Brooklyn Nets are joining the list of NBA teams who will send an offer to New Orleans Pelicans for All-Star forward Anthony Davis. According to Fox Sports 1’s NBA analysts Chris Broussard, the Nets are hoping to pair Davis with Kyrie Irving, whom they will try to sign as a free agent.
Broussard reports that Nets’ offer for Davis could center on D’Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen alongside several draft-picks and possibly another talented young players.
Since Davis will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, Brooklyn would make a big gamble trading for the 26-year-old as it remains unclear whether he is interested in staying with the Nets long term. This is why any trade would hinge on the Nets’ ability to land Irving or another superstar free agent, which would give them a better chance to convince Davis in staying.
Anthony Davis requested a trade from Pelicans back in February, with Los Angeles Lakers emerging as the front favorite to land him. Still, New Orleans decided to reject their offer and wait for the summer, when they could potentially get a better offer. Lakers are expected to aggressively pursue a trade for Davis once again, but Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are rumored to be in the mix as well.
Davis played 56 games with the Pelicans in the regular season, averaging 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 blocks per game.