Anthony Davis trade odds: Making the case for Lakers, Celtics and other betting favorites to land star big man
Anthony Davis trade odds: Making the case for Lakers, Celtics and other betting favorites to land star big man
Anthony Davis is the hottest name available before the NBA trade deadline, and oddsmakers have plenty of betting options for his new home. We make the case for and against the top teams.
On Monday, NBA fans and bettors woke up to a Woj bomb of epic proportions: New Orleans star Anthony Davis had officially requested a trade through his agent, Rich Paul. <a href="https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1089857935532904449" class="embedly-card" data-card-width="100%" data-card-controls="0">Embedded content: https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1089857935532904449</a> Naturally, offshore sportsbooks pounced on the news — including [Bovada](https://www.bovada.lv/sports/basketball/nba-specials) and BetOnline, both of which price the Lakers ([+150](https://www.betonline.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/nba-regular-season) on BetOnline) as the betting favorites as of Wednesday to acquire Davis before the 2019-20 season. The Celtics (+175 odds), Pelicans (+500), Raptors (+600) and Knicks (+800) round out the top five of BetOnline's 10-team offering in the Davis sweepstakes. __MORE:__ [Anthony Davis trade request impacts NBA title odds](https://www.betchicago.com/nba-odds-lakers-pelicans-anthony-davis-trade-request-injury) In the days since the announcement, reports have leaked from seemingly all sides on Davis' future, leaving a trail of clues for the prospective bettor. We've sifted through them to provide the case for and against the five betting favorites to roster Davis by the start of next season, with an added note on the Bulls' chances to land the hometown megastar. *All odds provided by BetOnline* ## Los Angeles Lakers (+150) __Case for the Lakers__ As seems to be the case with many antsy superstars in recent years — LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George — it’s widely believed that Davis and his agency are [angling for a deal](http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25874557/pelicans-rush-anthony-davis-deal-overwhelmed) to the Lakers, where Davis would be willing to re-sign once his contract expires in 2020. The tea leaves have suggested this for a while. In September, Davis ditched agent Thad Foucher and [signed with](http://www.nba.com/article/2018/09/23/anthony-davis-signs-klutch-sports-rich-paul-agent) Paul and the Klutch Sports Group, which notably represents James. Days before facing Davis and the Pelicans on [Dec. 21](http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=401071159), James [said](http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25569005/los-angeles-lakers-getting-anthony-davis-amazing) it'd be "amazing" to play with Davis; that night, the two [met for dinner](https://sports.yahoo.com/sources-lebron-james-anthony-davis-meet-postgame-dinner-lakers-appear-drivers-seat-pair-stars-151124669.html). The timing of Davis’ request is telling, too. With Boston [out of play](https://www.nola.com/pelicans/2019/01/heres-why-anthony-davis-cant-be-traded-to-boston-this-season.html) before the Feb. 7 trade deadline thanks to the Rose Rule, Monday’s announcement feels like a power play by Davis’ team to give the Lakers a brief window to preempt a Celtics deal. __Case against the Lakers__ Los Angeles’ trade package may not be enough to entice the Pelicans to deal their disgruntled star. On Monday, the L.A. Times [reported](https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-anthony-davis-20190128-story.html) the Lakers' offer would have to "start with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and a first-round pick." The Lakers have been [reticent in the past](https://lonzowire.usatoday.com/2018/08/31/lakers-refused-to-give-up-lonzo-ball-brandon-ingram-in-a-trade-for-paul-george/) to offer that sort of value for a free-agent-to-be (see: Paul George), and even that may not be enough. Los Angeles is still the odds-on favorite, with good reason, but much of that is because of Davis' desire for a Lakers' deal. If the Pelicans covet more, that won't matter. __Play and win:__ Free [Daily NBA Pick 5 contest](https://betchicago.chalkline.com/games/nba-pick-5) ## Boston Celtics (+175) __Case for the Celtics__ There is no team that has more to offer than Boston. Just as Davis' public request feels like a power play for L.A., New Orleans' public stance to wait for the best offer feels like a move to keep the Celtics in negotiations, if only to force other teams to match what they can pull from their war chest. <a href="https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1090001325989998593" class="embedly-card" data-card-width="100%" data-card-controls="0">Embedded content: https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1090001325989998593</a> And oh, what a war chest it is: Jaylen Brown; Marcus Smart; 2019 first-round picks from the Kings, Grizzlies and Clippers; maybe even Gordon Hayward. If Jayson Tatum is on the table, there's likely no better offer in the league. The Celtics could even dangle Kyrie Irving, though Davis' [close friendship](https://sports.yahoo.com/could-kyrie-irving-anthony-davis-171124679.html) with the star point guard would be a key selling point in Boston's pitch to re-sign Davis in 2020. __Case against the Celtics__ That friendship could actually cost the Celtics if Irving, a free agent after this season, decides he wants to team up with LeBron James in L.A., as was [reported](https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2818250-ad-is-open-to-new-york-knicks-but-pels-would-need-to-believe-in-porzingod) by Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher on Tuesday. Boston media largely [rejects that notion](https://twitter.com/i/events/1090387796542423040), but a trio of James-Davis-Irving would likely satiate Davis' goal to "[compete for a championship](https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1089859659996033024)" as well as any other could. The timing of Davis' request also casts doubts on his willingness to don green and white. Had Davis waited until the offseason, Boston might be the prohibitive favorite to acquire him. This decision was timed with intent, and that intent doesn't