Anthony Davis will not re-sign with Pelicans, calls for commerce, group confirms | NBA


All-NBA ahead Anthony Davis has no intension of signing a contract extension with the Pelicans and has requested a commerce, his agent advised ESPN on Monday.

“Anthony needs to be traded to a group that enables him an opportunity to win persistently and compete for a championship,” Wealthy Paul advised ESPN. “Anthony needed to be trustworthy and clear along with his intentions, and that is the explanation for informing them of this resolution now. That is in one of the best pursuits of each Anthony’s and the group’s future.”

Davis is eligible to signal a five-year, $240 million tremendous max extension this summer season. He can grow to be a free agent in the summertime of 2020.

The Pelicans have expressed no want to commerce him earlier than the Feb. 7 deadline. The group confirmed Monday that Davis requested for a commerce, although they stated they are going to do enterprise on their phrases.

“This previous weekend, Anthony Davis’ representatives knowledgeable us that Anthony doesn’t want to signal a contract extension with our group and subsequently has requested a commerce,” the Pelicans stated in a press release. “Though we’re dissatisfied on this resolution, our group’s high precedence is to carry an NBA championship to our metropolis and followers and construct our group for long-term success.

“Relative to particular talks of a commerce, we’ll do that on our phrases and our timeline. One which makes probably the most sense for our group and it’ll not be dictated by these exterior of our group. We have now additionally requested the League to strictly implement the tampering guidelines affiliate with this transaction.”

Although ESPN’s report says “most NBA groups” will verify in on a Davis commerce, the Lakers and Celtics — who must wait till July 1 to amass Davis due to the NBA’s Rose Rule because it pertains to Kyrie Irving’s contract — are anticipated to be probably the most aggressive in pursuing him.

Paul additionally represents LeBron James, who’s in his first season with a Lakers group that has been decided to amass Davis, unidentified league sources advised ESPN.

The Celtics might comply with a Davis commerce however it might grow to be official solely after Irving turns into a free agent July 1.

Davis, 25, has been sidelined with an injured left index finger. He is averaging 29.three factors, 13.three rebounds and a pair of.6 blocks this season.

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