The worst kept secret in the NBA has finally gotten out. New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has requested to be traded.
Davis is under contract with the Pelicans for the 2019-20 season, but Monday’s message from agent Rich Paul ensured Davis will be traded sometime in the next few months, changing the shape of the franchise along with it.
“Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently, and compete for a championship,” Paul told ESPN.
Agent Rich Paul has notified the New Orleans Pelicans that All-NBA forward Anthony Davis has no intention of signing a contract extension if and when presented and that he has requested a trade, Paul told ESPN on Monday.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
The Pelicans entered this season with high hopes, especially after making it to the second round of the NBA playoffs and a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.
And despite leering signals like Davis firing agent Thad Fouchon for Klutch Sports, the LeBron James-adjacent agency, there was still optimism inside the Pelicans that their contract extension offer, as well as a growing team, could persuade Davis to stay.
Every team in the NBA will be lining up to trade for him. It is just matter on when it happens, now or in the offseason. Expect the Los Angeles Lakers to make a strong offer for Davis’ services. Also, the New York Knicks could be in play, if they were to offer up a package deal including their 2019 first round pick.
The NBA tradeline is on February 7th.