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Anthony Davis tells New Orleans he wants out

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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?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

29 Comments for Anthony Davis tells New Orleans he wants out



  1. Melvit
    9:09 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

    The curse of going first in the NBA draft. I think it would be great if he went to the Lakers. I might even root for them now!



  2. BUCats
    9:11 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

    It’s sad, but understandable, that small market NBA teams ultimately lose their best players to the traditional powers. Even the small guys with the max contract carrot, can’t keep their players. At some point, more money isn’t worth it to be a bubble NBA playoff team every year.



  3. UKCatAttack
    9:13 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not a fan of this move by AD. To me this is quitting on your teammates. He is beloved in New Orleans and the organization has treated him well. Mysterious finger injury and now a request to be traded. One meal with LeBron James and this is what you get. He basically requested to be traded to the Lakers because the Celtics aren’t contenders right now, no way they are dealing Kyrie for AD. And all the while LeBrons camp is trying to oust Luke Walton as head coach in LA.



    • Not Dan Issel
      9:35 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      AD is not “quitting” on the Pelicans. He has given them an incredible effort with nothing to show for it other than a lot of $. But ultimately the desire to have an opportunity to win becomes more important when you have a lot of $, which AD obviously does. AD had no choice in where he went in the NBA out of college. Now he does. What is wrong with that?



    • UKCatAttack
      9:40 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      Play out your contract through the end of the season. If you request to be traded mid season, two weeks before the trade deadline you are quitting on your teammates. I have no problem with him signing with a new team in Free Agency… although I’d prefer him to not go to LA.



    • Alex90
      9:41 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      Quitting on his teammates? He’s been a model franchise player for 7 seasons and they still have no shot at a championship. AD is an all time great talent but he will never be mentioned with the greats if he stays there and never wins a championship. He has to put up ridiculous numbers every night just for his team to compete so he’s just doing what’s best for him, and by telling the team now he’s giving them a shot to plan ahead. If New Orleans is smart this trade could turn their franchise around for the future.



    • UKCatAttack
      9:47 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      It’s all about the timing. Mid season… that’s what I don’t like. I agree he’s been a great player for the Pelicans franchise.



    • bigblue98
      10:14 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      He’s actually helping New Orleans. If he leaves at end they get nothing. At least they can get traded players in deal.



    • whack0001
      10:03 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t think you understand he is doing them a favor by telling them he wants to be traded mid season. If he finishes out his contract and becomes a free agent, the pelicans will get nothing for him. Telling them now allows them to trade him and get some good pieces in return. Otherwise, they let a franchise player walk and get nothing in return.



    • UKfanman01
      10:40 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      What about college fans that lose out to Kentucky in recruiting? They sell out and go somewhere they can win instead of going to the hometown college. Of course I’m certain you’d agree they should stay home and not sell out by coming here



    • abobicesaevior
      11:14 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      It’s laughable to say the “Celtics are not contenders.” Do you follow sports?



    • MattRice
      11:27 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      He is saying that the Celtics aren’t contenders for him because at this point they can’t be. Both Kyrie and AD are under the rookie exception thing, you can only have one player on a roster with one of those contracts. So if they want to have both of them, they have to wait until they resign Kyrie. They could trade Kyrie for AD, but that doesn’t seem likely and doesn’t really make any sense. So while the Lakers and the Celtics are the two biggest candidates, Celtics can’t trade for him until July.



    • abobicesaevior
      1:51 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      There are other options to make the deal now besides trading Kyrie, if he truly wants AD in Boston.



    • Go Deep
      1:06 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      He did them a favor to say it now.



    • UKCatAttack
      1:40 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      I agree he did them a favor by letting them know he would not sign a new deal. My issue is the request to be traded. If they decide to trade you after you let them know you are not resigning that’s fine.



  4. bigblue98
    9:20 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Please go to the Celtics. As a fan of the team nothing would be greater than having AD bring them a title.



  5. friendsofcoal
    9:32 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not a big Lakers fan but I would like to see the Warriors get some competition and LA can’t be that team with Lebron alone.



  6. bigblue2284
    9:34 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Davis shares an agent with LeBron it’s not hard to see the plan, I’d trade him to Golden State just for LeBron’s envolvment.



    • UKCatAttack
      9:43 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      I agree. I can’t stand LeBron tampering with this situation. Not sure I’d want him to go to Golden State but I’d be good with OKC. Team him up with Westbrook that would be pretty crazy!



    • whack0001
      10:07 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      You don’t like players in the NBA recruiting each other? What do you think about our incoming recruits recruiting guys to join them here? Playing with your friends while winning and making money (if in the NBA) sounds like a blast.



    • Iamheasyouarehe
      10:16 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      I just can’t stand Lebron period. He’s gotten to full of himself.



    • UKCatAttack
      1:38 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      Players recruiting each other in the NBA is against the rules unless the player is a Free Agent.



    • abobicesaevior
      1:52 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      The rules have nothing to do with players conspiring to play together. It happens all the time.



  7. Kentuckybbnfan01
    10:11 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Ad to the Lakers has been reported for months at least the pelicans can get picks and young assets back



  8. IrishCat
    10:22 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

    I want to see AD win a championship, but I’m SO disappointed in my once home city for the way the Pels have bungled through the last year. They had the pieces and the momentum to compete, and totally blew it this off season. Hopefully the Bensons get out of the business and someone new buys the team who has a clue. Still, it will be a tall mountain to climb.



    • JASUN74
      7:43 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      They should’ve paid Rondo whatever he asked for and they’d be completely different team right now. As soon as they traded him it showed they wasn’t serious about going for a championship!! Stupid!!



  9. Led Weappelin
    12:01 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Davis has served the city of New Orleans well. Now it’s time for him to think about what is best for himself and his legacy. That means maximum TV exposure and Championships. This move has been in the making since AD dropped his agent and signed with LeBron’s a couple years back. I’ve been a Laker fan since the Jerry West days so I couldn’t be happier if AD and Magic Johnson can make this happen.



  10. KYFAN4LYFE
    2:27 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    If the Lakers want to win, they need more KY guys. Send Ball, Ingram, Lance Stephenson, McGee & Chandler and a 2nd rnd pick to L.A. for Ant, D.Miller, J.Randle. Then work out a deal to get Boogie to L.A. too, since he’s not on a long-term contract with GS. I have no idea how the $$ and contract stuff would work out….or it it’s possible…but it’d be interesting if it happened. :p



  11. Led Weappelin
    2:48 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Lakers first priority now is GET ANTHONY DAVIS!

    Boogie is a possible signee next season. Lakers already let Randle go to free agency. Rondo has been such a help in the guard department after Magic botched his first round pick and picked Ball over Fox imo.