The Pelicans would have been able to offer Davis a five-year, $240 million contract extension in the summer. Either Davis walks away in July 2020 during unrestricted free agency, or New Orleans trades for a bunch of players and picks that can accelerate its inevitable rebuild.
"Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship", Paul said. "That's in the best interests of both Anthony's and the organization's future".
It might be a long shot for the Blazers to convince Davis to stay long-term, which may prevent them from even making the offer, but the presence of Jusuf Nurkic would allow Davis to play at his more favored power forward position, while getting to share the court with one of the most electric point guards in the National Basketball Association in a stable, well-coached franchise.
Davis is having the best season of his career, averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. Boston can not acquire Davis until the summer unless it were to include All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving in the deal. The timing of the announcement suggests he'd that to happen by the NBA's February 7 trade deadline.
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The 25-year old is in his seventh season with the Pelicans after the franchise selected him with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Los Angeles receives Anthony Davis, Elfrid Payton and Darius Miller.
When the time comes, teams will be calling the Pelicans with big trade packages the team can not afford to turn down.
Davis's is the latest power move by a star player who wants to get traded, following a path now similar to Kawhi Leonard's desire to be traded by San Antonio and Paul George's decision to move on from Indiana. But until then, unless they move Irving, Davis won't be in Boston. "I can say that to the world". As mentioned above, Davis could face a fine, but he is not the first player to request a trade. "That's not an option".