After 6.5 seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis requested a trade through agent Rich Paul with the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline approaching.
With the Boston Celtics unable to trade for Davis due to Kyrie Irving and the ‘Rose Rule’ until July 1, this provides the Los Angeles Lakers until Feb. 7. While Davis and Paul did not provide the Pelicans a list of potential teams, the Lakers are reportedly his preferred destination via trade or 2020 free agency.
As general manager Dell Demps reportedly did not return their calls at first, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson eventually presented him with five trade proposals. One of them included Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and a first round draft pick.
With Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka currently waiting for a response, Davis spoke for the first time since his trade request, according to ESPN:
Originally the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Pelicans have been unable to build a contender around Davis. During Davis’ time, they have only made the Western Conference playoffs twice and the furthest they have gone is the semifinals.
At this stage of his career, the 25-year-old is focused on ‘legacy over money.’ As the Lakers have been searching for a second All-Star player alongside LeBron James, there is a commitment to winning championships in Los Angeles and Davis is the perfect fit.
Following Davis’ first public comments, the Pelicans reportedly may sit him out the remainder of the 2018-19 NBA season. While the Celtics are viewed as the team with the most assets, that can quickly change as Irving reportedly has ‘real’ interest in playing with James again in 2019 free agency.