NEW YORK — Mike Conley scored 25 points, Marc Gasol had 24 and Memphis beat New York to snap a nine-game road losing streak.
Conley added eight rebounds and seven assists after missing a game because of left knee soreness. Gasol also had nine rebounds. Kevin Knox scored 17 points for New York. The Knicks have lost 13 straight overall and 14 in a row at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, and the Pelicans now must decide whether trade their franchise player before next Thursday’s deadline, or hold off for the potential of a better offer this summer. ESPN has reported that Davis would like to land alongside LeBron James in Los Angeles, but Davis told reporters that he did not specify a destination in his request to the Pelicans.
The Lakers have reportedly offered several trade packages to the Pelicans this week, but according to many analysts, the Celtics may have the best assets to offer to New Orleans this summer. Due to the “Rose rule,” Boston is restricted from trading for Davis until Kyrie Irving signs a new deal or is moved, but Irving is expected to opt out of his contract – and in a new twist, just walked back his pledge to re-sign with the Celtics.
If the Pelicans hold on to Davis for the rest of the season, the Celtics could potentially offer a package including Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and several draft picks, which might edge out the Lakers’ offer, even if Magic Johnson is willing to part with everyone except LeBron James. The uncertainty surrounding Irving could be a significant issue for the Celtics, though. Boston is won’t want to give away all of its assets in a trade for Davis if Davis won’t sign a long-term deal, and Davis might be unwilling to commit if the Celtics lose a superstar like Irving.
There’s also the question of whether Davis wants to spend a significant chunk of his career in Boston. That remains unknown, but Davis’ father, Anthony Davis Sr., ripped the organization when contacted by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
“From what I know, from sources have told me, the Pelicans are not interested. They’re not interested in any of it. They’re not interested in two first-round picks and all four young players. They don’t like the Lakers’ offer.”
Original Article: https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/02/nba-trade-rumors-anthony-davis