This isn't a report and this isn't speculation. Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans and he wants out now.
In a bombshell announcement straight from his agent Rich Paul to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Davis, the Pelicans' All-Star center, has requested a trade from the team that drafted him out of Kentucky in 2012.
Rich Paul to ESPN on a preferred destination for Anthony Davis: "Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
When is the NBA trade deadline?
The announcement from Davis' agent comes just over a week before the NBA trade deadline, which is Feb. 7. Davis turned down a long-term contract extension from the Pelicans and is intent on competing for a championship now
On timing of telling Pelicans now, Rich Paul tells ESPN: "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that's the reason for informing them of this decision now. That's in the best interests of both Anthony's and the organization's future."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
Anthony Davis contract details
Davis is eligible for a supermax extension, which would pay him around $240 million over a five-year contract. However, if he's traded, he would no longer be eligible for the extension.
Davis signed a 5-year, $127 million contracts in 2016, which included a player option in 2020.
Davis is actually doing the Pelicans a favor by telling them he wants to be traded now. Unlike last offseason when they got nothing for Boogie Cousins when he signed with the Warriors, Davis will command a massive return as one of the top 5 players in the league.
Anthony Davis requesting a trade, as @wojespn has reported, gives teams other than Boston a chance to get involved before the trade deadline while Boston can’t because it already traded for Kyrie Irving while on a Rose rule deal. Celtics arguably can offer the best deal for him.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 28, 2019
It's going to take multiple high draft picks for this trade to get done, but at this point, it seems a matter of when and no longer if Davis will be moved out of New Orleans.