By: Caleb J. Duncan
As a shock to probably no one, Anthony Davis has requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans in order to work with a team that has a better shot at contending in the playoffs.
The Pelicans are 22-28 on this season, 13th in the Western Conference, and they have only reached the playoffs twice in Davis’ seven-year career with the team. While Davis is expected to finish the season in New Orleans he will have a slew of options with many teams from the Lakers to the Knicks to the Celtics potentially trying to land the Allstar. Davis is averaging 29.3 PPG, 13.3 RBG, and 4.4 APG this season, per Basketball Reference, while also remaining a huge force on defense.
Since Davis is signed through the 2019-2020 season, with an option for the 2020-2021 season, the Pelicans will be forced to find a team that can handle his contract.
The caveat here is that the moment Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news the NBA announced an investigation after Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, made the trade request publicly known without consulting the Pelicans organization about the comments. Paul’s comments make it clear Davis wants out:
“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 organization’s future.”
A public comment like this from a player still under contract could result in a fine.
Due to the power of social media and how athletes utilize it, the New Orleans Pelicans requested that the league “strictly enforce the tampering rule” to ensure that the trade is done properly through the organization and not through mediums like Twitter or Instagram which could alter the market for the Allstar.
A memo was sent to teams across the league in December warning players and organizations against organized tampering to assist their teams to recruit players up for potential trades.
While Davis will most likely finish the season in New Orleans there still does not seem to be a timetable for when New Orleans will find a trading partner, but as of now, there is no rush.
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