Anthony Davis Wants Out

In advance of the upcoming NBA trade deadline – and his ability to sign a massive $240 million extension – the New Orleans Pelicans’ star Anthony “The Brow” Davis has informed the team that he will not be signing that extension and would like to be traded.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski “Woj bombed” NBA Twitter this morning with the news, reporting that Davis’ agent (and LeBron James bestie) Rich Paul has informed the Pelicans that he wants to be traded “to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship,” something that he feels that he is not getting in New Orleans.

What does this mean for the rest of the NBA? Obviously, the desire to win championships limits his destination teams pretty dramatically, as well as every team save the Sacramento Kings being over the salary cap, meaning that most teams would have to match Davis’ current $25M+ salary in any trade offer.

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NBA Season Preview Series – Part 3

As we mentioned in Part 1 of this series, we will be previewing the NBA season by ranking the clubs in reverse order and revealing those clubs two at a time. Here’s what those rankings look like at this point:
30. Atlanta Hawks
29. Sacramento Kings
28. Orlando Magic
27. Phoenix Suns

Here are the next two clubs:

26. Chicago Bulls

Last Season: 27-55 (0.329) (5th in Central Division, 13th in Eastern Conference)
Head Coach: Fred Hoiberg (4th season with team, 110-136 team; 110-136 overall)
Major Off-season Acquisitions: Wendell Carter (7th pick), Chandler Hutchison (22nd pick), Jabari Parker
Major Off-season Departures: Paul Zipser, Noah Vonleh
Salary Cap Info: $105.3 million ($3.4M over cap, $16.8M luxury tax space available)
Narrative: The Bulls were bad last year, and they didn’t lose much of that team, and added an oft-injured former 2nd overall pick, so you’d have to expect them to be a little better? Yet they remain, at least in these rankings, as the third-worst Eastern Conference team, exactly how they ended last season. With a weaker Eastern Conference, there is expected to be a surprise playoff team or two from the conference, and maybe the Bulls find a groove and get to 36 or 37 wins and make the playoffs as the 8th seed. I just don’t see it happening.
Fred Hoiberg is still trying to find the club to match his style. By all reports, he wants a club that will run, but having a bunch of old players last year didn’t help him in that regard. And unless Japari Parker has somehow found some bionic knees, I don’t think he will be the solution either, especially since he is defense averse. Yet Hoiberg seems secure in his job, and will probably make it through another season at the helm unless something really bad happens.

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