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Despite the swirling rumors, New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has yet to express any desire to be traded, according to a report from Zach Lowe of ESPN.
Davis has most recently been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to some comments from LeBron James and a report that Davis and James dined together after a game last week.
But according to Lowe, “Davis has not yet told those close to him that he is dead set on the Lakers or any other specific team should he decide to leave, according to a source familiar with his thinking. He does not appear ready to demand a trade.”
Davis will be eligible to sign a five-year, $240 million supermax contract extension, expected to be offered by the Pelicans on July 1.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been firm in saying the team will not trade Davis, regardless of the noise.
“We’re not trading him,” Gentry said. “I can say that to the world. We’re not gonna trade him, no matter what. That’s not an option. It doesn’t matter what anybody says or does. We’re not trading Anthony Davis.”
Along with the Lakers, the Boston Celtics are also said to have a strong interest in Davis. Boston is currently armed with four first-round draft picks.