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Anthony Davis Reportedly Narrows Down List of Preferred Long-Term Destinations to Lakers and Knicks

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 27: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
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As New Orleans prepares to completely scrap their roster and move ahead with a young core centered around Zion Williamson, Pelicans GM David Griffin has begun looking for suitors for disgruntled superstar Anthony Davis, setting official parameters.

While all the teams with cap space have been thrown out as potential AD landing spots, the Lakers and Knicks have long been the two most likely destinations. Luckily for them, Davis is eyeing New York and Los Angeles as cities he would be willing to sign a long-term deal in, officially eliminating the Clippers and Bucks from his earlier list of possible destinations.

Given that The Brow is a Rich Paul guy, LeBron James and Lakers, who could send the No. 4 overall pick in the draft to New Orleans, are a logical fit. However, last season's Dell Demps debacle and Gayle Benson's reservations about sending him to a Western Conference team could complicate things.

The Knicks, who currently have two max free agent spots and the No. 3 pick, are seeming more and more like the place that Davis will end up.

Griffin, who orchestrated the Andrew Wiggins-Kevin Love swap, has a penchant for making big deals with high-leverage draft picks. Pelicans fans are likely still melancholy about losing Davis, but can at least trust Griffin will get a sizable haul.