Pelicans Star Anthony Davis Requests a Trade Out

Anthony Davis with Pelicans. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis on Monday informed the team through his agent Rich Paul that he does not intend to extend his contract and prefers a trade out.

“Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship,” Davis’ agent Paul said. “Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that’s the reason for informing them of his decision now. That’s the best interests of both Anthony’s and the organization’s future.

Davis contract will be due this summer. Had he wanted to stay in New Orleans, the 25-year-old is eligible for a five-year, $240 million supermax contract extension. So far, the Los Angeles is the most likely destination for Davis considering they’ve been aggressive about their desire to sign the player.

Davis’ agent also represents Lebron James, a player who already requested Anthony to join them in Los Angeles. Although he is currently battling a fracture in his left index finger, the 25-year-old is a phenomenal player in the New Orleans roster. He averages 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds. He’s also been to the All-Star games five times and expects a call-up next month despite missing an automatic starter position.