The Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks are the four teams with which Anthony Davis will sign a long-term deal if traded, a person with direct knowledge of Davis’ wish list told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.
A list that extends beyond the Lakers opens up the possibilities and increases the offers teams are willing to make to the New Orleans Pelicans for Davis, who is an All-Star big man putting up impressive and rare stats.
It was believed Davis had his sights set on the Lakers and Lakers only. He may still prefer the Lakers, but he’s open to other teams. As of now, the Boston Celtics are not on the list.
It is clear from the list that Davis is interested in joining another superstar – Giannis Antetokounmpo with the Bucks and LeBron James with the Lakers. Also, the Clippers and Knicks will have salary cap space to add a max salary player in free agency.
The Pelicans do not have to trade Davis before Thursday’s trade deadline, but if they get an offer they can’t refuse, maybe they pull the trigger now. But waiting until the summer to make a move may yield a better deal.
For example, if the Knicks, who don’t have an attractive trade offer right now, get the No. 1 or No. 2 pick in the draft, they would have something to spice up the deal.
More to come …