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NBA Trade Deadline: Anthony Davis reportedly informs Pelicans of 'handful' of teams he would sign with long-term

Anthony Davis (NBA Getty Images)

As the NBA trade deadline nears, teams are still vying to acquire New Orleans Pelicans All-Star big man Anthony Davis.

According to a new report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans' former No. 1 overall pick informed the franchise of "a handful" of teams that he would commit to long-term in the event of a trade.

As Wojnarowski indicated, the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers have long been considered front-runners in acquiring the 25-year-old, but more teams are reportedly in the running. Among the new list of teams is the Milwaukee Bucks, who currently boast the league's best record.

"The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the teams on Davis' new extended list, league sources tell ESPN. Milwaukee hasn't inquired about a Davis trade, sources say, and its roster composition does make the pathway to a trade extremely difficult."

The Athletic's Shams Charania has reported that the other team on Davis' list is the LA Clippers, who remain in the thick of the Western Conference playoff hunt with less than 30 games remaining in the season.

Davis, who was recently selected to appear in the NBA All-Star game for the sixth consecutive year, went public with his trade request from the Pelicans on Monday, Jan. 28. Davis was subsequently fined for his public request but his name has been a chief topic of discussion over the past week.

The seven-year veteran is having a career season as he is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.6 blocks through 41 games. He has missed New Orleans' last seven games with a finger injury.

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