Woj: ‘Zero percent’ chance Pelicans deal Davis

Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis requested a trade over the weekend.

Despite reports and rumors to the contrary, New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis will not be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, nor any other team, for that matter, according to a report.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said New Orleans will not be parting ways with their face-of-the-franchise player as the Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline approaches.

“There is a zero-percent chance the Pelicans trade Anthony Davis before the deadline,” Wojnarowski said.

Wojnarowski added New Orleans general manager Dell Demps is “determined” to get Davis some help between now and Feb. 7.

Reports in early December had the Pelicans exploring all avenues to add to their roster in an effort to provide Davis with additional help.

If the Pelicans offer Davis a supermax extension for five years and $239.5 million this summer and he opts to not accept it, Davis would head toward unrestricted free agency in July 2020 if he declines his player option, which would leave New Orleans with the very real possibility of losing him and receiving nothing in return.

If Davis hits free agency as a 10-year veteran in the summer of 2022, he would be eligible for a starting salary of $46 million, resulting in a total contract for $16 million less than the supermax offer the Pelicans can present this summer.

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