Anthony Davis trade: Pelicans star drops WORRYING Lakers admission | Other | Sport


Davis sent shockwaves through the NBA earlier this week with agent Rich Paul telling New Orleans that he had no intention sign a new long-term contract with the franchise and wanted out.

The 25-year-old is eligible to sign a five-year, $240million supermax contract this summer but is keen to leave and join a team capable of winning a championship.

The Pelicans currently own a 23-29 record which sees them 13th in the Western Conference, five games behind the last playoff spot.

Davis has been heavily linked with both the Lakers and the Boston Celtics, although due to the Rose Rule, Boston cannot make a move for him before next week’s trade deadline (February 7).

It has been suggested that Davis wants to join LeBron James in Los Angeles with the pair having met for dinner post-match in L.A. in December, while they are both represented by Paul and Klutch Sports Group.

Some reports have indicated Davis – who can become a free agent in the summer of 2020 – has informed interested franchises he only wants the Lakers and will opt out after a year to move to southern California if he is traded anywhere else.

The Pelicans have hinted that they will wait until the offseason to get the best possible package in return for Davis, with the Lakers said to have offered up anyone but LeBron as they seek to make an immediate deal.

Yet Davis, speaking publicly for the first time since submitting his trade request on Monday, insists he has not demanded to join one particular team.

He said: “Me or my representation never gave the Pelicans a destination or anything. I’m not sure where that’s coming from. 

“Maybe a connection with my representation. We never gave a destination.”

Asked if he would want to play more than one destination, Davis added: “It’s really on the Pelicans.

“That’s on the Pelicans organisation. Never gave them a timetable, never gave them a destination. 

“The Pelicans gave me nothing but respect, the entire organisation. I feel like I need to do the same thing for them. 

“I wanted to do it now just for the simple fact that they have enough time to make the best decision for the organisation.”

Davis was fined $50,000 by the league, who said he had violated “a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands” due to Paul’s comments.

The Pelicans, in response, called upon the NBA to “strictly enforce” their tampering rules due to concerns Paul and LeBron are illegitimately tempting Davis to L.A.

Davis added: “My representation didn’t drop the story or release the story. Someone else did. A reporter called my agent and asked him if it’s true. 

“We never wanted to leak it to the media. We wanted to do everything in-house. That wasn’t on us.

“I gave my representation the ability to speak on my behalf to the organisation. That’s that.”

The trade deadline closes at 12pm PST (8pm UK time) on Thursday February 7. 

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