Anthony Davis trade: Pelicans accused of being BITTER over Lakers | Other | Sport

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That’s according to the host of Fox Sports show The Herd, Colin Cowherd.

Davis’ agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group told the Pelicans this week that the 25-year-old will not sign a long-term extension with the organisation and wants to be traded.

Paul said: “Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.

“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 organisation’s future.”

Davis is eligible for a five-year, $240million supermax contract in New Orleans this summer but has long been linked with a trade to the Lakers or the Boston Celtics.

LA have moved to try and situate Davis alongside LeBron James at Staples Center as they seek to surround their star man with the talent to win a championship. 

The Lakers’ president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson, has reportedly spoken to Pelicans general manager Dell Demps over the phone after initial reports Demps was ignoring any possible contact.

The Celtics are also keen on the five-time All-Star but due to the Rose Rule, and having Kyrie Irving on a designated rookie extension already, are barred from moving for Davis until July 1.

It has also been claimed that if New Orleans cannot reach a deal by the looming trade deadline they could keep Davis out of action to keep him healthy, given their chances of reaching the playoffs are all but over.

Yet Cowherd thinks the Pelicans must address the fact Davis wants to leave and accept a deal with the Lakers now. 

“Davis, Lakers, LeBron – it’s going to happen right, we’re just not sure when,” Cowherd told The Herd on FS1. 

“According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, if no trade materialises between now and the trade deadline they may just shelve Davis and not play him for the rest of the year. 

“Oh boy. There are several stages of divorce; the yelling and screaming stage, the bitterness stage, the simmering stage and then there’s the acceptance stage. They are clearly in the bitterness stage. 

“Maybe no yelling and screaming, but they’re in the bitterness stage. Pelicans fans, NBA already bailed you out with the Chris Paul deal. 

“There are destinations with historic advantages. New Orleans is never going to be a free agent destination. But look on the bright side, Davis gave you a heads up. 

“You got six years with him, now he’s given you a heads up, go and get three or four players, two or three draft picks and reboot. Just because a star leaves, what did you lose in this whole deal? 

“You had him for six years, you were 1-8 against the [Golden State] Warriors in the playoffs, you weren’t doing anything with him! 

“I would strongly recommend you get to the simmering stage and the acceptance stage because you better get three or four players, several draft picks and reboot. 

“It’s been proven time and time again, the way you’re going to get stars is draft them, you’ll get them for six years but you’re not getting them for a third contract. 

“It’s just the way the game works, no reason to pout about it.”



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