The NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, and with the Los Angeles Lakers landing the fourth overall pick, speculation is rife once again that they could trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis by packaging this draft pick with their young core players. The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks also remain in the equation as likely candidates to acquire Davis in the 2019 offseason. However, a new report suggests that the Toronto Raptors could also make a plausible offer for Davis, provided one important condition is met.
On Thursday, Bleacher Report‘s Dan Favale put together a list of “updated” trade package ideas for Davis following Tuesday’s Draft Lottery. While the usual suspects — the Lakers, Celtics, and Knicks — were fully featured, the Raptors were also included toward the end of the list as a dark horse of sorts. According to Favale, the Raptors look like a “tantalizing destination” for Davis, as the team could send three key contributors to the Pelicans — OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Serge Ibaka — and a 2021 first-round pick with top-three protection in exchange for the 26-year-old All-NBA forward/center.
As further noted, such a trade would only be feasible “on and or after” draft night on June 20, and only if Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard commits to re-signing with Toronto after a successful first season with the team. However, it’s still far from certain whether Leonard will choose to remain a Raptor or not, as multiple rumors have swirled about the two-time Defensive Player of the Year opting to join the hometown Los Angeles Clippers instead.