ESPN — Agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports has informed the New Orleans Pelicansthat All-NBA forward Anthony Davis won’t sign a contract extension and has requested a trade, Paul told ESPN on Monday morning.
“Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship,” Paul told ESPN. “Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that’s the reason for informing them of this decision now. That’s in the best interests of both Anthony’s and the organization’s future.”
Davis is eligible to sign a five-year, $240 million supermax extension this summer. He can become a free agent in the summer of 2020. New Orleans has expressed no desire to trade him before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
Well, this is going to be a very interesting couple of weeks! Should the Pelicans just trade him now and get it over with or wait until next year? While I am surprised by this a little, the GM and organization has done nothing to bring him in a supporting cast and he knows he cannot get anywhere in the West. The question now is, where does he go?
Lakers – LeBron has already stated that he’d love to play with AD and he just might get his wish. The reason I really think this is a play to get him to the Lakers is due to the timing. Why wouldn’t Davis wait until next year around this time or at least the summer to let the team know? Look for Magic to make a serious push and get this over with before the next team can even get a chance.
Celtics – The C’s have a need for a big man and have the pieces to make a very good trade for New Orleans. Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and a ton of draft picks is going to be the best offer the Pelicans get and I have to think that ownership would like to get AD out of the West.
Field – If I was the Pelicans owner and GM I would trade Davis somewhere absolutely awful to teach the NBA a lesson. Imagine being AD and all of a sudden you’re traded to the awful Knicks? I wouldn’t put it past the Knicks to make a hard push to try and get Davis as the first piece of trying to get that Big 3 back in NYC. Portzingis, Davis and Kyrie or Durant in the Big Apple next year? They’d be a force to reckon with in the East…