Anthony Davis Won't Sign Extension With Pelicans, Requests Trade

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It would be a risky move for the Knicks, but could potentially put them in the Eastern Conference title conversation next season if all goes to plan.

Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans.

The Heat could trade their 2019 first-round pick along with either their 2023, 2024 or 2025 first-round pick. The Pelicans would likely want some sort of package that has young players and draft picks, and the Lakers can certainly offer that if they choose to.

There is a lot of talk saying that Davis and his agent Rich Paul are trying to force New Orleans hand into a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers by coming out publicly with the trade.

It might be a long shot for the Blazers to convince Davis to stay long-term, which may prevent them from even making the offer, but the presence of Jusuf Nurkic would allow Davis to play at his more favored power forward position, while getting to share the court with one of the most electric point guards in the National Basketball Association in a stable, well-coached franchise.

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The Celtics, under the NBA's complicated cap rules, are not allowed to trade for Davis until July 1 because they already have one rookie max-extension contract on their roster in Irving.

The announcement opens up the door for a potential trade down the line for Kyrie Irving, or the opportunity for Davis to join LeBron James in Los Angeles. Davis and Irving each signed this kind of extension, and since the Celtics traded for Irving, that pushes Davis off the table.

Although as of now it seems unlikely for a New Orleans franchise that is going to have to enter a very risky place for a franchise (please see Cleveland Cavaliers) to rush on such an important situation. That could be a real issue.

Woj also reported that the Pelicans would be able to offer an extension to the tune of $240 million dollars over the course of the next 5 seasons, but Anthony Davis will not accept this extension with the Pelicans. They've won 11 games this season and just finished off a week in which they lost to the Hawks and Cavaliers at home. One reason: an on-the-record request for a trade by an agent or a player. He can't be dealt for another two months after signing a two-year deal in December.

But even that feels a little too far-fetched, especially after they watched that same strategy backfire from the other side of the fence two years ago with the Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler. But they have James, which probably means they're attractive to Davis as well.