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New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has informed the team he wants to be traded, agent Rich Paul told ESPN.
Davis is eligible for a $240-million supermax contract extension this summer, but has now told the Pelicans he has no intention of signing it. He will instead become a free agent in the summer of 2020.
“Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship,” Paul told ESPN. “Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that’s the reason for informing them of this decision now. That’s in the best interests of both Anthony’s and the organization’s future.”
The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are viewed as frontrunners for Davis. But the Lakers would likely have to pull off a trade before the Feb. 7 deadline, as the Celtics will have anywhere from two to four first-round draft picks and plenty of young talent to offer. As ESPN explained, the Celtics could not offer a package that does not include star point guard Kyrie Irving until the summer. (Irving becomes a free agent July 1.)
“Davis’ declaration on wanting out now gives teams other than the Boston Celtics a head start in pursuing trades for him,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. “Restricted by the Rose Rule, Boston cannot trade for Davis until July 1 because league rules wouldn’t allow Kyrie Irving’s and Davis’ contracts under the provision on the roster together.”
Davis is 6-foot-10 and averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and a whopping 2.6 blocked shots per game this season. He turns 26-years old in March.