Rich Paul, the high-profile agent of New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, insisted in a recent interview his client plans to enter free agency following the 2019-20 season, no matter where he’s traded this offseason.

Via SI: 

“He has a year (left on his contract), he has to play,” Paul told Price. “But after that, I can’t say it no bigger: WE ARE GOING INTO FREE AGENCY. 2020: ANTHONY DAVIS WILL BE IN FREE AGENCY.”

That came with an explicit warning to the Boston Celtics, who reportedly are aggressively pursuing a trade for Davis.

“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul told Price. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”

Paul is just hoping to gain Davis some leverage.

But I doubt the C’s will unload their young allstars after a message like this. 

No one needs Anthony Davis for one year, especially at that price. 

The C’s have remained undeterred, however, and reportedly plan to pursue Davis regardless of what smokescreens his agent creates.

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