Those wants are on a sliding scale.
They are now in the process of letting teams what they want if they want Anthony Davis.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news on Monday that Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is presenting potential Davis suitors with multi-team deals, not unlike the situation the Orlando Magic found themselves in a few years ago with Dwight Howard before he was sent to the Lakers in a 4-team trade.
Back when Anthony Davis' request originally went public, there were many teams that seemed like they might be wanting to jump in the action outside of the Lakers and Celtics, including the Nuggets, Knicks, and Clippers.
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While Griffin has offered no firm timetable on a trade taking place, he has indicated he prefers the acquisition of 2019 draft picks to take place before the June 20 event in Brooklyn, Wojnarowski reports.
On the other hand, the Lakers have the fourth overall pick. Neither team is now in a position to be a contender, but both could assemble the necessary pieces to be contenders this offseason if the Pelicans are willing to cough up Davis for their assembled assets.
In whatever deal the Pelicans make, Griffin wants the assets to continue building a Western Conference playoff team around guard Jrue Holiday and the projected No. 1 overall pick, forward Zion Williamson, sources said.
This trade scenario leans heavily on Griffin's opinion of this year's draft class, but it checks nearly all the boxes; the hope would be that the quality of the picks offsets the lack of a current All-Star. Griffin, Davis and Davis' agent, Rich Paul, met in Los Angeles on May 29 and Davis' trade stance has remained unchanged.
Davis, 26, initially asked to be traded in late January, midway through his seventh season with the Pelicans.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. The six-time All-Star has averaged 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 466 career games.