INDIANAPOLIS — The Warriors are unlikely to pursue Pelicans center Anthony Davis before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, a league source told The Chronicle.
Golden State’s interest in Davis has been well-chronicled, but the team is intent on keeping its core together this season to chase a third straight NBA title. Acquiring Davis would require a roster overhaul that simply isn’t necessary for a franchise that sits atop the Western Conference standings, boasts a 10-game winning streak and is just beginning to ease DeMarcus Cousins into the rotation.
Should New Orleans decide to wait until the summer to deal Davis, the Warriors could conceivably try to put together a package for him, but even that seems unlikely. To acquire Davis, Golden State would probably need to do more than let Cousins and Kevin Durant sign elsewhere in free agency. The finances could require the Warriors trading Draymond Green or Klay Thompson.
Boston might be able to offer the Pelicans the best combination of controllable contracts, draft picks and young talent, but it can’t trade for Davis until the summer because the Collective Bargaining Agreement doesn’t allow Davis’ contract to be on the roster with Kyrie Irving’s contract. Irving becomes a free agent on July 1.
A number of teams will surely be in talks with New Orleans in the 11 days until the deadline. Though Davis has reportedly informed the Pelicans that he won’t sign a contract extension and has requested a trade, his agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN that New Orleans is under no pressure to move Davis before the deadline.
Asked after shoot-around Monday about the Davis situation, Warriors forward Kevin Durant conceded that it’s been a topic of conversation among players.
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“I mean, it’s not that serious,” Durant said. “So, it’s like, why not talk about it? AD wanting to play basketball somewhere else, it’s not like the president shutting down the government. It’s just basketball, so of course we talked about it.
“We all as players, we want guys to do exactly what they want to do in this league. You have a short amount of time, so why not do what you want?”
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