Should Phoenix be on this short list, too?
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported New Orleans is open to a “multiteam” deal for Anthony Davis, via sources, saying new Pelicans general manager David Griffin isn’t “convinced one team can fulfill his wishes” for the perennial all-star center.
Wojnarowski said Griffin has provided NBA teams “the package” he’s seeking and that the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are inquiring.
Man, the Nets aren’t playing around.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were already reportedly on their radar. Now Davis?
Wondering if the Suns want to join the race? After all, Griffin worked for the Suns.
Got a connection there.
Monty Williams coached Davis, but let’s go back to when Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, said his client wanted out of New Orleans before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
The only way that seemed possible was in three-team deal.
The Lakers looked to pair Davis with LeBron James, but needed to unload some of the young talent. Phoenix looked like an ideal third team to take Lonzo Ball off their hands.
Suns need a point guard. James doesn’t because he controls the offense.
However, who would the Suns be willing to deal to make that happen?
Those same questions apply today.
Josh Jackson? TJ Warren? Mikal Bridges?
Phoenix might have to part ways with one, if not two, of those players.
A sign-and-trade with Kelly Oubre Jr. perhaps?
Going back home to his hometown of New Orleans is interesting, but Oubre could test that free agent market and end up taking that route to the Pelicans.
The Suns could offer this year or next year’s first round pick as part of a package.
Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are the only two untradeable players just based on Williams saying the Suns want to build around those two.
Everyone else seems fair game.
It’s become clear Griffin can’t convince Davis to stay in New Orleans even with the potential of playing with Zion Williamson. The Pelicans are expected to use the top overall pick to select the Duke freshman phenom.
While the idea of Davis coming to Phoenix sounds appetizing because of his relationship with Williams, what makes more sense is the Suns getting a player from one of those four teams on the short list.
Ball could be that player. That’d sure make his dad, Lavar, happy.
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