Early Monday morning, news broke that Anthony Davis informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he does not intend to sign a contract extension once his current deal expires after next season, and instead wishes to be traded. Needless to say, Davis' news has set the sports world on fire.


Now that the dust has settled a bit from the shocking news, the Pelicans have released a statement confirming Davis' trade demand while specifically addressing how they will handle the situation.

The Pelicans statement reflects the team's understanding that they still hold the power in the relationship. If New Orleans feels that a great package comes along for Davis, then the team may abide by Davis' request, or they can simply choose to retain Davis and let his deal expire. 


Either way, the Pelicans have made clear that whether or not Davis remains in New Orleans for the next year and a half is up to the organization and not Davis.


One more interesting aspect of the Pelicans statement is their request that the league "strictly" enforce the tampering rule. This may be in reference to LeBron James' supposed recruitment of Davis that led the league to send a reminder to all teams regarding the tampering rules back in December.

If Davis is moved this season, it will have to be soon. The NBA trade deadline is just over a week away on Feb. 7.