Anthony Davis and David Griffin met over breakfast this morning in Los Angeles, California, and while it was reported that they enjoyed a productive session, league sources have told The Athletic that Davis likely still wants to be traded from the New Orleans Pelicans.
While New Orleans Pelicans executive Vice President David Griffin and All-Star Anthony Davis‘ agent Rich Paul will continue discussions, it’s highly unlikely Davis‘ stance changes on trade, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 29, 2019
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans franchise and Anthony Davis are expected to continue their dialogue in coming days. However, if they are unable to reach an agreement that satisfies both parties, plenty of suitors will be waiting at the door.
New Orleans could have eager trade suitors -- the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks -- should Griffin engage trade talks, but so far that hasn’t happened, sources said. Griffin has been determined to make a case to Davis over time.
From day one, many of us here at The Bird Writes believed Davis’ playing days were over in New Orleans. Anthony has consistently maintained a position of wanting to join another team, and with David Griffin requiring Davis meet the highest of bars — prove that he unequivocally wants to remain a Pelican, there existed little hope for 100% reconciliation.
Expect for further rumors to emerge leading up to the 2019 NBA Draft, but hope for no preferred lists to be revealed to the public. If word gets out that Davis is willing to stay past his current contract with only a limited number of teams, that would pose problematic to David Griffin as he would in all probability lose significant leverage in trade negotiations.