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Multiple sources around the NBA believe it’s only a matter of time before agent Rich Paul informs teams that Anthony Davis will only sign an extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The New Orleans Pelicans star and Paul requested a trade over the weekend, turning away a shot at signing the richest contract extension in league history. Instead, Davis will become an unrestricted free agent in July 2020.
“Multiple league sources expect the agent and star to soon deliver word throughout the league that Davis’ preferred destination is the Lakers and he’ll become a rental player until 2020 with a trade anywhere else,” Wojnarowski reported. “It would be an attempt to depress offers in the marketplace, a way to perhaps make the Lakers’ trade package more appealing.”
Paul’s mission is clearly to team James and Davis, his top two clients, together on the Lakers — mostly because of the urging of James.
But it appears the rest of the league is undeterred, as opposing teams continue to prepare offers for Davis. The Pelicans also may wait until after the Feb. 7 trade deadline to move Davis and will instead sift through trade scenarios closer to the NBA draft in June.
Either way, the Lakers are clearly determined to make a deal for the 6-foot-10 Pelicans star and according to Wojnarowski’s report, are feeling confident about their chances.
“The Lakers are willing to forfeit the flexibility of a max contract slot in 2019 free agency for the chance to turn a combination of picks and their young assets — who include Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball — to acquire Davis,” Wojnarowski reported.
Davis, 25, is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks on the season.