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Lakers favored to land Anthony Davis before 2019-20 season

Lakers And Anthony Davis Trade Rumors

The Anthony Davis Sweepstakes Have Begun

On Monday morning, Anthony Davis requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. Agent Rich Paul informed the Pelicans that Davis will decline his inevitable super-max extension offer from the organization this summer and that he wants to be traded to another team.

Jazz Sports posted betting odds on where Anthony Davis will play next season. Oddsmakers have the Lakers (+125) and Celtics (+200) as the favorites. Teams are already starting to line up to try to get Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and it’s not difficult to see why.

Davis is set to make his sixth straight All-Star appearance and fourth All-NBA First Team. He’s averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds in 41 games while playing high-level defense with 2.6 blocks and 1.7 steals per game.

There’s time for a deal to be made before this year’s trade deadline but the Pelicans are apparently not taking calls for Davis. The Celtics have the necessary assets and potential desire to make something happen but they can’t trade for him until July 1, unless Kyrie Irving is involved in the trade.

A deal without Irving would fall into “The Rose Rule” (a player finishing his rookie contract can make 30 percent of a team’s salary cap — up from 25 percent — if he’s twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been voted All-NBA or won an MVP award and you can’t trade for a second Rose Rule player while there’s someone on the roster already contracted under these terms), so, unless Irving is involved in the trade, the Celtics are out of the running until the summer.

The Lakers are among the NBA teams that can put together a decent offer before the trade deadline and they’re likely the frontrunners in the summer because Davis and Rich Paul reportedly plan to tell teams that the Lakers are his No. 1 choice and that he doesn’t plan to sign an extension with any other team before the summer of 2020, when he will become a free agent.

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Where will Anthony Davis play in Game 1 of the 2019-20 season?

Odds provided by Jazz Sports

Los Angeles Lakers +125

Boston Celtics +200

New Orleans Pelicans +500

Toronto Raptors +600

New York Knicks +800

Philadelphia 76ers +1200

Golden State Warriors +1500

Houston Rockets +2000

Oklahoma City Thunder +2500

San Antonio Spurs +2500

Field (All others) +2500

Check odds here: Jazz Sports

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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