It truly is an exciting time for NBA fans because the trade deadline is rapidly approaching and big moves are expected to be made. Although every year we mostly see rentals, there has been a very big name in the rumor mill this season. There have been numerous reports that the New Orleans Pelicans are currently listening to offers for Anthony Davis and if that is the case, this could be a huge deadline day. Davis is easily one of the best young basketball players in the NBA today and will be for many more seasons. There is no doubt that every NBA team would love to have his talent on their roster, but it would definitely cost them a lot.
With all of that stated, in this article, we will be looking at eight teams who should trade for Anthony Davis and eight more who have absolutely no chance. It is pretty fair to assume that the teams who do not have much of a chance to acquire Davis are either rebuilding squads or teams that simply do not have the assets to bring him in. Davis has an insane amount of trade value and it will take a team getting rid of one of their top players and much more to acquire Davis. It will be intriguing to see which contending team ends up scoring Davis because it will absolutely shake up the competition in the NBA. This is something that every NBA fan should be looking forward to.
Nonetheless, let’s look at the eight NBA teams who should trade for Anthony Davis and eight teams who have no chance.
16 No Chance: Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are still feeling the impact of horrible management decisions by their front office. The Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett deal has completely sunk the Nets and they still have another year without their first round pick this season. The Nets are doing a little bit better this season than the past few, but it is safe to say they will not be good anytime soon.
With that said, there is no way that Anthony Davis would want to play there. The Pelicans are a better team than Nets already, so why would he accept to play on a complete downgrade? The Nets need to avoid making any blockbuster deals and accept that a much needed rebuild needs to happen. It is the only way that they will be able to restore themselves as a decent team.
15 Could: Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are really starting to show that they miss Kevin Durant on their squad. Although the Thunder had a very strong offseason and added Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, they currently are an average team in the league. The possibility of losing Paul George this offseason is a huge one, so they should look to bring in a star.
It may be challenging for the Oklahoma City Thunder to pick up Anthony Davis, but they really should at least try. The Thunder have a solid enough roster, but they desperately need another star to make them be considered legitimate contenders. Teams like the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are far better right now. That could change with Anthony Davis.
14 No Chance: Chicago Bulls
Even with the Chicago Bulls playing very solid basketball over the past few weeks, it is still apparent that they are a rebuilding squad and have nothing to offer Anthony Davis. There is no doubt that the Bulls are a fantastic franchise with an outstanding history, but it simply is not enough for Davis to want to join a team at the bottom of the league,
Most importantly, the main reason why Anthony Davis would not want to play for the Chicago Bulls is that there is a clear negative vibe in the locker room. Players are openly asking for trades out and that is an automatic turnoff for a star like Davis. Davis is still young and definitely needs stability from his teammates. With that said, there’s no way Davis will end up in Chicago.
13 Could: Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets are playing some solid basketball right now and that is very surprising. Although the Nuggets do not have a weak roster, they were not necessarily a team that should be playoff bound. Yet, as the season is reaching past its half way point, the Nuggets are still fighting for a playoff spot. With that said, they should look at a potential Anthony Davis deal.
Although it may be challenging for the Nuggets to get Anthony Davis because they are fighting with the Pelicans for a playoff spot, it could be a good deal for both teams if the assets are strong. If Davis were to join the Nuggets, he would have the opportunity to join a team that is clearly on the rise and who will be a legitimate threat in the near future.
12 No Chance: Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies just cannot find success and as a result of this, will be a rebuilding team yet again. There have been rumours that they are willing to listen to offers for their franchise player, Marc Gasol. With that said, there is no way that the Grizzlies are in a position to bring in another star on their roster. Davis very likely could end up not being happy there.
Anthony Davis deserves the chance to play on a legitimate contender and the Grizzlies will not be that anytime soon. In fact, there is not a lot to be positive in the future just yet as well. The Grizzlies need to focus on building an entire new roster and developing their top young players into stars. Maybe they can look at Anthony Davis later on in his career.
11 Could: Los Angeles Lakers
If the Los Angeles Lakers want Lonzo Ball to become their next franchise player, they need to build a roster around him. The Lakers have a plethora of money and are expected to use it immensely this offseason. The Los Angeles Lakers absolutely should look at the possibility of trading for Anthony Davis because it would help their rebuilding phase.
Everyone knows that the Los Angeles Lakers are all about winning and have been like that through the entirety of their history. With that said, the Lakers need to score a superstar partner for Lonzo Ball. The Lakers have always been one of the scariest teams in the history of the league, so they need to grasp that yet again. Anthony Davis could be their answer.
10 No Chance: New York Knicks
The New York Knicks are making solid strides in the rebuild, but now is not the time to bring in a franchise player. Realistically, the Knicks need to completely avoid doing this because it obviously failed last time with Carmelo Anthony. There is a lot to look forward to in New York for the future, but they should not trade their assets to try to win now. It will not happen.
Anthony Davis would probably be a fantastic player for the New York Knicks, but the uncertainty of their skill is ultimately what will lead him away from there. If Anthony Davis is on the trading block in a few years and the Knicks have found their permanent identity, then it would make sense for them to get him. Yet, now is the not the time for the Knicks and Davis.
