The Denver Nuggets explored the possibility of an Anthony Davis trade before the New Orleans Pelicans traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Nuggets would have been more aggressive in pursuing a trade for Davis if they believed he would strongly consider re-signing with the franchise in free agency in 2020. The Nuggets, however, were confident that wasn't the case.

The Pelicans insisted any deal for Davis include Jamal Murray, but that was a non-starter for the Nuggets.

The Lakers were willing to give up more for Davis than the Nuggets.