The failed Davis trade essentially ruined the season for both the Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans, but with Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin now running the Pelicans, trade talks should be back on. Griffin was the general manager for three of the four seasons James returned to Cleveland, assembling the championship team of 2015-16.
Griffin also carries plenty of experience with James and Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, who also represents Tristan Thompson and JR Smith. Griffin and Paul previously agreed on nearly $250 million worth of new contracts for James, Thompson and Smith while all were in Paul’s hometown of Cleveland.
While Griffin could try to build around Davis for one more year, maximizing his value in a trade before free agency in 2020 is the smart play.
If the Pelicans don’t want to part with All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, they could reroute Lonzo Ball as part of a deal.
REF: GREG SWARTZ. bleacherreport.com