Is Anthony Davis Trying to Force His Way to the Lakers?

Elena Summers
January 29, 2019

This morning, Adrian Wojnarowski did as Woj does, and casually informed Twitter that Davis had just informed New Orleans he would not sign an extension when it was formally offered this summer and that he would like to be traded from the spiraling Pelicans.

Teams like Philadelphia, New York, Denver and Miami could all put together intriguing trade packages for New Orleans but would likely need assurances from Davis that he'd be happy with the deal and willing to sign an extension there, otherwise they'd risk mortgaging the future to find themselves in the same place as the Pelicans. But because of the Rose Rule, Boston can't acquire Davis while Kyrie Irving is on his current contract (or until after July 1.) That means if New Orleans seriously attempts to deal Davis before the trade deadline, the Celtics are all but out of the running-unless they make the shocking decision to move Irving.

All-of-a-sudden, LeBron's groin was a little more tender than everyone originally thought.

The shadow of Anthony Davis' happiness in New Orleans and willingness to sign a contract extension has been looming over the National Basketball Association for months.

But did you notice how he didn't mention which team Davis prefers?

However, Windhorst believes the Knicks will be holding a meeting today, discussing the possibility of using their first-round pick this year as bait for a potential Davis trade.

Perhaps the biggest advantage for the Lakers, though, is they can make a deal now. Let's also note what a nice thing Davis did for the Pels - he could have left New Orleans without informing them he wanted out, a situation that would have netted them nothing in return.

New Orleans plans to issue a statement later Monday, but officials are already privately expressing that the organization doesn't feel pressure to move Davis before the February 7 trade deadline. Davis shares an agent with James.

Essentially: Rich Paul is currently the most powerful National Basketball Association non-player/front office exec on Planet Earth right now. The issue for the Celtics is that National Basketball Association rules prevent them from acquiring Davis before the offseason.

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