If we were standing the least comfortable near futures, the Pelicans would have a stranglehold on the top spot.
Possessing an unhappy Anthony Davis around as a part-time participant is cringeworthy enough, but actually investing him is the tricky part. It’s hard enough for anybody to put a proper asking price within an in-prime, top-five talent. However, if the job falls upon an interim general manager (Danny Ferry) or even a new-to-the-job replacement, then the problem could rise exponentially.
All that said, the Pelicans could still be looking at a king’s ransom whenever they pull on the trigger. Maybe that leads them to some potential like Jayson Tatum, a heap of prospective draft picks or a blend of both. The near future could brighten.
Of course, those novices will likely be joining a group that is almost starting from scratch. Other than Davis, only Jrue Holiday, Solomon Hill and E’Twaun Moore have ensured contracts past this season. Holiday is a two-way force, but he could find himself in an island after Davis departs.
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