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 14

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
26. Chicago Bulls
25. New York Knicks
24. Brooklyn Nets
23. Charlotte Hornets
22. Memphis Grizzlies
21. Dallas Mavericks
20. Cleveland Cavaliers
19. Los Angeles Clippers
18. Detroit Pistons
17. Miami Heat
16. Washington Wizards
15. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Portland Trail Blazers
13. San Antonio Spurs
12. Denver Nuggets
11. Milwaukee Bucks
10. Indiana Pacers
9. New Orleans Pelicans
8. Los Angeles Lakers
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Utah Jazz
5. Toronto Raptors

Here are the next two clubs:

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Carmelo Anthony Traded

A little more than 24 hours after the trade that everyone was waiting for, the next NBA offseason fell with the long-expected trade of Oklahoma City player Carmelo Anthony.
In a three team trade, here’s what the respective teams receive:
ATLANTA HAWKS:
Carmelo Anthony (from OKC)
Justin Anderson (from Philadelphia)
2022 first-round pick (from OKC, lottery protected)
OKLAHOMA THUNDER:
Dennis Schroder (from Atlanta)
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarott (from Philadelphia)
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:
Mike Muscala (from Atlanta)
Anthony was looking for a new home last season after the New York Knicks had soured on him, despite seven straight All-Star Game appearances for the team. His lone season in Oklahoma City was probably his worst statistically, though he did return to the playoffs – where the Thunder lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round – for the first time since the 2012-13 season. 

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