Anthony Davis Won't Sign 5-Year $240M Extension, Has Requested Trade

Arnold Nichols
January 29, 2019

Anthony Davis's agent Rich Paul has notified the New Orleans Pelicans that he has no intention of signing a contract extension and has requested a trade.

The Pelicans won't be shipping Anthony Davis up to Boston - not yet. It's becoming more and more apparent that acquiring a top-tier free agent in the summer might be too complicated.

The Celtics would seemingly give Davis a chance to compete for a championship, but it seems like the Celtics can't compete for Davis at the moment without taking drastic measures to get him.

Davis is having the best season of his career, averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.

The Lakers are the big favourites for his signature partly because he shares an agent with LeBron James.

The Celtics can also extend Irving, which would take him off his Rose Rule contract and eliminate that impediment to a deal.

Davis wants out
Davis wants out

ESPN's Brian Windhorst believes the Knicks are "in the game" for Davis prior to the February 7 trade deadline if they're willing to include their first round pick in a package. They were swept by the Pelicans last season in the first round, and questions have followed over whether this team is good rather than great.

Following a win over the Oklahoma City back on December 12, the Pelicans were 15-15 and just 1.5 games out of eighth in the Western Conference.

Convincing Davis to re-sign with the Heat - instead of joining LeBron James with the Lakers - would be an uphill battle. "I can say that to the world".

Boston can not trade for Davis until July 1 because league rules wouldn't allow Kyrie Irving's and Davis' contracts under the designated rookie exception on the roster together. If the Pelicans do hold onto Davis until the offseason, the Celtics could quickly become the favorite to land the perennial All-Star.

Boston can't now put Davis and Kyrie Irving together because of the "Rose Rule". That higher amount reflects the average in the a year ago of his rookie contract and new extension but would complicate any trade involving him.

Davis, who is sidelined with a fractured left index finger, reportedly informed his teammates of his impending trade request before news got around to the Pelicans front office.

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