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If Anthony Davis doesn’t remain with the New Orleans Pelicans after this season, another Western Conference team is the favored landing spot for the five-time All-Star.
Per Odds Shark, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently a minus-190 betting favorite (bet $190 to win $100) to acquire Davis before the 2019-20 season.
Opening odds for which team Anthony Davis will be on for the first game of the 2019-20 NBA season (@BovadaOfficial):
Davis is entering the third year of a five-year deal he signed in 2015. It does include an opt-out clause after the 2019-20 season, so it will be up to the Pelicans to decide what direction they take next summer before knowing where he is going to play.
Speculation about Davis’ future in New Orleans has been an ongoing topic. ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted last December that the Boston Celtics “remained vigilant” on potentially acquiring the superstar power forward if he ever requested a trade.
The Lakers would make sense as a potential trade partner because of their young assets. If players like Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram take steps forward this season, the Pelicans could be intrigued by a package built around at least two of those players as they try to rebuild.
Adding Davis would give the Lakers a second superstar to pair with LeBron James as they try to chase down the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.
The Celtics are also a team loaded with budding stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. They haven’t been eager to make blockbuster deals that require them to give up long-term assets, but the potential to add an MVP candidate like Davis could change that.
There’s also the possibility that the Pelicans build off their success from last season when they won a playoff series, have a deep run in 2018-19 and show Davis they are closer to winning a title than ever.
If the Warriors (+750) land Davis, the other 29 teams should join forces to see if they could take down the NBA’s most unstoppable franchise.