For the longest time the buzz surrounding New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis was pure speculation. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry was adamant that the franchise wouldn’t deal their star big man and the man known as “The Brow” suggested he wasn’t trying to force his way out of town.
Things change, it seems.
Per reports, Davis has made his intentions known, informing the Pelicans that he will not be re-signing with the team when his contract expires in 2020. In that same breath, Brow has demanded a trade out of town.
The New Orleans Pelicans aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so the time may be now for all sides to part ways. That’s sparked Anthony Davis Lakers rumors, but that marriage has been loudly discussed for over a year now.
Regardless, it’s still crazy to see L.A. outwardly chasing after the biggest fish on the trade block right now:
The Lakers have been determined to acquire Anthony Davis in a trade, sources told @wojespn.
Could it happen? pic.twitter.com/gqq5RDv74Z
— ESPN (@espn) January 28, 2019
The problem is the Lakers aren’t alone. It’s also possible New Orleans won’t deal Davis anytime soon (they have him under team control for another season), while they may not love the idea of trading their prized player to a Western Conference rival.
Anthony Davis Odds
It’s anyone’s guess which NBA teams actually have a shot at landing Davis, but we know two things; pretty much every franchise will give New Orleans a call and Vegas already has their favorites.
This isn’t the first time Anthony Davis trade rumors have popped up and provided he isn’t dealt before I finish this post, it’s likely we’ll see the odds altered and teams added/subtracted from the list.
However, now might be the time to bet on where Anthony Davis plays in 2019.
Both Sportsbetting.ag and Bovada are currently offering odds for The Brow’s next team at the start of the 2019-20 NBA season and I’m sure most of the best NBA betting sites will follow suit eventually.
Here are the latest Anthony Davis odds as to where he could play at the start of next season:
This is a nice list and the Lakers at +125 is actually solid value. Boston literally can’t swing a trade for Davis yet, so they’re a pretty bad bet at +300. That is unless, they include Kyrie Irving in the trade.
New York is said to be very interested in facilitating an Anthony Davis trade, so they’re a fun play at +550.
The Pelicans standing pat and waiting until next year’s NBA trade deadline actually makes them a heck of a value bet at +900, too. In addition, the Rockets and Thunder are two teams on the fringe of title contention that could whip up something crazy to bolster their squads.
I don’t want to completely rule out the Dubs, either.
Golden State has expressed interested in acquiring The Brow in the past and with guys like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins potentially coming off the books this summer, they could be open to a drastic change.
- Los Angeles Lakers (-125)
- Boston Celtics (+150)
- New Orleans Pelicans (+600)
- New York Knicks (+850)
- Philadelphia 76ers (+850)
Sportsbetting.ag is the place to bet on where Anthony Davis will play in 2019, both based on the odds they offer and the wager options. They give a better price across the board and literally double the amount of teams you can bet on.
Of course, Bovada offers a secondary bet that Sportsbetting.ag presently doesn’t have up and that’s precisely which players could be involved in a prospective Anthony Davis trade.
Here are the odds for that wager:
The beauty here is you don’t need to get the exact package correct. Obviously, any deal involving The Brow would garner quite the haul, so a slew of these players would probably be dealt if the Lakers pulled this trade off.
I’d have to think Ingram, Ball and Kuzma would be the main pieces of any Anthony Davis trade, while Hart and Zubac could easily be included. If you want some value, though, consider aiming high with Lance Stephenson.
Born Ready is still a pretty useful utility option off the bench, but he’s one of the more expensive one-year contracts the Lake Show can offer in trade talks. At +200, I’d include him in any wagers on this Anthony Davis prop bet.
3 Under the Radar Landing Spots For Anthony Davis
While the Lakers are the top team in pursuit of Anthony Davis and appear to be able to offer them the most in any prospective deal, I don’t know if I’d bite on them immediately.
More importantly, I would at least like to see more odds involving several other teams and/or I’d like to consider all possibilities before making my final bet.
Here are three teams (and a trade package) that could float under the radar and end up making bettors big money if they pan out:
The Nets have impressively shot up the Eastern Conference standings and are now among those teams looking for that next big move to put them over the top.
Actually convincing Davis to stay in town long-term wouldn’t be easy, but the Nets could offer a decent enough package to at least rent him for the next year and a half and try to convince him he can win in Brooklyn.
After all, two main things people aren’t realizing is that the Pelicans don’t have to trade Davis at all before the 2019-20 NBA regular season and they certainly don’t have to deal him to a team he prefers.
New Orleans should be all about what they’re getting in return for their franchise player, eyeing talent that can complement the roster they already have so they can try to win moving forward.
Here’s a deal that could work for both sides:
- Nets Get: Anthony Davis
- Pelicans Get: D’Angelo Russell, Jarrett Allen, Rodions Kurucs, Jarrett Allen a 2019 1st Round Pick
The Nets get that elusive superstar and can finally start getting serious about making a playoff run. They do give up quite a bit of viable talent to get there, but a slew of wings on their roster make getting rid of D’Lo a lot more survivable than many will admit.
