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3 Most Likely Trade Destinations for Anthony Davis After NBA Draft Lottery

David Kaestle
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The Pelicans won the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, throwing a wrench into a possible Anthony Davis trade. Although, it has already been reported, despite the Pelicans new found fortune, Davis has maintained his desire to be dealt. After requesting a trade out of New Orleans this past season and a failed attempt by the Lakers to acquire him at the trade deadline, the rumors have been swirling about where the superstar forward will begin the next chapter of his career.

Davis holds a huge bargaining chip in this situation. He's going into the final year of his contract, so any team that trades for him will have to ensure he's going to stay there long term, on top of having the necessary assets to entice the Pelicans into making a deal for their best player in franchise history.

With all that in mind, there are three teams remaining at the top of the list heading into the NBA offseason.

1. Boston Celtics

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The Celtics probably have the best assets of these three teams, but are also, according to reports, Davis' least desired destination of the three. The Celtics could offer a package centered around Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and a grouping of first-round picks, of which they have three in the 2019 draft (14th, 20th and 22nd overall). Boston might not have any trouble putting together a package good enough for the Pelicans, but can they keep Davis in town once he arrives?

2. New York Knicks

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The Knicks are a team Davis would reportedly sign an extension with, especially if the reports of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving teaming up at Madison Square Garden come to fruition. The Knicks have seven first round picks over the next five years, including this year's No. 3 overall pick and young talents in Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson. It could all come down to if the Pelicans want a chance to pair Williamson with his old Duke teammate and best friend, RJ Barrett.

3. Los Angeles Lakers

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The Lakers present the most interesting option and definitely the most desperate to get a deal done. They're also probably Davis' preferred landing spot if he had to pick one. Los Angeles did its best to swing a deal at the deadline, but it never happened. Young stars like Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, along with the No. 4 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, allows the Lakers to compete with most trade packages. Similar to the Knicks, the potential of drafting twice in the first-four picks could be what ultimately puts a deal with the Pelicans over the hump. With no other premier free agents seemingly in line to sign with the Lakers, trading for Davis could be their best shot at landing a co-star for LeBron's twilight years and beyond. Also, never count out the Rich Paul connection. He represents both Davis and LeBron. Davis' hiring of Paul last season was no accident.


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