Anthony Davis' request for a trade eight days before the 2019 NBA trade deadline doesn't mean the New Orleans Pelicans are on the clock. In reality, the clock for Davis starts in the offseason. Because Davis is not on an expiring contract, there is no urgency for Pelicans general manager Dell Demps to take the best available offer now.
But while the Pelicans preach patience, what happens if the team receives an offer in the next week that trumps anything the Boston Celtics could put together on July 1, when Kyrie Irving's contract is no longer an obstacle? According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, New Orleans is aware of a list of teams Davis would remain with long term that includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers.
Here is a look at what the potential suitors can offer in trade talks, who is likely off the table, the challenges each teams faces, the risks involved and what happens if Davis is not traded by the deadline.