If we were standing the least comfortable near futures, the Pelicans would have a stranglehold at the top spot.
Having an unhappy Anthony Davis around as a part time player is cringeworthy sufficient, but really investing him is the tricky part. It’s hard enough for anybody to set an appropriate asking price within an in-prime, top-five talent. However, if the task falls upon either an interim general manager (Danny Ferry) or a new-to-the-job replacement, the problem could rise exponentially.
All that said, the Pelicans could still be looking at a king’s ransom anytime they pull on the trigger. Maybe that leads them into a potential such as Jayson Tatum, a pile of future draft picks or a blend of the two. The near future could brighten.
Of course, those novices will likely be joining a group that’s almost starting from scratch. Other than Davis, only Jrue Holiday, Solomon Hill and E’Twaun Moore have ensured contracts beyond this season. Holiday is a two-way force, but he could find himself in an island once Davis departs.

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