Four teams interested in Kristaps Porzingis

Four teams interested in Kristaps Porzingis

Four teams interested in Kristaps Porzingis

Following news that Anthony Davis requested a trade, the New Orleans Pelicans took him out of their intro video on Wednesday (January 30).

Davis has averaged 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season, but has missed the past four games with a sprained left index finger while the Pelicans have fallen to 22-28 heading into Tuesday night's game at Houston.

"Lakers and Pelicans executives have connected on the phone concerning Anthony Davis, league sources tell ESPN".

Several teams have been linked to Davis, with the Los Angeles Lakers being the most prominent. Read on to explore the trade.

Prior to Thursday, New Orleans general manager Dell Demps had been returning calls to other teams, just not Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, according to the report. However, it is still a very good indication that the Pelicans organization is beginning to accept the reality that it might not see Davis play another game for the team.

Davis had already been linked to the Lakers, and the rumor mill is churning with reports of heavy interest from Los Angeles, as well as from the Knicks and other teams.

Kuzma may not have the upside of a Ball or an Ingram, nor is he as young (the Utah product will be 24 by next season), but overall, this season, there's no question he's been the most consistent member of the Lakers' young nucleus.

The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics have all been tied to Davis, who will be a free agent in 2020. Ball was also a key factor in the Lakers having a top-five defense since LeBron went out of the lineup.

However, the Pelicans, who have Davis under contract through the 2019-20 season, made it clear Monday that they are in no rush to deal Davis, saying, "we will do this on our timeline". "You got him and Porzingis, they are going to be a terrific team". Davis, who is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season, was fined $50,000 by the National Basketball Association for his public trade demand.

The Lakers want to get a deal done and have no plans on trying to outbid the Boston Celtics this summer.

The Boston Celtics have also shown interest in Davis but, due to minutiae in the collective bargaining agreement, can not trade for him until this summer unless they want to trade All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

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