If we were standing the least comfortable near futures, the Pelicans would have a stranglehold on the top place.
Having a miserable Anthony Davis about as a part time player is cringeworthy sufficient, but really trading him is the tricky part. It’s hard enough for anyone to put an appropriate asking price on an in-prime, top-five talent. But when the job falls upon an interim general manager (Danny Ferry) or even a new-to-the-job replacement, the problem could rise exponentially.
All that said, the Pelicans could be taking a look at a king’s ransom anytime they pull on the trigger. Perhaps that leads them to a potential like Jayson Tatum, a pile of future draft picks or a blend of the two. The near future could brighten.
Obviously, those novices will be joining a group that’s almost starting from scratch. Apart from Davis, just Jrue Holiday, Solomon Hill and E’Twaun Moore have ensured contracts beyond this season. Holiday is a two-way force, but he could find himself in an island after Davis departs.
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