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Update: Clippers Unable to “Gather Traction” on Anthony Davis Deal, per Woj

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This is what we expected.

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UPDATE on previous article: It appears that Adrian Wojnarowski has clarified his reporting, and that the LA Clippers (and Nets, for what it’s worth) have been unable to gather traction in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. The Clippers clearly have the assets to make such a deal work, but their presumed unwillingness to part with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would render any negotiations moot.


The Anthony Davis rumors have exploded the past hour or so, with the Lakers and Celtics in hot pursuit of the Pelicans’ superstar. In the midst of it all, the Clippers are still involved, but are apparently not “gaining traction” per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

This makes sense: gaining traction to me would indicate that prized rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is involved in talks, and all indications are that the Clippers won’t include him. He would be the best prospect rumored in trade discussions so far, outside of the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, and as our roundtable this morning discussed, he would almost certainly have to be included in any deal for Davis.

Every reporter out there is broadcasting that the Lakers are the closest to a deal. Almost all the rumors have been about them, and they’re the only team to have an actual, sourced proposal on the table (and a fairly legitimate one).

Clippers’ fans mostly seem to be against a deal for Davis anyway, especially one including Shai. I don’t think a deal is likely, but the Clippers are at the table, and for as long as they’re still negotiating and Davis remains a Pelican, we will keep you posted.