New Orleans pelicans star Anthony Davis can join the free agency next summer and be one of the top names on the market. His agent, Rich Paul, has apparently informed the team that Davis wants to get out earlier.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Paul says Davis demanded a deal from the team. In addition, Paul informed the Pelicans today that Davis does not intend to sign a long-term contract extension if and when one is offered.
Davis could sign a 5-year, $ 240 million Super Max renewal this summer and become a free agent in summer 2020, reports Wojnarowski. New Orleans, however, has not expressed a desire to negotiate Anthony before the close of trading on February 7 by Wojnarowski.
"Anthony wants to be traded to a team that gives him the chance to win consistently and fight for a championship," Paul told Wojnarowski.
As for the timing of the trade proposal, Paul said to Wojnarowski: "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions, and that is the reason for informing them now about this decision, which is in the best interest of both Anthony and Future of Organization. "
Shams Charania of The Athletic also reports that Davis had been in talks with his teammates prior to this decision. The New York Times & # 39; Marc Stein reports that Paul has not given the Pelicans a preferred trading destination for Davis. Stein also reports when asked if the Pelicans Davis would meet demand before the trading deadline, Paul said: "They did not say much, but we wanted to do the right thing to inform them in time for them Doing what they do best for the organization that is progressing. "
Anthony Davis' All Star agent, Rich Paul, told New Orleans pelicans on Friday that Davis would not sign a contract extension and demanded it a trade, says Paul. Davis also had discussions with his teammates before making his decision.
̵1; Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 28, 2019
At the time of today's Pelicans story, Rich Paul ESPN states: "Anthony wanted to be honest and honest with his intentions, and that's the reason to inform them now about this decision.This is in the best interests of both the future of Anthony and the organization. "
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
Anthony Davis & # 39; Agent Rich Paul says @NYTSports he has NOT given the Pelicans a preferred trading destination for Davis. But Davis' free agency in July 2020 obviously gives hm the big shots of where he lands, as no team gives up meaningful assets for a player he can not sign again.
– Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 28, 2019
Asked if the Pels would meet Anthony Davis & # 39; s request before the February 7 deadline, Agent Rich Paul said @NYTSports : "They did not say much, but we wanted to do the right thing to keep them informed so they could do the best they could to continue organizing."
– Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 28, 2019
This is a great opportunity for the Los Angeles Lakers to race at Davis. Paul also represents Lakers star LeBron James, and the team was determined to take over Davis in a deal, reports Wojnarowski.
The Boston Celtics have been rumored for years as a potential landing pad for Davis. The Celtics have a wealth of assets – young players, future draft picks, and veterans at bargain deals – that could enable such super trade. However, the Celtics can not deal with Davis because a rule was tied when he and current Celtics starguard Kyrie Irving signed their latest contract renewals. Rookie-scale contracts earn 30 percent of the salary cap over 25 percent. To be eligible, a player must have received one of the following four awards in the first four seasons: Kia MVP Prize, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, or two All-NBA selections. (When Davis and Irving inked their extensions, All Star selections were in the wording rather than Kia DPOY.) By the summer of 2015 (when he signed his expansion) Davis was a double all-star, as was Irving (when he (also in the summer of 2014).
Under the NBA Collective Agreement, teams can not trade with more than one player who has signed an expansion under the "Rose Rule." The Celtics picked up Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers in August 2017, leaving them can not act with Davis until Irving either leaves the free agency or agrees to a new deal The earliest date that can take place is 1 July 2019.
Davis averages 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.6 blocks per game this season, he's likely to become a six-time All-Star this week when the NBA announces full lineups for this year's game t being played in Charlotte on 17 February.
The last time she was diagnosed with a sprained left finger was a week, which was expected to put him out of action for up to two weeks. The injury occurred in a 128-112 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on January 18th. Several other injuries – including an early-season ankle injury and a hip injury in November – have limited Davis to 41 games this season.
Despite these bumps on the road, Davis was spectacular when he was healthy. He has scored 12 times 30 points and more and seven times 40 points or more this season. However, the Pelicans are only 11-8 in these 19 games.
New Orleans is 22-28 years old and has lost three straight and seven of his last eight games, putting him in 13th place in the Western Conference playoff pursuit. Last season, Davis played a key role in the Pelicans playoff run and brought them into the postseason as # 6 seed. Once there, they swept the # 3-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the first round before losing to the Golden State Warriors in five games in the Western Semifinals.
He's an elite superstar in a team that has not survived the second round of the playoffs since he was in New Orleans – and in four of his first six full seasons, the Pelicans were not qualified for the postseason.
He tells New Orleans that he wants to get out, the last power move of a star player to be traded, and now follows a similar path as Kawhi Leonard when he wanted to trade San Antonio and Paul George when he decided That it was time to move out of Indiana. To tell the pelicans that he does not want to sign them again means a blunt message: move me or lose me in vain.
But New Orleans, which controls the Davis contract in the 2019-20 season, was steadfast months: The Pelicans have no desire to move their best player, who will receive a five-year extension of $ 240 million in 2020. Wants to sign dollar.
"We do not trade with him," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said last month. "I can tell the world, we will not act on it, no matter what, it's not an option."
Davis has been All-Star five times and was the NBA's first team member in three of the last four seasons. He has formed three All-Defensive teams in his career and is the pelican's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, field goals, trials and throwing attempts.
A year ago at this time the pelicans had perhaps the dominant front rank in the NBA, Davis stood with DeMarcus cousins in a row. Then cousins tore his Achilles and ended up with Golden State last summer.
If Davis trades and plays out the rest of his current contract, his new team could sign him up for a $ 205 million 5-year extension this summer. If he receives an unrestricted Free Agency agency in 2020, most of the time Davis signed with a new team is four years at $ 152 million.
This report used information from The Associated Press.