The New Orleans Pelicans aren’t obligated to satisfy Anthony Davis’ commerce needs. However, if Davis is unwilling to signal an extension with 28 of the 29 potential suitors, he can primarily pressure his approach to the group of his selecting. 

As anticipated, it’s believed that Davis’ choice is the Los Angeles Lakers.

Davis not too long ago knowledgeable the Pelicans that he wouldn’t be signing a five-year, $240 million supermax extension this summer season and has due to this fact requested a commerce. The All Star heart is because of turn into an unrestricted free agent in the summertime of 2020, so any group considering making a commerce for him would possible want assurance that he’d signal with them sooner or later. 

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski experiences that the Lakers are actually pushing to get a deal executed for Davis previous to the league’s February 7 commerce deadline, which might stop the Boston Celtics from getting concerned within the bidding. Due to the “Rose Rule,” the Celtics can’t commerce for Davis till July 1 as a result of league guidelines would not enable Irving’s and Davis’ contracts beneath the supply on the roster collectively.

The Pelicans’ launched a press release concerning the Davis scenario, which reads:

“This previous weekend, Anthony Davis’ representatives knowledgeable us that Anthony doesn’t want to signal a contract extension with our group and subsequently has requested a commerce. Although we’re disillusioned on this choice our group’s prime precedence is to convey an NBA championship to our metropolis and followers construct our group for long-term success.

Relative to particular talks of a commerce, we are going to do that on our timeline. One that make sense for our group and it’ll not be dictated by these exterior of our group. We have additionally requested the League to strictly implement the tampering guidelines related to this transaction.”

Davis, averaging 29.three factors and 13.three rebounds per recreation, is at the moment sidelined with a “volar plate avulsion fracture” of his left index finger, however he might return to the lineup as early as Saturday.