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New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis seems to be looking for reasons to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans, as opposed to playing with one eye on the door, according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
“My sense has always been with Anthony that he is always: some players are looking for reasons to stay and some players are looking for reasons to leave,” Wojnarowski said on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Show. “I’ve always thought that Anthony is a guy looking for reasons to stay in New Orleans. And I think that will continue to be the case …”
Davis is eligible for a supermax contract extension during the offseason. Should he not sign one, that would likely go a long way in determining his future with the franchise.
The Pelicans have made it clear Davis is not available to be traded this season, and league sources told Amico Hoops they would not trade him to the Los Angeles Lakers or another Western Conference team if it ever came to it. They would be much more inclined to trade him out of the conference.
Davis has laughed off the trade rumors.
“You hear it everywhere, it’s funny, how did that [Lakers rumors] even happen? How does that correlate?” Davis said. “You know, in my head, I don’t pay attention to it, I keep going back to it but it’s the truth, I look at what I have now and what I can do now and that’s helping my team win.”
“You can’t listen to what somebody else is saying, all the white noise, ‘AD’s going here or AD’s going here.’ AD’s playing for the Pelicans this year … the rest will take care of itself.”
Davis is under contract for each of the next two seasons. He is due to make more than $25 million this year and more than $27 million next. He has a player option of $28.7 million for the 2020-21 season, his first opportunity to become a free agent.
“I do think down the line that the Boston and LA, if he became available, that will be interesting, especially if the Lakers get shut out (in free agency) this summer,” Wojnarowski said.