How Anthony Davis could wind up with the Nets


The Nets have been linked with a possible move for Pelicans star Anthony Davis who has asked to be traded.

Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks has always been loath to trade for any player he can sign for free in a year, but The Athletic has reported the Nets are among four teams likely to bid for Davis.

Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin has started listening to offers. Even though the Nets aren’t believed to be on the center’s short list of preferred destinations (the Knicks, Lakers and Clippers according to The Athletic), they are one of four teams (with the Knicks, Lakers and Celtics) that can put together the best packages.

The Nets have a promising young core, including Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and D’Angelo Russell, who is expected to draw restricted free-agent interest from the Jazz, Magic, Pacers and Timberwolves.

As busy as free agency will be, expect Marks to be active on the eve of the draft, which will be held June 20 at Barclays Center. The Nets have the 17th, 27th and 31st picks. While they’ve done their due diligence with an eye toward moving up, they could have an intriguing potential match.

The Suns, who draft sixth, are mulling a trade back in exchange for a veteran point guard, according to ESPN. Mike Conley, Chris Paul and Lonzo Ball don’t appear to be trade options, but the Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie could be, with his cheap cap hold a boon.

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