9 Could: Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are starting to show the NBA that they are the real deal, yet, they will not go very far with the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers in their conference. With that said, now is the perfect time for the Raptors to go after Anthony Davis. It could ultimately make them the best in the Eastern Conference and Toronto fans have been waiting long for that.
If the Toronto Raptors want to finally get their first NBA championship, this is the time to mark themselves as legitimate contenders. There is a bit of risk in trading for Anthony Davis right now, but his skill level is outstanding and he is one of the best young players in the game. Players like him are not often on the block, so the Raptors need to jump on this.
8 No Chance: Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers are clearly on the verge of being a rebuilding squad because of the fact that they lost Chris Paul and have many looming questions with the rest of their top players. With that said, the Clippers should now focus on building from within their system, rather than trading away their best prospects for Anthony Davis.
The Los Angeles Clippers had their chances of being a championship squad over the past few season, but those days are done for now. This season, they are about a .500 basketball club, but you know that is going to continue to trend down. Right now, the Clippers should avoid making any blockbuster deals and just trust the system that they already have.
7 Could: Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been looking like a beatable basketball team lately and that needs to change if they want to bring back LeBron James this offseason. They have been on a terrible stretch of games and as result, have fallen to third in the Eastern Conference. This team was supposed to be the best team in the conference, but it clearly is not the case with this roster.
The Cavaliers should heavily pursue Anthony Davis because it would help their chances of winning this season and could even make Lebron stay. It is hard to believe that this Cavaliers’ team could easily win the championship this year, let alone even make the finals. The time is now for the Cavaliers to fix their roster. Davis would make them contenders for even longer.
6 No Chance: Dallas Mavericks
The era of Dirk Nowitzki is definitely coming to a close and as a result of this, the Dallas Mavericks are currently one of the worst teams in the NBA. Although, in theory, it would make sense for the Mavericks to go after Anthony Davis, it would backfire. Davis wants the opportunity to play on a team that has the chance to win championships. That will not happen in Dallas anytime soon.
The Mavericks are clearly in a stage where a rebuild is inevitable. It is important to note that the Dallas Mavericks have been one of the best franchises over the past few decades, so this rebuild is long overdue. With that said, it is extremely unlikely that Anthony Davis would want to play on a team that is a worse situation than the Pelicans. It just doesn’t make sense.
5 Could: Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets are seriously looking like a team that could end up defeating the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs this year. James Harden is continuously proving to the NBA that he is one of the best in the game today and that he has the capabilities to carry this team to glory. The addition of Chris Paul is also helping the team immensely.
Yet, as good as the Houston Rockets are, they really could use another star on their roster to help their chances even more. A trade for Anthony Davis would make a lot of sense because he is not only a franchise player, but he also is still extremely young. This would allow the Rockets to not only be one of the best teams in the league now, but a significant chunk of the future.
4 No Chance: Atlanta Hawks
It is very hard to see how badly the Atlanta Hawks fell off from last season. They are currently the worst team in the Eastern Conference and it is fair to assume that absolutely no one saw this coming from them. It is apparent that they need to make an abundance of moves at the trade deadline and in the offseason to somehow figure out the problems there.
As nice as a potential trade for Anthony Davis would be for the Atlanta Hawks, it absolutely will not happen. There is no way that Davis would want to join the Hawks because they are in an abysmal place at the moment. The Hawks also should avoid trading for a superstar like Davis because they should hold on to all of their younger assets now. It could benefit them later on.
3 Could: San Antonio Spurs
It is quite remarkable to see how consistent the San Antonio Spurs have been after all of these years. Many thought that the retirement of Tim Duncan would lead the Spurs to fall off, but they managed to continue to bring in top notch players to help their cause. With that said, it is absolutely time for them to try to score another star on their roster.
Anthony Davis would absolutely fit on the San Antonio Spurs because he wants to play for a winning culture and with talent around him. It is apparent that Davis is one of the best power forwards in the NBA today, but he would be even better if he had a good supporting cast around him. The Spurs need to make a deal for him because it would help them be able to compete with the Warriors even more.
2 No Chance: Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings have not been a good basketball team for quite some time and it is extremely difficult for their fans to stay optimistic. The Kings should seriously consider making some significant moves in the future to try to build themselves up as a good basketball team. Yet, a potential Anthony Davis deal for them is impossible at this stage.
Realistically, the Kings do not have enough star power to bring in Anthony Davis. That is apparent by how badly they have played this season. Also, there is no way that Anthony Davis would want to play there. Davis wants to spend the prime of his career on a top notch basketball club who has a destined future of greatness. The Kings are simply not there yet.
1 Could: Boston Celtics
Anthony Davis to the Boston Celtics absolutely makes the most sense because their is mutual interest and the Celtics have enough assets to make it happen. This has been in the rumor mill for quite some time and with the injury to Gordon Hayward, the Celtics truly could use another star to help bolster their chances of being champions this season.
The Boston Celtics are currently the team to beat in the Eastern Conference and they need to make sure that they keep this status. A trade for Anthony Davis would help them not only maintain it for this year, but for many years in the future. A team centred around Kyrie Irving, Davis, and Hayward would be extremely difficult to beat and could even make them the next NBA dynasty.