This is the news that the rest of the league has been waiting for. New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis’ agent has spoken out about the future of his client, stating that the player has no intentions to play for New Orleans long term. It’s being reported that Davis has verbally ruled out a contract extension with the Pelicans, and has requested a trade.
Rich Paul, agent of Anthony Davis, had this to say early Monday morning.
“Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship”.
The statement comes in the midst of a 3 game New Orleans losing streak. The Pelicans are in 13th in the Western Conference, and have virtually no chance in competing for a playoff spot this season. Anthony Davis has
The Celtics and LA Lakers are still the favorites to land Anthony Davis. LeBron James has been blunt about the Lakers acquiring Davis, stating that he would “love” to play with AD. The Lakers are reported to be willing to part with almost all of their young talent, with the organization willing to include Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and one other young prospect to go with draft picks in exchange for Davis. Kyle Kuzma seems to be the player that New Orleans would desire the most, but LA is reluctant to let him go.
An Anthony Davis trade could set of a chain reaction of events. First off, trading Davis would put the Pelicans in a rebuilding situation. They are likely to receive backcourt players in any trade for Davis, allowing current New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday to also be traded. These two players would bring in at least 3-4 young players and multiple draft picks, forcing the Pelicans to refocus and rebuild a rooster around new pieces.
It should be noted that despite the trade talks, Anthony Davis is injured, and will be out of action for the next 2-4 weeks.