Anthony Davis’ days in New Orleans are numbered. His agent, Rich Paul, has notified the Pelicans that Davis is not interested in a contract extension and he would like to be traded to another organization.
Paul told ESPN, “Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship,” per Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the story Monday morning.
The two teams to watch are the Celtics and the Lakers. Boston can offer the most for Davis, but it’s complicated. I’ll give you the short version: Boston can’t make a move on Davis without dealing Kyrie Irving or signing Irving to a new deal because of a rule prohibiting an organization from having two players signed under the “Rose rule,” which both Irving and Davis did. So for Boston to get Davis, Irving would either have to be included in the trade to New Orleans or the deal will have to wait until this summer when Irving becomes an unrestricted free agent. Assuming the Celtics want Irving and Davis together, nothing will get done anytime soon, thus giving Los Angeles the advantage to get something done sooner, before the upcoming NBA trade deadline.
Read more about the Boston’s situation here, if you want. If not, just know Davis won’t be a Pelican for much longer and there is a decent chance he’ll end up with LeBron James in LaLa Land.
Do you like a LeBron/AD duo in the West?