If we were standing the least comfy near futures, the Pelicans would have a stranglehold at the top spot.
Possessing an unhappy Anthony Davis about as a part time player is cringeworthy sufficient, but really trading him is the tricky part. It’s hard enough for anybody to put a proper asking price within an in-prime, top-five talent. But when the job falls on an interim general manager (Danny Ferry) or even a new-to-the-job replacement, the problem could grow exponentially.
All that said, the Pelicans could be looking at a king’s ransom anytime they pull on the trigger. Perhaps that leads them into a prospect like Jayson Tatum, a heap of future draft picks or a blend of the two. The near future could brighten fast.
Of course, those novices will be joining a team that’s almost starting from scratch. Apart from Davis, only Jrue Holiday, Solomon Hill and E’Twaun Moore have ensured contracts beyond this year. Holiday is a two-way force, but he could find himself on an island after Davis departs.