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In a move sure to get the NBA rumor mill churning, New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, as expected, has officially signed with the agency that represents LeBron James, Klutch Sports Group, headed by James’ close friend and agent, Rich Paul.
The announcement was made Sunday afternoon, prompting a welcome tweet to Davis from James himself.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2018
Davis, 25, has two years and $52 million remaining on his deal with New Orleans, along with a $29 million player option for the 2020-21 season.
Former NBA executive Bobby Marks, now of ESPN, reports Davis is joining Klutch’s growing stable of high-profile players.
Klutch Sports now has 20 players on NBA contracts headlined by LeBron James, John Wall, Ben Simmons and now Anthony Davis. The first order of business will be next summer navigating a likely 5 year/$235M extension that will be on the table by the Pelicans.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 23, 2018
The former University of Kentucky star is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.6 blocked shots as the Pelicans 48-24 in the regular season then swept third-seeded Portland in the first round of the playoffs. Davis finished third in NBA Most Valuable Player voting.
Davis separated with longtime agent Thad Foucher on Sept. 8. For players to change agents, they must file paperwork with the players’ union and then wait 15 days.
According a report by TMZ, Davis purchased a $7.5 million dollar mansion in California, which includes a home theater, gym, infinity pool with water slides, outdoor kitchen and an indoor basketball court.
As far as the rumor mill goes, Davis’ new home is a 90-minute drive from Staples Center, where James will ply his trade starting this season after signing with the Lakers in July.
Former Celtics great Paul Pierce, now of ESPN, recently stated Davis will be traded by the Pelicans, most likely to the Lakers, by All-Star Weekend.
Davis has been an All-Star in each of the last five seasons. He will carry career averages of 23.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.4 blocks in 34.8 minutes in 410 games (405 starts) into next season, shooting 51.7 percent from the field, 30.9 percent from deep and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line.