Reports: Davis requests trade from Pelicans
NBA.com Global on Jan 28, 2019 08:54 PM
FILE - DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 17, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis can enter free agency next summer and be one of the top names on the market. His agent, Rich Paul, has apparently informed the team Davis wants out sooner than that.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Paul informed the Pelicans today that Davis has no intention of signing a long-term contract extension if and when one is offered. In addition, Paul says Davis has requested a trade from the team.
Davis could sign a 5-year, $240 million extension this summer and can become a free agent in the summer of 2020, Wojnarowski reports.
"Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship," Paul told Wojnarowski.
Shams Charania of The Athletic also reports Davis has had conversations with his teammates prior to this decision.
Agent Rich Paul has notified the New Orleans Pelicans that All-NBA forward Anthony Davis has no intention of signing a contract extension if and when presented and that he has requested a trade, Paul told ESPN on Monday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
Davis could sign a 5-year, $240M contract extension this summer, and can become a free agent in the summer of 2020. https://t.co/Tl7zy7e9UE— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
All-Star Anthony Davis‘ agent, Rich Paul, notified the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday that Davis will not sign a contract extension and has requested a trade, Paul says. Davis also had conversations with teammates prior to his decision.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 28, 2019
Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.6 blocks per game this season. A five-time All-Star, Davis was an All-NBA first team member in three of the last four seasons. He has made three All-Defensive teams in his career and is the Pelicans' all-time leader in points scored, rebounds, blocks, field goals attempted and made and free throws attempted and made.