Even with the prodigious Zion Williamson inbound, the New Orleans Pelicans have an unhappy Anthony Davis to deal with. That brings us to the question of the 2019 offseason: to trade, or not to trade, AD?
May’s unpredictable NBA Draft Lottery catapulted the New Orleans Pelicans from unlucky in love to the belle of the ball. Despite landing the right to reshape the franchise around wunderkind Zion Williamson, New Orleans still has a massive problem on its hands: Anthony Davis.
Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin has justifiably been reticent about trading one of the best five or so guys in the league. In the weeks after the lottery, he and AD met as Griffin tried to pitch the superstar on staying in the Big Easy to see how far the Zion-AD pairing could go.
Nevertheless, Davis has maintained his stance of leaving for brighter lights, with rumors that he would prefer to be sent to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers or New York Knicks. Accordingly, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Tuesday that the Pelicans will now officially be listening to offers on their once-crowned savior.
As it still seems like Davis has played his last game in a Pelicans uniform, let’s look into the pros and cons of an AD trade.