Frank Ntilikina, who injured his groin Sunday, still has some trade value, though sources say it's not what it was entering the season. The issue could also be that Davis might not be willing to stay in the Cream City long term, unlike Middleton and Bledsoe who seemingly would return if compensated adequately.

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