Spencer Dinwiddie slides into a full-time starting point guard role, Joe Harris mans the two and DeMarre Carroll stays on at the three. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson can play the four next two Davis and the Nets can work to bring in some talent via free agency as well.
As for New Orleans, they land a star guard in Russell to pair next to Jrue Holiday. That gives them more scoring up front and also allows them to move on from Elfrid Payton. Kurucs is a tantalizing prospect they can use just about anywhere, while Allen should slide in as the team’s starting center.
The first round draft pick can be accompanied by a slew of second-round draft picks as the Pelicans continue to add young talent on the fly.
A lot of the top NBA betting sites are focusing on the teams everyone wants to trade for Anthony Davis or sticking with big markets. Perhaps that’s the safe route, but The Brow has been pretty clear that one of his main goals going forward is winning.
If that’s truly the case, the Bucks could be a great spot for The Brow. They already look like one of the best teams in The Association, while they also have a slew of interesting pieces they can include in prospective packages.
Throw in the Thon Maker trade rumors and a deal between these two sides doesn’t sound all that crazy. Here’s a trade that could make some sense:
- Bucks Get: Anthony Davis
- Pelicans Get: Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Brook Lopez, and Thon Maker
Much like the trade involving the Nets, the Pels aren’t getting back a star that rivals Davis. I mean, how can they? That really doesn’t even exist in a realistic sense.
Still, the Pels get established scorers in Middleton, Brogdon, and Lopez, while the Bucks can toss in Maker and any of their cheap prospects to sweeten the deal. Perhaps even rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo is dangled in trade talks.
The Bucks do lose two other starters, but they have enough depth to survive it. They could also make moves elsewhere to pull in another shooter if need be.
Overall, Milwaukee gets a massive upgrade over Lopez at the five, allowing Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo to team up for an epic title run.
The Bucks are literally in position to do that this year regardless, but this could be their Kawhi Leonard-type move to ensure they’re the team that makes the NBA Finals out of the Eastern Conference.
I was talking with a friend about where Anthony Davis could wind up in potential trades and he floated the idea of the Nuggets making a play for him.
It’d be an ambitious move for Denver, but they’re already one of the best teams in the league and landing The Brow could put them over the top.
The tricky part would be working out a deal without giving up Nikola Jokic, but there is a deal that could work:
- Nuggets Get: Anthony Davis, Solomon Hill, and Darius Miller
- Pelicans Get: Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap, Will Barton, and Michael Porter Jr.
I initially resisted the Nuggets as a realistic landing spot, but the more I think about it, the more I love it. After all, Denver has the depth to pull this off as well as the assets.
Michael Porter Jr. is an amazing trade chip to sweeten this deal, while the Pels get a fantastic isolation scorer and Barton, a sound two-way forward in Millsap and a rising young point guard in Murray.
New Orleans already has some solid talent in place, but they honestly land four potential stars in this trade and who knows how good Porter will end up being.
Denver gets absolutely nasty down low with Davis playing next to The Joker, while Hill and Miller operate as bench fodder and help make this possible from a financial perspective.
The Nuggets are giving up a lot here, but Isaiah Thomas and Monte Morris can battle for lead guard duties and guys like Torrey Craig, Juancho Hernangomez, Malik Beasley and Trey Lyles could be called on for more minutes.
This is actually an awesome deal for both sides; one that could thrust Denver to Finals favorites and get the Pels back in playoff contention.
There are a few things I think about the latest Anthony Davis news. First, that it’s annoying that he’s even saying he wants out. The fact that he’s suddenly trying to push his way out of town when he has 1.5 years left in this city is just obnoxious.
The second thing is that I’m not completely sold the Pels make any move just yet. They have Davis under team control for over a year and don’t really have to decide anything until next year’s trade deadline.
Waiting could benefit them greatly. Not only could Boston be back in the mix, but a slew of teams could prepare to make a strong run. In all, the asking price for The Brow would only balloon and New Orleans would find themselves in a much better position than they are now.
If a trade does go down before the start of 2019, though, you don’t want to miss out on the potential upside. That brings me to my third thought and that’s that the Lakers shouldn’t be the locks that everyone is hyping them up to be.
Truth be told, the Lake Show got a lot of their young prospects exposed this season and it’s worth wondering if a number of other teams have superior trade packages to offer.
I’d love to entertain other options and I specifically would like to see NBA betting websites list more teams with more attractive odds. These three teams I break down stand out to me and if they got odds, I’d definitely be interested in betting on them making a move.
Now may be the time to pounce on the Lakers at +125, even though I do think other options are worth a flier bet or two. I’d probably go hard at the Lakers due to the mild profit you’re looking at and then find two alternative bets you love to hedge a little.
The Pelicans (+900) and a title contender like the Raptors (+1400) or Warriors (+1600) could also be worth a look.