seem to favor the Celtics. __MORE:__ [Kyrie Irving in, Anthony Davis out as All-Star starters](https://www.betchicago.com/nba-all-star-starters-luka-doncic-james-harden-dwyane-wade) ## New Orleans Pelicans (+500) __Case for the Pelicans__ In times of uncertainty, don't discount the incumbent. The Pelicans appear willing to honor Davis' request, but they'll do so on their "[timeline](https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1090001648397754368)." That could be this week, this summer or into the 2020-21 season. Timing is key, because bets are being taken on which team Davis will be on at the start of next season, not where he'll sign the following summer. New Orleans holds all the cards here, despite what Davis' team says publicly. __Case against the Pelicans__ Every day Davis remains in New Orleans potentially harms his trade value. There’s the ever-present [risk of injury](http://www.nba.com/article/2019/01/19/pelicans-await-x-ray-results-davis-injured-left-hand), of course, which Davis has known well in his seven years in the league. Also, the closer he gets to his looming free agency, the less valuable he becomes as a “rental” for teams who are longshots to re-sign him. He’s also more valuable now for teams like Los Angeles that are trying to chase championships in limited windows. New Orleans has vowed to make this deal as soon as a deal presents itself, and it's a tough bet to expect that deal to wait until next regular season. __$10K up for grabs:__ [Play our free-to-enter Super Bowl 53 contest](https://betchicago.chalkline.com/games/10k-big-game-blitz) ## Toronto Raptors (+600) __Case for the Raptors__ Masai Ujiri has done this before. It was just [six months ago](http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/24128461/toronto-raptors-agree-deal-acquire-kawhi-leonard-trade-involves-demar-derozan) that Leonard, with dreams of Southern California, was shipped to Toronto for what the Spurs perceived to be the best offer: DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick. For a player of Davis' ilk, the Raptors may push even harder with some combination of their current assets: Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet, Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Lowry and future picks. Even if Davis is a rental, the Raptors have shown a willingness to gamble on talent, and a Davis-Leonard duo could pose serious matchup issues for the Warriors come May. __Case against the Raptors__ That said, it's still tough to mortgage the future for a short-term asset. Yes, the Thunder and Raptors swung for the fences in recent years. But George isn't quite the player Davis is, and it's yet to be seen whether Leonard will re-sign in Toronto. Plus, the Raptors' trade package is hampered by the protection on its 2019 pick, meaning the earliest it could cough up an unprotected pick would be 2021 and 2023. For a rebuild, the Pelicans could likely do better. __MORE:__ [Which teams are on pace to tank for a top pick?](https://www.betchicago.com/nba-betting) ## New York Knicks (+800) __Case for the Knicks__ There may be no more tantalizing option than New York, where Davis could conceivably serve as the centerpiece to a Kevin Durant pitch this summer, which [seems to be more realistic](https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2818250-ad-is-open-to-new-york-knicks-but-pels-would-need-to-believe-in-porzingod) by the day. On Monday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst was adamant on The Lowe Post podcast that the Knicks were "[on the list](https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2818089-windhorst-anthony-davis-doesnt-want-to-play-for-bulls-interested-in-knicks)" of Davis' preferred destinations. Given the current state of the Knicks' roster, the fact that they're on the list is a strong endorsement in its own right. __Case against the Knicks__ Time is not on New York's side in regards to its top trade assets: Kristaps Porzingis and 2019 draft pick. The Knicks' draft pick is a great unknown by the deadline — if the season ended today, it’d have almost a 50 percent chance of being outside the top four — and Kristaps Porzingis still hasn't seen game action since tearing his ACL last February. New York's offer could gain [significant traction](https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-sports-anthony-davis-trade-bondy-20190129-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true) if it won the NBA draft lottery in May. But by that point, Porzingis would be a restricted free agent and unable to be included in a potential Davis deal. That means the Pelicans would have to swallow some level of uncertainty by making a deal before the deadline or decide that the pick alone — likely paired with some combination of Kevin Knox and picks — would be enough to top offers from Boston or Los Angeles. MORE: [Bulls give bettors something to smile about in loss](https://www.betchicago.com/lauri-markkanen-jabari-parker-bulls-cover-spread-in-loss-vs-nets) ## What about the Chicago Bulls? __Case for the Bulls__ The Bulls aren't listed as a potential trade destination on BetOnline or Bovada, but Davis is from Chicago, and that puts the Bulls into the conversation. Davis wears No. 23 [in honor of](https://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/new-orleans-pelicans-player-uniform-number-choices-reflect-variety-preferences) Michael Jordan, and he's been active in his [hometown community](https://www.redbull.com/us-en/anthony-davis-coming-home-part-2). The Bulls aren’t without trade chips, too: Wendell Carter, Lauri Markkanen and a 2019 first-round pick that is just as likely to be Zion Williamson as is the Knicks’ pick. __Case against the Bulls__ Nostalgia alone won't be enough to sway Davis. The Pelicans big reportedly [doesn't want to play](https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/anthony-davis-reportedly-doesnt-want-play-chicago) in Chicago, no doubt influenced by the team's mediocrity. The Bulls may be willing to gamble by trading for him with no assurances he'll stay, but if he left in 2020, Bulls brass would have a tough time justifying the departure of its best young assets since Derrick Rose. Chicago is nothing more than an off-the-board longshot. __Bookmark us:__ [Daily NBA betting coverage](https://www.betchicago.com/nba-betting)2019-01-30T14:37:18.545Z2019-01-30T09:37-05:00