If Anthony Davis leaves the New Orleans Pelicans, he wants to join a “well-balanced franchise,” with a keen eye for the San Antonio Spurs.
When the San Antonio Spurs re-signed LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, they absorbed most of the available cap space for the 2018 offseason. Prior to that, no trades were made for superstars, either, while other Western Conference teams acquired the likes of Chris Paul, Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony Davis wasn’t among the star players that moved via trade. The New Orleans Pelicans provided him with a fellow elite player, DeMarcus Cousins, before the 2017 NBA Trade Deadline. However, might this not be enough to keep Davis long-term?
ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a piece on Davis’ all-out desire to win. He wants to remain in New Orleans and not leave for a major market like New York City or Los Angeles. However, the former Kentucky star desires a “well-balanced franchise,” with the Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder as the ones he feels fits this mold. He wants to hold the Pelicans accountable to make this happen.
Cousins was a start, but outside of him, New Orleans doesn’t have a superstar to play besides its two big men. It may just be Davis in 2018-19, too, as Cousins will hit free agency after the 2017-18 season.
As for the Spurs, while Wojnarowski never mentioned trade interest, it may be difficult to formulate a potential trade, similar to the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes in the summer. Kawhi Leonard is the organization’s only young, established star, with Dejounte Murray, Davis Bertans, Kyle Anderson and Derrick White as still-developing talents. Plus, given San Antonio’s annual success, a first-round pick would be in the mid-to-low 20’s.
Davis has three-plus years left on his contract, so this situation may not play out for a while, unless he asks for a trade. Will this depend on how New Orleans fairs in the 2018 offseason?