Pelicans star Anthony Davis informed New Orleans that he would not be signing an extension with them and wanted to be traded. ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski
is reporting that Davis will let teams know that he plans to sign with the Lakers.
That would mean if a team, other than the Lakers traded for Davis, he would be a rental player and split for Los Angeles in the off-season.
The Lakers are expecting to make a strong run at Davis before next week’s trade deadline.
After agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports told ESPN on Monday that he had informed the Pelicans that Davis wouldn’t sign an extension this summer and wanted a trade, multiple league sources expect the agent and star to soon deliver word throughout the league that Davis’ preferred destination is the Lakers and he’ll become a rental player until 2020 with a trade anywhere else.
It would be an attempt to depress offers in the marketplace, a way to perhaps make the Lakers’ trade package more appealing.
Another example of NBA players calling their own shots, even under contract. That’s exactly what you want of your league right? Players just building super teams in the middle of the season, even with players under contract with other teams.