Anthony Davis, who applies for a trade eight days before the deadline expires, does not mean the New Orleans Pelicans are on the clock. In fact, the clock for Davis starts in the off season.
Since Davis is not an expiring contract, Pelicans GM Dell Demps has no urgency to accept the best deal available. That made the team clear on Monday. The Pelicans also get some helpful clarity: Instead of chasing reckless trades, including potentially selecting the first round to appease Davis, New Orleans understands his future better now.
But while the pelicans preach patience, what happens if the team gets an offer next week that trumps everything the Boston Celtics put together on July 1
Here's a look at what potential bidders can offer in trade talks, who's likely off the table, the challenges facing each team, the risks involved, and what happens if Davis is not traded by the deadline.