Why Pelicans may not have the edge over Celtics and Lakers in Anthony Davis Derby


While $2.4 million a year is more than plenty for most people, in the world of an NBA superstar, it amounts to spare change.

So, as the Celtics and Lakers reportedly prepare to vie for Anthony Davis  - his decision on his future figures to be THE offseason story of 2019 - it may not be a devastating financial hit for the face of the Pelicans franchise to turn down a supermax deal from New Orleans.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor has a piece on Davis' future that includes the calculations that Davis would be giving up "only" $2.4 million a season to flee The Big Easy. 

There's also the whole winning thing and LeBron James openly coveting the big guy. 

Plus, Davis last week expressed his desire for "legacy over money." The 25-year-old can become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 but the Pelicans, afraid of losing him for nothing, are poised to try and find a trade partner this summer if he's not inclined to stick around for the supermax deal.

Hmmm, could there be an NBA team nearby with an unmatched, i.e., 17-championship banner, legacy?

ESPN's Zach Lowe reports Davis is expected to sign a series of short-term deals, another sign he's not long for New Orleans.

That plan makes much more sense if Davis leaves New Orleans, as NBCSports.com's Dan Feldman explains here.

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