The Anthony Davis bidding has officially begun according to Shams Charania of Stadium, who reported on Tuesday that the Pelicans are now officially listening to offers about their All-Star big man in the wake of a meeting between the two sides last week. Charania reports that Davis’ preferred destinations remain consistent (Knicks, Lakers, Clippers, Bucks) but the Celtics remain one of the top potential suitors for the big man despite concerns about his willingness to stay over the long-term.
While new Pelicans president David Griffin has postured about the hope of convincing Davis to stay in New Orleans after landing the right to draft Zion Williamson, it’s no surprise that the bidding is getting going more ahead of a potential decision day on June 20th (draft night). The risk of keeping Davis as the season begins would be far too high for New Orleans to justify and it’s likely that they will get their best offers (including draft compensation) on draft night. If they want to handpick some of their next young pieces, getting the deal done then (in principle) serves everyone.
For a team like the Celtics, it will take plenty of additional maneuvering to complete a trade under salary cap