David Griffin says Pelicans will not rush to trade Anthony Davis before draft
It seems like only a matter of time before the New Orleans Pelicans trade Anthony Davis, but executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin insists there is no timetable for when a deal might be made.
Now that Davis has informed the Pelicans he still wants to be traded despite the fact that they will soon add Zion Williamson, there has been speculation that they will want to make a deal prior to the June 20 NBA Draft. Griffin says that is not the case, and there is no “shot clock” on any potential trade.
Full quote here from David Griffin about any potential Anthony Davis deal coming before the Draft.
He tries to downplay the timetable part. pic.twitter.com/Q5ozN7Yfiy
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) June 11, 2019
The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are two of the teams interested in acquiring Davis, and they have the No. 3 and No. 4 overall picks, respectively, in the upcoming draft. If the Pelicans trade Davis to one of those teams before June 20, they will have the opportunity to take another top player in addition to Williamson. Coincidentally, Davis reportedly would prefer to be traded to one of those two teams.
Griffin initially expressed confidence that he could convince Davis to stay in New Orleans, but he has since begun exploring some unique possibilities to unload the star big man.