Sadly, the era of The Brow in the Big Easy is quickly coming to an end. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Anthony Davis‘ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, has informed the New Orleans Pelicans that the five-time all-star will not sign a contract extension, and has requested a trade from the franchise.
Despite expressing his desires to stay in New Orleans, the timing of Davis’ request came as a bit of a surprise. However, with the Pelicans on the verge of missing the playoffs with a 22-28 record, Paul said that his client would like a chance to compete for a championship title, now.
“Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship,” Paul told ESPN. “Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that’s the reason for informing them of this decision now. That’s in the best interests of both Anthony’s and the organization’s future.”
Since the start of the season, the franchise has been adamant about not trading their star with hopes of Davis signing the five-year, $240 million contract extension this summer. However, the news of his trade demand has placed the Pelicans in a tough situation.
With the NBA trade deadline 10 days away, the Pelicans must decide if they are going to trade AD before February 7th, or wait until the summer to grant his wish.
If they trade him now, then without a doubt the Los Angeles Lakers will be the front runner to acquire the star big man. Since signing LeBron James in July, Davis has been the Lakers number one trade target on the market. So much so, the four-time MVP has been very open about teaming up with AD earlier this season.
Davis, 25, is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, is currently sidelined with a volar plate avulsion fracture of his left index finger. To stay up to date on all things Pelicans and more, be sure to subscribe to You Can Argue That Sports and receive notifications of new posts and podcasts by email.