ANTHONY DAVIS’s representatives have informed the New Orleans Pelicans that the star big man would sign a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks or Los Angeles Clippers if traded, according to The Athletic.
The list was reportedly provided just days before Thursday afternoon’s trading deadline as Davis would like to be moved this week. Davis requested a trade last week and is not eligible for free agency until July 2020.
The Lakers and Knicks were already known as appealing destinations to Davis. The addition of the Bucks is a sign Davis would welcome playing with Milwaukee star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the Clippers’ inclusion appears to indicate an interest in Los Angeles, even if he doesn’t end up being dealt to the Lakers.
Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds in 41 games this season. He has missed the past seven games with a fractured left index finger but was cleared to practice on Monday.
Meanwhile, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban envisions a long, bountiful future for the franchise with Kristaps Porzingis and rookie Luka Doncic sharing the court, saying the “goal is to keep them together for the next 20 years,” he said Monday at an introductory press conference for the just-acquired Porzingis in Dallas.
The New York Knicks traded Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and multiple draft picks out of Dallas. Porzingis said he’s well ahead of schedule rehabbing the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but he will not play this season. — Reuters