Pelicans Could Get "Herschel Walker Deal" For Davis

Tuesday was a good night for the New Orleans Pelicans

May 15, 2019 - 8:40 am
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The New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, with the Grizzlies, Knicks, Lakers and Cavs rounding out the top five. The Pelicans had just a six-percent chance of winning the Zion Williamson sweepstakes, but win it they did.

And it’s a game-changer for their franchise.

“As disappointing as that was for Knicks fans, it is an absolute game-changer (for the Pelicans) in terms of what happens going forward,” NBC Sports Boston’s A Sherrod Blakely said on Ferrall on the Bench. “The Pelicans with Anthony Davis, he is a guy they’re looking at moving, a guy that wants to be traded. And the one chip that most teams thought they could possibly send New Orleans’ way to pry Anthony Davis from their hands is already in hand in New Orleans. So it’s going to be a very interesting summer to see what happens with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.”

Several teams made a push for Davis before the trade deadline, but the Pelicans stood pat. Their patience could be rewarded this summer.

“I think he still will be moved, but it’s going to be a massive haul,” Blakely said. “Whatever team makes a deal for Anthony Davis, we might be looking at the NBA version of the Herschel Walker deal decades ago. I think it’s going to be that type of deal that you’re going to have to give David Griffin to get Anthony Davis. There’s no rush for him to get a deal done, and he is holding the one card that every team wanted a piece of knowing that with it you had a legitimate chance of getting Anthony Davis and not having to really gut your roster to do so.”

Blakely believes the Lakers, Celtics and Knicks – in that order – have the best odds of landing Davis.

“The Lakers have a combination of a high draft pick in this year’s draft and they’ve got young guys who have proven themselves to be legit NBA players who are still on their rookie contracts,” he said. “If you pair those guys with Zion Williamson, you’re not expecting to win right away, but what you have done is started the building blocks and foundation for a team that has a lot of young talent, that’s only going to get better over time. And again, you’re not going to be killing your cap in the process to do that.”

The Celtics, meanwhile, could offer Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The Knicks could offer, well, not as much.

“I don’t think they’re going to have much of a shot,” Blakely said of New York. "That No. 3 pick is just not that sexy. They’ve got all that cap space, which is great, but I don’t think the Knicks have the picks and the talent to compete with the Lakers and the Celtics for Anthony Davis.”

Click below to see where Blakely thinks Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will land this summer.