The Pelicans are not going to be rushed into an Anthony Davis trade.
Sources with direct knowledge of the Pelicans thinking have told me the team would take its time to make sure it does what is best long term for the organization. Which is basically what the Pelicans said in their public statement, and what others have reported as well.
Dave McMenamin’s reporting at ESPN took that one step further, the Pelicans aren’t even talking trades with teams. Yet.
New Orleans general manager Dell Demps is “not picking up his phone,” a source familiar with the situation told ESPN on Tuesday.
That is going to change. Demps — or, whoever is going to make this call for the Pelicans on a Davis trade — will start answering his phone, talking to teams and listening to trade offers before the deadline. It would be bad business not to because some team may come in over the top with a massive offer that is too good to turn down.
Is some combination of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and a first round pick or two from the Lakers a ” massive offer that is too good to turn down?” Do the Pelicans look at that group and see a future multiple-time All-Star?
The Lakers are going to exert all the pressure they can to get a trade made before the Feb. 7 deadline, and Davis’ agent Rich Paul has tried to influence the process by leaking the trade demand now and saying Boston is not a “top target” destination for Davis. Paul has stepped so far over the line pushing for a trade Davis got fined for it.
The Pelicans don’t care. They will not be rushed. They would be smart to see how the NBA Draft Lottery shakes out, and wait until July to get Boston in the bidding, with their multiple first round picks and players such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Demps will start picking up his phone, but the people calling may not like what he has to say.